CRT Continuous Cruising Rules – Interrupting Your Journey For Maintenance and Repairs
This post is intended to clarify CRT continuous cruising rules from our viewpoint and is aimed at clients planning on meeting up with us for canal boat and narrowboat repairs. Many people are unclear about the regulations concerning CRT continuous cruising rules. We often hear from clients who do not want to interrupt their cruising pattern to come to our location for routine maintenance or even for more urgent repairs. It is not problem to interrupt your cruising pattern to come to us for repairs!
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Interrupting Your Cruising Pattern – Common Sense
First things first: it is not in the interest of CRT to stop you from having your boat repaired. They also do not want to stop you having routine maintenance carried out by licensed contractors or a licensed local boatyard. Well maintained boats keep moving. They create less interruption and less need for CRT to get involved. All this is saving CRT time and money. Well maintained boats are also better for the environment. They cause less pollution and pose less of a risk for the waterway and surrounding wildlife. CRT continuous cruising rules and the Waterways Act are not meant to prevent licensed maintenance of any boat.
Further to these common sense arguments, there are two important documents published by the Canal and River Trust. These are meant to explain what CRT considers to be a genuine constant navigation. CRT does not require boats to continuously move in one direction for the duration of their license period. This is a common misunderstanding, mostly based on rumours.
CRT Continuous Cruising Rules – CRT’s Take On The Law
The first document on CRT continuous cruising rules we are referring to is the “Guidance For Boaters Without A Home Mooring”. This is simply an explanation of the Canal and River Trust’s interpretation of the British Waterways Act. It states that “the boat must genuinely be used for navigation throughout the period of the licence”. The document goes on to say that “unless a shorter time is specified by notice the boat must not stay in the same place for more than 14 days (or such longer period as is reasonable in the circumstances)”. It also explains how CRT interprets the terms used in the wording of the law. CRT’s understanding of terms such as “place” and “navigation” is explained in detail.
CRT’s interpretation of the law is of course debatable. Many a discussion has been had and there have been numerous court cases. For the purpose of this blog post, it is sufficient that we have established that CRT would like you to move your boat to a new area every two weeks or less.
CRT Continuous Cruising Rules – Monitoring
The second document on CRT continuous cruising rules we are referring to is entitled “Continuous Cruising Monitoring”. It explains that when monitoring boat movements CRT “look at the furthest points a boat has visited over the year”. Canal and River Trust say “that it is very unlikely that anyone travelling a range of less than 20 miles (32km) would be able to satisfy us that they are bona fide navigating and that normally we would expect a greater range”.
Most importantly, this documents states that CRT “don’t want to set a rigid pattern and we know that sometimes boats will turn round every so often if they reach the end of a canal, revisit a favourite spot once in a while or go back to refuel etc.”. This makes clear that you and your boat are free to interrupt you cruising pattern and return to places you have already been at. CRT also says that “many boaters will occasionally need to stay somewhere for longer due to breakdown, illness or other emergencies” and that “every year we grant hundreds of approved overstays, but we need to hear from you to be able to do so”.
The Bottom Line
We are aware that CRT continuous cruising rules have been, and continue to be, the subject of much heated debate. We understand and respect that everyone will have their own interpretations and opinions on the subject.
This post is intended to help our clients better understand why it is perfectly fine to come to us any time they wish. Boaters are not in breach of their licence if they temporarily match our cruising pattern for boat repairs and routine maintenance.
If in doubt, you should ring or email CRT and let them know that you are planning to come to the Floating Boatyard for boat repairs. Feel free to get in touch anytime if you need assistance.
You can reach us by calling 07886388689 or by messaging us through the contact form.