Here we explore the most common expenses for day to day life whilst traveling and living on the water. We're trying to get a new hospitality business off the ground! 20. See point seven. t is up to preference, you have more room on a wide beam, it cost more to moor it, it can't go every where, and you have to pay and book for tunnels. I promise, you only need one all day hangover, complete with associated ‘vomiting over the side’ incident, to learn your lesson on home brews, boats and moderation! You probably started life on your boat with a novelty neckerchief, captain’s hat, pirate bandana, or “I’m on a boat, Mother F***er!” t shirt. When other people fall in, you are never there to see it/ photograph it. They're fantastic value for money. The costs of living on a canal boat Living aboard a narrowboat and continuously cruising our UK canals can be a wonderful way of life, free to move and change the view from the window whenever you want, we know, we've done it since 1995! 13. “We live in Burgundy full-time now that we’ve retired, and we’ve enjoyed numerous holidays on the boat,” says Martin. It’s 7ft wide, 60ft long and strips our lifestyle down to … For your first two weeks of living aboard, it feels like the ground is swaying, even on land. 15. There are regulations and paperwork involved in owning and using a boat. In summary, if there’s a residential mooring available in the right location and the right price then this would suit you if you have land ties in that particular area. READ MORE: * Expat tales: Life as a 'love refugee' in Sweden * Expat Tales: Poetry in motion in Madrid * Expat Tales: Calling all Kiwi expats. 35. Three months down the line, your list has about 30 essential and time sensitive things you need on it, and your earnings for the next two to four years are already committed to it. If you’ve got the wanderlust bug … There are more than 1000 champagne houses, each producing their own unique house style, and with many priced between €15 and €30 (NZ$25 – NZ$50). Are you sure? Type of Mooring The options available in establishing an address and receiving post are largely dependent on the type of mooring you have. You become obsessed with list and trim, beyond any approximation of what is reasonable. What's the local delicacy and would you recommend  it? ‘Living on a boat’ – or more specifically, ‘Living on a narrowboat’. [Case study: Tony Jones lives and works on The Watchman narrowboat] Buying a narrowboat - the initial investment. The going mix is 60 propulsion and 40 domestic, however i have worked out my mix at 40 propulsion 60 domestic. If you can’t manage to have a thorough shower, including shaving your legs, washing and conditioning your hair, and brushing your teeth in under four minutes/ four litres of water, you have failed as a boater and should probably consider moving back onto land. Discover French canal boat holidays, no experience needed, no licence required. In this article we will explain how being prepared for the bad weather and by following our good housekeeping advice during the colder month’s you can actually livaboard very comfortably even when there is ice, snow and arctic winds to deal with. Our area has numerous Michelin-starred restaurants, some of which have a really affordable set menu option – a great way to access amazing dining without breaking the bank. I went too far, didn’t I. I wouldn’t say that the feeling is better than chocolate, but it’s certainly better than sex. You used to own ten big thick jumpers for use in winter. I found this just now lurking on a hard drive, and after 2 years afloat, it still makes me smile. France Boating Vacations. It maybe that you want to enjoy your retirement, downsize that house and tour our countryside, and finding a simpler way of life out of the urban rat-race, or even just find somewhere cheaper to live in cities where house prices and rents are just soaring through the roof. ‘Townies’ fill gaps in conversation by talking about the weather. However if you have never been aboard a narrow boat or wide beam boat why not try it out by hiring one for a week or so. You stop thinking to yourself, “there’s some funny people on the cut” around the same time you realise that you are just like them, actually. 25. The bakeries in every village with amazing bread and pastries, the beautiful countryside and fabulous local wines. You know that you have to disown any of your former friends who are apt to order “a pint of lager, please” in the pub, and you’re okay with that, actually. "It may sound like a cliche, but there is something charming about how time slows down. Obviously the language – neither of us really spoke any French before we moved here and it's still a struggle. There are a number of very good hire firms available. Then the four yearly Boat Safety Check at £147.00, blacking your hull every three years £800 and servicing to your engine and equipment, £200 per year including parts. 