Welcome to living on a narrowboat. I hope you find it useful regardless of whether you are a seasoned narrowboat owner or are just taking the first tentative steps towards a life on the cut.
My name is Paul Smith. After fifteen years of managing pubs for a national chain followed by a further decade and a half of running my own businesses I am finally doing something that I enjoy getting up for every day of the week. I have swapped a pen for a pruning saw and my car for a ride on lawn mower. I look after the beautiful grounds surrounding Calcutt Boats two narrowboat marinas on the Grand Union canal deep in the heart of rural Warwickshire. I live there too.
Living On A Narrowboat At Calcutt
Calcutt Boats’ Meadows marina is stunning. One hundred and forty spacious berths surround a central island wildlife haven. Seven thousand seven hundred trees were planted in two woodland areas in the 1990′s. Footpaths have been developed through the woods for nature lovers and dog walkers who moor on the two marinas. The marina island is less than a hundred metres behind my boat and the largest of the two woodland areas just a hop, skip and a jump to the front. I wake up to the sound of mallards quietly quacking (and sometimes tapping on the window for food), canada geese honking and the sight of a pair of swans shepherding their three remaining signets around the reed beds. I love it!
When I first created the site, the main focus was compilation of all of the narrowboat friendly marinas in the UK, their facilities – or lack of them – and, I hoped, objective reviews to help you choose where to moor your narrowboat. The site has evolved more into a general resource for you if you are considering buying a narrowboat either for leisure or residential use. To that end, I recently created a series of emails explaining all narrowboat costs. The series based on detailed records of every penny I’ve spent maintaining and improving James since I moved on board. It’s essential information if you’re considering buying a narrowboat. I’m going to publish it as a Kindle guide within the next few weeks so please read the series now before it goes on sale.
In addition to the marina listings, I have added many articles about narrowboats and narrowboat life. They are not technical in nature but I hope they will help you understand the pros and cons of life on board and the aspects of narrowboast ownership you need to consider even before you buy your boat.
In July 2012, I added a forum to the site. It’s a great place for you to ask a question if you can’t find the answers you’re looking for anywhere else on the site. I welcome new posts so don’t be shy. Come and say hello
In the meantime, if there is anything that you think needs adding to the site, or if you spot any inaccuracies in any of the information on the site, please let me know.
I hope you find this living on a narrowboat site useful.