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
To safeguard existing residential
moorings and to increase the number of residential moorings throughout
To maintain the variety of liveaboard
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,
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
Corporate Membership: Any business or statutory
body sympathetic to the objects of the Association. Annual subscription
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
"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.