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Moving From Living Abroad To Living On A Narrowboat In The UK
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Friday,8 June, 2012
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Hi Paul, thanks for creating the website and frequently posting new material! I read your content often as my husband and I have dreamt of a life on the canals for years and are working towards making this happen 2013. However, we are looking for others to share their real life experiences regarding a move from an international location back to the UK and onto a narrowboat. We live and work in the US and have already sold our house and are currently purging and selling stuff with the goal of selling everything before returning to the UK! I would love to hear from others and learn of their experiences and insights, as at times the move back and onto a narrowboat seems rather daunting! But we are determined and excited, and realize that it requires a good deal of courage to make a dream a reality! Thanks again! Regards, Karen

 

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Sunday,10 June, 2012
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Well, moving from abroad does mean setting up a bank account etc., I suppose, but the big question is whether the delightful but confined space on a narrowboat will suit you. If you have never been on one for a period of time, I suggest that you hire one and try it.

You are in a great position with no “stuff”. Only buy what you need as you discover what you need. My experience (lived abord for ten years) is that the less gear you have, the better.

Forget computers- get an iPad. My best friend was a washer/dryer. Wet washing in winter is a pain. Pv panels to run your. Fridge in summer were a great investment.

Finally. There is much to love about life on a narrowboat, but trying to live as you would in a house isa not a great idea ! You will be acutely aware of how much water and power you use and leaving lights on is a no no (led lights help). TV- if you have one – should be chosen with care to get a low-energy 12v.model unless you are going to sit in a marina.

So, good luck ! Buy a wella-insulated boat with a solid fuel stove _ warm and cosy in the winter, with snow outside, is a wonderful feeling. In fact, the whole experience is great if it suits you.

Give it a go !

Sunday,10 June, 2012
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dabblingduck said Forget computers- get an iPad. My best friend was a washer/dryer. Wet washing in winter is a pain. Pv panels to run your. Fridge in summer were a great investment.

I agree with everything you’ve said apart from the computer bit. I agree a desktop PC is too bulky, but I couldn’t live without my laptop. My laptop works perfectly on the boat and is a bit bigger than an iPad so, for me, is more practical.

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Sunday,10 June, 2012
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Hello Karen and Family,

When you reach the UK and start seriously looking for a “Liveaboard Boat” I confirm the previous comment, that you want to arrange an extended hire out of season.  You should be able to negotiate a keen price with a Hire Boat company.  You will then know  what most of your preferences are and more importantly, what you don’t like and don’t want on YOUR boat (Your new home)

I  strongly recommend that you hire before you look for something for your self, unless of course you have already experienced narrowboating in England and already have some basic knowledge

If you would like to contact me direct, I have an out of date, “Your fantastic Holiday in England” e-book, (It needs updating but I haven’t got around to it).  In this e-book there are a number of privately owned hire companies and I think one of these should do you nicely, as they have better than “Standard” hire boats.  I will attach a zipped file (Free of Charge) for you to browse through. There should be some pickings in there that may be of interest – anyway, the offer is there should you like to read it

If you have any specific questions, I would be delighted to comment and give you my opinion (Not necessarily the same as others!)

I have lived on my boat now for over 3 years (I love the Lifestyle).  My boat is still in progress and not finished! However, the most important point is that I enjoy each and every day living on it.  it’s cosy, warm, and comfortable. It’s all diesel powered (No Gas) and I have a powerful (New) array of solar panels that have reduced my fuel usage by 75%! Fuel prices continue to rise, so the percentage can only get better.  Payback time for the capital investment (On my original ones were less than 2 years and fuel was cheaper then and panels more expensive!)

The PV panels are well worth some thought to keep the running costs down to a minimum

I wish you the same success in your prosed new lifestyle on the canals!

