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    Down here just to the north west of London, Hertfordshire they do police this keep moving policy for continuous cruisers and the expected distances are increasing.

    It must be very difficult if you are still working

    and also when trying to go grocery shopping,

    I could not do it without a home mooring to return to base, if you had a car, again very difficult without a place to park the car.

    I would need a marina of some sort of permanent safe mooring place, also lots of break ins happen down here.
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    Try hiring

    Now this is an expensive thing to do, and might be of limited value, but worth a thought: I was advised to try hiring a boat for a week or two before making any big purchase.
    I did that and I wasn't put off (much), but I would also consider hiring a boat in colder weather, to get a flavour of the issues involved in winter boat life- eg disposal of rubbish, getting the boat warm in the mornings, transporting coal/fuel, food, and other essentials from the various shops to the boat, along towpaths that are often a muddy, slippery morass, etc. There are a few challenges, but the boaters don't seem to mind much.
    The canal world forum is a good place to raise specific queries, but I would add a note of caution- there is sometimes a tendency for people to be quite condescending, brusque, and often just downright rude to new members (and each other), so choose your words carefully if you are thin skinned.
    The sniping and occasional hostililty on that forum does somewhat belie the impression of a warm and welcoming community that one is so often given in vlogs and conversations, and the behaviour there can sometimes be in stark contrast to the very helpful and positive general attitude seen on this forum- something which I think is to the great credit of this forum, and perhaps says something about the differences between motorhomers and boaters- or at those that have an online voice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony123 View Post
    Now this is an expensive thing to do, and might be of limited value, but worth a thought: I was advised to try hiring a boat for a week or two before making any big purchase.
    I did that and I wasn't put off (much), but I would also consider hiring a boat in colder weather, to get a flavour of the issues involved in winter boat life- eg disposal of rubbish, getting the boat warm in the mornings, transporting coal/fuel, food, and other essentials from the various shops to the boat, along towpaths that are often a muddy, slippery morass, etc. There are a few challenges, but the boaters don't seem to mind much.
    The canal world forum is a good place to raise specific queries, but I would add a note of caution- there is sometimes a tendency for people to be quite condescending, brusque, and often just downright rude to new members (and each other), so choose your words carefully if you are thin skinned.
    The sniping and occasional hostililty on that forum does somewhat belie the impression of a warm and welcoming community that one is so often given in vlogs and conversations, and the behaviour there can sometimes be in stark contrast to the very helpful and positive general attitude seen on this forum- something which I think is to the great credit of this forum, and perhaps says something about the differences between motorhomers and boaters- or at those that have an online voice.
    I think renting is a good idea to check if even doable mentally. I don't know for sure - but I think I could not full-time in a campervan as would find it too small, but 3 campers laid end-to-end ... that is doable

    It is a shame with some forums where an atmosphere of confrontation and arguement is the norm I would think (hope!) that is not the real-life situation.
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    Having rented cruisers for many years.. Great while the kids were at school. We seriously considered buying or refitting a narrowboat, for full timing. We knew we'd have to retire in our mid 50s and fancied something that would keep us active

    We walked along many a cut, nattering with the residents. We priced boats ,planned routes, and then we saw a wonderful pub, a couple of miles up a hillside. How would we be able to easily reach it?
    Then we asked about winter time.
    Then a client bought a motorhome..... And wouldn't stop bragging about it.
    Off we went again, this time talking to motorhomers, visiting dealers, and talking to motorhomers there, to get an idea of the downside.
    A narrow boat is surrounded by water... If it gets inside...? You've got big trouble.
    A motorhome is surrounded by fresh air... And sunshine, if you do it right. If any of that gets indoors.... You're laughing!
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    I wanted a boat and was working on a narrow boat. What put me off was I was still working so each time we took it out we would cover the same bit of water and at 4mph max you arenít getting far. If I had retired then continuous cruising would have removed that limitation.

