From 14 November CRT will be introducing a new online self-service booking system which will allow boaters to book passage through some of the waterways’ most famous landmarks.

Once it’s up and running, if you’re planning trips through Anderton Boat Lift, Standedge Tunnel, Liverpool Canal Link, Ribble Link and Frankton Lock, or wanting to use Wigan and Ellesmere dry docks, you’ll be able to book up to two years in advance. If it’s popular then they will look to expand online booking to other bookable passages and dry docks across the network.

The say that it is still in the testing phase of development but will announce weblinks and a ‘How to…’ guide nearer the launch date!

CRT has published the list of winter stoppages for the coming period.  Members  are urged to take a look to see how it may affect their cruising plans over the season. The details can be found here:

CRT have a web page called Boaters without a home mooring: How far is far enough?

They say A number of boaters have asked for clarification of the legal requirement to cruise throughout the period of their licence and, in particular, what is the minimum distance that should be covered in order to comply with the Trust’s Guidance for Boaters without a Home Mooring. This page should help.

It can be accessed here

They go on When our enforcement officers record sightings they now record which kilometre of each waterway the boat is on. You can see the locations of all of our kilometre lengths by checking our bespoke map.

This map is handy becasue there are no kilometer posts on the system. When the map opens there is a national view. Drill down into any area and when the detail comes up, it is possible to select any given place and the kilometer length is highlighted in lighter blue.


CRT have recently issued a new River Severn Navigation Guide.

There is a lot of standard padding but the core navigation guide is worth printing out if you are going this way.

You can download or read it here


CRT has updated its process for licensing boats without a home mooring.

From 1 May 2016 the Trust will no longer offer three month restricted licences to boaters who have not been meeting the terms of their ‘continuous cruiser’ licence. (Presumably this is the CRT interpretation of this.)

CRT say there are 5,000 boats without a home mooring having their their movement patterns reviewed prior to licence renewal. Since 1 May 2015, where CRT were unhappy about movement, licences for shorter durations (three or six months) were offered in 652 cases. CRT have also issued over 860 extended stays and equality adjustments for boaters without a home mooring.

The press release can be seen here here:

A CRT review of the process and further details including a map of national hot spots can be read here

NABO will comment in the next NABO News now in preparation.