The 4 REASONS to NEVER live on a narrowboat!

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  1. Gail says:

    It’s been lovely having the occasional natter. 😊

    • Richard MacKenzie says:

      Ah… I bet you can guess the 1 am hanger-on…? Wink wink, say no more! See you at the next quiz fellow foot long sausage!

  2. Roger says:

    Love your style of writing. Far more interesting than the normal run of the mill stuff. 👍

  3. Debbie Clarke says:

    Sounds awful! Don’t know how I will cope when I get my new boat within next week

  4. Karen says:

    That was fabulous it raised a smile too such a good read thank you fir that
    We are thinking if getting a bigger boat and living aboard you have just made that descion so much easier 😀

  5. Billy says:

    Odd is it not, that the disgusting morning practice of slopping out was banned in HM Prisons, and yet warmly (literally) embraced by the narrowboat community?
    Or the joys of struggling down a muddy towpath, laden with multiple grocery bags?
    No muddy towpath as you’re in a marina? How about having to open doors and windows as the unregulated output from your stove turns the inside into a sauna, and only being forced to immeadiately close them as someone else in the marina is burning house coal?

    Thinking about Life on the cut can engender the same feelings you get when sat in a country pub….having a cheeky a pint after hours…..good company…..brasses and a roaring fire. Hey you could live this life, eh?
    Try it as the Landlord of the same country pub, and it’ll be quite a shock, similarly, it is the same with life on a narrowboat.

    Try it if you fancy it, but do it with your eyes open, and if it’s not for you, the you should be able to sell your boat fairly easily.

    • Richard MacKenzie says:

      Yeah, I must admit, the multiple grocery bags down the towpath is a bit of a bore. I drew the short straw yesterday, but the wheelbarrow made it much easier! No marinas for us – we be a reet ol’ proper boaters 😉

  6. Jo Hargreaves says:

    The freezing walk to a marina shower block at 5 am so you can beat the queue when your own shower packs up was missed from you takes of the canal bank. Admittedly as a part timedock dwelling boater I miss the joys you mention- the savings make up for it

    • Richard MacKenzie says:

      Ooh. Don’t know where I would run if our shower packed up. Into the woods in the nip maybe with a kettle of hot water!

  7. Toby says:

    Fantasticly well written, it pretty much sums up why we moved aboard if not why we choose to stay afloat. I’ve been on the Toblerhome for four years this April and wouldn’t have it any other way! I’ll look forward to reading more from you

    • Richard MacKenzie says:

      Hey Toby, your boat came up in conversation recently. The name still makes we giggle when we pass, which is very regularly 🙂

  8. Steph says:

    We are in the process of buying a boat and It’s obviously going to be awful 😉

  9. Teri says:

    Rodents and security would be my concerns Richard… what have your experiences been?

    • Richard MacKenzie says:

      Well, security has not been an issue for us so far – thankfully. The boat was built very well in this regards and most places along the canal are more than civil… With regards to rodents – I am a 6-foot 4-inch wimp when it comes to anything which scurries. I have only ever seen a rat by the canal when we were in Coventry – I realise they’ll be about but never seen them near or on the boat. Mice were an issue when we first got the cat as she would bring them in. For the past year though we have not had that, of which I am very grateful!

  10. Julia says:

    No need to carry groceries, most supermarkets do home delivery, just find a suitable spot, a bridge with access or pub car park, find the post code & get your order in.
    I always put a note in the comments box explaining we are on a boat & please ring on arrival- not let us down once in 8 years. 😉

  11. Jon Nicholls says:

    Sounds like a townie. If you’ve lived in a village the all the above are a given. The nice thing about living on a boat is getting away from all that if you want, just ignore people! As for the wildlife, what’s left of it,
    It’s the inverts that impress. Cost, you must be joking, our boat costs about twice as much as our house, what planet are you on…………

    • Richard MacKenzie says:

      I guess the thing is Jon – boats, like houses, come at all different budgets. We have a 60ft narrowboat. Yes, it’s not as cheap as it first looks, but when compared to our house in Witney, Oxfordshire, hands down it is by far cheaper!

  12. Sam Williams says:

    Thank you for this little glimpse of onboard life – we are actively searching for our new boating home with the plan of being aboard very, very soon. I hope that our bows cross one day so that we may enjoy a brew and the obligatory chat about toilets.

  13. Adrian says:

    OK Richard, really enjoyed your post but please stop telling people about life on the cut. We know it’s fantastic but if you keep telling everyone there won’t be any moorings left! Anyway, I’ve ordered the book and looking forward to a good read whilst waiting for my Blue Moon to finish a refit and get back on the water next month.

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