British Marine – We are members of this industry organisation which provides us with up to date information on industry activities and sets us standards to adhere to regarding our performance. In particular our boat broker is a member of the Boat Brokers and Retailers. This means that our contracts are supplied by British Marine and therefore are designed to give maximum protection to buyers and sellers as we complete the sale procedure for either a new or used boat. We also use a formal Client Trust Account for all transactions relating to both new and used boat sales thereby protecting your money during the sale process.
Canal and River Trust – This is the charity responsible for the management of most of our canal and river network. To cruise the canals you need a Canal and River Trust (CRT) license, the cost for which depends on the length of your boat.
Boat Safety Scheme – In order to obtain a CRT cruising license and also boat insurance it is mandatory for boats to have a valid Boat Safety Certificate. This is carried out every 4 years and is a check to ensure that the boat is safe to use.
Recreational Craft Directive – This is a manual that every new finished boat should have to confirm that it has been built to industry standards. Introduced initially as a voluntary initiative at the end of the 1990’s it became mandatory in the early noughties. This means that purchasers of second hand boats should be inspecting an RCD manual as part of their viewing when considering purchasing.
NOTE: If the boat has been supplied as a sail away for self fit out, then it may only have a shell builder’s certificate of conformity and not full RCD.
Helmsman’s Course – For new owners then we offer informal training on how to handle your boat and use the locks. For those owners that would like to formalise their training, then the RYA offer a formal helmsman’s course.
Inland Waterways Association – The Inland Waterways Association is a membership charity that works to protect and restore the country’s 6,500 miles of canals and rivers
Staffs and Worcs Canal Society – This group of enthusiasts is dedicated to supporting the upkeep of the Staffs and Worcester canal. Regular meetings are held at Wolverhampton with interesting speakers and a monthly magazine is produced.
Crick Boat Show – This is held every Spring Bank Holiday and is the place to go if you are considering buying a canal boat, be it narrow or wide beam. It is also popular with existing boat owners looking for anything from some basic chandlery through to re-furbishment suppliers.
We are proud to attend, showcasing the work of Perrydale Narrowboats as well as carrying details of used boats that we have for sale.