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NABO’s new Assistant for the Disabled

NABO’s new Assistant for the Disabled

Ken Hylins writes: “I have lived on a narrowboat some five years as a continual cruiser ... five minutes as some would say. Then two years ago my partner became very ill and was in hospital for a total of three months, which, when living on a narrowboat, is a major issue. The end result was she lost a great deal of mobility and I would have to be her carer. The occupational health people wanted us to come off the boat and live on land, not easy when we both wanted to carry on with our lifestyle. That then needed a rethink: planning medical appointments; not moving the boat long distances, also being single-handed; safety aspects; and working with CRT

with regards to my partner’s disability. There were many other tasks that were simple before, but not now. Time also became a problem: with not enough hours in a day, we had to prioritise tasks. I was asked: ‘How do you see the role of Assistant for the Disabled developing?’ In all honesty, I do not know, but I can help or advise on each enquiry according to its merits.”

2016/17 Winter Moorings

2016/17 Winter Moorings


Winter moorings permits for between one and five months will go on sale from 3rd October. They will be available at fixed locations from 1st November to 31st March 2017. There are four price bands:

Band 1 - £15 per metre per month – mooring rings or bollards, within walking distance of a location with local amenities and good facilities nearby (water, elsan/pumpout, rubbish disposal) and good public transport links.

Band 2- £13.50 per metre per month – as above, but without public transport links.

Band 3 - £10.00 per metre per month – a mooring or towpath site with some facilities on site or within a short cruise and likely to be quite close to a village or town.

Band 4 - £6.50 per metre per month – a towpath location, which doesn’t have any facilities on site.

More information on winter mooring locations and prices is at and you can buy a permit at