Useful links for boating businesses

Other organistions that can help you

There are many other organisations that you may find it helpful to contact.  Details for some of the most often referred to are given below.

Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)

Responsible for inspecting large Skippered Passenger Boats, the Boatmaster’s Licence, the Small Passenger Boat Code and the Hire Boat Code amongst other things.

Tel: 0870 600 6505

Environment Agency (EA)

Navigation Authority for many rivers not in Canal & River Trust care.  Also gives advice on flooding, dredging regulations and the Waste Carriers Licence.

Tel: 0870 850 6505

British Marine

An independent body representing all boating industries. Advises on all aspects of running a boating business.

Tel: 01784 473377

Commercial Boat Operators Assocation (CBOA)

Organisation representing freight operators, those carrying cargo on cruising and remainder waterways and some waterway traders.

British Marine Inland Boating (BMIB)

An independent body representing businesses who offer trip, hire and hotel boats to the general public.

Tel: 0844 800 9575

National Community Boats Association (NCBA)

A national waterways charity supporting voluntary and community boating projects.

Tel: 0845 051 0649

Roving Canal Traders Association (RCTA)

A website dedicated to helping roving canal traders to communicate better with each other and with Canal & River Trust.

The Yacht Harbour Association (THYA)

An organisation specialising in advice and accreditation for marina businesses.

Tel: 01784 223817

Canal Boatbuilders Association (CBA)

An association specialising in advice for boat builders. 

Tel: 0844 800 9575

Boaters Handbook

The Canal & River Trust and Drifters, the UK’s biggest consortium of hire boat companies, have teamed up to make a new DVD covering boating basics. A companion to the existing popular boaters handbook, it contains lots of 'getting started' tips for hire boaters and new boat owners, as well as important information about how to boat safely.

A pdf copy of the handbook can be downloaded from our website page [Navigating the Waterways] or viewed online on our website.

Copies of the DVD can be ordered free from our online shop (please note a maximum of 2 copies per customer). 

Last date edited: 8 November 2017