The Canal Boatbuilders Association (CBA) was formed in 1990, originally being part of the Midland Boating Industries Association, (which is now BMF Midlands). It was formed in order to facilitate a more professional image for the sector and to improve standards and service. 


The Association has grown from its original 27 BMF member companies to around 90 and has an enthusiastic committee led by Chairman Jim Matthias, with members who are all leading experts within the Inland Waterways Sector. 
The aims of the CBA are to promote the Inland Waterways Marine industry to the general public by supporting its own members whilst helping to protect the rights of the Association members businesses. We also assist the members businesses to improve sales and profits. 


The Canal Boatbuilders Association and the British Marine Federation are focused on customer service and industry standards. The Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) Verification Exercise was developed to assess the prospective members understanding of the basic requirements of the RCD in respect of the Declaration of Conformity required to be supplied with all new craft. In order for companies to become a member of the CBA they are required to submit copies of their RCD Declaration of Conformity paperwork for BMF review. 
Our CBA Members are listed in Alphabetical order, within their contact details you will find the relevant mark as to their verification status. 


What is CBA RCD Verification? 

The member business does not build or fitout new boats. 
What do the logos mean? 
The member is a boatfitter and/or a boatbuilder and the Association has confirmed its conformity to the RCD. 
Boatbuilding and boatfitting members have to submit their RCD paperwork to the technical team at BMF headquarters where it is checked for conformity to the RCD. 
Looking to the future the CBA is ongoing in its efforts to have all new boats examined by an independent surveyor in order to help promote confidence  
within the buying public. This is to ensure that using a CBA member for your  
new boat will bring with it a certain assurance that it meets the essential requirements of the RCD. 
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