Welcome to the Residential Boat Owners' Association
Last Updated: 3rd March, 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 March, 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
The next Committee Meeting will be held at the Rose & Crown pub, 6 Main Street, Zouch, Leics. LE12 5EQ, Saturday, 8th March, 2014, commencing at 10.00 a.m. Open to all RBOA members. Please confirm details with General Secretary before travelling.
Consultation launched to strengthen Canal & River Trust Council elections
You can see the full report here.
It would be helpful if you could copy your response to firstname.lastname@example.org
RBOA responded to 38 Degrees in respect of an apparently ill-informed petition aimed at CRT.
Click here to read our response.
CRT have put out a press release raising awareness of their requirements for anyone considering moving onto the water as a live-aboard boater, as a Continuous Cruiser.
Read the Press Release here.
BSS points boaters to important safety issues highlighted by recent boat tragedies.
In the space of a few days, three people on two vessels have died from suspected carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and the Boat Safety Scheme is pointing boat owners to its advice to help stay safe. For more information click here.
The RBOA has a supplier of leisure wear - See the RBOA Merchandise page for more details.