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Life on a narrowboat can be as peaceful as it is idyllic BUT you need to understand the pros, cons, highs, lows, and day to day logistics in living on England's inland waterways. Let me help you find out all you need to know before you commit to what could be a very expensive mistake.


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A Case Study Of Liveaboard Narrowboat Olive Rose

Another Questions and Answers session with boaters living afloat full time. Meet the married couple living aboard with a pair of cats. {{{0}}}

Who are you? (and your significant other and, of course, your dog if you have one)

Lina Noyes, husband Warren and the cats Sammie and Sheila, who are sisters

Tell me a little about yourself and why you decided to live a life afloat

I had fancied the idea of life afloat since i was 21, then finally got round to it at the age of 27……im now almost 42

Lina steering

Lina steering

What is your boat called and why did you decide on that name?

Olive Rose, she was already named that, i reckon after someones aunt or something 🙂

What is you boat length and style?

62ft traditional.

How long have you been a narrowboat owner?

15 years

How much time do you spend on your boat each year?

I’m a liveaboard

Are you still working? (If so, what do you do?)

I’m a student nurse (mental health)

What do you like least about narrowboat life?

The mud in winter

What do you like most about narrowboat life?

The freedom

If you could change just one thing about your boat, what would it be?

Remove my husband, har har!!!

When you are cruising how do you resupply (How do you get to the supermarket without a car)?

Find a town or supermarket near the canal

How do you do your washing when you are cruising?

find a laundrette or handwash

How do you connect to the internet when you are on your boat and are you happy with the service you receive?

Wireless connection

What is your favourite canal or section of canal?

Marsworth area and the wendover arm

How do you generate electricity when you are cruising and how much do you use?

running the engine whilst cruising charges the batteries

What advice can you offer someone considering living on a narrowboat?

Dont keep what you really dont need, there isnt the space!

 

Are you one of the lucky few who lives the dream on board your own narrowboat full time? Would you like to share your experience with some of the thousands of potential floating home owners who visit this site? If you can spare the time to answer a few simple questions, I would love to hear from you. Just let me know so I can email the questions to you. I’ll create a post like the one above complete with a link back to your own blog or web site.

 

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Paul Smith
 

After six and a half years living on a narrowboat on England's inland waterways, Paul and his wife Cynthia now wander Europe by motorhome during the winter, and on the Dutch and French waterways in the warmer months on their 32' Dutch motor cruiser.

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  • mickyskins Monday,23 January, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    We are in the process of moving onto our narrow boat full time. I’ve got two questions I hope you can help me with
    How do you go about getting your post whilst cruising and buying a TV lincense for your boat

     
    • admin Monday,23 January, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      Hi Mickyskins – I can answer the first question for you as I wrote a post about the subject for the newsletter. You can read it here. I can’t help you with the telly one though (I don’t have a telly!). I’ll leave that one to Peggy.

       
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