Golant Boatwatch (Golant Boat Owners Association)
Originally set up in 1995 to combat marine related crimes on the river Fowey, the voluntary
association has continued to provide an ongoing and successful resource that has limited the level of
marine crime in this area. Seen as a forerunner of other more recent schemes in the area, the Golant
Boat Owners Association (now more commonly known as Golant Boatwatch) has continued to provide
an ongoing “watch based” service in the village and on the river.
We are organised through a standing committee and very much supported and guided by our local
Police force, the Fowey Harbour Authority and local council. Our activity, administration and finances
are available for review (by members) at the Annual General Meeting normally held in the village hall
in November of each year. We also hold an early season “get together” to celebrate the start of the
boating season and to provide an opportunity for members to meet up in a social environment.
Members come from a wide variety of backgrounds but all have a desire to play their part in the
minimising of marine crime. We do so by carrying out “walking patrols” along the many moorings in
the village and also “by boat”, on the river Fowey.
If you have a boat on the river, then it is probably worth considering becoming a member, but owning
a boat is definitely not a pre-requisite, with many of our members simply living locally and wanting to
“do their bit!”
Our philosophy is simple: By being “visible” we will deter crime and in this regard we wear HiViz
jackets to make our activity more obvious to all.
As an association, we also promote boat and equipment security and safety on the river, via our entry
in the village newsletter, the Golant Pill, where members (and non-members) can keep up to date
with activity and other boating related news.
Anyone wishing to become a member of Golant Boatwatch and help in the ongoing task of beating
marine based crime can simply download the PDF application form which can also be found on the
Fowey Harbour Commissioners web site under Boatwatch.
Alternatively, simply contact David Jenkinson (Chairman) on 01726 832246 or e-mail: