Pleasure Boats


A pleasure boat is a vessel that is hired to the public, either with or without a crew.  If the boat is on the River Arun, it will require a licence from us.  The exceptions to this are boats which go outside of the River Arun, or boats with more than 12 passenger seats.  In these cases, the boats would need to be licensed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.


The crew of a pleasure boat will require a navigator licence, which can be obtained through an application to us.  The crew will be required to show evidence of certain qualifications and complete a short seamanship test with the local Harbourmaster as part of the application process and more details can be obtained from the form.


Application forms

Pleasure Boat Licence Application.doc [doc] 63KB 

Application to change a boat hire licence

Application to renew a boat hire licence 

Application to be in charge of or navigate pleasure boats.pdf [pdf] 125KB


Fees for boat licences can be viewed on our Fees and Charges page.