The information guide provided by Peel ports lists several items the "ship" should have
We now have all the above items though Almanacs and Admiralty charts are not necessary we have them just in case. We thought we might have a blocker with the age limit though, but as I'm just 21 years of age with 37 years experience I guess that counts as acceptable.
All vessels on the canal have to be inspected by Peel Ports recognised surveyors for "sea worthiness". Whilst we will not actually be going outside the canal into coastal waters the requirement still has to be met.
Yesterday I phoned a Mr Taylor at Middlewich and have booked AmyJo's inspection for 11th July. Mr Taylor has a house on the canal near Wardle lock and has kindly offered for us to moor AmyJo there whilst he carries out the inspection. We readily accepted his offer as we get to have another cruise. in AmyJo.
Talking to Mr Taylor this inspection is not really as bad as is sounds. He would be happy as long has items 1, 2, 4 and 5 are met. We do not have a mast head light but in his words "You are not allowed to cruise the canal at night so nav lights are not going to be much use in daylight are they, in fact on a narrow boat they are just for display really" I could always turn on the Francis lamp, they would definitely see that.