Long established expertise in insurance for narrowboats and other craft on the UK’s canals and waterways including:
Collidge & Partners are specialists in narrowboat insurance covering vessels using the UK Inland Waterways. We have been offering clients exceptional service and excellent value for money for many years. Today, as in the past, we provide excellent cover at competitive insurance premium rates.
Our insurance policies are underwritten by marine insurance specialist Navigators & General, part of Zurich Insurance, one of the world's leading insurance companies.
Please call us on 01303-290872 and our friendly staff will be happy to find out more about your craft, explain the cover you need, and provide verbal and written quotations on request.
We are able to cover a wide range of boats which use UK canals and inland waterways.
Narrowboats: canal boats less than 7 ft (2.1 metres) wide with a maximum length of 70 ft (21.3 metres) and steered with a tiller rather than a wheel. Narrow boats are usually constructed of steel.
Motor Cruisers: Motor, day pleasure and recreational boats with an inboard or outboard engine. Can range from an inflatable dinghy to a large motor boat or cabin cruiser which has an area for people to live or sleep in. Often this term refers to craft of the same design as a Narrowboat but made of GRP (fibreglass) rather than steel.
Widebeam Canal Boats: The width of a Widebeam Canal Boat usually ranges between 10’ and 14’ and they are typically constructed along the same design as a Narrowboat but with a more spacious interior.
Dutch Barges: Usually a lot bigger than a narrowboat and can range from 50’ up to 100’ in length
Our Small Boat Policy is suitable for: vessels of 25’ and under, constructed of GRP (fibreglass) or wood. See here for details
The standard cruising range for our UK Inland Waterways Policy is the Inland non tidal waterways of the United Kingdom and the Broads, Fens and inland tidal waters for direct access to inland navigation systems.
We also offer insurance for narrowboats and other river craft in France, Belgium and Holland provided that the vessel is UK registered.
Our European inland waterways scheme can incorporate delivery trips from the UK to a mainland European Port by way of road transit. Channel crossings can also be covered for seaworthy vessels that are built and categorised for sea crossings, such as widebeam vessels, Dutch barges or larger motor cruisers.
Our Small Boat insurance policy is able to provide cover over a wider cruising range including the UK Inland and Coastal waters and Inland waterways of Europe up to 12 nautical miles offshore. Excluding crossing of the English Channel, Irish and North Seas.
Our standard narrowboat policy provides cover for your vessel, outboard motors, equipment, fixtures and fittings.
It also includes third party cover for costs you are legally responsible for due to damage or injury caused to others, their craft or property.
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Narrowboat insurance isn’t a legal requirement in the UK, but there is a requirement for a minimum of £2m public liability cover prior to buying your boat licence for use on UK inland waterways.