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Yes, that was the point. Even with £10k moorings it's much cheaper to live on a boat than in a London flat and itinerant liveaboards don't need a mooring anyway. If the OP does indeed plan live on a narrow boat and if he can fulfil the CRT's draconian rules he could live much more cheaply on his boat than in a house.

It was telling in the video when the CRT guy replied to the suggestion that 'Article 8 of the EU convention on human rights states that a public body must respect peoples homes' with "we are not a public body".....


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rusty69 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Jul 18 at 6:56pm
Thats the point though, they are unlikely to be able to cc in London and will likely require a mooring. Maintenance fees, bsc, licence fees are not insignificant.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Jul 18 at 7:22pm
Yup, and, if you live on one you'll be much better informed than me. But the people in the video and the OP, have not said they'll be living in London, and, even if they were a boat is still much cheaper than a house irrespective where you live, both to buy and to live in....... My son and his fiancé lived in Walthamstow until a couple of years ago, rent on a small one bed flat had reached nearly £1200 a month just before they left (to live and work in China).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rusty69 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Jul 18 at 7:26pm
The op hasn't said much, although their location is listed as London. I haven't watched the video, but my 20 years living on a 70ft narrowboat has given me a good grasp of the costs involved.
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Like I said, you will be much better informed than me but I do have some knowledge as my brother in law and I looked into it for him a few years ago. Maybe I'm wrong but would you say it's cheaper than living in a house in the same area or not?
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You would have to advise what you are comparing. Clearly if a mortgage is involved, then the house will be more expensive. The day to day living expenses however are likely higher on a narrowboat. Every two years, remove remove boat from water and reblack bottom, just as an example, aint cheap



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It's probably easier to compare to renting but the interest on a 100k mortgage probably costs around £13k p.a. so yes it's bound to be but houses need maintenance too, are probably more expensive to heat, council tax to pay etc......

I've just found this page http://www.canaljunction.com/boat/liveaboard3.htm, they seem to think maintenance costs on a boat are lower than for a house. OTOH if we are talking about a 40' keelboat moored in a Solent marina then costs will be rather more than a modest house in the area......

edit, looks a bit out of date though (their web domain is lapsed).


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Well, over the last 10 years, i have spent significantly more on maintenance of my narrowboat, than on my house. My 28 foot boat (not on the solent) costs bugger all.

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Originally posted by JimC

Originally posted by Sam.Spoons


I find it hard to see what harm liveaboards do by spending more than the 'official' time on a small area of the network.

If all the moorings in London were occupied by permanent residents rotating between moorings there would be no moorings for people who were actually using the canal system. If you have too many liveaboards you don't have a canal network because it becomes difficult or impossible to travel anywhere and find a place to stop.

which is why the CRT  are not fond of people  who aren't genuine  continuous cruisers not having a base mooring  ( and associated  postal address) ...  which really  restricts continuous cruising to those who can work around it or  have no need to work due to pensions or other private income. 
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