There is no definitive list of moorings. Although it would seem that it should be easy to make a complete list, so far no one has achieved it to our knowledge - if anyone knows better, please let us know. Some marina operators choose not to be on a list as they don't want the aggro of people visiting or contacting asking about vacancies.
The main sources of information on moorings are:
• National magazines - Waterways World, Canal & Riverboat, Canal Boat - produce an annual list of moorings but they are not complete as they depend on the boatyards returning a postal questionnaire. If a mooring base is not on the mailing list, it will never be in the magazine published list. Some yards do not wish to have their details published.
• The Navigation Authority for the waterway - Canal & River Trust, Environment Agency, National Trust, and the private navigations such as the Upper & Lower Avon Navigation Trusts, Bridgewater Canal, Basingstoke Canal etc.
Cruising Guides - Nicholson's, Pearson's etc - all list details of boatyards, the majority of whom have moorings.
• Internet sites
• Other boaters
• Walking or cycling the towpaths or cruising the canals in the area of your choice.
• The price of the mooring depends on the facilities offered and the demand in that area.
• A mooring on a farmer's field with no facilities or no parking may cost £15 to £20 per foot per year.
• Average mooring fees around the Crick area for marina based moorings (with water, electricity, pump-out, diesel, gas, parking) are £30 to £45 per foot per year for the mooring only.
• A marina with full facilities (including 24-hour security, secure parking, water & electric on each pontoon, pump-out, laundry, shower rooms, chandlery, docking, diesel & gas sales, servicing) would cost £40 to £60+ per foot per year for the mooring only.
• Licences are purchased from the Navigation Authority whose area you wish to cruise or moor in. C&RT fees at the moment can range from £400 to £1,000 per year depending on the boat size.
• For links to various navigation websites click here: Navigation Authorities
For more details regarding boat ownership, including costs, try the excellent
handbook from the British Marine Inland Boatbuilding