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

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.

By the time you read this, our Twitter feed @NABO_Official will probably have over 1000 followers. Whether you choose @NABO_Official Twitter or our National Association of Boat Owners Facebook group, it is easy to keep in touch with the hot issues that are important to boaters, without the superfluous interference you find on many groups. So, if you haven't followed us yet, now would be a good time.

And of course, if you want to keep up to date, you really should consider joining NABO. Our bi-monthly NABO News is full of opinions, articles and reports about what boaters really need to know. If you don't already belong to the National Association of Boat Owners, now would be a good time.
"A growing membership needs to be listened to."

NABO Council has approved changes to the terms and conditions that apply to the web site and social media, and ongoing Association membership.

These are absolutely necessary to protect the Association in its representative activities.

Use of the web site and social media imply acceptance, as does renewal of membership.

The revised terms can be read here