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Code for good canal boating launched

PUBLISHED: 15:10 21 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:10 21 June 2017

Be considerate to other boats, whether on the move or moored (photo: Martin Ludgate)

Be considerate to other boats, whether on the move or moored (photo: Martin Ludgate)

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The Residential Boat Owners Association is hoping to foster considerate behaviour and good practice on the canals with new voluntary code of practice

Liveaboard inland boaters’ group the Residential Boat Owners Association is hoping to foster considerate behaviour and good practice on the canals with a voluntary code of practice that it’s just drawn up. What it describes as a “brief voluntary charter” covers cruising, mooring, behaviour and boat maintenance in ten points:

- Respecting the rules and guidelines of the navigation authority.

- Keeping boats in a condition which complements the local environment.

- Mooring considerately and in line with signage.

- Respecting land-based users by not causing an obstruction or detracting from their enjoyment.

- Keeping boats in a safe condition, so they do not present a hazard to other users.

- Respecting neighbours on land and water.

- Being considerate to other boats, whether on the move or moored.

- Respecting the environment and heritage of the waterways.

- Being willing to share knowledge and skills with others.

- Working with RBOA to support responsible waterway use.

Boaters are being invited to give the code of practice their personal backing by going to rboa.org.uk and clicking ‘Code of Good Practice: Register Your Support’.

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