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Living on a narrowboat – Is it expensive?

Living permanently on a boat can be the ideal way of life for some people. Being amidst the surroundings of the beautiful nature and wildlife can be a huge change from the hustle and bustle of the city lifestyle, but it is always best to understand exactly what you’ll be going in for before you decide to take your lifestyle to the outdoors.

We’ve put together some of the commonly asked questions about living on a narrow boat!

Is it cheaper to live on a narrowboat than it is to live in a house?

Owning a narrow boat can be a cost-effective alternative to living in a house. Of course, there will be the initial cost of buying a narrow boat and a mooring space, but when compared with the costs of owning and living in a house, they are considerably lower. However, one shouldn’t move into a narrowboat just because it is cheaper to live in, they are a huge commitment and you will notice a change in lifestyles so be sure to be ready for the adjustment.

Do I need to be an expert on the waterway network?

The answer to that is no, you don’t need to be an expert. But it is useful to gain some knowledge about the waterways, especially the routes you are planning to take. Over time, your knowledge will expand and you will get the chance to learn many new different things about boating along the way.

How do I find the perfect marina to live on?

The best advise we can give is to do your research! Even if it takes you days or weeks to decide on the perfect location, it will be well worth it in the end. Create a checklist of all the facilities you require plus a list of the things that you’d like but wouldn’t mind without, so when you are looking for a marina spot, you can check it against your list to see if it is suitable for your needs.

The research will also give you the information about the cost, availability, photographs of the place, reviews etc, which will all help you decide on the perfect location.

Is there any maintenance cost?

Just like buying a car, there will be maintenance costs to keep your boat in the best condition. Due to the weather elements and seasons, you will need to invest in various products and tools to keep you boast safe and prevent it from deteriorating over time.

Whether you are planning on living on a narrowboat permanently or just taking up a hobby in your spare time, boating is a great way to enjoy the English waterways and get close and personal with nature and wildlife.