THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BOAT OWNERS

Monday, May 01, 2017

Surveys

Boaters John Sloane and Lucy Holmes have published the results of a web based survey on boater's views on moorings, completed this summer.
The survey was designed and circulated by John in the late summer of 2013.
John is a liveaboard Continuous Cruiser, who has CCed for 8 years covering the complete
system and has spent the last 12 months trying to ensure the voice of boaters is heard by the
Canal and River Trust.
Lucy is a liveaboard boater who has moored for many years on the Grand Union Canal and now lives on the River Thames. Lucy has an MA from the University of Edinburgh and an MSc from the University of Surrey and currently works as a researcher in a national charity.
The survey was administered by using Survey Monkey, the online survey software, and consisted of an online questionnaire. All boaters were invited to take part and responses were collected between 20th August and 17th September.
NABO understands that the report has been given to CRT and published on canal forums.
John has kindly given his permission for us to put on our website.
 
NABO welcomes the publication of this survey and thanks the authors for the considerable efforts made to publicise and interpret the responses. It gives food for thought on several issues. One of the conclusions could be that if CRT were to dredge to the edge at either end of the existing visitor moorings there may be sufficient space to mean there is no need to introduce any changes to the existing stay times . The resulting saving in costs of signage, patrolling, new rules etc etc would probably even pay for the dredging.
 
You can read the report here.