Editorial, NABO News, Issue 7, January 2013

NABO News, Issue 7, January 2013




First, my best wishes for Christmas and happy boating next year.

We can only hope the weather in 2013 will be kinder to boaters than most of last year – in this issue Janice Steckerl recounts her experiences of the wind and rain on the Caledonian Canal. Elsewhere there are two articles concerning the EA: a report on its financing and a review by Louis Jankel on consultation with Thames users. Stephen Peters describes LPG installations on boats and if you get this wrong, there is also an article on how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. David Fletcher reports on a recent court ruling concerning continuous cruisers and also on the reply from CRT to questions NABO posed about the Terms and Conditions of boat licences. There is also news of NABO’s AGM, where a relatively small turnout enjoyed an excellent talk on the past and present issues facing the K&A by Mike Rodd of the K&A Trust.

However, the main message of this issue is the future of NABO: as David explains in his letter above, we are approaching crunch-time and need more volunteers to run the Association – and new members. We warmly welcome Jane Taylor to NABO’s Council, but more people have to get involved if NABO is to continue. Clearly, some jobs are more attractive than others and I must again thank the six members who volunteered to proof-read NABO News. You can also help by attending local meetings, or if you prefer to stay at home, we need help with the website, press and communications among other jobs listed in the Chairman’s Column. Please make it your New Year’s resolution to help NABO.