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COVID-19 NATIONAL LOCKDOWN

I cannot currently accept bookings due to the national COVID-19 lockdown that prevents any travelling until late February (at the earliest.)

All of the UK's waterways are in lockdown and any movement must be for essential reasons only.

When I can accept bookings, I'm always happy to wear a mask and to sanitise surfaces and touch-points as I move around your boat.

Please wear a mask when we meet.

Giles, Your Helmsman.

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Your Helmsman, Boat Mover: Equality and Diversity Policy

Equality and Diversity Policy



Your Helmsman is dedicated to encouraging a supportive and inclusive culture in all it does. I believe it is in my best interest to promote diversity and eliminate discrimination in the workplace.

This policy reinforces my commitment to providing equality and fairness to all and to not provide any less favourable facilities or treatment on the grounds of age, disability, gender choice or gender presentation, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, religion or belief, or sex or sexual orientation.

I am opposed to all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination. I strive:
  • To create an environment in which individual differences and the contributions of all people are recognised and valued.
  • To create a working environment that promotes dignity and respect for everyone.
  • To not tolerate any form of intimidation, bullying, or harassment.
  • To promote equality in the workplace, which I believe is good management practice and makes sound business sense.
  • To encourage anyone who feels they have been subject to discrimination to raise their concerns so I can apply corrective measures
  • To encourage my co-workers to treat everyone with dignity and respect.
  • To regularly review all my practices and procedures so that fairness is maintained at all times.
Your Helmsman, as an organisation, and I, personally, will inform all co-workers that this equality and diversity policy is in operation and that they must comply with its requirements and promote fairness in the workplace. The policy will also be drawn to the attention of funding agencies, stakeholders, customers, learners, and job applicants.

This policy will be monitored and reviewed annually to ensure that equality and diversity is continually promoted in the workplace.

Disclosure: Your Helmsman is the trading name for Giles Williams who is a bisexual, cisgender, man, who has previously been active in sexual politics.

[this version dated 02/11/2020]

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I love moving boats on the UK's canals and rivers, It's why I became a boat mover. I take my craft very seriously, and I take great pride in manoeuvring boats with accuracy and skill. I'm a firm believer in continuously improving my skills and abilities too. I'm in the process of becoming and Inland Waterways Helmsmanship Certificate Instructor, and have recently acquire my VHF short range radio certificate so that I can navigate waterways where a VHF radio is required. My business is moving your boat, but it's also my passion. I hope I can help wou with a truly professional move for your boat. If you use my trip planning page it will produce a quick estimate of the days needed to move your boat. I charge per day so each boat move is calculated on that basis. You can find other boat movers. But in my experience I doubt you'll find one as well reviewed, committed and professional as I am. Thank you for reading this. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Giles was the true professional from start to finish. All stages were well planned and explained meticulously. Contact was above and beyond expectation and any problem that occurred was dealt with in a similar fashion. Very reasonable rates given the responsibility involved. I would thoroughly recommend ‘ Your Helmsman ‘ for any boat move. Thank you Giles from a very satisfied and happy customer.
Giles moved my narrowboat for me when I was laid up and couldn't reach it. His professional move was very, very much appreciated.

It’s been a strange and difficult year for everybody. But Your Helmsman has achieved a few goals, even given the treacherous shoals we’ve been navigating.

The raw numbers show that I’ve only navigated about 700 lock miles, which is a long way down from last year. But that includes completing a few navigations this year that have been on my bucket list for a while, particularly the Gloucester and Sharpness canal, the whole of the non-tidal River Severn, the River Avon, sections of the tidal Thames and all the Worcester and Birmingham canal.
In addition I’ve gained my VHF short-range radio operator certificate (and made my first calls), and added the Inland Waterways Helmsman Instructor qualification to my resumé.
I won’t be offering RYA certified courses just yet, but it has enhanced and informed my coaching skills and I expect to be doing more of this in the future.

Now we’re entering the quiet time of the Winter closures. I hope to see more of you next year as we enter a vaccinated, R-value controlled New Year.

Happy Holidays to everyone celebrating them!