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Navigating Narrowboat Expenses: Monthly Living Costs

In a world where the cost of living seems to climb endlessly, more and more people are turning to creative solutions to ease the financial burden. Enter narrowboat living - an increasingly popular choice for those seeking a unique and cost-effective lifestyle. With an estimated 150,000 off-grid dwellers in the UK, including 15,000 permanent residents on the waterways, it's clear that this way of life holds a special appeal.

But it's not just about saving money. Living on a narrowboat offers a refreshing change of pace, allowing you to explore the world on your own terms while dodging the stresses of traditional urban living.

Now, let's talk numbers. Here's a detailed breakdown of what it really costs to live on a narrowboat compared to a typical home:


Boat Licence:

Think of it like road tax for your boat. A licence is essential for navigating UK waterways, costing around £100 per month starting April 2024. It's your contribution to keeping our canals and rivers shipshape.



From diesel for cruising to coal and wood for cozy nights onboard, fuel costs vary. Expect to budget around £60 for diesel, £25 for other fuel, and £90 for firewood each month.



Choose between a fixed mooring or the freedom of continuous cruising. On average, a permanent mooring sets you back around £300 per month, covering water bills and occasional visitor fees.



Just like a house or car, narrowboats need TLC to stay shipshape. Budget around £52 a month for tasks like engine checks and hull maintenance.


General Utilities:

Don't forget the basics! Broadband and TV licence costs are similar to those of a traditional home, adding up to around £41.41 per month.


With all these costs considered, living on a narrowboat comes to around £714.66 per month. It's an affordable, laid-back lifestyle that's hard to resist.

Living on a narrowboat isn't just about cutting costs - it's about embracing a simpler way of life. Imagine waking up to the gentle lapping of water against your home, setting your own course for adventure, and enjoying the freedom to explore at your own pace. Whether you're drawn to the tranquility of life on the water or simply looking for a more affordable alternative to traditional housing, narrowboat living offers a unique and rewarding experience. So why not cast off the ties of land-based living and embark on your own aquatic adventure? With Aquavista by your side, the journey begins here.

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