Response to EA from Thames Recreational Powered Boating Organisations

Five organisations representing recreational powered craft users on
the non-tidal Thames have agreed to join forces to encourage greater
engagement and co-operation with the Environment Agency who are
responsible for managing the waterway.

The Association of Thames Yacht Clubs (ATYC), DBA -The Barge
Association (DBA), the National Association of Boat Owners (NABO),
the Residential Boat Owners’ Association (RBOA) and the Thames
MotorBoaters Association (TMBA), are all members of the Thames
Navigation User Forum and specifically represent recreational powered
craft owners.

There are over 8,000 recreational powered craft registered with EA
Thames and, by way of registration and other charges, they collectively
contribute almost £4 million of revenue income to the annual budget for
the maintenance and upkeep of the river. This is by far the largest
contribution from all sources other than public funding.
Joint action is already in hand to address the current issues regarding
continued restrictions to navigation, particularly as they affect powered
craft. Further details will be circulated by the individual organisations
directly to their members.

For further information please contact your respective organisation.
16th May 2020