CRT have launched the latest round of consultation on proposals to respond to the issues of overcrowding, misbehaviour and lack of services in the London area. We encourage all members, even if they're not thinking of going to London, to complete the survey. We are sure these charges will be a model for use elsewhere such as Bath. There is plenty of opportunity in the response to put in your comments. It is a once off snap survey, so you might need to prepare. It does not look as though you can part complete and save. The survey runs to March(?).
We have prepares a pdf of the survey pages, with the intent that you can read it a prepare before doing the actual submission on line. It is here.
We are delighted to make a new guide available written for the guidance of leisure boaters on commercial waterways. It covers and Yorkshire and the Trent Commercial Navigations.
This is mainly for pleasure boat skippers unaccustomed to rivers, tides and waterways carrying freight.
The advice is given in good faith and no liability can be accepted for any consequences of its use.
You can download it here.
It cannot be comprehensive in a booklet of this size so you should gather as much information as you can from other sources including CRT’s Boater’s Handbook, charts, tide tables, experienced personnel and other publications.
Original content courtesy of First Mate Guides, NABO and the barge operators, updated by Stuart Sampson in 2021 with information kindly supplied by IWA, CBOA and CRT.
The TMBA have published a summary of the results of the Thames Motor Boaters Survey conducted during October/November this year.
This survey was open to all motorboaters based on or visiting the Environment Agency managed non-tidal Thames during 2021. The TMBA was supported by river user organisations and other interested parties, particularly the Association of Thames Yacht Clubs (ATYC), DBA-The Barge Association (DBA), the Inland Waterways Association (IWA), the National Association of Boat Owners (NABO), and the Residential Boat Owners Association (RBOA).
The document can be downloaded here
This summer, our 250-mile cruise between June and October has been entirely within the CRT West Midlands Region. When we arrived in Birmingham, we moored on a finger mooring in Cambrian Basin. We are Waterside Mooring customers who notified CRT of our intention to be away from the mooring for more than 30 days and had consent to moor at vacant long-term CRT mooring sites while cruising. Cambrian Basin is listed as a long-term mooring site. When we received news that my wife's nonogenarian mother had had a fall, we returned to ensure that she had the care she needed at home. While home, I received an email from CRT pointing out that we were overstaying on visitor moorings. I replied that, as a CRT moorer, I was entitled to stay on vacant long-term moorings. CRT enforcement replied that only four of the eight finger moorings at Cambrian Wharf were long-term moorings and the rest were visitor moorings, so the T&C did not apply. There is no signage saying that. I told the Licence Support Officer our situation and negotiated an agreed overstay without any problem, but clear signage would have helped!