Avatar

Please consider registering
guest

sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —




— Match —





— Forum Options —





Minimum search word length is 3 characters – maximum search word length is 84 characters

sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
Hello… Planning to live aboard in a few years for 5-6 months a year
Friday,27 October, 2017
4:08 am
Avatar
New Member
Members
Forum Posts: 2
Member Since:
Wednesday,25 October, 2017
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Just joined the forum and will be lingering for a while. I am an ExPat from England but have lived in California for 26 years. Our plans are to purchase and live aboard 5-6 months a year. Its at least 5 years before I actually make things happen but I need to start learning now. I have rented a narrowboat 20 years ago and did the midlands ring (loved it). A couple of weeks ago I rented a great wide beam on the Thames and also loved it. We will probably be renting another next year for two weeks and are leaning towards a narrowboat over widebeam.

I have many complicatons in living here and and the UK but its a fun challenge to plan and learn. I’d be interested to hear from folk who do part time live aboard with their base being outside the UK.

I then have the debate of new build, used or sail away. Storage for 6 months or rent. 

Looking forward to live on the cut….

Kevin.

Friday,27 October, 2017
7:07 am
Avatar
Southam, Warwickshire
Admin
Forum Posts: 1795
Member Since:
Friday,19 February, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Welcome to the forum Kevin, and good luck with your plans. Your width of boat will determine how much of the network you can cruise. Although a wide beam offers you far more living space, it seriously reduces your cruising options. Please read this post for more information…

https://livingonanarrowboat.co.uk/2015-06-07-newsletter-wide-beam-cruising-restrictions/

With regard to your last sentence, “Storage for six months or rent”, do you mean rent out your narrowboat when you aren’t using it? If so, please be aware of your obligations. You need to abide by the same rules and regulations as hire boat companies, which means that you need a different boat license and insurance, and you need to provide facilities and tuition for hirers.

Your simplest option is to take your boat out of the water for the period you’re away. You can offset the cost of storing your boat by asking for a refund on your CRT license for the period that your boat is out of the water.

I hope this information helps.

Click here to get a FREE copy of “Living On A Narrowboat:101 Essential Narrowboat Articles”

Tuesday,14 November, 2017
5:06 am
Avatar
New Member
Members
Forum Posts: 2
Member Since:
Wednesday,25 October, 2017
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Paul:

Thanks for that invaluable information. We did see a company that you can lift out and dry dock. I see the licensing advantage now. We are leaning towards a narrowboat over a wide beam due to the abaility to go more places (north).

Kevin.

Tuesday,14 November, 2017
5:40 am
Avatar
Southam, Warwickshire
Admin
Forum Posts: 1795
Member Since:
Friday,19 February, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I personally think that a narrowboat is your best bet. I have never seen a particularly relaxed wide beam owner cruising the canals. You may have less living space in a narrowboat compared to a wide beam, but you’ll enjoy your cruising far more.

Click here to get a FREE copy of “Living On A Narrowboat:101 Essential Narrowboat Articles”

Forum Timezone: Europe/London

Most Users Ever Online: 298

Currently Online:
8 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Top Posters:

pearley: 963

Alan: 637

GM: 462

deckhand: 296

richardhula: 292

Paul B: 183

Johny London: 142

martincowin: 120

MikeEaves: 116

Our Nige: 110

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 69

Members: 12161

Moderators: 0

Admins: 1

Forum Stats:

Groups: 1

Forums: 10

Topics: 1447

Posts: 9006

Administrators: Paul Smith: 1795