Julian Cox is one of those clever fellows who can do things with his hands which mystify me. He purchased a bare steel shell and transformed it himself into a comfortable floating home. There’s a link to his build blog at the bottom of this post.
We are Lynn & Julian + 2 cats Zig and Zag
We initially became interested in boats about 11 years ago. My brother purchased a narrowboat and after talking to him about it, we thought, yep we like it, let’s get one. So we did. Initially a 3 to 4 year project ended up taking 9 years. Many reasons for this including the recession of course. Fitting out a boat is a lot more difficult than meets the eye, the major delays in the project though were more to do with family issues and some unexpected bereavements. We’ve made now though, although we did have 2 years on the water in 2005 to 2007, fitting out a boat on the canal side though just makes a tricky task even more difficult. We decided to put the boat on dry land to finish the project.
The boats name in a mix of Julian and Lynn JULYNIAN
No we are continuous cruisers.
he boat is a 60′ X 10’6″ wide beam with a traditional stern made by R&D fabrications in 2004. The boat also has a Slipper stern, a design of stern designed by R&D We fitted the 2.5L Perkins Diesel engine.
Initially from a divorce settlement.
We live aboard so almost all.
We are semi retired. Owning a boat and the reduced costs enable us to live a comfortable lifestyle on a low income.
I can’t think of anything.
Freedom of movement and independence.
Fitting of flexible solar panels to roof. Too expensive at the moment though, so we have 740w of standard panels.
We have a van, when we cruise I cycle back and pick up the van. We have oil and gas delivered to the boat, we can also order chandlery items and have them delivered in the same way.
We have a standard washing machine but a very economical model. We do washing whilst the engine is running it is supplied with power from a 3kw pure sine inverter.
We have a composting toilet, it works really well. Not to every ones taste but we done have emptying fees and we only need to empty a small amount of waste partially composted every 6 weeks or so.
We have a 3 MIFI which can run 5 things from such as lap tops game consoles. The MIFI sits in a porthole window and is rechargeable.
We have only experienced the Western K&A so far, favourite area so far is Seend Melksham
From March to end October Solar panels supply all of our electrical energy, cruising gives more energy and we do things like washing in the washing machine to use any additional power. Engine running also heats water in our calorifier. We use around 80ah per day.
Very warm, it’s been a mild winter, with the stove on lowest setting it’s too hot, we have to open hatches and doors to cool down. I ensured our boat was well insulated. Most spray foamed boats do not have sufficient thickness, we used Rockwool covered in 10mm Celotex.
We’ve only lived aboard full time for 4 months, it’s been a breeze so far, but that’s due to good planning and understanding of what can happen when living afloat.
A lot of people proposing to live on boats work full time. If they intend to continuously cruise they might find it difficult complying with CC cruising rules and working at the same time so a full understanding of the mooring and cruising rules is essential.
Are you one of the lucky few who lives the dream on board your own narrowboat full time? Would you like to share your experience with some of the thousands of potential floating home owners who visit this site? If you can spare the time to answer a few simple questions, I would love to hear from you. Just let me know so I can email the questions to you. I’ll create a post like the one above complete with a link back to your own blog or website.
Tony & Jane Robinson.
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