The 4 REASONS you SHOULD live on a narrowboat!
We adore living our life afloat, especially all of the real-life experiences it gives us which we may not get in a conventional life.
Here are the FOUR best reasons, HANDS DOWN, as to why you SHOULD live on a narrowboat!
1. The rural walks
If you love walking out in the middle of nowhere then narrowboating is for you! And better still, you can supercharge this experience by having a cassette toilet on-board. Just imagine the improvement to your boaters belly when you find yourself taking the piddle and poop for a long walk to the Elsan where you can dispose of it every couple of days!
And you’ll be able to get the full experience if you go and get a big shop in. Carrying it, what seems like miles, along the towpath in the mud and rain as your fingers start to turn white through the cold and the pressure of the bag straps – you can’t buy experiences like this!
2. The investments
If you love investing your money then get a boat! After all, B.O.A.T stands for Bung On Another Thousand. Usually, there will always be something that will have your wallet opening, banishing those pesky cobwebs!
Be it the heating failing on the coldest day of the year or your batteries dying as the nights draw in. Whatever it is, there are times on a boat when there always seems like there is something, which is usually expensive, to fix.
Then there is your yearly license fee to use the waterways, insurance and the blacking of the hull every few years!
Yes! If you like ‘investing’ your money then its a boaters life for you!
3. The water saving!
Hate showering? Get a boat as you’ll be much less likely to want to have a long shower – heck you may even go a day or two without soaping up any of your smelly bits at all!
On a boat, if you’re a ‘real boater’ you’ll have a large storage tank for your water, rather than being attached to the mains. You can get around this by being a ‘floating flat owner’ and never leaving a marina, but hey, that’s not being a boater – right? Oops, only joking marina dwellers – honest!
As your water won’t be an infinite resource on the boat, without regularly visiting a water-point to fill up, you can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll be regularly tempted to go a day or two if you are a long way from a water-point and your tank is starting to run a little low.
But hey, it will just add to your new-age, hippy, patchouli smelling image, so chill out man! It’s all good!
4. The exercise
OK – I’ve mentioned the walking, but there is
Thankfully, life a float isn’t all ROSES and CASTLES – how boring would that type of idealism be?
No – You’ll get the exercise of lifting in a 25KG bag of coal from the roof when its just been snowing. The slipperiness adds to the great core workout as it keeps falling from your hands – YOU’ll LOVE IT!
Its also a workout when you take an hour to cut a fender and its lanyard from your propeller, caught as you came out of a lock. It was probably left by some kindly ‘boater’ who goes through locks and generally cruises with their fenders down.
You’ll be LIVING THE DREAM my friend!
A touch of realism…
Again, you’ll guess that I’ve been a bit tongue in cheek in this! After my last blog post, The 4 REASONS to NEVER live on a narrowboat!, I thought a kick of realism was called for to balance things out a bit.
I had a chat with a boater, yesterday, as he was stood in his floating flat addressing me from his side-hatch. He was saying that my last post may be a bit too positive and would encourage more boats and boaters to the canal and that this wouldn’t be a good thing.
Is he right? Do you agree with him? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!
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Until next time…