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

Boaters' Tips - Security

These are tips and ideas from boaters on safety and security on the water:

If you do have something stolen, set up Ebay and Gumtree alerts for them. Valuable items like bikes and generators sometimes come up for sale.

Try to take a picture of suspected burglers. Not only does this help identification, sometimes even just pretending to take a photograph can frighten them off.

Be secure, but don’t make a fortress you can’t escape from in a fire.

Don’t be daft (e.g. using your MacBook Pro with the curtains open, in Hackney, at midnight).

Operation Whistleblower

Boaters whistles are a community initiative to deter burglers and warn other boaters of an attempted break-in.

If you see someone acting suspiciously, for example looking through boat windows, or if you actually see a crime taking place, BLOW YOUR WHISTLE to alert your neighbours and CONTACT THE POLICE.

EMERGENCIES - Call 999 if the crime is taking place. If the crime has already happened and the perpetrators are gone, call Project Kraken on 101.

How to use your whistle:

Please don’t cry wolf! Don’t play with whistles or use them when no crime is happening.

Project Kraken

This is the Metropolitan Police’s Marine Unit. They have jurisdiction of the canals and rivers in London.

Email: project.kraken@met.police.uk

Telephone: 101

The police advise that we familiarise ourselves with the local area each time we moor somewhere new, so they can get to us quickly if a crime does take place.

Look for a street sign or memorable sight and calculate approximately how far you are from, it in which direction.

Thinking of buying a boat in London?

If you're looking at boats in the capital (and you don't know boats) then beware that there are some rotten deals. Often ancient hulls that are probably pretty knackered, painted up, done up nicely inside, but being offered at a premium to people who want a cheap apartment.

Never compare a boat to a flat to decide whether it's a good deal, compare it to other boats.

The hull (and the age of the hull) is the most important thing. Try to buy as new as you can afford. Because the hull is the most difficult/expensive thing to fix. Followed by the engine. Everything else you can alter.

LILO website

A boater set it up many years ago with the idea that anyone can get editing rights and put up a page of info, about how to do things, electrics, maintenance, painting, engines, stuff like that, or add to whats there already. There have also been three LILO boaters gatherings. LILO isn't really anyone, its there as a resource and for anyone who wants to input.

http://www.lilo.org.uk/

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