Welcome to DBA - The Barge Association

The club for people interested in leisure barging on the inland waterways of Europe


Helping members

We share information and experiences through our Magazine, Website and Forums and at rallies and events for members with or without boats.

Promoting awareness

We promote general awareness of barges and barging and represent our members to waterway authorities through Europe.

Worldwide membership

The club is around 1700 strong with members from all over the world cruising and living on their barges in the UK and in Mainland Europe . . . or just thinking of it.


Membership gets you . . .

  • Blue Flag:  Our full colour magazine, sent to members bi-monthly.
  • eNewsletter:  A brief email update to Blue Flag on the alternate months
  • Events:  Rallies and social occasions held throughout the year.
  • Forum:  Discussion between members, social and technical.
  • Facebook Group:  Mainly social discussion between members
  • Waterways Guide: Information from members about moorings and services on the waterways.
  • Suppliers Guide:  A directory of Suppliers used by members, with reviews. Some give discounts to  members.
  • Knowledgebase: A compendium of information from members' experience.
  • DBA Shop:  Books and flags are available.
  • Booklist:  Recommended Books,  Guides  and Charts

DBA supports the campaign for the retention, restoration and maintenance of the French Canals in partnership with L'Entente des Canaux du Centre.