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Boat Grading Scheme

Boat Grading Scheme

British Marine has worked with VisitEngland to develop the Boat Grading Scheme which was previously operated by Quality in Tourism. Following discussions with representatives from the sector, we have developed a two tier scheme which includes the British Marine Hire Boat Handover scheme and an updated and refreshed VisitEngland star rating scheme for holiday hire boats.

VisitEngland Quality Accredited Boatyard logoQuality Accredited Boatyard (QAB)

This first part of the scheme looks at the systems and procedures that an operator carries out in running a hire boat or fleet of boats. It encompasses the requirements of the Hire Boat Handover Audit.

In order to participate in VisitEngland’s star rating scheme, all boatyards/boat operators must hold a current QAB certificate. QAB will not carry a star rating, but will be an accreditation, endorsed by VisitEngland and British Marine, that offers reassurances of safe and legal practices together with good customer services. The QAB assessments are to be carried out every three years.

Boat Grading/star rating

The optional second part of the assessment process will be the assessment of individual boats. This will be a star rating, one to five. A boatyard/operator will only be able to have boats star rated if a valid QAB rating is held. However, a boatyard/operator with a QAB rating may choose not to have boats star rated, or just some of the fleet. Boats will need to be graded annually to remain within the scheme.

The star rating for boats will have minimal criteria requirements and will be based largely on the quality and condition of the individual boat and also the comfort and ease of use for the maximum number of occupants.

British Marine will be operating the QAB and Boat Grading Schemes under licence from VisitEngland. British Marine has recruited a team of industry assessors who have recently been trained by VisitEngland and British Marine and are now able to offer assessments for both QAB and the Boat Grading schemes.

Narrowboat and cruiser

One Star
Acceptable overall quality. Clean, with adequate provision and quality of furniture, furnishings and fittings

Two Star
Good overall level of quality with good customer care in all areas. Fitted radio.

Three Star
Very good quality, well maintained and decorated. More space and colour TV available.

Four Star
Excellent overall quality with highest comfort and attention to detail.

Five Star
Exceptional overall quality, fixtures and fittings. Wider range of accessories with salon/living area separate to sleeping cabin

Hotelboats

One Star
Acceptable overall quality. Clean, with adequate provision and quality of furniture, furnishings and fittings

Two Star
Good overall level of quality with good customer care in all areas. Fitted radio.

Three Star
Very good quality and comfort, and well maintained and decorated. Meals with wider choice of quality items, freshly cooked from good quality ingredients.

Four Star
Excellent overall quality and attention to detail, with higher levels of comfort and service.

Five Star
Exceptional overall quality, guest care and service. Wider range of accessories and highest level of décor, fixtures and fittings.    

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