Listening to boat owners, Speaking out for boat owners, Representing boat owners.


Our history

The National Association of Boat Owners is dedicated to promoting the interests of private boaters on Britain's canals and rivers and lakes. Volunteer members work with Navigation Authorities and public bodies so that boater's voices and views can be heard when decisions and being made. This can only take place if boaters are infomed, engaged and have the time to formulate policy and consider views. NABO has over 25 years experience and a stong track record of achiement.


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new EU law that will come into effect on 25 May 2018, to replace the current Data Protection Act. It's the biggest overhaul of data protection legislation for over 25 years and it will introduce new requirements for how organisations process personal data. It means that we have to revalidate our permission from members to hold and use personal data, and also to communicate with them. We are now starting a campaign to address this law. All members who have given us an email address have been contacted, and those who rely on snail mail will be covered by NABO News distributed in May 18.

We need all members to take action to accept the new requirements by logging in to the web site and amend their profile, or writing to us confirming acceptance.

The main changes are:

  1. We have to get separate and specific agreement to the Privacy Policy and the Terms and Conditions from the members. We cannot assume just because members pay that they agree.
  2. We have to record the date and way we get that agreement, either on the web site or by correspondence.
  3. We have to provide the means to delete personal data. Members can do this themselves on line or can request the membership team to do so.

To cover the regulation, we have updated the Privacy Policy and this was approved by Council in April. You can read it here. We have not changed the Terms and Conditions and you can read them here.

Discounted boat insurance for NABO members

NABO members can now obtain a 7.5% discount on their boat insurance through specialist brokers CETA Insurance.

CETA works with a panel of insurers including Haven, Navigators & General, Towergate, AIG and Sompo Canopius, so there is a considerable breadth of options available. We cannot guarantee that every member’s requirements can be met but Council believes this arrangement with CETA provides an excellent additional benefit for NABO members and hopes it will provide a further incentive for more boat owners to join the organisation.


Advance notice: NABO AGM

Come and join us at the Annual General Meeting.


The NABO AGM is on Saturday 14th November at the Wolverhampton Boat Club, Barnhurst Lane, Bilbrook, Wolverhampton, WV8 1RS (by boat it is on the Shropshire Union Canal, about one mile up from Autherley Junction). We will start at 10.30 am with the AGM formal business, followed by a presentation and discussion. After a light lunch, there will be a meeting of the new Council, to which NABO members are welcome.

This year, why not make a decision to join the dedicated band of discontents (only joking guys and gals!) that represent our increasing membership and stand for election to NABO Council for 2015–2016? The Council meets around seven times per year and the work is rewarding and interesting, giving an in-depth insight into what is really happening on (and to) our waterways. You'll learn what goes on behind the scenes and make some new friends along the way. There are few formalities and you can choose how much or little you are able to contribute - either from the comfort of your home or out and about at meetings. This year, the Council really needs people with social media skills to help with supporting our Facebook and Twitter presence, so if this is you, don’t be shy – let us know. Please complete the nomination form in this issue, photocopy it if you would rather keep your NABO News intact, and then return it to Richard Carpenter, General Secretary, by 9th October. If you don't have anyone to pro­pose and second you, just phone one of the Council members and we can sort that out. Please use the space on the nomination form for necessary declarations or include them on an attached sheet.


Resolutions: Please send the General Secretary any resolutions you wish put before the AGM with the names of proposer and seconder by 2nd October.


Please send nominations and resolutions either by email to gen.sec@ or by post to

Richard Carpenter, PO Box 104, Leyland, PR25 9AN

Richard Carpenter

New NABO Council member from RCTA

We are delighted to welcome Paul Howland as a co-opted member of the NABO Council. Paul retired early as a joinery estimator and ISO Auditor, and with his partner,  Jennie, brought a sail-a-way shell and built their new home.