Frequently Asked Questions


How Does It work?

Calling RCR’s Emergency number puts you directly through to the RCR breakdown control centre. Our highly trained staff will access your situation and organise the required assistance and work to resolve your problem quickly and effectively. The control centre will dispatch an RCR engineer to your location, pass messages to family or friends and also arrange for any provisions you require to be picked up. The RCR control centre will keep you up to date with any relevant information and the estimated time of arrival of the RCR engineer. The average response between the control centre receiving your call and the RCR engineer arriving at your location is 2 hours.

What information will the RCR control centre require from me when I contact the emergency number?

If I breakdown and I am not a member can I join?

You can still join but you will have to join at the minimum of the silver level and there is a one off call out charge of £75 for joining on a breakdown. Membership is normally activated 72 hours from when an application is received, so it is cheaper to join RCR before you breakdown.

Where do RCR cover?


RCR offers cover on all inland navigable Rivers and Canals in the UK.

There are restrictions on tidal estuaries. However if you are safely moored and accessible we will still attend even on tidal stretches (see terms and conditions).

RCR offers full cover on the tidal stretch of the River Trent and have a permanently stationed launch to provide assistance from Newark to Keadby.

Who is covered the boat or the member?

Under the Gold level you can chose either for the vessel to be the member so any user on the resisted vessel is covered or for the member to be covered on any boat.

Under the Bronze and Silver level the member is the registered user and covered for the registered vessel only.

Under the retainer level the vessel is the member so any one is covered for breakdowns under this level.

If you do break down and find that you are not covered e.g. you’re a Bronze member and have lent your vessel to a friend and it has broken down without you onboard, you can still contact us for assistance we will charge a callout fee and we can upgrade your membership if required at a later date.

What are the benefits of joining RCR?

RCR provides its members with Breakdown and Recovery Assistance Nationally 24hrs, 365 days a year. With RCR there are no hourly charges or callout charges and we offer four levels of membership to suit all requirements and needs.

RCR provides the following benefits with its memberships:


What are the pay on use services?

All RCR members have access to a number of exclusive pay on use service such as:-

The RCR Guaranteed Servicing, which is available at a set price and with money back guarantee that new parts are exchanged during a service.

The RCR Maintenance Courses is a travelling road show; scheduled at different locations around the country to ensure that all of our members have access to the courses.

Personal Boat Transportation RCR can provide a RYA trained person to cruise your craft back to your chosen location, should you have any difficulties on your travels.