Inland Waterways Checklist

Whilst not necessarily complete, here is a checklist of those essential items you should make sure not to forget when going out on your canal boat, inland cruiser, houseboat or dutch barge.

  • A windlass for winding the canal lock paddle mechanism up and down.
  • Mooring pins and mallet
  • A Waterways Authority key to access British Waterways facilities/ to open some locks
  • An anti-vandal key to open canal lock paddles (used primarily in inner-city areas)
  • A canal guide (these will provide details of water points, fuel points and stopping places)
  • A mobile telephone for use in emergencies
  • A full first aid kit
  • A water bottle
  • Life jackets for non-swimmers and children
  • A torch, a basic toolkit and a few spares (a spare fuel filter, fan belt, engine oil, propeller lubricant, battery connectable bilge pump)
  • Full water-proofs
  • Fuel cap opening key - although can often be borrowed if forgotten!

Finally of course, is that we would also always highly recommend some good company, a few luxuries, your favourite nibbles, a 'long intended to read' book and your favourite tipple... for those that way inclined!

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