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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 9:28 pm 
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Anyone got or owned one?
Advice and what to look out for?


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 9:38 pm 
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Hi, I've lived aboard for 8 years now. All you need to know can be found on. http://www.canalworld.net


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 9:47 pm 
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Friend of mine did that for a couple of years. His lesson - get someone reliable to give you a full survey report before you buy a boat! He had a few surprises but says he would do it again given half a chance.

Was the rats that put me off...


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 9:49 pm 
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Blimey nearly 900 people on that website in the last 25 minutes, never knew there were so many boats afloat!

Shaun


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:06 pm 
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If I remember there are a few water boatmen amongst us.

Have done it before, but on a large barge, me noggin and narrowboats don't get along!


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 3:04 am 
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There is a chap on here owns a couple and lives in one but ive not seen him for a bit yet :?
Chris something 667 was it (oh how quickly we forget you :lol: )
Looked into it myself for a while,thinking its a cheaper option.
I do like boats though i get motion sickness, did a bit of 10m racing in the 90's and always felt comfortable on the water.
Sleeping is amazing too, rocked gently to sleep, though not always if on anchor :lol:

My sixpence worth is, take note narrow boats are just that, narrow, and i felt it might be a bit like living in a caravan albeit a long one. Just too narrow.
So i looked towards barges which are considerably wider.

Lots about so picking one is a problem until you know exactly what you need
Somewhere only to live?
A project that will take years but double the boats worth ?
Something to cruise around for cheap family hols ?

I looked at a barge about 2 years ago and it was a fking belter. 80' long, beam of 25' twin masts, or was it triple :? Something like teak on oak but in serious need of renovation.
A tasty vessel 8) and cheap as they go but alas i can only but look and dream


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