My priority list went like this,
1. daydream about how a boat should be, check some things, change plans until they settle
2. find a mooring space
3. (wait for covid lockdown to ease off again, then) find a boat, on the cheap / needing work side
4. fix enough that it’s habitable
5. live on it
I found good quality moorings with a well established company. They are quite explicit that it’s a non-residential mooring, because they’re in the boat business not the landlord business, and they’re happy for me to live on the boat while moored there.
Other than post delivery, GP registration, voter registration & car insurance issues (which I think I can deal with, and will read about before asking)… what rights am I foregoing by signing up to this?
It looks like I am “voluntarily homeless” this way, perhaps in a similar way to a CCer who happens to be staying put; or a landlubber who is sofa-surfing.
Before I plunk down money for the mooring, I wanted to check this difference: can you think of some problem I’ll cause myself this way, which an official residential mooring wouldn’t cause? Having to move to a different mooring spot (e.g. rearranged due to boats leaving) doesn’t bother me.
Thanks – w
The biggest complication would be for the boatyard in that if it becomes apparent to the Council or nosy neighbours that you are living there permanently then they could be in trouble. But that is their concern.
For yourself, you will need a UK address somewhere as it is difficult to exist in this country without a Postcode. The boatyard may be happy with you receiving mail but that could be further proof of your permanent residence.
For car insurance, tell them the truth, especially as to where the car is normally kept.
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