As we enter Lockdown 2.0, it is clear some anomalies have understandably emerged, in respect of which British Marine are seeking guidance. So whilst boats can be used for recreational purposes, owners must seek professional help for e.g. maintenance and winterisation.
DEFRA officials told British Marine that no sector specific guidance would be produced and instead, individual businesses should interpret and comply with government guidance already published. DCMS has now confirmed that recreational boating can be part of an outdoor exercise regime either alone, with 1 other person, or within your household or bubble, with guidance stating: “There is no restriction on the type of activity you can do when exercising, provided that you are within the permitted gathering limits. All forms of water sports practised on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately owned motorised craft (in line with the guidance issued by the relevant navigation authority) are allowed provided that the guidance on social distancing is observed.”