What We’ve Learnt In Two Years

Well Living Narrow has officially reached it’s second birthday, and we’ll reach two years aboard in April, we’ve learnt a lot of things about boats, boaters and boating, here are some of those things:

  1. Boats are small

No brainer, right? I thought I knew what living in a small space was like thanks to my time in a 42 square foot annex, nope! See this pup trying to fit in this bed? Welcome to our world pupper.

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  1. Boats are never finished

We had grand plans to decorate, and we spent the first four weeks of boat ownership going wild on DIY and painting. The kitchen is fine we said we’ll just paint it to lighten it up, I really like the way the floor is the same all the way through we said. It took about six months for my first kitchen based tantrum, and now we have a DIY list as long as our boat of bits and pieces we’d like to do.

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So I’ve been spending a lot of time on pinterest getting over excited and this is exactly how our floor will look this time next year.

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And absolutely not like this.

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  1. Boats are dirty

So like I said we liked the kitchen, but lets lighten it up lets paint it just off white, great idea look how pretty and instagrammable it has made it.

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Safe to say the kitchen never looks like this anymore, in winter James and I walk round with a constant coal miner tint and the dogs hold half a mud pit in their fur. The kitchen is now more like this.

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But fear not dear readers I have a canny solution, we are planning to upgrade the kitchen, and learning from our mistakes we are going to have a cream kitchen.

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  1. Boats are expensive

Think that boats are a cost effective alternative to getting your foot on the first rung of the unclimbable housing ladder? Nope! Boats are expensive, they go wrong, and when you decide to stop pretending they have gone wrong you normally need to call out a boat expert (The ex in expert is code for expensive!). Still I suppose they are a better alternative to a studio flat in district 13.

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DISTRICT 13 FOLLOWING THE LAST REBELLION  WHERE A STUDIO FLAT WILL COST YOUR LIFETIME EARNINGS – SORRY I MEAN LONDON 2011
  1. You Can Be A Swans Best Friend!

You get first, up close access to swans and cygnets, and that, and that alone is pretty much all that stops me from throwing in the towel sometimes. (Definitely wouldn’t get that in district 13).

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So there you have it, we’ve learnt a lot, here’s to another two years where we hope to learn exactly five more things about boat life!

James & Kirsty

A diary of live aboard life

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