If you’re new to this blog, then hello, we’re in the same boat! Not literally of course, I’m in my boat and perhaps you’re in yours, or maybe you’re wishing you were… Possibly you’ve stumbled across this page and after looking you’ll be hastily searching eBay for a boat of your own. Anyway, whatever the reason, it’s lovely to have you here.
I created this blog because I spent so much time trawling through everybody else’s. I wanted to have every bit of information out there before biting the bullet and buying a boat of my own. All of the blogs I came across were helpful, but it seemed that everyone had just a little bit more experience than me (or a lot more).
In one way this is great. It’s sensible to learn from people who know more than you. On the other hand, it could sometimes be a little off putting. Not knowing the bow from the stern, or what on earth a gunwhale was. It made me feel like I might be biting off more than I could chew. This blog is here to, hopefully, prove that it wasn’t more than I could chew – and maybe show you that you can do it too.
So, if you’re looking for advice, from someone who knew quite literally nothing at the beginning, then this is the place for you. This is a warts and all account of my journey from having never set foot on a narrowboat to (and I’m pre-empting this bit) loving life aboard and being totally confident and competent, thank you very much.
Initially, there’s going to be lots of renovation. If you like a before and after picture, then you’ve come to the right place. Along the way, the posts will hopefully change from tiling the kitchen, to navigating my first lock, to setting off on enormous adventures. Whatever shape this takes, it’ll provide a diary for me and hopefully a taste of canal life for you.
I’ve loved meeting members of this friendly community already. So if you’re a boater, someone who’s keen to start, or just someone with a passing interest then I’d love to connect with you!