Narrowboat Life - Discover Life Afloat on the Inland Waterways
By Jim Batty
Narrowboat Life is illustrated with beautiful, enthralling photography of the waterways themselves, the narrowboats that occupy them and, most importantly, every nook and cranny of their insides. Advice about how to make a narrowboat your home.
Accompanying these absorbing images, the playful and always informative text satisfies our curiosity to know, among other things: · How do you fit all of your stuff into such a restricted space?· How much does a narrowboat cost?· How do you hold down a job if you're always on the move?· Does s/he (the cat, dog, parrot) live on the boat as well?· Is it cold in the winter?
Jim Batty has lived, worked and continuously cruised a 53-foot narrowboat with his partner and their cat for the past six years. The book answers a distillation of all the queries he has fielded on an almost daily basis since moving aboard – through towpath and lockside conversations with young couples, those close to retirement, single men and women of all ages, young families, tourists, as well as talking with a host of inquisitive (and initially uncomprehending) friends, relatives and colleagues. Everyone, it seems, wants to know exactly what the live aboard life is like: inside and out.
Table of contents Introduction 1 What's it like... living on a narrowboat? Step aboard... A boat of two halves 2 How safe is it? 3 Is it cold in the winter? Step aboard... A recycled, repurposed narrowboat 4 How much did you pay for your narrowboat? 5 Why do women do all the work? Step aboard... A roving canal trader 6 Did you paint it yourself? 7 How green is living on a boat really? Step aboard... A well-read ark 8 Does he (the cat, dog, parrot) live on the boat? 9 Four canny questions... about continuously cruising How do you receive post? How do you see a doctor? How do you use the internet? How do you hold down a job?
Pb. 192pp 250x250mm