I've been living on narrowboat James now for just over three and a half years. I moved on to the boat out of desperation after the collapse of my business and the subsequent collapse of my marriage.
The boat I moved on to was very different from the very comfortable home I have now. James had been neglected by an owner who was too busy running a very successful business to spend any time maintaining a once beautiful boat. The former star of the inland waterways was a shadow of its former self. The peeling paint had allowed rainwater to leak through the ruined roof, the rear cabin was partially under water, the soft furnishings were damp and moldy and the engine needed some serious TLC.
Over the last three years I've spent most of my time and every penny I've earned restoring a wonderful floating home to its former glory. In the process I've recorded the trials and tribulations of my progress and the steep learning curve as I dived head first into the tranquil world of the inland waterways.
The guides I've published so far are written from the heart. They're unfailingly honest. I've left nothing out. I've been told by the hundreds of people who have emailed me that they're provided invaluable information about the narrowboat lifestyle and the costs associated with buying and maintaining a narrowboat on the canals and rivers of England and Wales. I hope you find them useful too.