How to move onto a canal boat; boats, moorings and continuous cruising.
Many people live on boats on the UK canal system, and most people do it
because it is the life they choose and love. Living on a canal boat can seem
almost idyllic, conjuring up images of brightly
painted cosy craft tied up alongside sunny country fields or in handy,
friendly, economic city centre marinas, able to move on whenever mood or
weather or job may take you.
However the reality of being a 'liveaboard' is not quite so
straightforward. There are still many of rules and regulations that you
have to be aware of and things to consider that you would not
have to bother about if you were 'ashore'. You have to find the
right boat, work out how to get the supplies and services you will need and
consider how you will keep in touch with the rest of the world (assuming you
want to!). Above all there is a great
shortage of permanent residential moorings.
And there are things you may miss from your old life, see our 'Ten
Things You May Miss If You're Living Afloat'.
And, right here at the start, a heartfelt
plea from Canal Junction! Please don't email us to ask if we can help you
find a residential mooring - we would love to be able to help - but we can't! All the advice and helpful
information we have is right here, we are holding nothing back! Unfortunately finding a
residential mooring, especially in cities, can be desperately difficult!