Need to know
From moorings and safety to fuel and provisions, we’ve got everything you need to know to head off on a trip of a lifetime
Do I need a license?
No, you don’t need a license to operate a cruiser or a barge. You don’t even need to have operated one before. While experience is always useful, full training will be provided with teaching sessions for your whole team and a trip out with a tutor. When you’re ready to take the helm you’ll be given navigational charts and a captain’s handbook.
Are the stops far apart?
No, moorings are close to each other on Ireland’s five main waterways, the River Shannon, the Shannon-Erne link, the Erne Waterway, the Grand Canal and the Barrow Navigation.
What should I know before setting off?
It’s a good idea to stock up on fuel and provisions in advance, just in case. Make sure you know how to handle the locks if you’re traveling along a canal, ask about any areas that are off-limits along the way, make sure you have access to weather information, know how to empty the septic tanks and find out emergency numbers or what to do in the event of an emergency.
Who does cruising suit?
Cruising suits everyone but particularly families and good friends who want to spend more time with each other. It’s worth bearing in mind, though, that it won’t really suit babies, toddlers or those with impaired mobility.
Is it okay to drink and drive?
Absolutely not. You should refrain from all alcohol when in charge of a boat.