This is a website primarily for people new to boating on the UK Inland Waterways. If you are an experienced boater then you will already practice all that we talk about here and this site isn't for you. We have no desire to appear to be patronising.
If you want to learn or improve your practical skills then there are many excellent training establishments, (see our "Waterways Links" page).
But if you want to learn what is acceptable, (and unacceptable), behaviour on the waterways then browse this web site.
Considerate Boater reviews many practises that you might want to adopt to keep harmony on the UK Inland Waterways.
Simple things like keeping your music down to a dull roar and not behaving badly after a drink are obvious. But etiquette at locks, moorings and winding holes may not be so obvious to the newcomer to boating.
Hirers are often on the receiving end of disrespect from established boat owners because of their "apparent" lack of consideration. In reality, hirers are usually the most polite of users and it is only perhaps a lack of knowledge that makes them appear to be inconsiderate. Hire boat operators have our sympathy. They have very little time to hand over a lifetime of experience to their customers.
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