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 ?

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

Latest Boat Movements

  • Boat 'Burnt Oak' arrived at Fearn`s Swing Bridge 9 on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Rufford Branch (5 mins ago).
  • Boat 'paws 4 thought (the teddy boat)' arrived at Windmill End Junction on the B.C.N, Dudley Canal No 2 (13 mins ago).
  • Boat 'Bottom of Arden' arrived at Wedgenock Park Bridge 50 (Cape Rd) on the Grand Union Canal, Warwick and Napton Canal (24 mins ago).
  • Boat 'Chyandour' arrived at Wincham Hotel Bridge No 192 on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Main Line (1 hour ago).
  • Boat 'Islonian (Flavoursafloat )' arrived at Croxton Aqueduct on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Main Line (1 hour ago).
  • Boat 'Tangled Up In Blue' arrived at Cowley Double Road Bridge No 31 on the Shropshire Union Canal, Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal (1 hour ago).
  • Boat 'countess' arrived at Meadow Lane Bridge 72 on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Main Line (2 hours ago).
  • Boat 'PETROC' arrived at Banbury Lock 29 on the Oxford Canal, Southern Section (5 hours ago).

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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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