specialist postal service for boaters

Over 30,000 live-aboard narrowboats,  barges,  cruisers and houseboats populate our rivers and canals.

It doesn't matter whether you live on a working 40 foot ex-colliery narrowboat,  or have finally retired to your shiney gin palace. . .   constantly cruising or on a permanent mooring.   Once you spend any time at all on the water you'll learn that life can be a pain without a postal address for your bank,  credit card issuer,  insurance company,  the passport office,  the DVLA,  HMRC or DWP . . .   even on-line retailers like Amazon won't deliver to a numbered PO box or a third party location such as the marina office!

Live aboard?  You can still have your mail delivered via canal post!

the solution

is a virtual mailbox account from expost . . .

. . .with a real uk street address,  five user names on each account,  free mail forwarding and a scan to email option.   A simple choice of Private or Business accounts means that,  whether you need a postal address for your own personal and family correspondence  (including parcels and on-line shopping)  or for commercial use,  canalpost have the answer.

Business and Private boaters mailboxes - UK address examples

Costing just 55p a day, an account will give you a real UK street address,  with up to five different named users,  free mail forwarding and a scan to email option for urgent letters.   As well as having a fixed postal address for your own private correspondence  ( including packets and parcels ),  you can now trade on Ebay, Etsy or Amazon from your boat,  with a genuine returns address for your products!

your names, our addresses

Because many businesses,  banks,  credit card and insurance companies,  couriers and authorities,  including HMRC and the DVLA,  will not deliver to,  or even recognise,  an obviously numbered PO box,  every expost mailbox has a real postal address that it inherits from the Mail Centre of your choice!

selecting a mail centre location

During registration, you will be asked to select the Mail Centre address that you would prefer.

Expat Mail Centre address example - Swansea, West Wales Expat Mail Centre address example - Fife, Scotland Expat accommodation address example - St. Neots, Cambridgeshire Expat Mail Centre address example - Telford, West Midlands Expat Mailing address example - Taunton

We are opening a new Mail Centre about every six weeks,  so if you don't find an address that suits your needs yet,  please check back or email with your preferred location and we'll message you as soon as a Mail Centre launch is scheduled in that area.


is free, all you pay is the onward postage

You now have a fixed,  UK street address for official,  financial and personal correspondence,  and all of your on-line shopping.   Your letters and parcels are being signed for on your behalf and stored securely in our Mail Centre,  ready to be forwarded. . .   but the questions still remains,  how do we get them to you?

don't worry, we have that covered!

Scheduling mail forwarding from your UK virtual mailbox to a local Post Office Poste Restante

poste restante...

probably the post office's best kept secret

Did you know that you can have your mail delivered to a Post Office of your choice,  for collection in person?
And,  best of all,  the service is completely free.

Letters sent to virtual addresses for canalpost

business or private. . .

which do I need and how do they differ?

Although both Business and Private mailboxes can receive letters and parcels for up to five named Users and are the same price, the Data Protection Act means that we need to record the status of each mailbox so,  if your account is only to be used for your own personal correspondence,  select Private.

Click on Business if you intend to use your accommodation address for any kind of commerce or trading, or if you want to include a business name as a User.   You can still use it for your personal mail of course and,  as a bonus,  if you take a 12 month Business account you can also use it as the registered office address for a Company,  at no extra charge.


Cheapest Business and Private mail forwarding for liveaboard boaters

affordable, fixed, pricing

guaranteed for the lifetime of your account!

Already cheaper than a numbered PO box from the royal mail, our straightforward charges are frozen for as long as you hold a continuous account with us.   Two years,  twelve years or twenty years from now. . .   you will only ever pay the prices as they are shown in this website on the day you register.   We absolutely guarantee never to charge you more to renew your account,  handle your mail or scan your letters!


Live Support for UK narrow boaters

live support

always here when you need us

Our Mail Centres are open 24 hours a day,  364 days a year to receive,  sign-for and secure your letter post and parcels.   Most importantly,  live support is available by telephone,  email,  chat and Skype from 8am (UK time) every weekday morning,  including Saturdays and Bank Holidays,  so you always have access to our help and advice when you need it. . .   and a team of people to update your account when you have no internet connection!   Ask Trustpilot what our customers think. . .

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Business and Private mailboxes for year-round static caravans

expost,  vanpost, and expatpost are all trading styles of Expost Holdings Limited,  registered in the UK.