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 Post subject: Canal Boats & Barges
PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 6:55 pm 
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Walking along the Lancaster Canal (looking for the latest brood of cygnets) and I was asked "Why are all the boats white but all the barges dark coloured?"
I`m sure there`s a good reason.......... :?


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 Post subject: Re: Canal Boats & Barges
PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 7:09 pm 
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I've no idea Phil, but as soon as the housing market picks up again and I can work out which of the local stray cats are actually owned by somebody and which we're going to take with us, I've every intention of selling up this place and retiring to a narrowboat on the Lancaster Canal.

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 Post subject: Re: Canal Boats & Barges
PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 9:50 am 
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Think carefully. A friend did that but a year later he said "Do you know what BOAT Really stands for?"
"No" I replied.
"Bring Out Another Thousand" he growled.
I don`t think I could get to sleep for listening out for water dripping! Or yobs coming home from the pub along the towpath.


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 Post subject: Re: Canal Boats & Barges
PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 10:31 am 
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Phil,

I've looked into the costs and it is expensive...but it's all swings and roundabouts really.

As for the yobs, the way I see it, at least on the canal you start the engine and bugger off into the depths of the countryside away from them. In Fleetwood you just have to sit tight and hope your window doesn't go through.

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 Post subject: Re: Canal Boats & Barges
PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 4:15 pm 
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How much are we talking about for a des res barge, including mooring costs, maintainence, insurance etc?


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 Post subject: Re: Canal Boats & Barges
PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 4:32 pm 
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I don't know about Des Res, but a fifty-odd footer that'd serve it's purpose would be about thirty to forty grand. Then there's the waterways fees (which vary depending on the boat length, but around £800 seems about right), plus berthing fees (if you have a berth, that is, otherwise you have to do a spot of 'continuous cruising') which are about the same again. With continuous cruising there's no poll tax, of course. However, there's the MOT (once every five years the boat needs lifting from the water, so that's a couple of grand in its own right). And insurance etc.

On the upside, there's no mortgage. And no kids playing football down the back alley! So it's got to be worth the expense.

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