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Monday,11 June, 2012
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Hello, I’m hoping to live on a narrowboat one day.  The nearest I’ve got so far is to drive one down the Kennet, but apparantly I’m a natural.  I loved the feeling of freedom and being so close to nature.  When I got back home it felt weird that everything was so fixed in one place, if you know what I mean.  I have a lot to learn – I don’t even know if you do ‘drive’ a narrowboat for example – so I’m glad I’ve found this site!  I always find the best way to learn is from people who have actual experience. 

I live in Oxfordshire quite near the river, so often see narrowboats moored up on the bank.  I would love to be continually cruising, but do have an allotment at the moment which I would find hard to leave.  I’m wondering how easy it would be for a lone female to open and close locks etc, and how safe I would be at night on the river, so I’m hoping there’s info on that somewhere here.  Smile

Monday,11 June, 2012
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Hi Pixie, well i know of a lone  woman that  operates  her  boat all on her own and she seems  to  love  it, as for the  safety side of things its  probably down to the area you choose to stop the night in, good  luck

Tim :0

Monday,11 June, 2012
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Hi Pixie

In the area I keep my boat are 2 lone women, neither have any trouble.  They have home moorings where there are other live aboards, and seem to love the lifestyle.  

Monday,11 June, 2012
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Hi Pixie,

Welcome to the forum. Don’t worry about being a lone female. There are quite a few single ladies living on narrowboats. Not as many women as there are men, but enough to make single women a regular sight. As with everything else you do as a single woman, it’s all about being aware of your surroundings and the potential risks. I would say that you are more at risk in a town or a city than you are on a narrowboat on a canal or a river.

The opportunity is there for you. Whether you move forward with your plans or not is entirely up to you. Let me know if there’s anything in particular you want to find out more about.

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Tuesday,12 June, 2012
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Thanks everyone for your replies.  They’re very encouraging.  I still have a bit of saving to do, but am still hopeful that I’ll be able to realise my dream one day. Anyway, it gives me time to find out all about the realities.  Glad to hear that ladies on their own are quite common.  The next step for me is to hire a narrowboat I think, with friends.  During my little taste of narrowboat driving I experienced the sense of community that there is on the river.  I can imagine that people would look out for each other, which is reassuring.

I’m drawn to those little Springers for some reason – I suppose they’re a nice size for handling.  I had the opportunity of buying one a while back, but felt I didn’t know enough at the time.  It reminded me of when I bought my mg midget without knowing anything, then found out too late I’d bought a write off!  Now I know all about the problems with the hull, and to look for one made before 1974 because of the steel quality. 

I’m still looking for a fairly short one because I love how easy they are to handle.  I’d like to be able to get some form of washing machine in there though, and have a sleeping area I didn’t have to convert every day.

Anyway, I’m rambling on a bit.  I’ve got a question, but I think I’ll post it in the proper place. 

Thanks for your welcomes, Pixie

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A short boat, a washing machine and a fixed bed may be asking a little too much. Have you had a look on apolloduck to see what’s on offer? They have the most comprehensive listing of narrowboats for sale on the web.

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