But we won’t tell if you take an extra person…..

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As mentioned all over this website, the maximum number of passengers on any small boat in the UK, if not in Europe, is twelve. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency certify larger boats but this is not feasible for small vessels, so there are rarely boats certified for under 20 passengers and most larger canal boats are permitted to carry around 60.

In a recent prosecution (March 2014) the MCA, SKIPTON CANAL BOAT COMPANY FINED AFTER OPERATING UNLICENSED VESSELS, a passenger boat skipper who carried 13 people on his small passenger boat was fined £3,600. We will not be joining him and rigidly enforce the law for everyone’s safety.

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