An exciting part of your boating holiday in England is passing under the many bridges - and sometimes even through tunnels. When staying on the upper deck of the boat, be aware that there is rarely standing height under bridges, so drive slowly, sit down, and keep an eye on the kids. Where necessary there will be handed out map, on which it will be marked what bridges to be particularly aware of.
NB! Osney Bridge on the west side of Oxford is too low to pass!
When possible use the local toilet buildings. The toilets on the boat are emptied into a tank container onboard, which has a very limited capacity. Therefore, use only a little paper at a time and do not put anything in the toilet that can clog the tubes! Always use a plastic bag for paper and waste to avoid clogging.
With normal use the tank should be emptied sometime during the week. Look for the blue/white sign for ‘pump-out stations’ during sailing and when in the marinas.
The lock fees are included in your boat rental when booking a riverboat in England, however, you may face a few fees if wanting to enter private waterways (but it is rare).
There are often marked so-called ”weirs” on the local maps. A weir is a small, artificial damming that is often seen in one side of the river/canal. It is often marked with a bold line or written in red, “weir”, that is drawn partly out into the water or were the river meets another river.
Keep your distance, as the current can be quite strong near the weirs. Also remember to keep a certain speed, so the boat will not get caught in the stream. Should the engine stall, you should quickly throw out an anchor.
Note the speed limit on the signs (usually 5-10 km/h).
The fines for exceeding the speed limits are high, as the animal and bird life and anglers thrive in the peaceful nature along the riverbank. The greater the speed – the more violent waves, the more uncertain it becomes for all. It definitely is not a popular move, if you get to be the reason why the beer is spilled all over the table on your boat – or someone else’s.