We have set ourselves a challenge to debunk some of the narrowboat myths we've heard about. So here we go....
Myth #1 - It's always
cold and damp
- No one wants to live
in a cold and damp environment and living on a modernised narrow boat doesn't
mean this will be the case. Today's narrow boats are just as comfortable as
land homes. There are basically three heating options available which
can be used together or separately. A diesel fired central heating
system such as Eberspacher, Webasto, Mikuni or a Gas system such as Alde and Ellis used with a multi fuel stove.
Myth # 2 - It's not hygienic
FACT - A fully fitted out
modern narrow boat will have all the mod cons of a land home from a fully
working kitchen with full plumbing for a sink and a dishwasher. The bathrooms
are fitted with a shower, sink, toilet and sometimes even a bath. So as you can see
there is no reason why anything or anyone ever needs to go unwashed.
Myth # 3 - It's not
practical for families.
FACT - The fact that we sell
a large percentage of our boats to families debunks this myth straight away! Depending
on the size of the
narrow boat you can find boats with separate bedrooms which allows families to
have their own private space. It's true that the lack of storage space does
mean that if you intend to live aboard full time that the amount of possessions
each person can have is limited. However if you are just
using the boat for leisure purposes then this won't be an issue.
Myth # 4 - It's
impossible to find moorings.
FACT - Really?! We have some
superb moorings at our marina check out our moorings page.
Myth # 5 - It's not
FACT - Boating is as safe as
any other mode of transport if not safer due to the slow speed that they
travel. If you educate your children and other crew members on how to behave when onboard and whilst
near the canal then accidents are unlikely to happen.
Myth #6 - It's only
for old people
FACT - This couldn't be
further from the truth! Many young couples have realised that buying and living
on a boat is a great way of getting on the property ladder. It also enables
them to live in areas such as London and Manchester that wouldn't normally be
possible due to the expensive house prices in these sort after cities.
Myth #7 - It's going
to be expensive
FACT - Not necessarily, of
course there is the initial purchase price
but with companies
like Pegasus Marine Finance offering mortgages or the option to
get a personal loan this is makes buying a narrow boat very possible. The ongoing costs will need
to be budgeted for so any living accommodation, whether on the land or water will incur some
running and maintenance costs.
Myth #8 - You can't
rename a narrow boat
FACT - Well actually you can, it's only the superstitious that believe in this myth and wouldn't want to risk making any changes to their boats name, throug fear it will sink as soon as the new name is painted on it's side! For the non superstitious find out how to change a boats name here
Myth #9 - The toilets
are a problem!
FACT - You don't have to worry, the bucket and chuck it
option is very much a thing of the past! We wrote an in depth article on the great toilet debate have a
read and you will see depending on your own personal choice there are various
options to choose from.
Myth #10 - You
shouldn't buy a boat that is over 57 foot long
FACT - It's believed by some
that this is the largest size boat you should buy, as it will get you everywhere
on the canal system. But let's face it, will you honestly want/need to cruise
every inch of the system?
With space at a premium on a narrow
boat we wouldn't rule out looking at the longer boats. This will give you
more living/storage space which in time we think you will appreciate more than
been able to cover all 2000 miles.
Ten Myths Easily Debunked. The End. If you want to set us another challenge just let us know!