About Us

Originally formed in 1987 by a group of Nobby enthusiasts, The NOA was set up to encourage the continual use and restoration of traditional Morecambe Bay Prawners, Lancashire Nobbies - traditional wooden fishing boats dating back from the late 1800s.

Each year more of these fine vessels are found and restored back to their former glory which requires a lot of skill, effort and time. The NOA offers advice and support to owners of these types of craft. They are sailed substantially in the Irish Sea. Others are sailing on the southeast coast and some in mainland Europe. You will sometimes see these boats on the River Mersey at the Isle of Man Traditional Boat Festival and along with the ports of North Wales, particularly Conwy.

Interest in the NOA has ensured a lively membership which has attracted friends and supporters of traditional boats as well as boat owners from kindred gaff-rigged and classic boats.  The events of the NOA include provision for all these various types of the traditional rig and classic boats, whether wooden or glass-reinforced plastic.

Resident and visiting boats from North Wales and Cumbria congregate in the Royal Albert Dock and Liverpool Marina for some traditional maritime festivities. The Association also joins in with other kindred clubs around the Irish Sea, including the Isle of Man, Conwy, Deganwy, and Holyhead to attend classic and traditional boating festivals. Some venture to Scotland and Ireland to attend other maritime festivals too!

Our Correspondance Address
The NOA
9 Barrymore Crescent
Comberbach, Cheshire
CW9 6PA