Boat Watch is a community scheme which operates in the same way as a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme to prevent and detect marine crime and reduce the fear of crime. Dedicated co-ordinators in each area have a direct link to their local policing team and share information with them about any suspicious activity.

There are a number of marine enforcement agencies working together to protect the area and supporting the Boat watches including Devon & Cornwall Police, Border Force, Environment Agency, Cornwall Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority, Marine Management Organisation, HM Coastguard, National Coastwatch Institute, RNLI and the Fowey Harbour Commissioners.


The following Boatwatch schemes operate in Fowey Harbour:


Golant Boatwatch

Golant Boat Owners Association (Boatwatch)

Now established for over 16 years, the members of the Association are committed to the reduction of marine based crime in the Golant area.

They provide a ‘visible’ watching brief in and around the river and boat moorings in Golant, to deter thefts and vandalism.

Anyone can become a member of the Golant Boat Owners Association (Boatwatch) and the owning of a boat is not a pre-requisite! Members are encouraged to join the active “boat watch” scheme, and undertake a number of “watches” throughout the year, so that most days are covered with someone keeping an eye on things.

Simply fill in the application form and send it off to the secretary.

Download Golant Boatwatch Application Form


David Jenkinson (Chairman of the GBOA) Telephone: 01726 832246 E-mail:

View GBOA Facebook page


Fowey Boatwatch

Fowey Boat Watch operates around the estuary both ashore and with afloat patrols that take place during the day and at night. The volunteer teams are supported by the new Devon and Cornwall Police Marine Officer who is equipped with a fast rigid inflatable boat (RIB). The boatwatch team provide important surveillance around Fowey Harbour.  As well as the high visibility patrols, our large team, many of whom are boat owners and house holders who overlook the estuary, are constantly in and around the water monitoring activity. 

Ashore the team can provide anti theft stickers, posters and security information.  

To find out more about the Fowey Boat Watch or how you can join the volunteer team, please make contact via the email address or call Bob Harris on 07894 723585 or Mike Wittamore on 07720 038370.

Please remember if you see anything suspicious contact the police on 101. or 999 if a theft is in progress


Penmarlam Boatwatch

Penmarlam Boat Watch covers Penmarlam Boat Park and the pontoons and moorings in the Mixtow Pill area.

High visibility patrols are carried out around the area on a regular basis.

To find out more about the Penmarlam Boat Watch and how you can join the volunteer team, please contact Lee Phillips on 01208 831092 / 07926 073633 or email

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