After I pushed the button to send out last Sunday’s newsletter, Sally uttered the phrase I had been dreading for the previous two or three days, “Let’s go shopping!”
I suppose it’s necessary sometimes to join the swarming humanity jammed into soulless shopping malls spending money they can ill afford on things they don’t really need.
We needed to buy some stuff for our holiday. Sally wanted to get a suitcase, some sunglasses for me and some new underwear, also for me. I can understand the need for a suitcase. We wouldn’t get far without one. But why Sally thinks I need new underwear is beyond me. “Your briefs are old and tatty,” she scolded me. I told her that I didn’t think the state of my underwear was terribly important given that I had no intention of parading myself in front of anyone wearing them. She accused me of having no sense of style.
She’s absolutely right. I have no sense of style, I never have and, at the age of fifty three, there’s very little chance of acquiring one now. A sense of style as far as I’m concerned is for someone with plenty of money and for someone who doesn’t live on a narrowboat. Underwear is for keeping your bits in place. Regardless of the colour, style and cut of my old undies, they do the job admirably.
Of course, Sally won the argument. We went shopping for underwear. I picked up the first packet we can across. Sally put it back. “They’re not very nice,” she reasoned as we left Debbenhams looking for Nice-Undies-R-Us. We tried three more shops before I lost the will to live and went to sit in the car. Sally came back with a scowl on her face and nothing in her hands.
I made my own dinner on Sunday evening, read for a bit and then went to bed wearing my old and tatty but practical and every so comfortable Y fronts. Oh, by the way, the suitcase shop was closed and Debbenhams had stopped stocking sunglasses for the winter. Can you see why I hate shopping?
Back at work on Monday we seized an opportunity to do a bit of roofing. There’s a wash house attached to the lock cottage next to our reception and offices where we store cleaning supplies and a washing machine and dryer we use for site laundry. The sloping roof above the wash house is tiled. Half a dozen tiles were broken so rain water had been pouring through the roof every time we had rain. We’ve had rain just about every day recently so the wash house was a bit of a mess.
The forecast was OK for Monday but showers were forecast for the latter part of the day. We had to work quickly.
At 8am Pat and I were on the roof pulling off tiles as quickly as we could. The battens underneath had to be removed too as we also needed to replace the membrane beneath the battens. Most of the battens were rotten so I popped in to Southam for some new ones, helped Pat to tack the new membrane in place, fitted the new battens and replaced the tiles. We finished the job at 4pm… just as the heavens opened. For a change, luck was on our side. One more job ticked off the list.
Tuesday was “little job day”. There’s so much to do here, even in the winter, that a day spent just tidying the site up is occasionally needed. I cut back some wild roses, raked out about a tonne of road planings around some of our new containers, collected a couple of truck-fulls of windfall branches from the willow copse next to our top car park and replaced half a dozen tree protectors blown away by the recent winds.
On Wednesday I was back in my chainsaw trousers for another day’s cutting. I popped over to Flecknoe to the boss’s house to log the usable hawthorn and blackthorn from the hedge tidying I did the previous week, then returned to the marina to spend the rest of the day felling and removing the last of the damaged oak.
I continued logging all day Thursday then looked forward to a relaxing day on Friday. Not a chance.
There was more holiday shopping to endure. We have everything now, including a rather fetching pair of sunglasses for me. I’m pleased Sally insisted on braving the shops again. We now have everything we need so there’s no need for my normal, typically male, last minute panic.
There’s not much to report on the boating front this week. The mild winter continues to limp along. With the continuous rain everything is sodden. So sodden in fact that one of our online moorers has asked to temporarily move his boat into the marina.
We had ten online moorings, five above Calcutt Top Lock and five below Caclutt Bottom Lock. The five moorings above the Top Lock are next to Napton reservoir. The moorings have a wonderful view but because the path by the side of the boats also forms part of a circular walk around the reservoir, the ground underfoot has been churned into a liquid slop.
So the only boat there which is regularly visited at this time of the year has moved to a temporary mooring in Meadows marina. The view isn’t quite as good but the wooden jetty is much easier to walk on.
The owners may have escaped the mud but you’re never far from a rat when you’re on your boat, and where there are rats, there are diseases.
Last week I told you Sally and I had been to our local surgery for our holiday vaccinations. I mentioned that Sally had been put off the trip by the nurse’s graphic description of leptospirosis. I may have exaggerated Sally’s state of mind somewhat. At the moment, she’s sat by the front doors with her sunglasses on, her suitcase clutched in her excited little hand and her eyes bright with anticipation. She sometimes (but not always) comes back into the boat for toilet breaks.
As a result of the story, I received a few emails telling me that leptospirosis is actually Weil’s disease and, as a liveaboard boater, I should really know all about it. I appreciate the emails. Not connecting the two was an oversight on my part, but the kind people who took the time to email me weren’t quite right.
Leptospirosis has a number of common names including mud fever, swamp fever, swineherd’s disease and the rather fetching sewerman’s flu. The cause is infected animal urine – mainly cattle, pig’s and rats’ – in water. It’s found more often in slow moving or still water such as ponds and canals than it is in faster moving rivers and streams.
The infection enters the body through cuts or scrapes or the lining of eyes, nose, mouth or throat. The usual symptoms are headaches, red eyes, muscle pain and fatigue. Symptoms sometime include a skin rash and hallucinations. These are all symptoms of common or garden leptospirosis and not Weil’s disease. Weil’s disease is a very severe form of leptospirosis.
Weil’s disease is a different kettle of fish. Fortunately it’s very rare in the UK. However for the very few who contract it, the disease is particularly unpleasant. The symptoms include organ failure and internal bleeding.
Before you vow never to step foot near a canal or a narrowboat again, it’s important to put things into perspective. Take 2011 for example. Only 44 cases were reported in England and Wales. Fifteen of those 44 cases originated overseas. None were fatal. Given the enormous number of people who have frequent contact with potentially infected water – farmers and vets, water sport enthusiasts and a relatively small number of inland waterways boaters – there really is very little risk of falling foul of leptospirosis and virtually none at all of catching Weil’s disease.
Still, just to be on the safe side, try not to encourage wild rats to urinate in your mouth just after you’ve had a tooth out.
I’ve just finished making some changes to the site which, I hope, will make life easier for both you and for me. One of the changes is to move to a different newsletter server. To prepare for the move I’ve been doing a bit of housekeeping. I’ve removed a number of subscribers who, according to the software I use, haven’t been reading their weekly newsletters for the last couple of months.
However, I don’t have complete faith in the accuracy of the software.
I’ll be switching to the new server in time for the newsletter on 26th January. If you haven’t received your usual Sunday newsletter email by midday on 26th January, I’ve probably removed you from the list in error. I apologise in advance if it happens to you, but there’s an easy solution.
All you have to do is either click on the link for the free eBook download in the left hand column of the main part of the site, or click on the link in my signature on any of the 1,000+ posts I’ve made on the forum to get yourself back on the list.
I published the first part of Julian Cox’s account of his wide beam self fit out last week. I’ve published part two this week. You can read about the installation of his pine ceiling and oak cladding, fitting a spacious galley, an even more spacious double shower and installing his corner bubble stove.
You can also read about his composting toilet. Composting toilets are fitted on a relatively small number of boats but I’ve heard great things about them. There are no costly regular pump out fees, no need to lug a heavy cassette to an Elsan point every two or three days and no worry about how you’re going to empty your loo when your boat is ice-bound in the winter and no smell.
About every six months the non-smelling solids need emptying out. It’s not as bad a job as you might think. I stood chatting to a fellow boater a few months ago as he carried out his biannual clear out. I couldn’t smell a thing.
How would you like a narrowboat which never rusts, never needs to be taken out of the water to have its bottom blacked and which has paintwork said to last for twenty five years? Site subscriber Brian Collings has one.
It’s an aluminium narrowboat made by Sea Otter. Sea Otter’s first narrowboats in 1992 were tiny seventeen and twenty one feet long trailable “go anywhere” boats. The size of their order books have increased as Sea Otter have increased the length of the boats they sell. Now they offer a variety of lengths from their 21′ – 32′ trailable boats up to their longest 56′ narrowboat.
In 2010 Brian had his new boat built. He’s painstakingly documented the build process from the original aluminium sheets for the hull to the boat’s launch, the teething problems he had in the weeks following the launch and his first cruises in his new boat. It’s a fascinating account.
I’ll be publishing the first two parts of his story in the 2nd February newsletter. I’ll be somewhere in the sky between Hong Kong and Manilla at the time the newsletter normally goes out. I don’t know what the internet connectivity is going to be like while I’m away so I’m writing as much content now as I can so that there’s a seamless service while I’m on holiday. I know how much you look forward to your Sunday treat!
I’ve been writing regular newsletters for a couple of years now. During the first year they were every two weeks or so. To be honest, the frequency was a bit hit and miss. My New Year’s resolution, and one that I’m delighted to say that I’ve kept, was to send out a newsletter every Sunday, rain or shine. The hardest part of the process isn’t the writing itself, it’s constantly thinking of new content. The trouble is, I don’t know what you want to read. I think I keep the newsletters reasonably interesting but I don’t know for sure. That’s where I need your help.
Can you let me know what you would like to read in the future? Are there any areas of narrowboat life you don’t think I’ve covered enough or areas which I’ve missed completely? Please let me know what you want to read about. Thanks for your help.
I created the site just over three years ago to provide a source of information for anyone interested in narrowboats and the possibility of living on one full time. The site has grown to encompass a comprehensive listing of inland marinas in England and Wales, dozens of articles, a forum and regular newsletters. I’ve already created (below) indexes of the site articles and the more popular forum posts. I thought it was about time I created an easy to use index of the newsletter content. Here’s the index so far.
If you’re on a budget maybe a self fit our sailaway is the way to go for you. Here’s the story of a wide beam self fit out to give you inspiration (or put you off completely)
Planning for the year ahead – Written plans and goals have always been important to me. They help me see into the future. Here’s what we’ve planned for our lovely floating home in 2014.
The practicality of hosting Christmas afloat – How do you achieve a floating festive event (and do you really want to)?
Liveaboard case study, The Pearl – Tony and Jane Robinson believe in forward planning. They stated their narrowboat fund thirty years before buying their own boat. Now the two retired education workers moor in a marina for the winter then explore the waterways during the warmer months.
Narrowboat Storage Space – How much space is there to store your worldly goods on board a narrowboat? Here’s a video walk-through of my own boat James.
Roses and Castles Canal Art – What is it and why do boaters spend so much money decorating their boats with it?
Fitting secondary double glazing – Fitting the panels is a simple operation for those with the most basic DIY skills, something which I sadly haven’t developed. As you might expect then, the fitting didn’t go as well as it should.
Narrowboat videos – I launched the Living On A Narrowboat YouTube channel
Secondary double glazing for your boat – The pros and cons of double glazing on a boat and why secondary double glazing is a much better bet and a fraction of the cost.
Living on a narrowboat vidoes – My first hesitant steps into the world of video production for site content
Can you either live or holiday on a narrowboat if you have a disability? – Here’s what you need to know.
Winter fuel allowance – Do you qualify for one if you live on a boat?
Case Study – NB Progress. Kim Wainwright recorded her journey on the forum from nervous anticipation to current liveaboard boat owner. Here’s her story.
Narrowboat central heating – I don’t have any. All that is about to change. Here’s the system I’m going to install and why I’ve chosen it.
Narrowboat running costs – I compare my own running costs to those of a prominent YouTube video blogger and detail my exact costs for October 2013
Popular narrowboat terminology – Hundreds or words or phrases used to describe parts of boats and the waterways they cruise through.
The wind chill factor – How strong the wind is blowing and which direction it’s coming from can determine how difficult it is to heat your boat. Here’s what you need to know.
Case study – Another couple from down under living the dream on the inland waterways.
20th October 2013Condensation. It’s a common problem on boats. Here are a few suggestions how to keep your boat’s interior dry.
A new organisation for liveaboard boaters
On demand water heater problems – Discover a common fault with these water heaters and what you can do to resolve the problem.
Know your firewood – Not all timber burns well. Find out which is best and which to avoid.
Managing your boat’s water supply. You can use your water supply as and when you need it when you live in a house with all mod cons. You can pretty much do the same when you’re on a marina mooring with a water supply just a hose length away. It’s a different kettle of fish when you’re on an online mooring.
Liveaboard case study – A prime example of mooring without a water supply on tap.
The folly of using unseasoned wood as a fuel – Here’s essential information if you plan to use logs you find to heat your boat for free
Creating lasting memories of your cruises – Slightly off topic, but please bear with me. You’ll have some wonderful adventures as you travel throughout the network. They’ll be adventures worth remembering but will you remember them? I have a very poor memory but instant and total recall of all my cruises is just a click away.
A tragedy at Calcutt. Sudden Oak Dieback hits our 1,500 twenty year old oak trees
Forum private messaging – Now you can email other forum users from within the site
Managing your water supply
An American blogs about his travels
Solving engine room leaks – A simple solution to a dripping stern tube
All about the weed hatch – Removing debris from your propeller
A disaster – I inadvertently deleted this week’s newsletter and there wasn’t a backup on the server. What a shame. It was all about the damage you can do to your boat if you don’t watch what you’re doing in a lock. You would have loved it!
Effective fly killers for boats
The downside to living on a narrowboat
Liveaboard Case Study – American Richard Varnes has taken a year out from work to cruise the canal network and write about his adventure. Here’s his case study and a few stories from his journey so far.
CART Guide Approval – The waterways’ governing body is now promoting the information packages available from this site. Yippee!
Narrowboat Insurance – A summary of insurance quotes from the major narrowboat insurers
Liveaboard Case Study – Keith and Nicky downsized their property in Jersey, used the released capital to buy their 57? “go anywhere” narrowboat and now live on their boat full time while they continuously cruise the canal network. They’re ridiculously young to retire, and I’m very, very jealous
Downsizing from a 3 bed semi to a narrowboat – What do you do with a lifetime’s accumulated possessions?
A free download – Living On A Narrowboat: 101 Essential Narrowboat Articles
Narrowboat tips – Handy hints from experienced narrowboat owners
The cost of a continuous cruising lifestyle – How one liveaboard boater manages on a shoestring
The perfect narrowboat washing machine? – It’s low cost and doesn’t need plumbing in, but does it actually clean clothes?
The cost of a continuous cruising lifestyle – How much does living the life of a water gypsy really cost?
The cost of living on a narrowboat – An article in the Daily Mail… and why most boaters disagree with what they said.
Hire boat expectations – Fully understanding what facilities will be available to you is essential if you’re going to enjoy a narrowboat holiday. Here’s what not to do.
Fenland river cruising – Another boater’s maiden voyage to whet your appetite.
Anticipating winter weather – You may well be enjoying unusually warm winter weather but the winter will be with us all too soon. Now is the time that you need to plan for the cold weather ahead.
Keeping your stove glass clean – Maybe you think it’s an odd subject for the summer but you can’t trust the English weather. Late June and the stove was still on now and again. At least now I have a crystal clear view of the fire I shouldn’t need to light.
Traffic chaos caused by Braunston’s historic boat rally – On a day with high winds and a canal full of working boats returning home after the rally, I had the pleasure of taking some very nervous hirers out on the cut.
23rd June 2013 – The cost of a two week cruise. If you live on your own boat, what’s the real cost of taking it away for a two week break?
Case Study – Mary Anne swapped dry land home rental for floating home ownership. Now she loves life afloat and works from home.
Life as a continuous cruiser – The Holy Grail of narrowboat ownership. The ability to travel where and when you like. Peter Early tells all.
The Ashby canal cruise part two – We spent a bit more time on the Ashby before heading south again, joining the Coventry canal, this time following it into Coventry’s rather depressing and disappointing city centre, then retracing our steps back to Calcutt
Most popular narrowboat names – Here’s the definitive list of the top 200 most popular narrowboat names and a resource you can use to find out if any other boat has the same name as yours
Considerate boating – An article prompted after a near head on collision with another boat trying to avoid a fallen oak.
I was on holiday for the first two weeks of June. Sally and I cruised from Calcutt to Braunston, north along the north Oxford where we joined the Coventry canal briefly before taking a very sharp right turn onto the Ashby canal. Here’s a daily report of the first week of our holiday.
An encounter with two poorly prepared holiday boaters and my own impending two week cruise encouraged me to put together a pre cruise check list
Laptop hacking – An update on the problems I encountered after buying a brand new laptop which I suspect was tampered with before I bought it.
Diary of a new narrowboat owner – Frequent forum poster “Our Nige” finally moved on to his new floating home. Here’s his story
My comments about an encounter on the Oxford/GU section between Napton and Braunston sparked a debate about the pros and cons of wide beams on the cut.
Keeping dry – You don’t really need to limit your cruising to sunny summer days. There’s something very special about standing on the back deck in the pouring ran protected by a set of bomb proof waterproofs.
Do you really need a car? Living on a narrowboat is all about enjoying a simple and stress free life. Sally and I had a car each. Mine cost £2,000 to run in the previous 12 months so I decided to get rid of mine to see if I could manage without one.
An encounter with a wide beam boat and why they aren’t suitable for much of the canal network
An interview with the Trust’s head of boating. Sally Ash talks about the Trust’s approach to the thorny issue of residential moorings
Narrowboat fuel tanks – How much do they hold
Meet one of your legless canal side companions
The canal network’s largest floating hotel
Narrowboat blogs – My own first cruise, Our Nige takes his new home on its maiden voyage and a chance for you to have your very own blog section on this site.
The Trust target illegal moorers but just what does the Trust consider to an illegal mooring?
Identity theft – The ongoing saga of my hacked laptop
RCR engine servicing – River Canal Rescue (RCR) are well known as the waterways equivalent of the AA but did you know that they will also come to your mooring to service your boat?
The perils of exceeding your monthly broadband data allowance. Learn from my mistakes.
Narrowboat security – A spate of burglaries from boats and a break in at my former family home encouraged me to write this article
Case study – You need to committed to sell your home to fund the purchase of your narrowboat. That’s what Mick and Marlene have done.
Case study – Sarah lives on wide beam Antioch on the Leeds Liverpool canal. She can do man things with her hands. Here’s her story.
Be inspired – There are always reasons why you don’t make the move from bricks and mortar to steel and water. Here’s an anecdote which demonstrates once and for all that there really aren’t any worthwhile excuses.
Here’s an example of what happens when you really don’t understand how your narrowboat works.
Essential boating equipment – Here’s a low cost item which has paid for itself over and over again.
Whilton marina boat sales – Sometimes things aren’t what they appear to be. This alleged fact about the boat sales at Whilton has come to me from several different sources.
Where can you find residential moorings? Here’s a great place to start
Getting rid of unwelcome visitors – Geese used to regularly disturb a peaceful night’s sleep where I moor. Not any more. Here’s my solution
Know your narrowboat costs – Detailed costs for my own boat for February 2013
Half a dozen boaters now have access to their own blog section on the site. You can too. Here’s how.
James’ upgrade – Adding solar panels and replacing carpets with oak effect laminate flooring
Stove fuel test – What works best; coal, wood, briquettes or something else entirely – Here’s my own take on a Waterways World test
Essential stove maintenance – Here’s what you need to do to make sure that your stove always performs well.
Internet connectivity – I use the internet four or more hours every day. This is the setup I have on my boat to make sure that I’m always connected.
Detailed running costs for my own boat for January 2013
The real cost of going cheap. An in depth look at the cost of my 36 year old boat, and how much I spent (and still need to spend) before it will be a comfortable full time cruising boat.
Case Studies – I put together 21 of the best case studies and analysed and summarised the data in this low cost guide. If you want ton save yourself hundreds of hours of research and costly mistakes, you need to read this guide.
Case Study – Mike’s circumstances are similar to my own. He moved onto his boat after a failed marriage. He’s upgraded from a 27? GRP cruiser to a 50? narrowboat
Narrowboat electrics part 2 – The concluding article from Tim Davis
I asked newsletter subscribers to send me detailed breakdowns of their bricks and mortar expenses so I could compare them with the cost of running a narrowboat. Quite a few subscribers obliged. I added the breakdowns to my narrowboat costs guide and the budgeting application.
Understanding narrowboat electrics – Another excellent article from Tim Davis
Satellite television for narrowboats – Information from a system installer
Low cost narrowboat ownership – A low cost solution to the problem of funding your first narrowboat
Solar power – All you need to know about installing solar panels on your boat. Written by the inland waterways most popular solar system installer
Case Study – Mr. Solar Panel Tim Davis writes about life on board his own narrowboat
First tests and reviews of the budgeting application
The best aerial for a narrowboat television
The first release of the new spreadsheet based narrowboat budgeting application
An unscheduled dip in the marina prompted me to write about safety on the waterways
Living on a narrowboat – Through the eyes of a young lady who would clearly prefer to be somewhere else
I started to develop the narrowboat budgeting software. This newsletter detailed the concept and the progress to date
Practical flooring for narrowboat dogs
Case study – Mike and Mags use a double redundancy payment to pay for their new floating home
The best tip for a wannabe narrowboat owner – Advice from existing boat owners
I published my guide Living on a Narrowboat: The REAL Cost of a Life Afloat. When this newsletter was published it was only available as a Kindle edition. Now it’s available in both Kindle and PDF format and is bundled with Narrowbudget, the site’s bespoke narrowboat budgeting application.
