Here are feature articles by London Boaters. Members may comment on matters presented here.

Mooring ban at historic site

April 2017 - The moorings at the top of Tardebigge lock flight on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal is one of the key spots on the system – it was where waterway revival champions Tom Rolt and Robert Aickman met in 1945 and the IWA began – but boats can no longer moor on the spot as Peter Underwood reports.

A word of warning about boat renting

April 2017 - Following the sinking of a boat that was being rented out, apparently through a shared ownership deal, in London, Peter Underwood looks at the growing pressure on the Canal & River Trust to take action.

Heather Deakin and her boyfriend were on a narrowboat, Midnight Diamond, on the River Lea south of Tottenham Lock when the vessel started to take in water. Within minutes it tipped over and was almost completely submerged, and Heather Deakin, 34, a student at the College of Naturopathic Medicine, lost most of her possessions.

Lies, damned lies and C&RT excuses ...

April 2017 - Unfortunately the Canal & River Trust seems to have difficulty with the telling “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth,” as is demanded of court witnesses and Allan Richards has been examining its claim that boaters have been telling the Trust that the current licence system is “complex and out of date.”


April 2017 - A few weeks ago Allan Richards compared management costs of the National Trust and the Canal & River Trust and we asked Floater readers Does the Canal & River Trust have too many highly paid directors?

Hundreds of boaters responded and more than 95 per cent said that they believed there were too many highly paid bosses in C&RT, less than five per cent of respondents disagreed.

Boater splits on CC and wide beam licence options

April 2017 - Back at the start of February, when the Canal & River Trust announced it was reviewing licences and claiming that boaters wanted changes, The Floater launched a survey to ask what changes boaters wanted to see. Peter Underwood reports on the results, just in.

Canal & River Trust’s attempt to change the way boats are licensed is already provoking disputes between the charity and various boating groups.​

Bargee Travellers occupy controversial moorings

April 2017 - The National Bargee Travellers Association is fast becoming the most outspoken and publicly visible boaters' organisation, especially in London where it has just moved into direct, peaceful action against the plans of the Canal & River Trust, Peter Underwood reports.

C&RT licence - boaters in conflict

April 2017 - Many boaters are concerned that the current review of boat licensing by the Canal & River Trust is unnecessary and an excuse to impose further restrictions and higher charges on some types of boater. Peter Underwood has been looking at two disparate views

Like C&RT, the Inland Waterways Association believes that changes are needed to its boat licensing system that 'would allow it to focus resources and give boaters a fairer deal'.

It echoes C&RT's unsubstantiated claim that boat owners see it as 'complex, out of date and inequitable'.

Two sides of bridges

March 2017 - Boaters tend to see bridge repairs as a hindrance to their passage – especially when they are long term and block the waterway at peak times, like the current stoppage on the Bridgewater Canal and another on the BCN's Wyrley and Essington Canal – but a bridge is a two-way structure, writes Peter Underwood.

Bridges are vital to road and rail traffic and the upside is that means they are sometimes someone else's responsibility and repairs don't have to come out of the navigation authority's resources.

Charity makes strange bedfellows

March 2017 - Rich benefactors are often welcomed with open arms by charities and the Canal & River Trust is no exception – but bringing in cash for a good cause can mean getting into bed with some strange bedfellows, as Peter Underwood reports.

EA inaction takes boaters back to 1950s protests

March 2017 - It seems boaters on Environment Agency waters in Eastern England are having to go back the campaigning cruises of the 1950s in an attempt to shame the Agency into keeping navigations navigable, Peter Underwood reports.

The latest is an attempt to navigate the Old Bedford River by boaters from Project Hereward – although it is not the first.


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