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Boat Mover Short Moves in London

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If you’re not far from me in London (I live in East London) then I’m very willing to help you move your boat for shorter trips, for example to fulfil your boat’s license conditions. For moves within the Greater London area that take less than a day I charge the following:

£20 for the first hour, after I arrive at your boat.

I do not charge for travelling to you. Often, I will cycle, or use public transport at my own cost.

£15 for each hour after that.

I allow up to ten minutes wiggle time . So, if your move takes one hour and eleven minutes I’ll still expect £35, but you can expect to have the use of my expertise and advice for a further fifty nine minutes, should you want.

Your boat should be ready to move when I arrive.

Please read through my boat move checklist (you can ignore the Domestic arrangements section for a one-day move.)

In London a boat can not travel as far in one hour as a boat on most other waterways, because of the large numbers of other boats around. Typically, speed is restricted to about two lock-miles per hour (two locks, or two miles, or one mile and one lock.) However, an hour’s cruising is usually enough to satisfy the Canal & River Trust’s requirement for a boat to be in ‘another place’.

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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!