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Marine Boater Code


  • Keep to speed limits.
  • Minimise wash, especially around wildlife, sensitive habitats, other water users and moored boats.
  • Don’t throw anything overboard.
  • Respect voluntary no-anchor and no-access zones.


  • Avoid damaging sensitive seabed habitats by using designated slipways, choosing your anchoring location wisely, and use available moorings whenever possible.
  • Keep your boat’s bottom clean to maximise efficiency.
  • Follow best practice when handling fuels, oils, paints and antifoul.
  • Avoid discharging black water unless far offshore – ideally fit a holding tank.
  • Use environmentally friendly products
  • Follow the Check, Clean, Dry guidance to prevent the spread of invasive species.
  • Observe wildlife from a distance, approach no closer than 100 metres.


  • Research your destination to get the most out of your visit.
  • Plan your route taking proper account of weather and tides.
  • Take relevant training to enhance your awareness, confidence and enjoyment.
  • Plan your clothing choices for bad weather.
  • Make the most of the UK’s amazing marine spaces whilst safeguarding their waters, wildlife and habitats!

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