Whilst we have only been on Fantine for a month we thought a little round up of the pros and cons we have found of Living Narrow so far could be helpful for any want to be boaters out there!
So let’s start with the Pro’s.
It’s all about the money – Would you like to know our electricity costs for the last month? Under £5.00 … Under £5.00. Can you believe it? Because I certainly can’t, in the house we were spending over £35.00 a month on electricity. Most of our usage is covered by the solar panels, meaning our outgoings on this are tiny unlike this duck.
A clean home is a happy home – Or so they say! In reality a happy home is one that takes oooo all of 15 minutes to thoroughly clean! Living Narrow means you simply don’t have the space to be messy or that much space to clean. Now if I could just find some of those house cleaning woodland creatures Disney promised me growing up we’d be on to a complete winner.
It’s so pretty – I go on and on about this, and I’m not about to apologise for it! Living Narrow throws you into the most beautiful situations, locations and scenery, The Beauty of Narrow Living – Warning contains graphic boasting for boasting without shame.
The most important things in life aren’t things – Before Living Narrow I was a self confessed hoarder, I loved things for the point of things. Scaling down from a three bedroom house to a 57ft Narrow boat shoved me, kicking and screaming to address this. Things aren’t so important now, and my mind is loving the freedom of not having space for things and shhh don’t tell anyone but not actually missing things either. Not going to lie I am still going to buy yet another pair of jeans or that cute little duck statue, but I know exactly where they will sit before I do.
The boating community – In our last house I knew the next door neighbours names because they signed for parcels for me a few times. The narrow boat world seems to be like stepping back in time a little bit, to a point when everyone knew one another and helped one another. The community surrounding boating is truly incredible.
I could of gone on for a very long time with the Pros, the cons took a lot more head scratching, but James being ever the Libran told me the post had to be balanced and fair, so here you have five very hard to think of cons of Narrow Living.
What goes bump in the night? – Boats. Not just in the night, anytime. Boats are blooming noisy, and not birds singing noisy, terrifying grab a bucket are we sinking noisy. Whether it’s the water pump allowing you to drink and wash, the waste water pump letting you get rid of your dirty shower water or a duck tapping on the side of your boat at 0500am. Noises just seem magnified, whether that’s a result of the beautiful peace and quiet of the marina I don’t know but it’s terrifying none the less.
You have to wash your house – I love my car, but 90% of the time it’s impossible to tell what colour it was when it came off the Ford production line and passengers who dare ride with me get to guess what might be growing inside. It’s disgusting but I hate cleaning my car. Well now we have a whacking great 57ft area to clean. I decided to take on this task the other day (sssshhh don’t tell anyone but I quickly decided to only wash the side that people will see). Boating isn’t that cheap – A lot of people immediately assume the cost of Narrow Living is so low we’d get change from £10 each month. News Flash Boating isn’t cheap (I understand point 1 on the Pro’s list contradicts this, electricity for boats is a bargain, everything else is not). Whether it’s your Canals and Rivers Trust license or just coal to stay warm, our monthly outgoings really aren’t massively different to when we were in the house. Boating is much like motorsport put a ‘Marine’ in front of it and the price will treble.Your name get’s longer – Hello I’m Kirsty she lives on a boat. Be prepared for this to become your interesting fact, that people share with anyone and everyone they introduce you to. Conversations tend to go as follows: Friend to person you’ve never met: ‘Have you met before? This is Kirsty she lives on a boat’ Stranger: ‘You live on a boat? Like a canal boat?’ You:Alarm clocks are irrelevant – You’ll get woken up by ducklings and swans I mean the inconvenience of this is incredible and it would be fair to say it puts me in a terrible mood for the whole day. (Total lie hoping by this point James has stopped reading cause I’ve really ran out of cons). So there you have it, reading this back it would seem my Pro’s List is a total contradiction to my Con’s List sorry about that! As I say we have only been a board for a month so seasoned boaty folk will probably have waaaay more constructive points. But I hope that for now that gives you all an idea.
James & Kirsty