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Yes. If you intend to hire out water-bound pleasure crafts (including sailboards, rowing boats, canoes, motor boats, pedalos and larger boats) that are for personal use or carrying passengers, you will need a licence. You must also not carry more passengers that you are licensed to carry.
A licence is also require for anyone wishing to use a vessel for a commercial charter as a pleasure boat that is under 24 meters in length, does not carry any more than 12 passengers and does not undertake voyages which go out to sea. This boat must be under the command of a person holding a Boatman's Licence.
Please note the definition of a 'pleasure boat' or 'pleasure vessel' is a boat or vessel that is let out for hire to the public or is used for carrying passengers for hire.
If you wish to apply to operate a pleasure boat, The Council must be satisfied your boat is safe. Therefore your boat and its fittings will need to be examined on an annual basis by one of the authorised marine surveyors. In addition you will need to have public liability insurance no less than 5,000,000.
All pleasure boats will be under the command of licensed boatmen, which is now applicable for people that assist and navigate the boat. To become licensed you must be over 18, obtained at least RYA powerboat level 2 with 12 month's experience and documentary evidence of medical fitness.
The preferred medical forms to be completed are either ML5 (DOT Medical report) or ENG1 (DOT Medical Fitness Certificate). We will also accept DVLA Group 2, HSE and CAA certificates. If you have another medical form you think could meet same standards please email email@example.com to see if it would be acceptable.
The forms for the ML5 are available to download from the government website (they can be found by Googling MSF 4112). These can be completed by your GP.
Approved doctors who can complete the ENG1 certificate are available here:
For Colchester the one listed there is:
Dr S Stacey Room 10 Abbeyfield Medical Centre Ypres Road Colchester CO2 7UW
Tel: 07968 250305
For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pleasure Boat Licence conditions
See our licensing fees and charges
Download a Pleasure Boat Licence Application Form
Download a Boatman Licence Application Form
We aim to have a Pleasure Boat Licence completed within 28 days.
No. It is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period then please contact us. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below – need to check this info.
Please contact us in the first instance. If you wish to appeal against a decision you may do so two days after the decision to your local Magistrates Court.
Please contact us in the first instance. If you wish to appeal against a decision you may do so two days after the decision to your local Magistrates Court. You must give 24 hours notice of your intention to appeal.
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint you contact the licence holder first – preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If this does not work and you are located in the UK, Consumer rights - GOV.UK will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.