1. Having explored the various costs to consider when owning a narrowboat in the previous section; this section is a case study to illustrate the actual costs associated with living-aboard a canal boat. 14. The general regulations cover everything from registration of ownership, registration with the navigation authority, safety and insurance certification, permission to use the barge for residence, registration for local residential taxation, and qualification for the person who is going to … It’s a little bit like the first stage of getting tipsy, before the bad head and bad judgement kick in. So you must think the thing through very carefully before you decide to commit to your luxury life afloat. Irons, microwaves, hairdryers and hoovers are all for posh people. A: Hell no, sometimes i am too hot. When we aren't out cruising we offer B&B accommodation in our home port at Sillery, a Grand Cru Champagne village about 12km from Reims. If you live here, a car is essential but as a tourist the train and a bike is a great way to explore. Read more "What Are The Negatives Of Living On A Boat – Goodbye Brave iPhone" Since we started our harbour in Saint Jean de Losne, in the heart of the canal system of France, the town has become France's biggest canal boat and barge center. This is the red diesel price, for domestic use only, not propulsion. Q: Is it cold on the boat? Spring is a wonderful time of the year to live on the inland waterways. To see a variety of deals go here. 48. Your mailing address is the same as your parents, for the first time since you were 16 years old. To browse a vast range of narrowboats and barges for sale click here. This maybe be through illness, frailty due to old age or by a complete change your circumstances. (I will discuss this matter in a later item as it involves a lot of mathematics). Apart from joining for free, they also offer a free advice leaflet. Living aboard on a canal narrow boat when you have never done so, can seem to most almost idyllic, conjuring up images of brightly painted boats, cruising alongside sunny country fields, visiting those places you have never seen. 5. 11. A: Again, it is up to preference, you have more room on a wide beam, it cost more to moor it, it can't go every where, and you have to pay and book for tunnels. They also publish a good paperback book called “Living Afloat”, this is packed with all the information you will need to make an informed decision on whether the boating life is for you and the best way to go about it. When visiting another boater, it is uncouth to ask to their toilet, unless you are at least a fifteen minute walk from another toilet facility (for women) or a wooded area/ bush (for men.). The narrow beam up to 60 ft can go every where, with a few minor exceptions on the canal system with no extra payments. 47. 27. Don’t even go there. 10. Reims is unmissable, particularly the stunning gothic cathedral, the art deco Villa Demoiselle and the museum commemorating where General Eisenhower received the German surrender in 1945. Another long-time fan of canal living is the actor Timothy West. Fortunately living on board a canal boat doesn’t mean sacrificing your vital postal link to dry land. It is very important to have somewhere to live ashore should things go wrong. Narrowboat Living. 40. We moved to France in October 2014 to live on a canal barge. 29. The running cost are much the same as a small house however you can generate your own electricity if not connected to the mains in a marina, but you will need Propane gas unless you are either all electric or all diesel. Then there is boat insurance, like your house, at about £200 per year. Whenever you go to work in an office, visit a friend in a house, or have cause to use a hotel, you need an extra bag to haul along all of the things you want to charge up from their mains while you’re there. Having an opinion is mandatory. on the UK’s Small Ships Register, which costs around £10). And on that note, it's also worth mentioning that an impressive number of boaters seem to produce their own elderflower (or similar) wines. 30. How easy is it for you to get back to New Zealand? It is not as cheap an option as you may think, though does have some cheaper benefits. You thought you’d save money in winter by using the open bow as a fridge/ freezer for your food… Until you realised just how much alcohol you could actually store there if you stacked it all up right. You will have your CRT license to pay about £900 for 2017. 2. The problem can be if you have bought a 60 ft boat and can only find a 45 ft berth! Posted 9 years ago thomthumb 38. You start a ‘first cat to fall into the cut’ sweepstake, but realise that there really are no winners in that game, when said cat comes bolting in drenched in grimy death water, and proceeds to burrow her vile smelling and soaking wet self under the duvet with you. The commitment to life on board is not a decision you want to make lightly. Living on a canal boat is surging in popularity with the number of owners doubling in a decade. See?”. 8. 