RBOA – What we do

RBOA deals with all residential boating issues.  We act as a watchdog to safeguard and protect the interests of residential boat owners. We do not seek special treatment – merely a parity with other UK citizens, a right which is often queried or delayed by various authorities.

The RBOA has an established membership around the country, on canals, rivers, lakes and Broads, and along the coast in estuaries and harbours.  Members live on a wide variety of craft, ranging from twenty-something foot long cruisers to a one hundred foot sea-going diesel yacht.  They include boats of all ages (from new build to historic boats), materials (wood, fibreglass, iron , concrete or steel) and styles (such as static houseboats, cnverted ex-working and military craft, Dutch barges, Broads cruisers and narrow boats).

  • We promote the benefits of people living on boats to Planners, Navigation Authorities, and Government.
  • Members are kept in touch with RBOA through our bi-monthly Magazine, Soundings.
  • Officers, Committee Members and Area Representatives are available to give advice on matters relating to residential boating and are pleased to assist with queries or problems you may have.

Remember, when negotiating on behalf of our members with Navigation Authorities, Planning Authorities and Local and Central Government, we need the strength of as many members as possible!

Membership is open to all who have an interest in dwelling on a boat and support the aims of the Association. There are four types of membership:

Associate Membership

For any individual or family that supports the objects of the Association. This is for people who do not yet live aboard, but are considering living on a boat, or who simply wish to support  the RBOA.

Annual Subscription: £30 per individual or family.

Full Membership:

For anyone whose main residence is a boat. Membership covers everyone living on the boat.
Annual Subscription: £30 per boat. (Add £5 if both partners wish to have a vote)

Concessionary Rate

For Full or Associate Members whose primary (i.e. main) income is either Unemployment Benefit, Income Support or State Pension.
Annual Subscription: £20 per boat, individual or family (Add £5 if both partners wish to have a vote).

Corporate Membership

For any Business, Voluntary Organisation or Statutory Body sympathetic to the objects of the RBOA.
Annual Subscription: £60 per organisation.

To get a copy of our membership form (pdf), please email: publicity@rboa.org.uk and follow the instructions on the form.