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Boats and caravans

Living on a boat

Would it suit you?

If you are considering living on a boat, there are a number of things you need to think about before making a final decision or spending any money. It is always a good idea do some research and to talk to other people about their experiences.

Residential moorings

If you decide to go ahead, one of the first things to investigate is where you will moor your boat. There are a limited number of moorings on each waterway, and not all of them are available for residential use. There is often a waiting list, so you should try to get your name down as early as possible. Moorings are provided both by British Waterways and by independent providers. You can find out about moorings on the British Waterways network (external link), by visiting their website.

British Waterways is a public corporation. They manage a 2,000-mile network of canals and river navigations in England, Scotland and Wales. They work with private, public and voluntary partners to conserve, enhance and improve these waterways. British Waterways are funded by revenue from their business activities. They also receive a grant from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) (external link).

Walsall is part of the Midlands and Southwest Region. There are two Main Offices in the Midlands :


Address : British Waterways, Albert House, Quay Place, 92-93 Edward Street, Birmingham, B1 2RA

Phone : 0121 200 7400


Address : British Waterways, Pool’s Wharf, Lichfield Street, Fazeley, Tamworth, B78 3QZ

Phone : 01827 252000

Waterways Ombudsman

If you have a complaint against British Waterways, which hasn’t been solved by their internal complaints procedure, you can contact the Waterways Ombudsman. There is a time limit for bringing complaints and there are certain matters they can’t deal with. To find out more visit the Ombudsmans website.

Essential services

When deciding where you moor your boat, you need to think about what services you will have access to. For example,

Where will you get clean water, power and fuel?

How will you get rid of rubbish and empty your toilet?

If you don’t have your own transport, are there shops etc nearby or is there a good public transport service?

How secure is the mooring? Can your boat be broken into?