12. No one can teach you how to avoid your own personal initiation into boat toilet hell, you’re just going to have to grit your teeth and wait for it to happen. These can be ordered from the RBOA or picked up at some marinas. ‘Online’ no longer just means that you have internet access, and committing the faux- pas of confusing the two meanings in conversation is verboten. Moving back ashore can be a huge financial problem for those who have not prepared for this. “Does my boat look wonky to you? 31. Being you own man or woman, and being 'captain', and able to move on whenever and wherever your mood takes you. A boat is not a house If you’re not a continuous cruiser and have a residential mooring, you will have to pay Band A council tax (the lowest band). For serious retail therapy we head to Reims which has a great mix of international brands and local boutiques. You can cook and serve a full Sunday roast for four, with less than two square feet of counter space to work on. 21. Obviously the wine industry is a major employer here, as is tourism – although speaking French is a must for either of these. To see a variety of deals. Visiting during the grape harvest (September) is fun but the downside is it's the vineyards' busiest two weeks of the year so you definitely need to pre-arrange visits. Job is doing my head in far too long hours no time for kids and riding so was thinking take a year or 2 out to work and live on an old narrowboat. The RBOA has produced a 96 page book – Living Afloat – which provides a wealth of expert advice to those looking to take the plunge. What are the top three things you recommend for visitors? Browse our narrow boats for sale. At 4am. Conversely, that may also make you ‘king shit’ and/ or a N00b/ ‘more money than sense joker’ out on the cut. However on a modern boat not as bad. The food cupboard is within reach of the sofa. When everyone else on the train home standing up is swaying about and clinging to railings, you are in the middle of it all freestanding, swaying with the flow and not falling down (until you do!). Some general things i am asked about living aboard. When looking for your mooring consider a serviced mooring with a 230 V electricity supply and water make life aboard so much easier. Pumpouts last longer but you have to move your boat and it cost about £13.00 a time to empty it. Being you own man or woman, and being 'captain', and able to move on whenever and wherever your mood takes you. 32. The boat is a converted cargo barge so there is plenty of space with three en suite guest bedrooms, spacious saloon and large sun deck. Look again! 46. 49. "Things they don't tell you before you buy a boat". There are many pro’s and con’s and if you know little or nothing about living aboard a boat. You can answer the question “is it cold on a boat in winter?” sensibly, only a finite number of times, before deciding to mess with people and saying “yes, it’s terrible, I have nearly died of hypothermia twice this year already, and I don’t know how I’m still alive…”. Both have their benefits, and their costs. But engines must always be coo’d over and spoken of in hushed approving tones, regardless of their size, condition, or maker. some marinas are also unable to provide residential berths. French river cruising is the perfect way to discover the hidden treasures of the waterways. Narrowboat owner Paul Smith relishes his life on the water, but warns against idealising canal boat living. The boat was christened Pastures Bleu; a play on the words ‘pastures green’, inspired by their pre-France life as sheep farmers in Northumberland. Houses have always increased in value over time, however a boat, no matter how well looked after, can only depreciate. You can put up with a bit of crowding or discomfort if it is just for the summer holidays - besides, it=s warm in France then, right ? This is very refreshing, tastes delicious, and doesn’t seem particularly alcoholic. It will be a good idea to find a mooring first, even starting to pay for it if necessary, before you buy your boat. It also look like under the 2018 review of CRT licence fees, the present system of charge by length only, maybe changed to an boat area in square meters charge. You used to hate having pictures of yourself shown around, because you always look so gormless in them. Both the Canal & River Trust and the RBOA are working hard to educate those enamoured with the idea of living on a narrowboat or barge about the harsh financial and practical realities. Or as we call it in England a narrowboat. 23. It's a while since we've been back to New Zealand but living costs are probably similar here in France. But living on a boat is not that simple, we explain the essentials. Your hands and nails are NEVER clean, no matter how much you wash them. The canals are all man-made and look like this. The 8pm engine/ generator off collective: You’re either with them, or against them. We made the move from living in a house in California to living on a barge in France without any boating experience, so we needed to learn about boats as well as adjusting to life in France. For visiting the vineyards, consider a guided tour so no-one has to be the designated driver. I always remember Christmas during … Some of the things you need to know. Graeme is from Titahi Bay and Claire from Canterbury, UK. You keep a mop on your roof because everybody else does, but you’re not quite sure why…, 22. If you have a posh new shiny boat, you are probably king of the marina. How much is a beer? A: It is up to preference, i like cassette toilets they are free to empty. Oh well, spaghetti hoops for dinner again…. It is important to appreciate the great demand for these moorings can outstrips supply in some southerly areas. 17. Portholes or windows? But also visit some small vineyards – we take people to one just six minutes' walk from the boat, where they make award-winning 100 per cent pinot noir champagne. If you are in residential moorings then you will have a monthly charge of about £300 for a 60 ft (18.3 meter) boat. Our preferred way of life in the UK comes in the form of an 18 ton steel barge. 19. But with boating pictures, you don’t even really mind that you look like a cross eyed imbecile, because you’re just so obviously happy in all of them. All of your clothes will smell faintly of ‘real fire’ or coal, regardless of how recently you washed them. Claire gets bored after about a year of living anywhere but we're sick of packing up houses - now our home can move all over Europe! She’ll HEAR YOU! Merlot is a Sagar built replica barge available to view in Northern France 26. We've set up our own business, Serenity Barge, taking guests on multi-night canal cruises (www.serenitybarge.com). Oh hells no. If you have boater visitors over for more than four hours at a time, you will find yourself spending the latter half of their visit thinking that surely they must need to pee soon/ is your bathroom so nasty that they are too scared to want to use it/ how much more tea can you ply them with as a kind of pseudo-scientific experiment, just to see what they’ll do in an emergency. To be honest that is what it is all about. You become obsessed with what you can convince your stove to burn… Large, unwieldy or inflammable objects of rubbish will all be graded highly, according to your success in convincing the stove to eat them. There may well come a time when you need to give up living aboard. If you own any white, cream, or pastel coloured clothes, they will soon take on odd black smudges, regardless of how careful you are about keeping them away from the stove, hod, or anything else coal related. For everything else, there’s MarineFlex. Shopping is limited in the smaller towns and almost all shops (including smaller supermarkets) will close for up to two hours at lunch and are often shut on Monday, too. While with the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon, he lived on a narrowboat. Good things about living on a boat? Here's our useful breakdown of typical costs you should consider when deciding to living on a narrowboat. ). 44. By your third week therein, you have experimented with how that burns on the stove (see point 10) and roll your eyes and snort derisively at the fresh faced wannabe’s who have taken your place in committing aforementioned fashion faux-pas. You should, of course, try a boating holiday to decide whether life afloat appeals to you before buying a boat. 45. All sorts of romantic notions are conjured up by those four words. New post added at Living On A Narrowboat - The Life Of An Occasional Continuous CruiserI’m not a big fan of Christmas. Besides family and friends, what do you miss most about home? Here he explores the pros and cons of living afloat on England's inland waterways. Living aboard on a canal narrow boat when you have never done so, can seem to most almost idyllic, conjuring up images of brightly painted boats, cruising alongside sunny country fields, visiting those places you have never seen. Next is diesel, this is cheaper and at the moment is about 70 pence a litre, however this can vary from area to area. Captain your own boat as you explore France from the unique perspective of your cruiser. 6. Champagne – and definitely yes! It also look like under the 2018 review of CRT licence fees, the present system of charge by length only, maybe changed to an boat area in square meters charge. We moved to France in October 2014 to live on a canal barge. You can do the washing up every third day, and then only if you have a full bowl, and feel virtuous about it as opposed to slovenly. Also Paris is only about an hour away by train. 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Visiting the Grand Champagne houses in Reims or Epernay is a must, the cellars are mind-blowingly huge and your tour ends with a tasting! If you are to remain in a specific area then you must have a permanent and officially approved residential mooring. The narrow boat is a traditional style flat-bottomed boat, of distinctive design. Yes, I know the website is called ‘Narrowboatinfo’ but it would be remiss of me to ignore a large (no pun intended) section of the boating community just because their boats are bigger than mine!Widebeam boats (and they come in a variety of shapes and types – more of that later) offer a prospective boater a much larger living space on board. Q: What is the best toilet? Upon hearing ‘man overboard!’ you reach for the camera first, and the life ring second. This is neither negotiable, nor gender- specific. Today, he and his … Spare time – what spare time? Widebeams – a brief explanation. Q: Wide beam or narrow beam? Living aboard a canal boat Many people are leaving dry land behind and living on boats on the UK canal system, and most of them do it because it is the life they choose and love. Bad things about living on a boat? Pies, rugby, L&P, food courts, Pad Thai and the coastline, especially driving around Wellington's south coast to work every morning. I see people buying masses of presents they can’t afford to give to extended family members they often don’t like. 36. What are the greatest advantages to living there? Visits from other boaters will seldom exceed four hours without them either departing/ needing to go back to their boat for a minute/ having to ‘pop back to the car for something,’ see point four. Do not fall for this! 7. Of course if you do not move in a marina then domestic is 100 percent. 16. 28. Take my word for this one, and plan accordingly! You have a beard. Perhaps the biggest decision is whether to live on your boat at a long term residential mooring or to continuously cruise. The food cupboard is within reach of the sofa. Plus a bag to keep each pair in, separately. ANNUAL COST BREAKDOWN. However, due to a phenomenon I like to think of as ‘boat mathematics’ you learn that for every one item you cross off of said list, another two appear. Retire to a Barge on the Canals of France. What inspired your move, and how long have you been there? A single person living on a refurbished narrowboat can expect to pay approximately £55 a quarter for utilities and £10 a week on coal or wood in the winter for log burning stoves. But you know damn well that when YOU fall in, there’ll be a group of Japanese tourists there, immortalising it on film and upping it to YouTube within the hour. You WILL have some kind of nasty toilet emptying related incident within your first few weeks away from mains plumbing. Reims is a big student city so has quite a buzzing nightlife. Narrowboat Holidays Canal Boat Art Narrowboat Interiors Dutch Barge Unusual Homes Floating House Water Crafts Houseboats Narrow Boat Boat Holidays // // The view from the deck of a narrowboat is a perfect way to observe the British Countryside. It’s okay to insult a man’s wife, children, career choice, hair, or dress sense. 39. If you are expected to go to work in anything approaching smart casual, you have likely got a pair of boots ‘for the journey’ that are generally covered in orange clay- like towpath mud, and also a pair of ‘smart shoes’ that are clean, patent leather, and walk less than ten steps a day. There are a number of very good hire firms available. All the major airlines fly from Paris which is just over an hour away – then it's a 24-hour flight back to New Zealand. France also has a very different business culture - for example it took three months just to register the business and get a bank account here! I suggest you seek advice from the experts who you can join for free, and they are The Residential Boat Owners Association. Enjoy it while it lasts… You’ll miss it when it passes! Claire gets bored after about a year of living anywhere but we're sick of packing up houses - now our home can move all over Europe! Will there be enough space on your narrowboat for two – or more – of you? CITY LIVING AFLOAT A magnificent mooring requires a vessel of quality - this one could be it, she is ideal as a cruising or static home afloat. We have many more that may suit your requirements and your budget, go to the link below and you will see what we have available. 4. ‘Boaties’ fill gaps in conversation by talking about water levels. In contrast, the average house costs £200,000. A traditional narrow boat for sale would be a popular choice for boat buyers wishing to cruise inland waterways. Ten years living on a boat: 'It's a fun life – I'm not a watery hobo' A decade ago, Susan Smillie bought a classic ketch, moored it on the Thames and moved aboard. 3. You may have a lot of difficulty in finding a berth within an acceptable traveling distance of your place of work. 50. Barging is one of the world's best kept secrets. Having ever tried one is not. It seems perfectly normal to you to have both the stove/ heating going full pelt, and all of the windows open. 18. When you started out with the boat, you had a little list of about five things that you needed to do/ buy/ sort out. My advise is that you do your sums, consider the pros and cons. You start to wonder why the hell everyone owns a key float, when they don’t actually float after you’ve attached your bunch of keys to them. France Afloat is unique in being both a family business and actually being based in France. If it is supposed to move and it does not- WD40. 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