Welcome to Water Explorer...

This web site helps you plan and record your journeys around the UK inland waterways.

What will I find on this site for free ?

Want to know more? How does it work? Click here

You're privacy is important,your boatname will only be disclosed if you allow it.

Latest Boat Movements

  • Boat 'Mingulay (floating dolly lady)' arrived at Rugby Railway Bridge 72B on the Oxford Canal, Northern Section (13 hours ago).
  • Boat 'NB Gamnel Princess' arrived at Chisnell Lift Bridge 193 on the Oxford Canal, Southern Section (13 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Oleanna' arrived at Calthorpe Winding Hole on the Oxford Canal, Southern Section (14 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Islonian (Flavoursafloat )' arrived at Flecknoe Fields Farm Bridge 103 on the Grand Union Canal, Oxford Canal Section (16 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Burnt Oak' arrived at Tarleton Visitor Moorings on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Rufford Branch (17 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Still Rockin'' arrived at Windsor Road Bridge on the River Thames, below Oxford (1 day ago).
  • Boat 'Sammy Jo (Frank & Alison)' arrived at Marsh Footbridge 163 on the Oxford Canal, Southern Section (1 day ago).
  • Boat 'Still-Waters' arrived at Four Ashes Bridge 78A on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, Main Line: Autherley to Great Haywood (1 day ago).

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Click here to register to use the journey recording and Navvygator application.

Inland Waterway Maps


Zoom, pan & searchable inland waterway maps.

  • Realtime boat positions
  • Graphical route planning
  • Bridges
  • Locks
  • Winding holes

Click to view map

Navvygator - GPS


Navvygator is a standalone GPS satellite navigation (sat nav) designed for inland boating.

It uses the detailed maps from Water Explorer to provide a real time, fully automatic mapping and journey recording system - and it's free!

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Journey Recording


Water Explorer can record your boat journeys and turn these into maps as well as recording hours and distance travelled for a log book.

This is done automatically if you use Navvygator.

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