Welcome to The Boatmaster Centre
The Boatmaster Centre is no longer operational
The Boatmaster Centre was a family business operated by Malcolm and Alison Allcard, who were in the Inland Marine industry since 1976 under the trading names of Top Lock Marine and Top Lock Training, offering a range of services from cruising restaurant to boatbuilding. Since 1998 they offered an extensive portfolio of Inland Waters boathandling training.
The Boatmaster Centre was established to cater for the specific needs of skippers of commercial vessels as prescribed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s new Boatmaster regulations. The regulations cover Small Passenger Vessels, Passenger Vessels and Commercial Vessels including workboats. The Boatmaster Centre offered a range of courses suitable for skippers of all types of passenger and freight/work boats operating on Category A, B and non-linked C waters.
Following Malcolm's death at the end of July 2020 The Boatmaster Centre is to close with immediate effect
Malcolm had over sixty years of inland boating experience, over thirty of these in the commercial sector. He held a Tier 1 Boatmaster Licence and was a trainer for the Royal Yachting Association. The Boatmaster Centre was a Maritime and Coastguard Agency ‘Accredited Course Provider’.
Malcolm, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, will be sadly missed by family, friends, colleagues and customers. He will also leave a huge role to fill at the Northern Chamber Orchestra, where he was a very active and appreciated Chairman since November 2011.
Alison has an administrative background and was heavily involved in the day to day running of the marina and training business since its conception. She holds a City & Guilds qualification in I.T.
Thank you to past customers, family and friends
Alison would like to thank all Boatmaster Centre customers for their business, and a special thank you to familey, friends and others who have been so supportive during this very difficult time.