to Detox your Narrow Boat
January is the time of year that many of us decide to do a
detox after the Christmas period when we have overindulged. But why stop there,
why not consider detoxing your narrowboat at the same time.
Now is a great time to
get your boat ship shape for the year ahead, ready for all that lovely cruising
you are planning on doing.
really is more when you are on a canal boat. Space is at a premium when you are
on board, so how much stuff you lug around with you should be kept to a
minimum to make the most of the space you have available.
Keep on board only the things you really need, go
through the boat and ask yourself “do I use this” and “is it really necessary” if
the answer is No then let it go.
A few knickknacks are nice, but by de-cluttering all the
unnecessary items you have, you will gain so much more space and appreciate the
simpler things in life like the view from your stern and windows!
Storage is always a top topic discussed in the boating
world! To kick start this detox we need to have a clear out. Be ruthless, it’s
amazing how many things we hang on to that we never really use. Once you have
rid your cupboards and shelves of unused, out of date and pointless items you
can either enjoy the additional uncluttered space or refill these areas with
your new Christmas gifts.
Look at the ways you can improve the storage on board
there are some great ideas for making more room from; roof boxes, under bed
draws to clever shelving in your kitchen cupboards.
Do A Deep
Don’t wait until the Spring, get a head start and give your narrowboat a good
going over. Carrying out a deep clean means cleaning out unexpected
places as well as the obvious making sure that all areas are totally spotless
and sanitized when the job is done.
So be prepared, this may take a few days to
do especially if you do a good job! Whilst
cleaning through your boat you may uncover repairs and improvements you need to
make, we will look at these next.
a list of all the things you know need your attention but you failed to address last year. Then sort the list by
jobs you can do yourself and ones that will need a professional to handle.
For all the projects that need assistance obtain at
least 3 quotes for carrying out the work, talk to other boaters for
recommendations if you are unsure of who to contact. Once you have decided on
who you want to offer the job to, get the work booked in straight away, so you
can tick the job off your “to do list”.
For all the other repairs you intend to do yourself make
a realistic schedule to organise getting the work done. If you work full time
then it might be advisable to plan doing the work over the weekends when you
have daylight and a full day ahead of you. However if the jobs are inside the
boat then you could do some of these tasks after work, but be realistic after a
long day at work will you really want to start working on the boat? Planning
these jobs properly is key to making sure the job is done in a timely
You may also need to set aside a budget for each repair
and for the more expense repairs you may need to dip into your savings or apply
for a boat loan. Free helpful information about boat loan comparisons can be
Make Some Improvements.
all the repairs are taken care of and assuming you still have some pennies
leftover, think about any improvements you would like to make to your boat.
A bit like when you addressed the repairs that needed
doing, make a list and obtain some quotes for the work you cannot deal with
Some boat improvements like blacking the hull or getting your engine
serviced should take priority over re-decorating or buying some new accessories.Cosmetic improvements should be done, but be sensible and sort out the bigger more important jobs that keep your boat safe and maintain it's value first.
Make sure all paper work relating to your boat is up to date. File all the papers in one place making finding your documents quick and easy. If your
insurance is due to run out this year take advantage of using this time to shop
around to see what deals are on offer.
Make a Complete Change
And for all of you that feel a new year deserves a new boat, then take a look
at all the wonderful boats we have at our marina! Not only can we sell you a new narrow boat, but we can also take the hassle out of selling your current boat.
And if you decide to use our part exchange offer, you
could be cruising away in a new narrowboat in no time at all.
For more help and guidance please refer to our other
blogs, or give us a call we are here to help!
Happy New Year from The Venetian Team.