Please feed swans - bread is OK! Sticky

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Now more than ever our swans and other water birds need you. Sadly with many parks instigating a no bread policy, with no...

Boaters Pets - If found please return Sticky

London Boaters Pets Reunited poster

If you find a PET by the waterway, it may belong on a BOAT close by!

Please check here first before ever taking them away!!

Boaters - Please display this message in your windows to help people remember to check first before ever taking away our pets! Download and print it here

London Boaters Directory Sticky

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Members are encouraged to add services that they would recommend - just visit this link and enter the details in the form provided.

Welcome to London Boaters Sticky

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London Boaters is a community-based organisation initially founded in 2008 to connect boaters. Join in to contribute or just stay informed! Read about joining London Boaters here, or read more about how this website works.

Safety and Security Sticky

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Keeping ourselves safe and our homes secure is an issue for boaters, as for people in all walks of life. However, there are certain things that boaters can do as a community to minimise the risk of crime and support each other when a crime does take place.

REMEMBER: If you are a victim of crime, try to warn other boaters in the local area. Above all, talk to your neighbours!

ALWAYS tell the police if you are the victim of crime. The more that crime is reported, the more resources will be put into the prevention of crime on the canals and rivers.

London Boaters appreciate NBTA London

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The NBTA is an open organisation which aims to defend and improve our community’s way of life.

"The NBTA London is campaigning for the rights of boat dwellers and are fundraising to cover basic costs such as awareness-raising, printing, meetings and importantly, helping other boaters. Please help us to continue our work.

Here are the sort of things we spend the money we raise on:

Printing – newsletters, placards and flyers.
Caseworker Office/ storage.

Making a 12-volt strip light run on LEDs instead

We adapted our old 12-volt strip light unit to instead use an array of 12-volt LEDs, to benefit from considerably lower power consumption and more importantly never needing to buy or replace a bulb ever again! As an electronics hobbyist who is not a professional but who already does their own boat DC electrics, projects like this are totally achievable but are still best left to someone who has a proficiency and understanding of 12-volt electrics. MAINS ELECTRICS IS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT MATTER AND SHOULD NEVER BE INTERFERED WITH EXCEPT BY A PROFESSIONAL!

Enclosure of the commons in the lower Lea valley - Some history and a new campaign

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The following link leads to a recent article; Resisting enclosure past & present: East London Waterworks, Leyton Marsh, and the Leyton Lammas lands, by mudlark121 - Resisting enclosure past & present: East London Waterworks, Leyton Marsh, and the Leyton Lammas lands

Ever wondered how a smoke detector alarm works?

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Get free smoke detectors and CO (Carbon Monoxide) alarms !!!

The London Fire Brigade are great! Rang them this morning and within an hour they had met us on the towpath with free carbon monoxide and smoke alarms! Theirs are the proper, decent ones too (the good ones in the upper photo, not the other kind in the video). Pop into a fire station and ask, or text this number and they’ll meet you too 07496 061926.

If you would like to support the fire brigade, you can donate to

Join us

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Join us to gain access to the members areas of this website, where London Boaters communicate and plan their projects. As well as being able to contribute with comments, you may also subscribe to be alerted to any new developments as desired.

Solid Fuel Stove Reminder

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Do you have a solid fuel stove? When did you last sweep your flue or check your burner? There were two bad fires on boats last winter - both boats completely burned out. The cause has not been specified BUT it does tend to be burners that cause fires on boats. If you haven't swept your flue this winter - do it now. Signs that your flue needs sweeping - no draw, smokey fire, glass gets dirty quickly, fire is more smelly than usual. If you burn mostly wood you should be sweeping every few weeks at the very least. Useful links below (please add any more useful links if you find them).

Just a few woodworking tips...

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See Jane Drill's Leah Bolden has some handy tips you might not know about...

- How to sharpen a carpenter's pencil and why is it that shape and flat?

- Making and using a tick stick, and what it is for...

- How to repair your oscillating multitool blades!

Useful information for Boaters

Copied from the London Boaters facebook group's pinned post, here are some more useful contacts, regulations and information about boating in London.


In an emergency dial 999 (i.e. crime in progress) for non-urgent or after event 101. You can add to crime incident map below: Crime incidents or accidents or any other similar incidents anywhere on canal or towpath should ALSO be reported to CRT using this form CRT safety-near-miss-reporting-form

King's Cross/Granary Sq area - for their private security dial 0207 664 5700 and ask for 'control'

To get help for a boater in need, call the Waterways Chaplaincy 07717813682

If a boat is listing badly or in danger of sinking contact CRT: 0303 040 4040 during office hours or 0800 47 999 47 out of hours, give the boat name, number and location. They will contact the owner. Try and fix the problem if you can, but if you can’t at least call CRT

FREE REMOVAL OF ANY WASTE ELECTRICAL ITEMS as long as they are difficult to handle or bulky

In the London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey, Hackney, Islington, Waltham Forest:


has a list of tradesmen, with many BSS examiners, Marine Surveyors, Gas Fitters, Electricians etc - it is kept up-to-date by the tradesmen themselves. Please consult that list for these services.


Call 01932 240790 for The Swan Sanctuary or 03001234999 for rspca emergency.


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