Join Our Management Committee

At The Boating Association’s recent (virtual) AGM, it was decided that more members should be invited to join the committee.

No need to worry, no onerous tasks are waiting for you, The committee just values your ideas and opinions. Even without Covid restrictions, The Boating Association is largely an electronic organisation with only one or two physical meetings each year.

Please contact The Boating Association using the following methods linked: or any committee member about joining, so you can have your say.

Stay Safe Everybody.

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The Latest Boating Association Boat Safety Scheme Report Is Live

The Boating Association Boat Safety Scheme Officers Report:

Boat inspections have resumed following a shutdown due to Covid-19, however, at the time of writing inspections carried out year to date are some 21% down compared 2016.

One meeting of the Boat Safety Scheme Advisory (BSSAC) Committee was cancelled this summer, however, a virtual meeting of members has just been held.

Incidents & accidents year to the end of October are abstracted from data regarding 155 boat incidents. These are in inland waterways plus coastal waters, which are included on the basis that risk assessments and judgements made can be associated with inland waterways.

To Read The Full Report Please Follow The Following Link:

BSS Officer’s Report November 2020

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Don’t Let CO Ruin Your Life!

Take the lessons from the death from carbon monoxide poisoning of two friends in York

Following the deaths of two friends from carbon monoxide (CO)  poisoning in a boat called Diversion in York in December 2019. The boaters died when the improvised and mismatched cabin heater installation leaked exhaust gas resulting in lethal amounts of toxic CO being pumped into the cabin near the steering position. The leaking gas and the fact that there was no working CO alarm aboard, may have led to the poisoning of the men’s blood systems without them having any warning.

The BSS joins with the MAIB in asking boaters to install appropriate appliances safely and ensure they are maintained correctly and have at least one suitable working CO alarm aboard.

The BSS stresses that work on any exhaust system should only be installed according to instructions with approved parts, suitable for marine use. The BSS also urges boat owners to have a suitably qualified fitter carry out the installation and checking work. Both organisations strongly recommend that any fuel-burning systems should also be checked routinely by competent engineers, at least annually and any faults found, addressed without delay.

The MAIB also advises boaters to install a CO alarm, preferably meeting safety standard EN 50291-2:2010 (a marine use standard) following the instructions for installing it in a boat.

Boats with permanent accommodation space on the UK’s waterways covered by the Boat Safety Scheme requirements must have at least one suitable CO alarm installed – more details are available on the BSS website.

‘Carbon monoxide is a silent killer and staying alive can mean recognising any early signs of poisoning and knowing what to do if CO poisoning is suspected.’ said, BSS manager Kevin Tyson.

‘It’s critical that boaters fully take on board the potential dangers of carbon monoxide. It cannot be seen, smelt, tasted, or felt and in high concentrations, CO can kill without warning, sometimes in only minutes.’

‘Even breathing-in lower levels of CO over a longer period, can have serious effects such as memory problems and difficulty concentrating.’ He added

The early symptoms of CO poisoning can be masked or mistaken for colds, flu or COVID-19. Victims might suffer headaches, suffer mood changes; feel sick and dizzy; or be tired and confused, some may have stomach pains and start vomiting. More serious affects can quickly develop such as loss of balance, difficulty breathing or controlling limbs and eventually unconsciousness.

Any carbon-fuel burning appliance or engine can cause CO – carbon fuels include diesel, petrol, gas, coal, wood and charcoal.

The BSS has the latest advice for boaters: – Don’t let CO ruin your life!

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The Boat Safety Scheme Urges Boaters To Follow The Latest MAIB CO Advice

The Boat Safety Scheme has put out a notice to all boaters urging them to follow their latest advice which was formulated in conjunction with the government’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB).

The latest (26/10/2020) advice regarding CO can be found in the BSS document linked below:

BSS’s & MAIB’s latest CO advice

Stay Safe and Install your CO alarms.

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Update correct as of 21/10/2020:

The works for the Boston Barrier project are still on-going. This project is being carried out by contractors on behalf of the Environment Agency and is located on the River Witham, near Boston Lock.

Boaters are advised that routine testing of the Boston Barrier is scheduled to be carried out. This will mean that the Barrier will be in the raised CLOSED position between the stated times on the following dates:

23rd October. 15:40-21:40

24th October. 16:40-22:40

25th October. 1715-23:15

This is approximately three hours either side of Low Water on the PM tide. The riverside Barrier information boards will indicate to boaters that the barrier has been closed.

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