The election for the Boaters' Representatives on the Canal & River Trust Council took place in the autumn of 2015, with eight candidates for four places. The NABO candidate Stella Ridgway was duly elected to serve for three years from March 2016. Full details of the CRT Council are to be found here
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.
NABO has long serving members who contribute to the management of the Boat Safety Scheme. They are not examiners, just boaters with a technical background and an eagerness in representing the user's interest. NABO has representation at technical, advisory and management levels within the scheme and over the years has been a leading influence in securing a commitment to minimise the mandatory requirements of the Boat Safety Scheme and also in securing changes to the appeals procedure. It is an important part of NABO representative activity.