Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


  The Residential Boat Owners Association Exists to act in and further the interests of boat dwellers on the coasts, rivers and canals and in the harbours and ports of Britain. The Association was formed in 1963 and is the only national organisation that specifically represents boat residents. The objects of the RBOA are:

    —  To safeguard existing residential moorings and to increase the number of residential moorings throughout the country.

    —  To maintain the variety of liveaboard lifestyles

    —  To encourage high standards of boat ownership and residence to at least the standards laid down by the relevant navigation authority.

    —  To promote good relations between members and their landlords.

    —  To negotiate with national, local and other authorities whenever necessary in the interests of the Association and its members.

    —  To encourage craft to cruise.

  The RBOA believes that residential boats and moorings can be an asset to their surroundings. They improve the safety of other users and the security of unoccupied boats and waterside premises and as an integral part of the economy, culture and heritage of the waterways, they generate life and interest.

  The ROBOA works to increase awareness so that appropriate provision is made for the varied lifestyles of boat dwellers. The RBOA wishes to be consulted by all navigation or port authorities and central and local government on all relevant policies, proposals or planning applications.


  Chair: John Ross, Barge Jason, Salterns Boatyard, Salterns Lane, Old Burlesdon, Southampton, SO31 8DH.

  Vice¸Chair: Ivor Caplan, Bilbo Baggins, Hockley Port Moorings, All Saints Street, Hockley, Birmingham, B18 7RL.

  Secretary: Beryl McDowall, Wasp, Sorrel Crafts, off Barons Way, Mountsorrel, LE12 7EA.


  Full Membership: Anyone whose main residence is a boat. Annual subscription £12.50

  Associate Membership: Any individual or voluntary organisation that supports our objectives. Annual subscription £12.50

  Corporate Membership: Any business or statutory body sympathetic to the objects of the Association. Annual subscription £50

  Please send membership enquiries to RBOA, PO Box 46, Grays, Essex, RM18 8DZ.


  "Living Afloat": A 60-page introductory booklet for those contemplating living on a boat.

  "Getting residential Moorings Right": Practical guidelines for those involved in planning, setting up and running residential moorings. Available from London Rivers Association

  "Making Mooring Agreements Work": Specimen mooring agreement clauses with commentary explaining reasons for each clause and the pros and cons in practice.

  "Soundings": The RBOA's bi-monthly newsletter with nation-wide news and views. Included in membership subscription, all membership categories.

  All publications except "Getting Residential Moorings Right" are available from RBOA, Po Box 46, Grays, Essex, RM18 8DZ.

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