7 Reasons to Live on a Canal Boat
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Sat Aug 12, 2017 at 11:35am

Here are 7 reasons to quit your job and live on your narrow boat  

This article is for anyone contemplating a life on the UK waterways, away from their office job, boring day to day routine, wanting to jump out of the rat race and go where you can do what you love best - cruise every day! 

Apart from maybe living near the ocean, nothing quite compares to a life on the UK waterways. 

7. It beats working every day for a living:

So there maybe some sacrifices and you may need to take on a less glamorous and lower paid job, but knowing you are living the dream on your narrow boat everyday will more than make up for being tied to your desk job week in week out. There’s more to life than going to work and paying the bills!  

6. It’ll make all your friends jealous:

Think how your friends will feel as they start their working day doing the same routine day in day out and you will be starting your day in a new location with a new adventure just around the next bend. Feels good doesn't it?  Don’t forget to share your new adventures via social media so they can see just how good life is on the waterways.I wonder how long it will be until they quit their jobs too?  

5. Living for now, being in the moment:

You want to do it and you enjoy doing it so why wait till you are old and grey? Live life for now, don't wait for the future, stop making excuses or allowing others to talk you out of it. You love cruising and want the simple life style boating offers, so go for it. There’s nothing stopping you but YOU.  

4. The picture says it all:  

Really, we could have pursued you to do it with just this picture.....   

3. You get to be that person you want to be:

With the freedom of having no ties you are able to live a more simple and care free life. Material things become less important and your quality of life improves by embracing the simplicity of life on the waterways. There’s so still so much pressure on us all to have the latest gadget, new car, 5 star holiday and designer gear, but on the waterways none of this matters. Imagine not having to keep up with the Joneses and just doing what you love.   

2. Who knows what's around the next corner:

The thing is, none of us know what lies ahead of us so why wait? If you want to do it then grab it by both hands and go for it. Life's too short not to do what makes you happy, we only get one chance at life so make the most of it.

Yes it might seem a bit scary and radical but what's the worst that could happen? You do it for six months to a year and then IF it doesn't work out (and it will) you can go back to your old life. At least you can say you did it and you won't sit there in the future saying "I really wish I'd given it ago"  

1. You get to cruise every day:

Come on, you have to agree that has to be the best reason ever.  Just live your dream and head to the waterways. Don't daydream it, do it! With over 2000 miles of canals to explore there’s plenty of adventures to be had. Come and join the thousands of over boaters who have taken the plunge, there's room for more of you.  

If you need help realising your dream come and see us today!

Please do not hesitste to contact our office on 01270 528251 or visit our website:

Happy cruising.


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Jayne Roberts | Tue Aug 29, 2017 at 10:16pm
I have wanted to live on a narrowboat for 13 years, before I bought my house I wanted to buy one but I listened to too many people and bought the house, my daughter is renting my house for a year, once she leaves the house will be sold and a narrowboat will be my home, I can't wait !!!
Phil Duff | Sun Oct 1, 2017 at 12:57am
My job was a boring daily grind and I wished for early retirement... so in July when 10% of the workforce were being made redundant I could not accept the offer quick enough !!!The idea of owning a narrow boat and cruising the canals really inspires me, so when the cash finally arrives, I can look 'seriously' at making this, what to choose ?....
Greg M | Tue Feb 26, 2019 at 9:30pm
I had to retire early (46) health issues. I am about to buy a boat (cabin cruiser) and start splitting my time between land and canal until my son starts university in a couple of years then Canals, rivers, the Great Glen, estuaries and maybe the sea!!!Cant wait.
Jason | Thu May 16, 2019 at 10:05am
I am about to move onto my narrow boat for the foreseeable future but after long days thinking of ways to earn an income whilst being a continuous cruiser I have to say the options seem somewhere between none and bugger all . When the cash finaly runs out it's back to the coal face im afraid .Think long and hard people there are no easy lives these days.
BillTheBus | Fri Sep 27, 2019 at 12:37pm
After listening to many people say how expensive it is to live aboard reading some of the stuff on here the dream is slightly rekindled. All we have to do now is wait until we are a little closer to that retirement date that our lovely government keep moving and will rethink it all again. Thanks
Whilton Marina | Mon Jan 6, 2020 at 12:27pm
Hello Bill, thank you for sharing your dream of living aboard a narrowboat one day with us. We wish you well and hope you manage to achieve it one day!

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