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Old 28th November 2018, 17:04   #11
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That looks like a great lifestyle you have there. Your boat lots very good. Any pictures of on board?

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Old 28th November 2018, 18:57   #12
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6 months holiday each year, there will be many jealous people about.
Walking past narrow boats I had always wondered why, so thank you for letting me know. Such a different way of life you have to most.
Have you had problems this summer getting about as I understand some canals had some stretches closed due to lack of water.

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Old 28th November 2018, 19:18   #13
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PS I note you must have passed by me on the canal then from your map, Shropshire Union Canal
Received, thank you! You have a boat too? Have done the Shroppie on several occasions so almost certainly have!
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Old 28th November 2018, 19:34   #14
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Would love to know more about your lifestyle. What sort of running costs are involved living aboard a narrow boat etc.
It's said that narrowboating is either an expensive hobby or a cheap way of living. I pay around £720 a year for the navigation licence, around £750 a year for my farm mooring (this is very cheap though, a marina would cost double that), and around £200 a year for insurance. Most things on a narrowboat are charged "per foot" so a longer boat would cost correspondingly more.

When I'm on the mooring in the Winter I use a couple of litres of red diesel a day to charge the batteries and heat the domestic water, red diesel is 90p a litre from the fuel boat, and a £10 bag of coal for the stove lasts me 4-5 days. I also burn untreated pallet wood, which is free, if I have the time to break pallets up.

Then there's maintenance, which is cheap because I do it myself (£10 for 5 litres of oil and £2 for an oil filter every 6 weeks and about £8 for fuel filters twice a year. Boating starts to cost serious money when you have to pay other people, especially boatyards, to do work.

When I'm out cruising, my engine (a BMC 1.5 ) uses around a litre of diesel an hour so 5-6 litres a day.

So all in all,my standing costs are around £2,000 a year, and I couldn't even get a room share around here for that. However, anyone thinking of boat life purely to save money would probably find it difficult (periodically emptying the toilet isn't exactly pleasant) , you have to want to do it for its own sake.
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Old 29th November 2018, 00:10   #15
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Received, thank you! You have a boat too? Have done the Shroppie on several occasions so almost certainly have!
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No I mean I live very close to the Shroppie canal which passes through Brewood, Coven, heading in to Wolves.
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Ah, ok, the second photo in my opening post (of my son filling the boat with diesel) was taken not a million miles away from there, at Turners Garage at Wheaton Aston, legendary for having the cheapest diesel on the cut... it's gone up a tad since I took that photo, I understand it was 69p a litre a few weeks ago (but may have come down a couple of pence since then).
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It certainly is an idyllic life style you have there, love the thought of living like that but i would have more chance of being punched in the face by the pope than convincing my better half narrow boating is the way to go.
A while ago i watched a program all about a chap who totally restored a narrow boat, it was really insightful, absolutely amazing what he had done to the interior, a real home from home.
I think you are right .... it takes a certain kind of mind set to embrace the life aboard a narrow boat and tbh ... my wife struggles going away in the camper for more than a few days!
Power to you, literally living the dream.
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Thank you for an interesting thread.

I used to boat a lot but that was with boats in the sea at Teignmouth in Devon. Seventeen years of playing about in boats both slow and fast.

The slow one at 6 knots, the fast at 30. Good sea fishing just off the mouth of the river and wreck fishing for conger eels further out.----
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Sounds like a very relaxed way of living. I have friend in the Dudley area who’s partner was restoring an old boat just last summer.
We met up for a meal when on holiday and between me talking about classic cars and him talking about his boat the girls didn’t get a look in.
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