Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Welcome to the NABO website

   ... Listening to boat owners

                        .... Speaking out for boat owners    

                      .... Representing boat owners




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Certain parts of this website, including our flagship publication, NABO News, are only available to NABO members.

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 20 years experience and a stong track record of achiement.


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.

For further details click here

Current issues for NABO Council

* Raising the profile of Boating and navigation as the core objects of CRT’s charitable objectives to prevent the apparent ongoing marginalisation of boat owners  in favour of other canal users.
* Monitoring and Challenging CRTs proposals to taking over navigation and maintenance responsibilities from the Environment Agency
* Monitoring the practical effects of CRTs strategic changes resulting in a reduction of the number of regions and waterways managers.
* Contributing to and ongoing monitoring of CRTs review of licensing
* Close monitoring of changes to Mooring provision and the introduction of further charges
* Support the reversal of the recent reduction of 24 hour towpath facilities (refuse, water, sanitation)
* Ongoing monitoring of CRT's rejection of some of NABO's objections to recently introduced private boater's licence Terms and conditions.
* Constant review of the creeping outsourcing of enforcement to third parties
* Ongoing proactive support to Navigation Advisory Groups and BSS Committees
* Monitoring the continued selling by CRT of historic buildings


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 and views. Members are welcome to submit articles and letters. Back copies can be downloaded here. The latest edition is only available for members.

NABO Bulletins

NABO publishes a monthly bulletin exclusively for members.

This covers current activities of Officers and members, any internal administration issues

It also enables Council to quickly gather views of the membership.

You can read the bulletin archive here.



Boater safety

Safety is an important issue for us all. NABO members hold postions on all the Boat Safety Scheme committees and the CRT Navigation Advisor Committee. 

Read the lastest articles here

Making payments to NABO

If you are already a member and need details of how to make a payment, please click here.

For new members, follow the drop down menu under Join Us.