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Steering Group Members

Association of waterways cruising clubs

An affiliated group of boat clubs offering their members mutual facilities relating to boating on the inland waterways of England and Wales.

BRitish Marine

Trade body for the UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry, representing 1400+ member businesses, through regional and group specific member associations which include:

  • British Marine’s Inland Boating Association with over 100 independent companies offering river and canal holidays on hire boats, hotel boats, plus passenger trip boats and business services
  • British Marine’s Passenger Boat Association representing all sectors of the passenger boat industry, including scheduled transport services, pleasure trips, private & business hire
  • The Broads Hire Boat Federation including operators of holiday hire cruisers and day-hire craft on the Norfolk Broads
  • British Marine’s London and Thames Valley Regional Association which has over 250 members, of which over 80 operate their business alongside the non-tidal and tidal River Thames
  • The Yacht Harbour Association, representing marina and mooring operators, boatyards, professionals, consultants and suppliers of equipment and services to the marina industry, both in the UK and overseas
inland waterways association

The only independent, national charity dedicated to supporting and regenerating Britain’s navigable rivers and canals as places for leisure, living and business.

National Association of Boat Owners

Listening to boat owners, speaking out for boat owners, representing boat owners.

Royal Yachting Association

The national governing body for dinghy, motor and sail cruising, all forms of sail racing, RIBs and sportsboats, windsurfing and personal watercraft, and a leading representative body for inland waterways cruising in the UK.

Government needs to recognise that saying they value the inland waterways is not enough to prevent their decline. Whilst we in FBW understand the financial pressures that everyone faces, the financial cuts are too deep, and adequate public funding needs to be allocated to maintain these national assets.

Les Etheridge, Chair of the FBW steering group and IWA National Chair

Steering Group Personnel

Brief biographies of the team representatives of the steering group organisations are available here