Some of NABO's work on behalf of boaters!

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 sends out a short electronic bulletin every month to members who provide an email address. This covers a summary of the latest waterways news and consultations, representation events that officers attended, membership information and the like. As far as possible we include links to web sources, and this enables members to be selective about reading, and not to be bombarded with unwanted information.

Fast communication is important these days. The bulletin enables NABO to inform and stay in touch with the membership quickly. It complements NABO News, and is not intended to duplicate or replace it.

You can see  past bulletins here.

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 cover 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.