Peter Early (Pearley on the forum) and his wife Jeanette live a nomadic life as genuine continuous cruisers. They’ve been cruising the network non stop since their new boat was launched in 2007. It’s a lifestyle many boaters aspire to.
Peter and Jeanette Earley
About 10 years ago a good friend died. He was only a year older than me and it made us think that there were other things we wanted to do rather than working. An opportunity came to sell our business and in 2007 with no family ties we had Joanie M built for us and sold our house.
‘Joanie M’. We wanted to call the boat after Jeannette’s mum. There were several Joans on the register, 2 or 3 Joanies so we added the M, for Maurice, Jeannettes dad, to make the name unique.
Continuous Cruisers although we have sometimes taken a winter mooring, on one occasion taking and paying for it then getting stuck in the ice about 5 miles from getting there!
57 ft 6 ins trad.
20 years of hiring, 7 years of shared ownership then Joanie M since 2007
From the sale of house.
Live on board all time
No. Retired vehicle electrician so at least I know how to look after my batteries.
Freedom. We get to see different parts of the country, if we don’t like the view we can move, if we don’t like our neighbours we can move.
Walk but often use supermarket delivery services for wine! When your stuck in the ice you tend to drink more!
Washing machine & tumble dryer on board
Dometic vacuum cassette. Gives conventional style bowl at normal height. Yes very happy although like every other boat toilet it has its peculiarities. If it is going to play up it will be when we have visitors.
T Mobile wireless pointer. Makes inside of boat wireless.
Mine is Calder & Hebble but Jeannette is not keen on rivers so next would be BCN
Joanie M is gas free so have a 7 kVa diesel generator built in.
Solid fuel stove and Ecofan makes it very warm. Cannot rely on Webasto for long term heating
Try it out before committing, not just in the summer but during the winter months.
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