Hints & Tips

The boat club committeee and its members have a wealth of knowlegde and experience of boating and boat related topics. 

Below we have tried to provide a source of this knowledge, if there is anything missing please contact us.


Disclaimer: Farndon Boat Club accepts no responsiblility for the accuracy of the FAQ contents. 

River Etiquette

The following notes are intended for newcomers to the river, but should be read by the experienced users of our waters as a reminder of the care and consideration we expect from other users when we ourselves use a boat on the river.

Local Lock Priorities

Feature Trip boats ‘Nottingham Princess’ and ‘Sonning’ have priority over leisure crafts as these are commercial crafts and run to schedule. It is also advisable to let these craft into the lock first due to their size and for your safety.

VHF Radio

A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures.

Boat Winterisation

If you’re going to leave your boat unattended for any period of time you will need to take steps to protect it from the damaging effects of winter. We’ve put together some tips to help you prepare your boat for the colder months ahead.

Lifejackets & Bouyancy Aids

It is sensible to wear a lifejacket, especially near locks, deep or fast flowing water and at night. We recommend that children, non-swimmers and those with disabilities wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid at all times.

Safety at Locks

Some basic Do's & Don'ts to help keep you and your crew/passengers safe.

FIRE Safety on Boats

Did you know? Fires on boats have killed 30 boaters in the last 20 years.

Most fire are preventable. Here is some tips and advice on how to protect your boat and crew from fire, and what to do should a fire break out.

Boat Safety Scheme (BSS)

The Boat Safety Scheme, or BSS, is a public safety initiative owned by the Canal & River Trust and the Environment Agency. Its purpose is to help minimise the risk of fires, explosions, or pollution harming visitors to the inland waterways, the waterways' workforce and any other users.

Practical Guide - Used Boat Self-Survey

For most of us, a used boat purchase represents the second largest purchase we are likely to make. Even a modest boat is a serious outlay when you are on a modest income. 

ref: www.motorboatowner.co.uk

Select the link below "Read more..." to download the Motor Boat Owner "Practical Guide - Used Boat Self-Survey" booklet.

If you can't find the information you are looking for, or have suggestions on information you feel other members would benefit from please get in touch.