Next up in the series of questions we still/now get asked 18 months into Living Narrow seems to be everyone’s favourite and the most commonly asked in our experience.
Is it cold?
Honestly the thing I can most akin life aboard to is living in a green house. We’ve just been through one of the hottest summers on record, double scorchio! The Narrowboat really suffers in these conditions, as the steel box we decided to call home heats to astronomical proportions. We leave everything possible open, whenever possible, to try to encourage any airflow that we can through the boat. It gets seriously warm in there. Speaking to a fellow boater they have invested in freestanding air conditioning unit, which we may look into for when the boat is near any mains power next year.
The winter unfortunately gives you the flip side of this, it’s cold. The floor is even colder than normal our little steel box cools down pretty quickly, the one bonus, this tiny space home doesn’t take much time at all to warm up once they fire is going. We hate our fire, with a passion, take a look back at my weekly blogs from last winter, and everyone will reference my deep set hatred of our stove. It has a mind of its own, and it’s minds standard setting is to be as unhelpful as possible.
So yes it can be cold, we found a lot in the winter no matter how hard we tried we couldn’t successfully get our fire to bed in overnight. The solution to this, I have a lovely little oil filled heater, it’s great, particularly for our small space, we simply pop that on a timer plug to take the edge off in the morning, or the evening, before we can beat the Hobbit kicking and screaming into heat generating life.
I’m not going to sit here and lie, saying no it’s never cold, of course it can be, as a house would be if you never popped the heating on, and no you definitely could not happily live on there for the entire winter without lighting the fire.
It can be cold, light a fire, put a on a jumper and grab your snuggly buddy.
James & Kirsty