How To Have Fun On A Narrowboat

There are lots of ways to have fun on a narrowboat. I can list a few of them for those of you who are interested.

  1. On sunny warm days you can sit out on your boat with a gin and watch the world peacefully go by
  2. On cold wet days you can cosy up by your fire, drink gin and watch the world peacefully go by
  3. You can play fun games that land dwellers don’t have the opportunity to, whilst drinking gin, such as water or gas roulette
  4. You can write annoying blogs on your day to day life, whilst drinking gin, and people will want to read it
  5. You can drink incredible amounts of gin and nobody will bat an eyelid because that’s just what boat folk do!

Five whole ways to have fun on a narrowboat! Today I am going to let you in on a secret pleasure of mine, and add a sixth way to have fun to the list, yup raise those eyebrows folks, my dirty pleasure is cold callers.


Say what! I know, but stay with me here, because no matter how much you explain to the lovely Gavin who’s trying to desperately sell you his low-cost gas that you live on a boat and run off bottled, his script does not allow him to deviate from helping you. Bless you Gavin, you and your wonderfully restricted script have become my new favourite sport, a sport I like to call how long can you keep the cold caller hot.

Now I don’t mean to be rude, I totally appreciate that these people have a job to do, because of that I am always polite to them, despite the fact they are often interrupting one of the ways to have fun on a boat listed above. If they are unwilling to listen to me when I say their low cost gas/water/electric/jet fuel will not be suitable for my living arrangement, well I’m simply not sure what else to do, other than turn it into a sport.

The aim of the game is to keep them on the phone for as long as possible. Gavin, bless him with his low cost gas options managed to come in third place at an impressive 9 minutes 13 seconds. Gavin went one further though than just taking the bronze medal. Gavin, like Wallace of Wallace and Gromit, believed they could help by running a gas line to the boat … as we navigate the cut … I mean what could possibly go wrong!


Enjoy your new sport folks, another way to have fun on a narrowboat!

James & Kirsty

A diary of live aboard life

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