Peer-to-peer accommodation guidelines

For a safe and enjoyable accommodation experience, please follow these guidelines. Regulations vary from location to location so ensure you are aware of the relevant regulations applicable to your vessel.



• Obtain permission from the marina to offer overnight accommodation

• Comply with all laws and regulations relevant to your boat location and use

• Inland Waterways require a non-private Boat Safety Certificate. See:

• Boats must not leave their mooring

• Guests on board must not exceed max person capacity on the vessels builders plate

• Guests on board must not exceed the number of guests booked

• Follow marina guidelines (safety/noise/toilets etc)

• Manage the guest and the stay yourself, or with your own agent

• Complete a handover with a person familiar with the boat and marina, that includes;

- Safety & access

- Operating instructions of the boat and its systems

- Environmental issues of being on board (toilets and rubbish etc)

- Marina guidelines

- Emergency contact number(s)


• Make sure the boat is a safe environment for guests;

- Trip hazards

- Getting on and off the boat

- Check all electrical appliances and connections

- Provide a torch(s) for the guest to use when going ashore

• The boat should have a current gas safety certificate (if relevant)

• Gas and CO alarm to be fitted and working

• The boat should have a current fire safety certificate

• The boat should have a current electrical certificate

• Marina safety instructions to be included in the handover;

- Alcohol

- Pontoons & ladders

- Flotation devices

• Provide access to lifejackets for children and non swimmers


• All boats must be covered by their insurance policy to provide overnight accommodation

• If in any doubt please contact your insurance broker or insurer for confirmation

• Check the booking agent provides a level of personal accident cover for guests

Click here to download a PDF of these guidelines.


Contact us with any questions you may have, or with help to list your boat with Beds on Board.