Sincere regards, ~Allan~ Wink

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Monday,11 June, 2012
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Pengalanty said
 

If you would like to contact me direct, I have an out of date, “Your fantastic Holiday in England” e-book, (It needs updating but I haven’t got around to it).  In this e-book there are a number of privately owned hire companies and I think one of these should do you nicely, as they have better than “Standard” hire boats.  I will attach a zipped file (Free of Charge) for you to browse through. There should be some pickings in there that may be of interest – anyway, the offer is there should you like to read it.

 

Hi Alan, 

I would very much like a copy of your e-book if that would be possible please, we are also coming back to the UK soon to buy a boat and would benefit from hiring, your info looks very useful, I shall contact you directly if you don’t mind?

 

Good luck to Karen and family on your similar quest, who knows maybe our paths will coincide sometime?

 

regards Glenn

 

Now living our life on our Nb Bunbury, well and truly slowed down and very happy.

Monday,11 June, 2012
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That’s fine Glenn; my e-mail is on my last post

All I need is an e-mail address for you, so that

 can forward on my e-book

Sincere regards, ~Allan~

(pengalanty@gmail.com) – To save you looking it up!

Monday,20 August, 2012
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I’m intending to do the same. I’ve lived in third world countries for much of my life, so used to power cuts, no running water, gas from bottles etc. I’m in my late 50s, single now and will be living aboard, continuously cruising with my two dogs. You won’t believe the hastle and paperwork involved in bringing dogs to the UK! I’ll be over there for a few weeks next month to look at boats and hopefully buy one, there are a few on various websites that interest me. If all goes according to plan, I will be living on my boat by Xmas. The worst time of year to start? I look upon it as giving me time to do any work needed on the boat and familiarise myself with everything involved. I found this website by chance and find it very informative, thanks.

Monday,20 August, 2012
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Welcome to the forum timwood. I know what you mean about the paperwork, and cost, of bringing dogs into another country. I know that the cost at the moment to get a dog from the UK to Australia is about £3,500. As a matter of interest, what is the cost of bringing each dog into the UK? Are you flying or driving them here?

Christmas aboard your own boat eh? Fantastic! I would just make sure that you have a boat with working heating to start with. You don’t want to go through January, February and March and the potential of your new steel house being stuck in several inches of ice without adequate heating. Your dogs and their fur coats will be fine. You however, may be a little chilly!

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Monday,20 August, 2012
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Hi Alan could you also email me a copy of your e-book please. Looking to sell the house next August 2013 and hopefully purchase a narrowboat to spend my retirement on. (is 65 to late to start especially with no experience at all) mickhemps@hotmail.com

 

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Tuesday,21 August, 2012
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Thanks for your reply paulsmith. The dogs will be flown in from Bangkok, I’m expecting it to cost around 1000 for the pair. I rescued them from being barbecued, they eat dogs throughout China and the Far East. I’m sure we will all feel the cold! Am I correct in thinking that diesel heating is a better option than gas? And is Mikuni the best system? I am also looking into solar panels and the comments on here by a previous contributer have been useful.

Tuesday,21 August, 2012
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Sounds like the cost of importing dogs into the UK is far less than exporting them to Aus. Is £1,000 the total cost you expect to pay or is that just for the flight? What about vaccinations, certification etc? What about quarantine and kennelling costs once they reach the UK?

Yes, diesel heating is generally considered better than gas, and it will cost you far, far less to run. I stayed on one of our own hire boats foor ten days last November while I had some work done on my own boat. The hire boat had gas heating. I only had the gas fires on low but I still went through about £70 in gas.

The Mikuni diesel heating system is very well thought of. There’s a thread about heating on the forum. The Mikuni system is discussed there.

A iquid heating system is often fitted on liveaboard narrowboats in addition to solid fuel stoves. The best solid fuel stove is the Morso Squirrel.

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Tuesday,21 August, 2012
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Thanks for the heating info. UK scapped quaratine laws in January, now they must have micro chip and rabies shot followed by blood test, which must be done by a lab over there. Whole thing considerably cheaper now. I’ll be bringing blood samples with me when I come over next month.

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