Here's the TRUTH. Moving afloat without thorough research Can Be a recipe for disaster!

Living afloat on England's inland waterways can be a relaxing, stress free and idyllic lifestyle, but only for those who get it right. YOU need to make sure you know ALL the facts before you move afloat.

Let me cut to the chase. You probably don't want to read a lengthy and flowery sales letter and, quite frankly, I'm rubbish at writing them. I can't write sales letters, but I CAN help aspiring narrowboat owners like you.

If you’re like most people, if you are like I was when I first moved afloat, you probably don't understand the costs you'll face, the logistics of living afloat, or the rules and regulations you'll have to follow. Living afloat on England's inland waterways is far removed from life in a fully serviced bricks and mortar home. You have to negotiate a really steep learning curve, and finding all the answers is difficult because you don't know the right questions to ask.

I've written a great deal about living afloat. You might have read one of my guides. Each one is packed with the kind of information you need if you want a relaxing and trouble free life on the canal network. But there's so much information, you may need a helping hand to guide you in the right direction.

I'm here to help you. If you're struggling to understand onboard systems or confusing and often misleading narrowboat adverts, if the logistics of managing off grid utilities are a mystery to you, or if you want to know how to downsize from a house to a boat, I'm your man.

You probably haven’t experienced living in a space the size of a small garage. You’ve possibly only seen or experienced narrowboat life in the sultry summer months. You may know about winter's dark and dismal days. You need to make absolutely sure you've made the right decision before you invest tens of thousands of pounds and your sanity into a lifestyle which might not suit you.

It's all very confusing at first. That's why I introduced a unique service for potential live aboard boaters like you.

Introducing... Armchair Discovery Days

  • You’ll learn the truth about popular narrowboat myths and misconceptions.
  • You’ll easily understand narrowboat systems and configurations.
  • You’ll find out what winters afloat are really like… from someone who’s been afloat during the worst winter on record.
  • You’ll discover THE most difficult logistical issue live aboard boat owners need to overcome, and you’ll fully understand the mooring rules and what you need to do to comply with them.
  • You’ll discover the pros and cons of different narrowboat styles... and which is right for you.
  • You’ll STOP worrying about onboard safety and security when you hear some fascinating and reassuring statistics.
  • You’ll find out the one thing which irritates veteran narrowboat owners more than anything else... and how, even as a newbie, you can avoid this common mistake.
  • AND you’ll Finally STOP worrying about any unknown aspects of living afloat on the inland waterways network.

I know that I can help make your transition to life on the inland waterways very much easier than if you try to do everything yourself. Here's why...

  • I’ve lived and worked on the canal network with leading waterways network experts since 2010. I know the waterways and the people on them very well indeed.
  • I've hosted hundreds of discovery days on my own narrowboat, teaching aspiring boat owners all they need to know about living afloat. My experience days have always been very popular.
  • I've received and answered thousands of emails about living afloat.
  • Five thousand waterways enthusiast have purchased my guides in the last five years.
  • I am passionate about helping aspiring narrowboat owners make a seamless transition to life afloat.

Here's what a few of my customers said about their time with me...


My time with Paul was hugely informative and put my mind at ease over a lot of issues that I couldn’t get straight, clear answers to over the internet.

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Dan Gibson
Pudsey, West Yorkshire


Paul answered all my many questions and I came away with a much better idea of what I need in my narrowboat and why I need it.

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Phil Ledger


You did not make us feel silly for asking questions or when we didn't quite understand something. You were very informative and clearly have a lot of knowledge and love your life on a narrow boat.

Steve and Louise Powell


Paul’s experience will enable anyone thinking about buying a boat for live-aboard or for leisure to avoid the many possible pitfalls and decide if it is for them.

Andy Baxter


The amount of information you gave was brilliant, I think you answered every query that we had.

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Jan Webster


Paul's knowledge was second to none, and it was a straight talking no nonsense way that I was informed that really appealed to me and my style.

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Kevin Burt

If you talk to someone who has recently purchased a narrowboat, they will probably tell you about unexpected problems they’ve faced and how they wish they could have found someone to advise them throughout the research and boat buying process. They’ll tell you how a little more knowledge would have saved them so much money, time and effort.

Walk along an urban canal towpath, particularly in London and see unbroken lines of dilapidated boats owned by dispirited owners who gave up bricks and mortar homes to “live the dream” afloat. With some timely advice from someone who has lived on the waterways for many years, they could have avoided sinking their savings into a sinking boat.

"I'm Going To Take All The Risks And Give You My Unconditional 100% Money Back Guarantee"

If you don't feel that my Armchair Discovery Day sessions don't suit you in any way at all, then you will receive a full refund, NO QUESTIONS ASKED! There will be no arguments, no debate, no delay. Your full payment will be refunded instantly, even if you've already used all your sessions with me.

It’s unusual guarantee because it’s unconditional. It’s unconditional because I know that I can help save you time, money and effort. And I know that, because you’ll get so much value out of your sessions with me, you won’t think twice about the guarantee.

Here’s Exactly What You Get With My Armchair Discovery Day Sessions...

  • Three one hour telephone consultations with me from the comfort of your own home.
  • Advice from an experienced boater, trainer and waterways worker to help ensure that you don’t make expensive mistakes.
  • An insight into the reality of living afloat long term.
  • A balanced view of the pros and cons of life on the water.
  • An opportunity to ask questions you can't find the answers to anywhere else.
  • Reassurance that you’re finally on the right track.
  • A cast iron, no nonsense, bullet proof guarantee.

...And Here's How To Book...

  • Order your three one hour sessions by clicking on the button below.
  • Wait for an email from me with your session booking instructions.
  • View availability and book one or more sessions any time you want.
  • Sit back, relax, and look forward to chatting about everything you need to know about life on England’s inland waterways.

3 x One Hour Armchair Discovery Sessions
£147 £97

Invest in your Idyllic Boating future tODAY!

If you're considering spending tens of thousands of pounds on a new home and an alternative way of life, you need to make sure you know all the pros and cons of life on England's inland waterways. I have met hundreds of newbie boaters who did very little research before they moved afloat. Some where lucky. Purely by chance they purchased good boats fully equipped for living off grid. Many weren't quite so fortunate, but they muddled through and endured a less than idyllic life. Some hated life on the water from the very first moment they climbed aboard.

I can help you avoid making a series of expensive mistakes. Life on the water can be pure bliss, but you have to do it right, and it has to be a way of life which suits you. Let me help you discover all you need to know about living on England's canals and rivers. I want YOU to have as much fun as I've had since 2010.