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About 5000 people choose to live on boats on UK canals without any fixed mooring place, now a new organisation has been formed to represent their interests.

Winter Continuous Cruisers

A newly-formed independent waterway boater’s organisation – The Association of Continuous Cruisers (ACC) – was officially launching on 27 September in Birmingham. As well as providing support and advice ACC intends to campaign for the interests of all its members.

Britain’s continuous cruisers enjoy a lifestyle that is distinctive due to both the benefits and restrictions that accompany boating without a designated home mooring, which is protected and regulated by Section 17 of the British Waterways Act 1995.

ACC feels that many of the issues that continuous cruisers face – such as access to medical treatment, and the provision of winter moorings – are unique to them.  The association intends to provide advocacy and support to its members in tackling these and other day-to-day issues.

One of the core tenets of ACC’s mission is to ensure that the Canal & River Trust (CRT) hear their voices by building a positive working relationship with CRT in perpetuity. Another aim is to raise awareness of the positive role that members play within the wider waterways community, and challenge negative perceptions about the reality of the role of the continuous cruiser.

A number of continuous cruisers successfully negotiated with CRT earlier in 2013 to change the allocation process and pricing structure for online winter moorings, resulting in lower-priced winter moorings being available to all continuous cruisers for this winter.

CRT chief executive Richard Parry of said – “Continuous cruisers make an important contribution to the life and vibrancy of our waterways and so the creation of ACC is a positive step forward which we very much welcome. We hope the new association will help improve communications and mutual understanding between continuous cruisers, CRT and other boating groups”

Further information about ACC from John Sloan, Tel: 07759 207846, or

Thanks to Harry Arnold and Waterway Images for this report and image.

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