Listening to boat owners, Speaking out for boat owners, Representing boat owners.


A Report from the Anglian Region

  • The River Nene is all reopened after winter maintenance closures.
  • The Great Ouse continues to be closed at St Ives lock where major works are taking place. Hopefully these will be completed before Easter.
  • The Facilities in March are now closed. This means there are now no public facilities for boaters on the whole of the Middle Level. There are some at Foxes Marina - for a charge. I have been in touch with Fenland District Council, who provided the facilities. It seems that there are no plans to reopen them. They have said that they will not reopen the Elsan disposal or the pump out but will provide water and refuse disposal. There is no date given for when this will come to pass!
  • At present there are public facilities on Peterborough embankment. I advise members to make use of these before entering the Middle Level system.

Best wishes and happy boating to all,


DEFRA publish response to Waterways for Everyone

u that there is a summary of the responses to the consultation on the proposal to update the Government strategy for the inland waterways of England and Wales, this can be found at:

Thames boaters benefit from a clearer boating service

Boaters on the River Thames can now be clearer about the service they can expect with the launch of a new customer charter today, Thursday 1 April.

Boats Behaving Badly

This is not intended as guide to boat handling, more as food for thought about what is going on in and round your boat as you cruise, available as a pdf to printout. (Needs Acrobat Reader or similar) click here

Purchasing a Boat

Buying a boat is like buying a car ... and just as easy...