Waterways Ireland (whom God preserve) tell me that, at end December 2013, there were
- 8816 boats registered on the Shannon
- 5570 boats registered on the Erne.
There are different requirements for registration on the two waterways. But the main problem with the figures is that there is no incentive to deregister if a boat is sold off the system. As there is no annual charge for registration (or anything else), an owner whose boat is sold to an owner overseas or indeed on the sea loses nothing by failing to deregister. it is therefore possible that the figures overstate the numbers of registrable boats on the two systems [on the Shannon–Erne Waterway, which registration on either of the other two is required]. And then there are the boats that are not required to be registered ….
But, for what they’re worth, there the figures are.