Boater's handbook

If you are new to boating, either hiring a boat for the first time or setting out with a boat of your own, some elements of the boating experience can be daunting.

How does a lock work? What do I do if I run aground? How do I tie a suitable knot? While other boaters are often happy to help it can be tricky trying to figure things out on your own.

Together with Drifters we've made a 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.

Join the considerate boaters

Please pay a visit to, an excellent independent website, dedicated to considerate boating on UK inland waterways and sign up as a supporter if you can.

Last date edited: 4 May 2022