British Marine
The Canal Boatbuilders Association (CBA) is a trade association, representing the inland waterways boatbuilding industry. Members are involved with the building, maintenance or operation of boats, primarily those for use on canals and rivers. The association was formed in 1990 and is now a group association of British Marine. 
Chairmans Welcome 
Welcome to the Canal Boatbuilders Association (CBA) website, where you will find details of member companies. These can be found using the drop down lists below, with our membership grouped into categories for your assistance. 
Members are either directly involved with canal boat building, or an allied 
industry or profession. Each member has a wealth of knowledge of the inland waterways, and will be more than willing to assist you in whichever way they can. 
Besides this website, we also produce a printed book, a Guide to 
Inland Boating. This useful guide covers all aspects of boat ownership, from purchase, on-going costs and legal requirements, to boat styles and living 
afloat. It's available free of charge - Find it by clicking here or complete the form on the Contact Us page accessed from the drop down at the very top or give us a ring on 01784 223640. 
There is also information about being a CBA member: from the point of view of the benefits for a consumer; or of becoming a member. Try the drop down tabs above. 
We also have an events page, where a summary of upcoming events are listed, and you would be most welcome at any of our events. 
We hope that these details, and the experience of a CBA member, will be of benefit to you. 
Paul Smith, Chairman CBA 
Bluewater Dutch barge


The Canal Boatbuilders Association, as a group association of British Marine, is focused on customer service and industry standards. 
We have a dedicated committee, drawn from the membership, aimed at improving the service offered by, and for, our members. We also have representation on the Boat Safety Scheme Advisory and Technical Committees, along with British Standard Institute (BSI) Standards development committees. 
We strive to promote the inland waterway industry to the consumer, encourage members to improve the quality of their products and to assist with sustainable business trading. 

What is CBA RCD Verification? 

The member business does not build or fitout new boats. 
What do the logos  
mean ? 
The member is a boatbuilder and/or a boatbuilder and the Association has confirmed its conformity to the RCD. 
The Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) Verification scheme assesses prospective boatbuilding members understanding of the basic requirements of the RCD in respect of the Declaration of Conformity, which is required to be supplied with all new craft. In order for companies to become a member of the CBA they are required to submit a copy of their RCD Declaration of Conformity paperwork for BM acceptance. 
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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