The Sailing Barge Association aims to promote the Thames sailing barge, working with the marine authorities to ensure these historic craft can continue to operate within modern legislation and supporting the owners and operators of these vessels in the battle to keep the barges underway for future generations to enjoy.

Owners of barges are encouraged to become members and can contact:
Chairperson, Jane Harman, by email on
Ed Gransden,

Please see below for the latest documents from the SBA:

SBA Newsletter – September 2017
SBA Newsletter – January 2018
SBA Newsletter – Summer 2020
SBA Newsletter – February 2021

Exemption Application Documents:

Exemption Guidance Notes
Form 1: Surveyor’s Summary of Condition Survey
Form 2: Aide Memoire
Form 3: Owners Declaration
Form 4: Record of Equipment