USE­FUL IN­FOR­MA­TION

Canal Boat - - Tidal Cruising -

Pi­lots: For The Wash, speak to Daryl Hill on 07909 880071 well be­fore you want to travel for ad­vice and to make a book­ing. He han­dles trips in ei­ther di­rec­tion and also to and from Den­ver on the Great Ouse. He prefers to take two boats so you may have to jug­gle dates a lit­tle. Glouces­ter Pi­lots are re­spon­si­ble for the Sev­ern Es­tu­ary and have an in­for­ma­tive web­site ( glouces­ter­pi­lots.co.uk). Con­tact them on 07774 226143, again 7-10 days be­fore you hope to go. You will have to fit in around com­mer­cial traf­fic book­ings. One pi­lot – one boat is the usual rule and ev­i­dence of clean fuel is nec­es­sary. Costs: Bud­get around £ 200 for a pi­lot plus, on the Sev­ern, that £ 22 lay­over fee at Por­tishead and moor­ing fees at Bris­tol (three nights was £79 but it’s a great city to visit). In­surance: You will need to ex­tend your cover - we paid about £ 30 per trip. Book­ings: All book­ings of locks, bridges, moor­ings is done by the boater. Con­tact Wis­bech Yacht Har­bour 01945 588 059, Bos­ton Grand Sluice Lock 07712 010920, Sharp­ness Dock 01453 511968, Por­tishead Quays Ma­rina 01275 841941, Bris­tol Har­bour 0117 927 3633.

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