Many people are taking the plunge (pun fully intended) and leaving dry land behind to live on a canal boat.
The very idea conjures up ideas of an idyllic lifestyle, cruising along canalways alongside sunny country fields, before tying up your home in a picturesque location.
Having the freedom to move and live anywhere may sound amazing to some, but there are a few things that you should know before you get started.
If you want to be the captian of your own ship and indeed house, this mini guide is intended to get you prepared with everything you will need to know in order to make the most out of living on a house boat.
Firstly, we want to make everyone aware that living on a houseboat is a huge lifestyle change from living in a house or flat.
You will have to consider a lot of different things in order to successfully have a life on a houseboat.
While most people will be concerned about which boat they are going to buy and where they are going to park it, the truth is that they should be more concerned about the rules and regulations that come with living on a canal.
When you buy a house boat, it may or may not come with a home mooring.
If it doesn’t, this means that it is a continuous cruiser, and mooring restrictions will apply to it.
You will have to think about things like waste and sewage disposal, hot water, fresh water, finding moorings if you are on the move, and more important things.
Finding moorings on a city environment is becoming increasingly difficult, and it can be very hard to obtain one if you are looking to move to that particular place.
That being said, it is not impossible, and you should consider searching around and speaking to people in the community if this is something you need.