Narrowboats rock!

3 12 2009

With this year’s flakey economy, and a growing alternative lifestyle movement, the appeal of boat-living seems to be on the increase.

I moved aboard over 3 years ago, at a time when i wanted more independence but within the realms of affordability. The romantic notion of heading off into the sunset, a beer in hand and a Jack Russell at the helm were also mixed up in my vision of a boating future.

This year i’ve been along the Thames, up the River Lee, down the Grand Union and across the Regent’s Canal. I’ve learnt about oil filters, engine mounts and fuel pumps. I’ve got stuck in the mud, driven over my barge pole and waded the canal in ill-fitting Wellingtons.

And with every experience and story – i’ve grown to love it even more (although there are some things i’ll just never learn to love)…

If had been alive 3 years ago – the first article i’d have written would have been about narrowboating.
As it stands – i kinda keep forgetting that hotspots and trends can germinate long before they get written about. But germinate and grow they do.

Yesterday i took my lovely narrowboat out for a day-trip to the marina to get some fuel. Accompanying me on this journey was my lovely friend and former colleague Kirsten, her lovely boyfriend Mark and their lovely friend Lee. Apologies for using the word ‘lovely’ rather too much – but i really did have a very lovely day.

Apart from fuel, the secondary motive was to give Lee a taste of boat living, as he’s another one to consider moving onto the waterways.

So in honour of Lee and Granny Buttons (who recently drew my attention to the lack of narrowboat-specific hotspots) – i would like to say, on record, that living on a narrowboat is cool. Or hot. (Depending on the time of year)

But chemical toilets will never be fun.

And if you’re a fan of narrowboats (or toilets) – you can join my narrowboat Facebook group

Or if you still need convincing – have a look at my Snagsta list ‘Why living on a Canal Boat is brilliant’



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