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"Old" previously used BA reg numbers are reissued now too, so I doubt there is any system any more.

One of my dinghies was issued with a two digit numeric plus one alpha, about 5 years ago.

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R Derwent in Derbyshire forms the resevoirs, Derwent, Howden and Ladybower, where the dambusters practiced and where they flew the tributes recently. it runs thorugh Chatsworth, Matlock, Matlock Bath, Belper and Derby before joining the R Trent at Shardlow.

The Yorkshire Derwent drains the North Yorks moors and runs through Malton, Stamford Bridge and lots of villages before joining the R Ouse at Barmby.  It  used to be navigable to Norton and beyond but the upper reaches weres closed a long time.  An attempt was madein the 1980s to force the land owners to allow navigation but the locals and the Yorkshire Derwent Trust finally lost in the appeal court.  Navigation remains to Stamford Bridge although Elvington/Sutton-on-Derwent  Lock is currently out of action on safety reasons.  The river also offers access to the Pocklington Canal.

The Derwent has no navigation authority but EA will inspect that the boat is non-poLluting and issue a Permission to Navigate certificate.  The Derwnt is the source of much of S Yorkshire's drinking water.  There are large extraction works on the banks.

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When Grebe was being built in April 1999 we applied for a BA registration and we were allocated 16E.  When we arrived in Broadland we spotted two new Belaugh Boats that were 2E and 3E?.

In general they run a number series with a following letter until 999 is reached, then start again.


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3 minutes ago, 16E said:


In general they run a number series with a following letter until 999 is reached, then start again.


Spot on. Strow is also right in saying that the BA now recycles old numbers. Bit of a bummer for people on a long term restoration project who then find their number has been re-allocated though.

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