What license do I need for narrowboat?

Pleasure licences are a requirement which cover the majority of narrowboat users on the inland waterways.

Do you need a licence for a canal boat?

When you buy a boat, you need a licence to use the canals and rivers. Licenses and prices can be obtained from the relevant navigation authority. Some reservoirs also have special licence arrangements. You can also buy a Gold Licence, which allows you to use all Canal & River Trust and Environment Agency waterways.

How much is a narrowboat licence UK?

The Canals & Rivers License cost depends upon the length of your boat, ranging from £538.75 (if you pay ‘promptly’) for a boat up to 18′ long (5.5m), to £1,206.71 ( for one up to an incredible length of 77′ 1″! (23.5m)) – for a 12-month licence at 2020/21 prices.

Do I need a licence for the River Severn?

River Licensing Information Licence required from Stourport to Gloucester. The section from Pool Quay near Welshpool and Stourport does not require a licence. The section below Gloucester is tidal and therefore does not require a licence.

Is driving a narrowboat easy?

The prospect of steering a narrowboat is relatively simple – however, there are a few things to know that will help make your cruise on the waterways as seamless as possible: Drive on the right – the opposite direction to British roads, all waterways require you to drive your canal boat on the right-hand side.

Is it difficult to drive a narrowboat?

Narrowboats are long thin tubes of steel. Heavy, slow and awkwardly shaped… they’re easy to drive, right? Standing on the stern of a 70-foot narrowboat can be a terrifying experience. But never fear. They’re slow, so you get plenty of time to react, make decisions and think about that next maneuver.

Is it cheaper to live on a boat UK?

Living on a boat can be cheaper than renting a flat or house, but there aren’t many vacant permanent moorings.

How far can you go on a canal boat in a day?

How far can I travel? During the summer months you can expect to cruise for anywhere between four and seven hours a day. Travelling at 3-4mph for four hours a day will mean you cover around 80 to 100 miles in a week. This will still provide plenty of time for lazy lunches and energetic exploring.

Are Narrowboats a good investment?

A narrowboat, or a widebeam boat should be considered as a second home from home, or, perhaps even as a new primary home for some buyers. The purchase of a narrowboat is indeed a large investment, however it’s an investment for your future, with happier and more peaceful times ahead.

Can you paddle board on River Severn?

You’ll need a Canals and Rivers Trust (CRT) licence to paddle this section, which is included in WSA membership.

Who is responsible for canals in UK?

navigation authorities UK
The UK’s canals and navigable rivers are managed by navigation authorities. UK navigation authorities are responsible for looking after the waterways including maintaining locks and bridges, dredging and flood management.

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How much does a canal and river licence cost?

Gold – this combines the Canal & River Trust and EA licences into one licence – bargain! How much does a private boat licence cost? Your licence fee currently depends on the length of your boat, along with the length of time you want the licence (although this will be changing from April 2020 to include width as well as length):

Do you need a river licence in the UK?

River licences, psst, remember, it’s actually a waterways licence, are licences you might need to paddle some waterways in England and Wales. It’s not like a driving licence, where you have to take a test to get one. Anyone can get a licence, but it’s something you should probably buy if you paddle on inland waterways in England and Wales.

What does it mean to have a waterway licence?

By having a waterway licence you’re paddling responsibly, adhering to the rules of the waterway authorities and you’re contributing to the sustainability of waterways. The money generated from licences goes towards the authorities taking care of the waterways.

Do you need a licence to use the River Medway?

Different navigation authorities have different licences and fees, you need to contact each one separately, depending on where you want to use your boat: The Environment Agency (EA) runs the River Thames, the River Medway, and rivers in East Anglia

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