Welcome to the Residential Boat Owners' Association
Last Updated: 25th October, 2014
Established in 1963 the Residential Boat Owners' Association is the only national organisation which exclusively represents and promotes the interests of people living on boats in the British Isles. We represent all those who have chosen to make a boat their home – whether that boat is static or cruises; is based inland or on the coast; has a permanent or temporary mooring (whether residential or not) or continuously cruises – all are residential boaters. We also welcome as Associate members those not yet living afloat, but who are considering doing so. If you live on a boat, become a member. You can do this online. Or if you don't live on a boat yet, why not start with the Question and Answer section of this website?
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The RBOA's address for all postal correspondence:
Residential Boat Owners' Association, 10 Rectory Close, Crick, NN6 7SY.
Written by RBOA members, our book about life afloat, with 96 pages, including numerous colour photographs, contains pretty much everything you'd want to know about living on a boat. Members describe a variety of personal experiences, including raising a family, getting healthcare, and keeping pets on board. There is a wealth of advice, from deciding on the size and type of craft, whether to buy new or secondhand, and what you are looking for inside the boat.
See the RBOA Merchandise page for details of how to order, online with Paypal or by post.
FREE LEAFLET - So you want to live on a boat?
In conjunction with Canal & River Trust (formerly British Waterways) and the Environment Agency, the RBOA has produced an introductory leaflet for those thinking of living on a boat. If you would like a copy, please send a stamped, self-addressed C5 envelope (i.e. to take a folded A4 sheet) to the RBOA at the address above. Any businesses requiring multiple copies can obtain these by emailing email@example.com
Soundings is the RBOA's bi-monthly magazine, which is circulated free to all members. It contains a mix of updates on national and local issues specific to residential boating, and letters and articles from members on a range of matters about life aboard.
Copy deadline for the next issue of Soundings is 1st November, 2014. Please email submissions for Soundings to firstname.lastname@example.org (or by post to Beryl McDowall, Editor: Soundings, Narrowboat "Wasp", Off Barons Way, Mountsorrel, Leics. LE12 7EA).
If you are considering joining us, and would like to receive a free back copy of Soundings, please email email@example.com or send an C4 (A4-sized) stamped self-addressed envelope (£1.10 stamp) with your request to: RBOA, 12 Rectory Close, Crick, NN6 7SY
Next Committee Meeting
The next Committee Meeting will be held at the Rose & Crown pub, 6 Main Street, Zouch, Leics. LE12 5EQ, Saturday, 3rd January, 2015, commencing at 10.00 a.m. Open to all RBOA members. Please confirm details with General Secretary before travelling.
BSS alert boaters to 6kg Calor Lite cylinder product recall
The Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) is supporting Calor Gas Ltd to alert any boaters to the immediate product recall on all 6kg Calor Lite® cylinders manufactured between 2008 - 2011 inclusively, following concerns regarding the potential deterioration of the cylinder.
A small number of 6kg Calor Lite® cylinders have been found to be showing signs of premature internal deterioration which over time could potentially lead to a gas escape. See the full press release here.
Environment Agency consultation on draft updates to the river basin management plans and draft flood risk management plans
The Environment Agency is seeking your views on proposals to improve the water environment and protect communities from flood risk in England. Click here to see more details about this consultation.
06/10/2014: CRT consulting on mooring sales
The Canal & River Trust is inviting people to take part in a consultation about how it sells its long-term moorings. Click here for more details.
01/10/2014: Thames Tideway Tunnels' Andy Mitchell leads new assault on UK infrastructure cost
New chair of Infrastructure Client Group Andy Mitchell plans a “renewed attack on the drivers of high costs and barriers to innovation”. Read the full press release here.
Sailing Volunteers needed!
A Broads charity is seeking fit, experienced and safety conscious keelboat sailors to train as RYA(Royal Yachting Association) Instructors to take its disabled and disadvantaged visitors sailing. Click here for more information.
Beko alert for boating community 2014
The BSS is supporting Beko, in its on-going campaign to find and fix dangerous older models of Beko, Flavel and Leisure gas cookers that can produce potentially fatal levels of carbon monoxide, if used incorrectly with the grill door closed. Click here for details.
New Secretary of State appointed members wanted for Broads Authority
The Secretary of State is currently appointing two National members for the Broads Authority. The deadline for applications is 23 October 2014 at 12 noon. Click here for more information.
Canal & River Trust agrees new contract for construction and engineering on the nation’s historic waterways
For full details, click here.
Historic bridge and towpath re-opens following recent investment creating better access to World Heritage Site in North Wales
For full details, click here.
All Part Parliamentary Group for the Waterways Inquiry (CRT) - Summary
To read the full summary, click here.
London Canal Museum appeal: Could you help maintain our Bantam tug?
Click here for more details.
Press Release: 11/09/14: PARLIAMENTARY GROUP PUBLISHES REPORT ON CANAL & RIVER TRUST PROGRESS
The All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways (APPG) has today (11 September) published its second report looking at the progress made by the Canal & River Trust since its creation in 2012, highlighting the Trust’s achievements and recommending opportunities for the future.
Click here to read full Press Release
09/09/2014: CANAL & RIVER TRUST LAUNCHES WATER RESOURCES CONSULTATION
The Canal & River Trust has launched a consultation about how it plans to manage essential water resources over the next 35 years. Click here for more details.
The deadline for people to give their views is 4 November 2014 and the full consultation including the survey and a summary, can be found at
The RBOA has a supplier of leisure wear - See the RBOA Merchandise page for more details.