What is the Community Boat?
The Swansea Community Boat is licensed to carry up to 45 passengers plus crew. It has disabled access (a wheelchair lift), bar, galley, toilets and washroom. The “floating classroom” is a resource for school pupils and for lifelong learning. In addition to volunteers, staff will be employed to manage the trips and events.
Based at the Swansea Marina, the Swansea Community Boat will operate on an existing waterway – the Tawe River Navigation – and the project will support the regeneration of local communities, through the rebirth of their historic waterway.
The picture above is of SCBT’s first boat – Black Prince. 2014 will see the arrival of a purpose built boat “Copper Jack”.
The Community Boat has been designed to undertake a variety of roles, and has been fitted to a very high standard. Traveling on the boat is a pleasant experience for all. A fully enclosed cabin and central heating will make trips less dependent on the weather. A small galley and bar offer basic refreshments, although full catering facilities can be provided if required.
The Community Boat has met the stringent requirements of the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA), and is licensed as a passenger vessel on the Category “B” waters of the River Tawe and Swansea Marina.
Generating revenue will achieve economic sustainability for the community boat project. Running costs for the project will come from:
- Schools and Community groups on trips
- The general public coming on boat trips from the National Waterfront Museum at Swansea Marina
- Corporate and agency hospitality events, perhaps linked to visits to the Liberty Stadium, or venues at Swansea Waterfront
- Sponsorship by the local business community
- Regular contributions by individual members of the Trust (“Friends”)
- Bookings for private functions (birthdays, weddings, etc)
- Special interest organisations on outings – industrial heritage, conservation, etc
A charitable trust manages the Swansea Community Boat, working closely with the City and County of Swansea, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, Swansea Museum Service, National Waterfront Museum, Welsh Government, Communities First Development Trust, local canal societies, and others.