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The Liveaboard Guide: Living Afloat on the Inland Waterways
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 26 July 2012
Tony Jones' book is an excellent place to start for anyone contemplating `messing about in boats'. Beginning at the beginning with purchase, he examines in detail and with frankness all of the pro's and cons' of owning and living aboard on Britain's waterways. And the man evidently draws from long personal experience; he's no armchair expert. The whole business is presented in an orderly ship-shape way. It's well-written and crammed with interesting and useful facts. There's also plenty of additional anecdotes and humour. Although he concentrates upon traditional narrowboats, his observations would apply to users of other types of vessel. Most owners may need specialist reference books on - say - mechanical maintenance and navigational protocol, but as a general introductory guide; Jones's book sets an exceptional standard.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 14 May 2012
A useful and thoroughly enjoyable guide to living on a narrowboat, written with both objectivity and humour. Also paints a great picture of the type of community and people that share the waterways. Has made me feel even more enthusiastic about taking the plunge and giving it a go myself, especially now I'm more aware of the pitfalls and what to look out for!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
As someone just on the very edge of thinking about the vaguest whiff of a possibility of buying and living on a boat, I found this book to be a good starting point to launch my own research; I feel I’m no longer staring at an entirely blank canvas. I found Tony Jones’ writing easy to read and I went through the book in one sitting. It’s a good quality, glossy production laid out with a mixture of text from Tony, ‘Ask the narrowboaters’ (comments from others living aboard), lots of photographs, personal experiences in ‘Tony’s Towpath Tales’ and some short, sharp, focussed advice condensed from previous text. I see some reviewers thought it negative in parts but I interpreted that aspect more as tempered realism.

Where the book fell down for me is that I couldn’t be quite sure to what degree Tony or the other ‘liveaboard’ folk mentioned are linked back to the land. It appears that being able to maintain a permanent address (ie still owning a property or a ‘care of’ arrangement with friends or relatives) makes it easier to hang on to the likes of a driving licence (I’d need mine for work), registering with a doctor and holding on to a bank account. I’d be selling my house to buy the boat so would not have a land address. In the context of the whole book, my view is that these issues needed addressing more widely – even if there are no definitive answers - and at the start. But it’s still a good read…
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2014
I found the author's style of writing to be humorous and engaging, perfectly pitched for this type of book. It's very well thought out too, I love the separate information boxes and Tony's Towpath Tales which feature throughout the book. They breakdown the topics into easy to digest chunks.

Packed with oodles of information to assist with decision making, including advice and experiences from people who already live aboard. There are some technical details as the previous reviewer said, but as a newbie to boating I didn't expect to understand everything - actually, I rather enjoyed the fact-finding experience!

I would recommend this book to anyone who is seriously considering a life on the water.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2012
this is a really informative book I am about 1/2 way through it but I have learnt so much already.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2012
very informative, very funny and very well written....
just wish i'd read this afore my boat buying experience...
lots of useful tips and the anecdotal tony's tales are really funny
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2012
Excellent book which gives pros and cons of buying and living on a narrowboat. I'm so glad I read it before taking the plunge as there are things to consider that you wouldn't dream of unless they actually happened!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2012
This is an excellent guide to living on the waterways, lots of useful information and great stories too. Some excellent scenic canal shots too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2013
Brilliant little book packed with loads of information, the ups and downs of living aboard and a generic outline of some of the costs involved. I would recommend it to anyone seriously considering living aboard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2014
I guess like lots of people who have experienced a boating holiday, I have toyed with the idea of living on a boat. We all tend to see things through rose coloured specs.

This book serves to outline the realities of life on narrow boat. For some I am sure it will describe just the sort of existence they are seeking. I'm grateful that for me it opened my eyes to the fact that my boating experiences would be best kept on a recreational footing.
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