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Historic Narrow Boat Club

The Historic Narrow Boat Club, formed  in 1966, is a national boat club, dedicated to preserving the working heritage of our canal system, from the boats themselves to the waterways on which they travel.

The Club passionate about working boats, traditional skills, the built heritage, and the practices and courtesies of the working boat people and is an active pressure group for navigational and waterway heritage interests.

The Club's aims are:

  • To encourage the preservation, restoration and use of working and ex-working narrow boats.
  • To promote the maintenance of the waterways system to a standard suitable to facilitate the navigation of such boats throughout the year.
  • To represent the interests of the users of such boats in their dealings with all waterway authorities and other relevant organisations.
  • To promote awareness of historic narrow boats through an archive, website, newsletter and other activities.
  • To promote and campaign for the retention and/or reinstatement of appropriate traditional and historical waterway furniture, features and working practices.

To further its aims the Club's is active in campaigning on issues affecting the boats and waterways as well as meeting and consulting with relevant authorities.

Annual awards encourage the restoration and preservation of boats

There are many events and rallies around the country throughout the year. Some are organised by the Club and others are public events which are attended by historic boats.

Membership Information

Club membership is open to:

  • All owners of vintage working and ex-working narrow boats built before 1965
  • Working boatmen or boatwomen
  • All persons interested in and supporting the aims of the Club.

Membership benefits 

  • Quarterly newsletter
  • Discount offers on boating equipment.
  • Access information in the narrow boat register and archive.
  • Help and advice on craft maintenance etc.
  • Small, sociable rallies.
  • Twice yearly members’ meetings – the AGM in March and the winter social in November.

How to apply

The Club has 3 categories of membership:


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  • Penny Ross
  • Membership Secretary


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