    The next downside was transport as we would need something, was thinking of maybe a trials outfit or trike with a winch that swung out but that would mean having spare deck space to site when cruising.

    My real want though was a small ocean capable cruiser so we could do the rivers here then nip across the channel and into the canal and rivers networks of Europe. Committed to motorhome now so not going to do it unless we win lottery but for us motorhome is an all round better option
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    Tough decision...

    I do honestly take the point about the mobility, and how many more beautiful and varied places are reachable with a motorhome, and that is a huge plus. For most here it is the deciding factor, or I guess they would be posting on canal world!
    But for me personally, although it is a tough call, the idea of having a full size shower, washing machine, and so many other domestic conveniences, plus having a lot more living space, is starting to swing my thoughts towards narrow boats, and I'm starting to think I could live with the greatly reduced scope for travel. I will be keeping a van anyway and may well end up doing a basic conversion job on that, for shorter wilding trips.
    But the feeling by that I would never really be welcome anywhere in a motorhome, but would usually seen by locals as a nuisance or worse, is something that I think would undermine my happiness if wild camping in a motorhome full time, although I do understand there are many who are not bothered at all by such feelings, and I admire them for their fortitude to be honest.

    So as a home base with the ability to stop for 2 weeks in any rural location I want, and with no worries about being hassled, it means the narrowboat just wins out for me, although there will still be room for a decent van conversion in my life, money permitting...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony123 View Post
    I do honestly take the point about the mobility, and how many more beautiful and varied places are reachable with a motorhome, and that is a huge plus. For most here it is the deciding factor, or I guess they would be posting on canal world!
    But for me personally, although it is a tough call, the idea of having a full size shower, washing machine, and so many other domestic conveniences, plus having a lot more living space, is starting to swing my thoughts towards narrow boats, and I'm starting to think I could live with the greatly reduced scope for travel. I will be keeping a van anyway and may well end up doing a basic conversion job on that, for shorter wilding trips.
    But the feeling by that I would never really be welcome anywhere in a motorhome, but would usually seen by locals as a nuisance or worse, is something that I think would undermine my happiness if wild camping in a motorhome full time, although I do understand there are many who are not bothered at all by such feelings, and I admire them for their fortitude to be honest.

    So as a home base with the ability to stop for 2 weeks in any rural location I want, and with no worries about being hassled, it means the narrowboat just wins out for me, although there will still be room for a decent van conversion in my life, money permitting...
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    I think Tonys plan is to do just that in a few years time

    Have to say what he is saying is very in-tune with my own thinking albeit in his case at a much more Informed and advanced stage of research.
    I think my main stumbling block would seem to be the OH
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    Quote Originally Posted by wildebus View Post
    I think Tonys plan is to do just that in a few years time

    Have to say what he is saying is very in-tune with my own thinking albeit in his case at a much more Informed and advanced stage of research.
    I think my main stumbling block would seem to be the OH
    I refer the Hon Member to my previous response.
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    Oh I will!

    My original plan was to take early retirement next summer, accepting a bit of a lower income to gain an earlier exit from work. But earlier this year I got the bad news that I needed to remortgage to the tune of 20k, partly to pay for major building work on my house, so I'm now looking at summer 2021 for retirement, and I'm already starting to count down the days (which is not a great idea apparently).
    My liveaboard narrow boat plan was kicked into touch several years ago by my then partner, who was also no great fan of motorhomes.

    However, the recent and very sad ending of that relationship did have one plus side, in that all bets are off as regards my post-retirement life, so the boat plan is back in my thinking. As is a van conversion.

    I do need to keep a grip though- I happened to watch a YouTube video about a guy who bought a cheap 500cc bike and toured Europe, and found myself thinking 'yes, now that's a quality idea...'

    It does add a challenge to the idea of finding a future relationship partner though, because I'll have to find someone who is ok with life on a 60 feet steel corridor.

    Something will have to give, and it may be my sanity...
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