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#1 4 months ago

I often wonder about this because apparently it is a cheaper way to live, although you naturally trade off living space, you do get your own property cheaply.

Of course you pay mooring fees for example but these are relatively cheap.

For example here in the UK owning a boat like this, a narrowboat, is quite common, on canalways;

The only things that concern me in terms of a long term solution are;

  • Space / privacy
  • Internet access
  • Space for storage

I mean it'd be a lifestyle change for sure. But I do like the idea.

Also the idea of being able to just move somewhere else and stay for a bit is quite nice. No need to live in one spot.

Is it viable long term?


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#2 4 months ago

Getting more popular around here as well, although the hassle with paperwork seems to kill it for most interested people. I think it is a good idea, but not common enouhg to be viable (if you lose your mooring where do you go with your investment?). Not so sure how the whole eletricity/water/sewage concept works. With small kids it is also too dangerous and doesn't offer enough space for running around.


I think the concept is very popular in the Netherlands.


I am more interested in the tiny/prefab house movement. Building a normal house is very expensive and the quality of prefabs is quite amazing these days. Major obstacle for me is that finding a plot of unused land that isn't very far away from where I work is impossible. And if I got very far away I can just buy an existing house.




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#3 4 months ago

1: The lack of a physical property would mean you need to setup a post office box for your mail.

2: Owning a boat, much less permanently living aboard your boat, is very expensive. Good luck obtaining that sort of finances.

That said. if you can do it, go for it. Although, when I think of living on a boat, I think of small yachts, glorified house boats, such as:

A single guy does not need more than that. It would suit your every need.


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#4 4 months ago

Apparently living on the kind of boat I posted, a canal barge type boat, is a lot cheaper than owning a house.

They go from anywhere from £8,000 for ones needing work to £30,000


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#5 4 months ago

I went on a weeks holiday with a few of my friends when we were 18 going from Leeds (well Skipton) across to your neck of the woods FT in the middle of summer. This was 8 berth barge with 6 of us on this thing and it was absolutely one of my all time favourite holidays. Not because we went across to Lanchashire after leaving our beloved Yorkshire you understand but just the whole way of life on that barge was incredible. I would never get bored of going through the locks or even chugging along at 5mph but it was that you could moore up outside a different pub every night and that you had only a few yards to stagger back when the night was done.

I would live on one so long as it was a working one that you could move around the canal system but you would have to streamline your life a bit first. Get rid of the things you do not need and you will be fine. Internet access wouldn't be a issue now as mobile internet is more than fast emough to game and providers like Giff Gaff offer unlimited talk,text and data for £20 with unlimited tethering with some places the speed is quicker than my fibre to the cabinet connection..

 Hire one for a week with a couple of friends and have a great holiday first then I am sure you will make the right choice.




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#6 4 months ago
Posted by Goody.Internet access wouldn't be a issue now as mobile internet is more than fast emough to game and providers like Giff Gaff offer unlimited talk,text and data for £20 with unlimited tethering with some places the speed is quicker than my fibre to the cabinet connection.

Some cars have a built-in Wifi transmitter now. Soon, I suspect boats and planes will as well.


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#7 4 months ago

This is very true. My new car that I cannot wait to collect on August 23rd has it, I have bought a Skoda Ovtavia 1.5 Tsi SeL in Race Blue that is actually being built this week :) It has built in Wifi along with what is now becoming the norm with things like auto emergency services calling in the event of a crash along with gps coordinates. There is so much tech in cars now it is not like driving the cars I used to drive.




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#8 3 months ago
Posted by FileTrekker

Apparently living on the kind of boat I posted, a canal barge type boat, is a lot cheaper than owning a house.

They go from anywhere from £8,000 for ones needing work to £30,000


Well at least you don't need to worry about earthquakes.


Also:





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#9 3 months ago

Earthquakes cause giant waves / Tsunamis?


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#10 3 months ago
Posted by FileTrekker

Earthquakes cause giant waves / Tsunamis?


If you're sailing out in the ocean yeah I'd worry, but if theres a little bit of water you'l most likely just wave up a bit and splash back down.


Also theres no electricity on a boat, just realized this.




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