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A revised edition of this fascinating and visually stunning insight into what it's like to live on a narrowboat, answering the common questions on the ins and outs of liveaboard life on the inland waterways, now with a focus on green living

Table of Contents

Introduction 1 What's it like... living on a narrowboat? 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 How green is living on a boat really? - Green Tips: A greener galley - Green Tips: Rudimentary to radical recycling - Green Tips: Eco Energy Step aboard... A narrowboat designed for escape 6 Did you paint it yourself? 7 Does he (the cat, dog, parrot) live on the boat? Step aboard... A well-read ark 8 How much does it cost to live on a narrowboat Step aboard... A widebeam cabinet of curiosities 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? Glossary Index

About the Author

Jim Batty is a photographer, graphic designer and writer who has lived on, worked on and continuously cruised a 53-foot narrowboat with his partner and their cat for the past nine 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.


It is a lovely colourful book, just as the life of a liveaboard boater can seem to be, viewed by the person on the bank. The photography, as you would expect of a professional image maker, is quite stunning. -- Colin Warring * Towpath Talk Review *
The book is lavishly illustrated with hundreds of images of the waterways. * National Association of Boat Owners *

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