Monday, October 21, 2013

New Community Noticeboard

The new Community Notice Board is now up in the pump out operation/cassette disposal block on Jesus Green. Feel free to use it for your own small ads / notices that would be of interest to boaters!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Riverside Consultation Report

Riverside Consultation The report from the consultants about Riverside has now been published on the Council’s website. It seems that there is a general feeling that boats should be allowed to stay. Exactly how that will fit in with the existing mooring scheme and the waiting list, as well as the Health and Safety aspect of access remains to be seen. 

 The Council will be discussing the issue at a public meeting on the 8th October in the Guildhall from 5pm

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Guide to the Cambridge Backs

Between October and March, powered boats are permitted to navigate the Cambridge "Backs", by arrangement with the Connservancy.

Camboaters (in collaboration with the Conservancy) have produced a comprehensive guide to navigating the Backs in a powered boat, which can be downloaded or read online:

Read Online

Monday, August 19, 2013

Summer Newsletter 2013

Hi all

Here's the link to the electronic version of the latest newsletter, including details about the next social - a BBQ on August 30th, and a handy guide to the blades colours of the river Cam rowing clubs!

Paper versions will be dropping into boats this week.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Notes on Meeting with Cam Conservancy/City Council 4/7/13

Navigation Issues
Issue of boats moored blocking access to waterpoints. The new sign is up but seems to have had little effect. The gap between the railings and the Waterpoint on Stourbridge is consistently full, making it difficult for boats to wait for water. We stressed that because this is a navigation issue, both the Cam Con and the Council should make efforts to deal with it. The enforcement officers are continuing to tackle this issue
"Rosie" using waterpoint for pick up of passengers. They do have permission for this but boaters needing access to the waterpoint have priority, and the trip boat must to move up if boats need the waterpoint. We asked about trimming back the Crack Willow near the Jesus Green waterpoint such that it is no longer dangerous to moor under. 

Several boats have left following the crack-down on unlived on boats, but the exact details of these and the negotiations ongoing with some boaters are private matters and the Council will not divulge details. The biggest issue to come out of the meeting was the fact that the mooring waiting list is frozen, until the Railings issue has been decided upon. This is because one of the consultation options is to give Railings boats moorings on the Commons, and they want to make sure they have space to do this should it be the preferred option. UPDATE: We believe that this move is premature and pre-empts a decision which has not yet been made. Cllr O'Reilly is going to be taking this matter
forwards with the other Councillors for us and I will post any updates here and elsewhere.

Riverside/Railings moorings Consultation
The Consultants have yet to report back on this - we expect to hear the results at the October Environment Scrutiny Committee Meeting.

Waterways Chaplaincy

The Waterways Chaplaincy started in the St Albans area but has expanded significantly since then. It is a strictly non-evangelical (i.e no preaching) group who minister to the needs of the boating community, as objective but informed people who can help those in need get access to services or just provide a sympathetic ear. The scheme has been very successful and well received by boaters on the Grand Union and the Rivers Lee and Stort. Currently our nearest chaplain is based in Huntingdon, but there is a possibility that we will get one for the Cambridge area.

River Festival 2014
We really hope that this will go ahead next year. Various other groups eg Cam Valley Forum are interested in helping organise. Our next meeting will be the first week in September.

If there are any issues you would like us to bring up at the next Council meeting, or at our meetings with the Cam Conservators or the River User Group meetings, do let us know.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Trusted Tradespeople

We are compiling a list of people in the Anglian waterways region who are trusted to carry out boat/engine maintenance and surveys/boat safety exams. If you would like to recommend someone email

See the link at the top of the page or


Friday, January 25, 2013

Events on Midsummer Common 2013

For your diary: events authorised for Midsummer Common this year

10 March               Cambridge Half Marathon
31 March               City to City Trail Run
24-28 April             Santas Circus
2-6 May                 May Fair
1 June                   Strawberry Fair
19-24 June             Midsummer Fair
28 July                  London-Cambridge Bike Ride
6 Oct                    Town & Gown 10k run
5 Nov                    Bonfire Night

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

48' narrowboat for sale on the Cam

Narrowboat Lucky Duck is for sale. Here is the Apollo Duck advert:

Lucky Duck is a 48ft traditional stern narrowboat first registered in 1986, with a reliable BMC 1.8 engine. It sleeps 2 + 2 on a sofa bed, makes a great live-aboard boat and is well adapted to coping with being away from shore power. Easy to handle and well laid out inside with a traditional 'saloon forward' layout, it would be a good starter boat for anyone looking to begin a life afloat, or enjoy some holiday cruising. All systems are in good working order.

Last out of the water July 2011, BSC until Dec 2013. Hull surveyed April 2013.

Guide Price: £27,500 ono

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