ACT Boat Moving Services


ACT Boat Moving Services are fully Licensed and Insured as Transport Operators with Canal and River Trust, Environment Agency & Avon Navigation Trust
​We are a trio of friendly live-aboard boaters with over 35 years' combined experience. 

We offer a reliable and efficient, cost effective solution to your boat moving relocation requirements.  We skipper your narrowboat or widebeam to any destination using the United Kingdom Inland Waterways network of rivers and canals, quickly, safely and legally.

Our intention is to make the relocation of your boat a stress free experience for you.

We are happy to give a no obligation quote for any journey, long or short.  References can be provided on request. 
​​​Looking up the main flight of Hatton locks
​We are professional boat movers, not people looking for a holiday on your boat!

​We never leave your boat unattended, bringing with us sufficient food and equipment for the duration of the move.

​We have full Public Liability Insurance covering us to move your narrowboat or widebeam on the Inland Waterways canals and rivers of the United Kingdom.

​We are licensed Transport Operators with Canal and River Trust, Environment Agency - Anglian Waters and the Avon Navigation Trust.

​Over the last four years we have succesfully delivered hundreds of different narrowboat and widebeam vessels to various marinas and wharves across the network for a variety of clients.

​Despite our familiarity with the routes involved, we carefully plan each journey, ensuring that we can move your boat safely and efficiently without disturbing or upsetting the environment or other canal users. 

​We look after your boat during the move as if it was our own.  We think of the canal network as our neighbourhood and treat it as you would expect. ​​
​​​Chris keeping check at Braunston
We undertake engine and weed hatch checks prior to starting each day.  We famaliarise ourselves with all controls of your boat and, if it is a new purchase, we will familiarise you with what we have found during the journey when we hand the boat over to you at the destination.  During the move we will update you regularly regarding our progress.
​We want you to feel comfortable with your decision to use ACT Boat Moving Services and to be confident that we will provide you with the service you are looking for, within the timescale you need and at the price agreed.  We remove the stress from you, getting your boat where it needs to be, safely and on time. 
​​​​​​​​​"Our aim is to offer a no fuss service, where you can hand over the keys and we take care of the rest."
  1. Many thanks to Andy and Chris (and not forgetting Tanya) for getting our narrowboat Pedn Vounder from Debdale Wharf to Mercia Marina for sale through New and Used Boat Co. All done very professionally with minimum of fuss. They bought everything they needed including covers for the floor and furniture and arrived in good time for the open day at Mercia which was a bonus. Good luck to you all for the future.
    Glenn Foyster
  2. ACT just moved my boat from Droitwich to the Llangollen and they did a superb job. From the outset they gave me confidance that they knew what they were doing so I was happy to trust them with my home. They were quick, very professional and utterly charming. I recommend them highly
    Dominic Ebery
  3. Andy and Chris moved my boat down from Whilton Marina to Packet Boat a couple of weeks ago. Andy was friendly and helpful from our first phone conversation and they were both a pleasure to deal with. I had quite a tight timeframe in which to move the boat and they, along with Whilton, worked with me to get the boat down in time for me to move aboard. Communication throughout was clear and reassuring and they even got the boat to me a day earlier than originally planned for. Would definitely recommend ACT in the future. Honest and professional boat movers, and nice people!
    Derry Pigweed
  4. Leaving a review on behalf of my father. These guys were fantastic, moving his narrow boat from Whilton Marina to Rickmansworth. Great price, great communication and really friendly. On arriving at its destination, they went through all the boats functions, which is extremely helpful when you are new to the world of canal boating. We also couldn't believe how quickly they managed the journey. 5 star service, thanks guys!
    Jake Butcher
  5. A fantastic service and customer relations,the team delivered my home in an efficient and professional way,I have 100% trust and would recommend their services to anyone who needs a boat relocating and thanks to Chris for the very useful advice !many thanks again jay(strider) apologies for the delay and best of luck
    Jason Murphy
  6. A big thank you to the guys at ACT for moving our narrow boat from Whilton Marina to Apsley Marina. We would highly recommend their professional and friendly service which is excellent value for money! Emily and Dave
    Emily Cusack
  7. Thanks guys for a job well done ahead of schedule. Took all the stress out of getting my boat from north to south! Highly recommended.
    Gary Street