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 the British Marine Federation (BMF). 


The Canal Boatbuilders Association, as a group association of the British Marine Federation, 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 BMF 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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