Much of what we achieve goes unseen by the waterways community, even boaters and our own membership, because it goes on behind the scenes. It is often not about winning or loosing but about maintaining a long term relationship with navigation autorities and refreshing the knowledge of what is going on. It is from this strength that we can campaign and respond to individual events or wider consultations.
However, there are certain areas in which we have been instrumental in affecting the waterways world.
If you scan the website you will see some of these achievements. In this section we list some of the successes since our inception.
NABO campaigns extensively on mooring strategies. This is a significant issue, and is guaranteed to gather wide views, regardless of boating patterns. Everybody wants a good safe mooring near that pub, shop, car park or remote spot in the country. Towns, villages and canalside venues want visitor moorings so that customers can come and go. And they also want enough boats to provide a destination venue for non boating visitors. Liveaboards want moorings near to service, amenity and transport links. And nobody wants long lines of boat to pass at tickover. So not an easy issue.
NABO recently overturned most of the SE moorings strategy because it was not evidence based. The restrictions proposed were based on complaints by a few, and these did not stand up to challenge. CRT had failed to record available space on visitor moorings. NABO established that the proposals were unnecessary.
To keep up with all this NABO has a mooring officer Mark, also vice Chairman at the moment and NAG member.
NABO News is the association’s 32-page full-colour magazine that provides up to date information on the waterways, as well as a forum for NABO members to give voice to issues that concern them. There are six issues per year and each contains regular features on Boating, News, Talking points, Rewind (summaries of past NABO News), in addition to the editorial, NABO Chairman’s column and a waterways-themed crossword. Members are welcome - no encouraged - to submit articles and photographs and there is a vibrant ‘Letters’ section in each issue.
Back copies in pdf format can be downloaded here. The latest edition is only available for members to view and download.
In 2012, NABO representatives have attended a full range of consultation meetings with DEFRA, BW, then CRT and EA, BSS, NINF, and other user groups etc, both nationally and locally. This is the core work of the Association, monitoring what is going on, reading the papers, listening to the presentations and making considered comments both in writing and at meetings. The year was marked by the launch of the Canal and Rivers Trust, taking over the role of the British Waterways Board.