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Any Boaties in here?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by tdr1nka, 30 Mar 2008.

  1. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    Ahoy Me Hearties!

    It has started to come to light that a few of us have lived on and or love boats and share stories like 'the time I dropped the windlass in the lock, how we laughed when we eventually found the sea magnet!' and such.

    Time to sort the swarthy crew from the Landlubbers me thinks?

    Please feel free to regale here with stories from peddalos to tall ships.

    T x
    :biggrin:
     
  2. Milo

    Milo Veteran

    Location:
    Melksham, Wilts
    It does seem that more often than not boaters are always bikers to some extent puzzled me a bit that has.
     
  3. OP
    OP
    tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    It's easier to carry a bike on your roof than a car?
    Also, no matter where you moor up you are almost within safe cycling distance from a shop or pub along the tow path.

    Also if you are in a city marina, parking is often fairly limited, depending if you are live aboard or not.


    I also think that bicycles and narrowboats compliment each other in pace of lifestyle.
     
  4. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    Unlessshh yooor a Dutssshh Barsh captain.

    I saw one drive up, leap out his car onto the boat, operate his crane and in the blink of an eye on went the car, he leapt off, flicked off his two hawsers and was off in a flurry of foamy water.

    My sister is currently finishing building their canal boat to live on just now. Nearly done, just fitting the prop. They just bought a shell and fitted it out themselves.
     
  5. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Genuine questions...if you live on a boat, do you still have to pay council tax? Are there mooring charges? How does postie know your address?
     
  6. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    I was Eyemouth Ladies' Sea Angling Champion 1979. Does that count?
     
  7. OP
    OP
    tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    Yes to Council tax, paid on the mooring, oh yes there are mooring fees(varying from peppercorn rents to the downright extortionate), as well as licences, COC certificate(boat MOT) etc.
    And if you are living at a boat yard or on a residential mooring
    the postie will know where to find you.
     
  8. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    I'm 3* Canadian Canoe and 1* Kayak. Does that count?
    Spent most of my time on white water though, not on rivers.
     
  9. I started off on a 30' narrowboat, which was much too small. I upgraded to a 52 footer with a Lister twin cylinder engine in its own central engine room - ideal for keeping lots of bikes in, although the rear mudguard on my Galaxy is bent to this day where it rested against the exhaust pipe for a bit too long! I sold the boat when I moved in with my girlfriend at the time. I keep trying to persuade the current Ms RT that she'd like to try living afloat, but I don't think it's working.:biggrin:
     
  10. OP
    OP
    tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    LOL RT, I did the opposite and moved from a 70' to a 36'!

    For the record any boat counts here from canoes, kyaks even the Woolwich Ferry if you like!
     
  11. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Oh go on then. :biggrin:
    Many years ago I went for a solo kayak ride down the Rappahannock River in Virginia. A beautiful scenic river that flows into Chesapeake Bay. Unfortunately, I didn't realise that it was affected by tides and when I made my way back to the jetty I started from, I had to wade the last 50 yards through mud!
     
  12. Milo

    Milo Veteran

    Location:
    Melksham, Wilts
    I lived in a non residential marina so no council tax was paid the managment turned a blind eye to folks living on the boats.
     
  13. OP
    OP
    tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    Miloat, you weren't in the gas basin opposite the cemetery at Maida Vale were you?
     
  14. Milo

    Milo Veteran

    Location:
    Melksham, Wilts
    Nope.
     
  15. OP
    OP
    tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    Ah go on, where was yer moored Milot?