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DBA The Barge Association
An association exists called the DBA – The Barge Association. If you are interested in any wide beam craft, even if it is a distant dream, I would highly recommend you join the association. At around £35 per year you will learn a great deal about all aspects of wide beam boating, receive a good quality colour magazine (BlueFlag) every other month and get the opportunity to attend some of their rallies, seminars etc.
The DBA also has an on line news group list, anyone joining the list can send an e-mail that is received by everyone else on the list. E-mails content vary enormously, from engine parts requests, fit-out tips, barge maintenance etc etc. I believe there are around 500 people on the list, on average I receive around 6 DBA e-mails per day (sometimes zero, sometimes 20!).
Click here to find our more about the DBA newsgroup
Understandably, the DBA focuses predominantly on old barges, but new build is included. There are around 1,500 DBA members.
There are normally well over a dozen barges for sale on the DBA web site,. Click here to go to the DBA motor barges for sale web page
The DBA hold a number of gatherings throughout the year plus an annual Rally.
In 2002 they celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a rally in Ghent ,
Belgium. Around 40 Barges attended, including around half a dozen new builds.
In 2003 the annual rally was held at
Beale Park, River Thames.
The 2004 annual Rally was held at West India Docks, London
Continental rally was at Namur, Belgium June 17-20
The 2005 UK Rally was at Chatham, Kent
on August 27-29
The 2006 UK rally was held at Beale Park along the River Thames Click here for photos
The 2007 15th Anniversary Rally was held in Paris.
The 2007 15th Anniversary gathering was held at Kingston upon Thames click here for photos
The 2008 UK Rally was at West India Dock
The 2009 UK Rally was at Bisham Abbey. 33 barges photos here
The 2010 UK Rally was at Beale Park along the R Thames
The 2011 UK Rally was at Kingston upon Thames
The 2012 UK Rally was at Mapledurham (R Thames) photos here
Last updated 24 January 2013