There have been quite a few anxious wooden boat owners wondering when they can dunk their precious boats in the briny to stop them drying out. Now that DEFRA has officially declared boating open, in England at least, many locked down boat yards are preparing to get the backlog of boats launched and back on their moorings.
“All forms of water sports practiced on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately-owned motorised craft (in line with the guidance issued by the relevant navigation authority) are allowed.”
Of course, some yards still need time to get their new procedures in place to ensure safey and social distancing. Some Port Authorities haven't yet responded to the announcement which may restrict activities in certain areas. In London, the PLA has just issued Notice to Mariners No9 of 2020 which allows the tideway for recreational use. You are still not allowed to stay onboard overnight which is an obstacle to those who live a long way from their boats. Nevertheless, this is a very welcome move especially for wooden boat owners!
Our shop is still closed but there has been a lot going on backstage. Parcels are still being shipped out so if you need anything to prepare your boat for launching then please either phone us (between 11:00 and 16:00 BST) or order online.
We look forward to hearing from you!