Across social media and the waterways press there are regular articles and requests from those looking to 'rent' a boat to live on or use as overnight accommodation. In urban areas living on a boat is often not a lifestyle choice about going boating, but a desire for cheap accommodation in a defined area. There are real personal and legal risks in this and these are described by this quote form a boater:
“Renting a boat which doesn't comply (with the rules) is the same as someone driving a car without Tax, MOT, and Insurance. If a non-compliant rented boat explodes, catches fire etc. it is unlikely to be covered by the owners insurance which will have been declared null and void. Any third party damage or injury will also not be covered.”
In the event of disaster there is not likely to be any comeback on the boat owner, who may well have broken the rules. We should be clear that we are not talking about normally accepted hire boat companies.
When is shared ownership not shared ownership?
Editor Peter Fellows considers licences for rented, shared and time-share boats
Avoid Market Drayton in mid-August
500 anglers are expected to line a 15-mile stretch of the Shropshire Union towpath at Market Drayton on Saturday 19th August for the Angling Trust Division One National Championship.
There will be 50 teams, each having ten anglers, and about a dozen practice events during the week before.
Can you help NABO?
Here at NABO News, I would welcome some more help from members: do you have skills as a cartoonist or a crossword compiler? Would you be able to spend a couple of hours, six times a year, to summarise what was happening ten years ago from old copies of NABO News, for a rejuvenated ‘Rewind’ column? I would also welcome more cover photos, especially autumn and winter on the waterways. NABO Council has a few vacancies that it would also like to fill: we need a Minute’s Secretary and reps for Anglian Waters and the River Severn ‒ can you help?