We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

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.


Association of Pleasure Craft Operators (APCO)

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.

The DVD can be viewed on our [Navigating the Waterways] page.

Last date edited: 19 October 2015