Here are boating resources and information by London Boaters. Members may comment on matters presented here, and add items to the London Boaters directory.

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.

Boaters Pets - If found please return Sticky

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

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 drydocks, slipways, crane-outs

Photo of Enfield Dry Dock

The original and probably most up-to-date version of this list can be found at Tims London Waterways Photos and has photos of many of the slipways, cranes and docks mentioned.

Crane Out/Hardstanding

Kecksy’s Farm – River Lee
Andy Kecksy 07707025522

Useful information for Boaters

Some 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:


(East side of London)
Clover - Michael Pinnock 07725 754570 (based at South Island Marina, Ponders End)
Baron - Red (Pete Wakeham) - 07770332512 - (all fuels and pump out)
Indus and Pictor - 07380399996 - Visit Indus & Pictor on Facebook
(West side of London)
Tom Tug/Taurus - Pete Wakeham - 07774 166497 (Denham to Brentford /bulls bridge to Camden)
Ash - Pete Wakeham - 07774 166497 (Denham to Brentford /bulls bridge to Camden .)

A new boat yard at Stonebridge N17

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Just bring your boat to Stonebridge and ask us to empty your bilge. If you do it Wednesday to Sunday you can go to Steve and Christine's cafe while you wait.

The busy little boat yard is pleased to announce our new offer. Lister SR and BMC engines oil and filter changes 90 pounds. Beta/Isuzu etc from 100 depending on model (yes that includes the parts). All offers include a free alternator charging check up. Call 07909520920 to book.

BATTERY TESTING CHARGING MAINTENANCE and DISPOSAL - We now have electric supply onsite, so if you want to know the condition of your battery, want to put it on charge overnight or have a dud you want to try and recover, give us a call or pop into the boat yard above Stonebridge lock.

Will you be falling-in this winter?

Photo from video about falling through ice

As always, try to remain calm and think things through in an emergency.
1 - Never leave your boat in gear and step off, even for a second, she's faster than you think and will run away.
2 - Never voluntarily go in the water fully clothed, chances are, no one is THAT good of a swimmer.
3 - Keep your ropes in good order, don't let them trail in the water
4 - Never ever swim up to the business end of any boat that is in gear. The prop will pull you, catch you, mangle you.(see point 2)

A question of control?

July 2018 - Perhaps boaters, especially experienced, full-time, boaters, are slightly paranoid about attempts to bind them with ever more restrictions – but it does sometimes feel Canal & River Trust is drawing the net of rules ever more tightly. Peter Underwood muses about creeping restrictions on life afloat.

Too many GPs deter CCers from signing up at surgeries

September 2017 - A new survey shows some GP practises seem to be ignoring official NHS guidelines and refusing to accept liveaboard CCers and their families. The figures also suggest the refusals are deterring other boaters from even trying, as Alec Wood discovered,

The findings of a survey by the London branch of the National Bargee Travellers Association (NBTA) show that nearly four in ten (36 per cent) have had problems registering with a GP because they have no permanent address and more than 30 per cent haven't even tried to register.


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