It was indeed an extremely beautiful day.
This is the House-boat which is for sale at Skipton. £58,000..00.
I didn't look inside it. The guy offered to let me, but I told him I wasn't a prospective purchaser, I was simply being nosy.
He was telling me that a great number of middle aged people are selling their homes for round the £150,000..00 plus mark or more and buying either a decent second hand boat, they start off around £23,000..00 or so he mentioned for a 'decent' second hand one and some folk pay up to £100,000.00 for a new top quality one.
Assuming they are left with a boat paid for and about £75,000..00 earning a bit of interest and a bit of a pension coming in, they are probably quite well off.
There is a lot of 'freedom' I suppose to living on the water and taking a trip here, there and wherever the mood takes you.
What sort of expenses do they incur though?
Obviously, mooring charges, insurance, is there a certificate of safety or good order required, you know, like an MOT or similar?
What about rates?
I notice fuel on sale by the canal was red diesel which doesn't attract the same levels of taxation.
Do they use a lot of fuel?
These sort of questions I put to a friend of mine who is familiar with the same.
I'm assuming electricty is from a generator, or do they hook up to a supply?
Bottled gas for cooking ?
They all appear to have chimney's on as well, am I right in assuming they have a small log burner or coal burning fire inside?
I bet they are right cosy especially in winter, snow on the ground, ice on the water, and a nice log burning fire roaring away. I would assume they don't take a great deal to heat up as well.
OK Mathos he replied with a brief note:-
OK Here we go !
Gotta bear in mind that I have been "off the cut" for a while !
My daughter has sort of updated me but a bit vague as phone connection was crap !!!d
Boat MOT !
All boats on inland waterways have to be licensed
To get a license you must have an inspection approval cert MOT This covers safety ,gas, diesel, petrol stored on the boat . Electrical wiring must be correctly installed and earthed - dual systems especially ( 12 or 240 volt ) etc etc
Then you have to get the license from British waterways - cost is calculated in sq ft at the waterline - my 45 ft X 11 ft boat cost about 600 GBP a year then.
That done the next thing is moorings
Can be private ( at the end of someones garden) commercial ( in a marina ) towpath ( permanent BW mooring) or roving !
Private costs whatever the owner of the house wants
Commercial can be as much as 25 GBP a week
Towpath mine was 550 a year
Roving - free!- but you can only stay for 14 days - then you must move at least 2 lock pounds - so you can do that and come back in a fortnight !!
Rates are included in your BWB license fee.
Cooking is indeed bottled gas - (bottle stored outside the cabin)
Red diesel was 50% of garage price Mine burnt 40 Gal a month- 1 Gal a day for the stove and some to run the engine heating - wood ,coal or diesel stoves are the norm most with a back boiler for the hot water tank !!
Electricity - on a private or commercial mooring you can usually hook up to a 240 volt supply.
Otherwise you are on your own.
Have a couple of heavy duty batteries in the engine room and fully charged they will do the lights , TV etc for a few days.
Then you either take the boat for a run and recharge the batteries ( have to fit a high out put alternator as you have the domestic and the engine starter battery to charge up.Or have a generator- those 1Kw Honda things that you get at HomePro !!
Toilet can be an Elsan thing or a septic tank that you can get pumped out at most diesel stations .
Water ? usually have a 100 gallon tank in the bows that is ok for showers etc but otherwise bottled.
I bet one like this would cost a bob or two then.
I think I'll stick to dry land. :wink: