Who will toil for Belle?

Time to get out on the water again, says Desborough Sailing Club's Ross Archer.

Firstly, thanks for all the kind messages regarding my impending move to the East Coast. It’s much appreciated and I’m delighted that so many people enjoy Riverwatch – I hope I’ll be able to keep it going.

Casting off off for pastures new – Mort’s on the move

What a beautiful weekend we’ve just enjoyed. Temperatures up into the high teens, wall-to-wall sunshine and memories of that abysmal winter rapidly vanishing into a distant haze.

For whom the Belle tolls

Heaven and Belle: She has been gracing our waters since 1894 but the beautiful steam launch SL Belle could be sunk unless a new owner is quickly found.

I've always had a real soft spot for historic ships and boats. Vessels that hark back to an era when Britain really did rule the waves and when craftsmanship was something to be proud of rather than regarded as old-fashioned.

Owners floored by mooring fees

Dutch barge Angelus - now classed as a houseboat.

Most of us who own and use pleasure craft on the Thames have complained over the years about the steep increases in the cost of launch licences levied by the Environment Agency and its forebears.