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Other costs

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 in Getting ready | 0 comments

There are a number of other costs associated with owning and using a narrow boat. Boat licence To use the canals and waterways – even if all you are doing is mooring a boat in a marina – you must have a valid licence. Unfortunately, the licence you need depends on where your boat is. The majority of waterways are covered by the Canal and River Trust licence. However, waterways (including East Anglia and the Thames) operated by the Environment Agency require a different licence. We are currently located on the CRT network and have therefore purchased a 12 month licence from them at a cost of £833.38. The price is dependent upon the length of your boat. We will buy licences for other waterways as we need them. Insurance To buy your licence you must have a valid insurance...

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Fixing her up

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 in Getting ready | 0 comments

As a result of the survey we now had a list of items, mostly minor, which we wanted to get sorted out before we set off. There was also one major decision to be made. Racundra did not have a 240V inverter. This is a piece of electrical equipment that provides 240V mains power from a bank of 12V batteries. She did have a number of 240V sockets but these were only usable when the boat was connected to a shore based mains supply. As we were intending to be cruising continuously, if we wanted to run mains equipment we would need an inverter. In fact the boat can operate quite happily without it. The cooker is gas, the fridge and lighting use a 12V supply direct from the batteries, the central heating uses diesel and 12V. It is...

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Buying the boat

Posted by on Jan 25, 2014 in Featured Post, Getting ready | 0 comments

OK. We’ve selected the boat we want to buy – how do we make it ours so that we can set off on our adventure? Although a fairly large sum of money changes hands, buying a boat is much simpler than buying a house. You certainly don’t need solicitors, land registries or stamp duty. The first step is to agree a price with the vendors. We did this through the selling broker. One phone call and the deed was done. As no recent survey was available for Racundra, the agreed price was “subject to survey”. We paid a deposit of £1000 which was returnable if the survey came up with anything serious that we could not sort out with the vendors, and the vendors gave us permission to engage a surveyor. We also paid the marina the cost of...

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Finding the right boat

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in Featured Post, Getting ready | 0 comments

Having decided to buy a boat, we returned home to Scotland and started looking in earnest – on the internet. There were a lot of boats for sale! Our needs had now changed. We were no longer looking for a boat for two couples for a one week holiday. We wanted to be able to have friends and family come and join us for a week or two at a time (to help with all those locks). But at the same time (or rather at different times) we would be travelling alone so we needed a boat that would be a practical home for us and Charlie over the months. We gradually refined our requirements to create a shortlist of boats with the following: Length: 56-58′ Cruiser stern – particularly convenient for dogs and small children Year: 2004- Fixed...

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Why buy a narrow boat?

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Featured Post, Getting ready | 2 comments

How do you go from never having set foot on a narrow boat to owning one in two short months? It’s surprisingly easy. Take a one week boating holiday, enjoy with good company, good food and plenty of booze, decide to buy your own and live on her for six months. We knew that our friends Penny & Ian had quite a few narrow boat experiences between them and we just happened to ask them if they fancied getting back on the water with us for a week. They jumped at the chance and Penny took charge of booking a suitable boat for the four of us and our two dogs (Xan and Charlie) in October 2013. The Sir Ulfius was 55′ with two fixed double beds each with its own shower room. For a one week holiday it...

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