VAT on narrowboat sales
Dealing with pests on a narrowboat – spiders and swans
Posh boats – My personal favourite: S.M. Hudson
Repeat prescriptions, diesel heating systems and solar panels
Survey – Do you want a forum on the site? (You already know the answer to that!)
How to clean your stove glass – One of the real pleasures of a living fire is watching the flames on a cold winter’s eve. Here’s what you need to do to ensure you can actually see the fire.
Smoking on board – An alternative to smelly smoke
DIY narrowboat painting – I’ve broken down the complete cost of painting your own boat and
Dealing with wind on the river – A guest article from liveaboard narrowboat owner Alan Cazaly
DIY narrowboat painting – I spent three weeks in April painting my boat. Here’s the first of my progress reports
Life on the river Cam – A guest article on the pleasures of river life by wide beam liveaboard Luther Phillips
Case Study – Freelance writer Anne and her South African farmer partner John reveal all
Case Study – Toni cruises constantly with ex husband Allan. They cruise together but they live apart… on separate boats
As a result of the article about the downside of living on a narrowboat published in the 18th March newsletter, I asked liveaboard narrowboat owners to complete a survey to give a balanced view of the issues raised by Pauline. Here are the survey results and a much more positive article by liveaboard narrowboat owner and frequent forum contributer Peter Early.
The downside of living on a narrowboat – This was a very controversial post. Liveaboard Pauline Roberts wrote about the less pleasant aspects of life afloat… and attracted a storm of comments
Case study: The Woodsman – Pauline Roberts again giving an insight into the life that you may think she doesn’t like.
Reviewed: The Liveaboard Guide by Tony Jones. A great guide to living afloat
eBay Narrowboat scam (and a little bit of flack for me from another forum)
Case Study: Author Toby Jones on his own liveaboard narrowboat
A review of Debdale Wharf marina
Two more case studies. One of them waxed lyrical about life on the waterways and enjoyed every minute of her life afloat. Now (April 2013) she’s selling up to follow another dream in Spain.
The first four narrowboat case studies published
I’ll start with myself; Paul Smith, living on my own, moored in a marina and working full time. Narrowboat James case study
Meet Peggy. She has a husband and two small children, works full time and cruises the network during the summer months. Narrowboat Violet Mae case study
Fancy spending your retirement cruising the waterways of England and Wales? Meet Barry and Sue Horne. They’re living the dream! Narrowboat Adagio Case Study
Here are another working couple. Lina and Warren cruise the cut with their two cats.Narrowboat Olive Rose case study.
Article – Living on a narrowboat in winter
Dealing with the coldest winter on record
Digital reading – A detailed review of the Kindle, the perfect solution for book loving boat owners
There are dozens of helpful and interesting articles on the site, but have you found them all? I thought you might appreciate a list of the more popular articles that you can glance through and click on the ones that take your fancy. Here it is.
There’s a wealth of information on the site in general, but if you’re struggling to find the answer to a particular issue, the forum is the place to find it. I’ve listed some of the more popular posts below but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, ask your question on the forum. If you don’t know how to create a post, or if you can’t log in, please let me know. I’ll be more than happy to get you up and running.
Living on a Narrowboat: The REAL Cost of a Life Afloat – Narrowboat costs explained in detail. My own maintenance and living cost on narrowboat James for a full year. Use this information to work out your own costs.
CRT (Canal & River Trust) maintain the waterways. Here’s their site.
Find out what parts of the canal are closed and for how long. Essential cruising information for you.
Do you need to find a home for your boat? Here’s a comprehensive list of the narrowboat friendly marinas in the UK
Do you want to see where these marinas are on a map? Here it is.
Here’s a map of all the canals on the system to help you plan your route.
Newsletter Archive – Browse through a wealth of useful content in the newsletters over the last year.
Find out more about narrowboat central heating costs here.
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