Formed in 1987 by a group of Nobby enthusiasts, The Nobby Owners Association 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 including their derivatives used for by local sailing clubs for racing and cruising and in addition other kindred gaff rigged boats.
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. They are sailed substantially in the Irish Sea. Others are sailing on the south-east coast and some in mainland Europe. You will often find these craft at the River Mersey International River Festival, the Isle of Man Traditional Boat Festival and along with the ports of North Wales, particularly Conwy.
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 traditional boating festivals. Some venture to Scotland and Ireland to attend other maritime festivals too!