September 4, 2016


Could you live on a narrow boat?


When I think of living on a boat, I think of being on the ocean, or on a lake, but there are other waterways, called canals where people live full and part time, on what are called narrow boats, these are long, narrow boats of 7 feet wide (or less) and up to 72 feet long (though usually shorter). The width and length being determined by the locks that allow these boats to rise or be lowered to different depths in the canal systems.


Looking at these boats, I think I could live on one, though I wonder if I could really pare my belongings down enough to really live in such a small space, especially if I was doing this with my husband. PB could probably do it well enough, he seems to be happy enough with few belongings, me on the other hand, I come from a long line of pack rats, I got the junk gene in spades.

0102Back to our story here, we meet David Johns, a former TV journalist from the UK who quit his job, sold his house, and bought a narrowboat to cruise the canal network, he planned on giving it a year to see how he liked it, apparently it grew on him and he is still doing it. Not only is he doing it, he is documenting it as well. Here is the original video that caught my eye, I’ll include a link to his YouTube page below.



Here is David Johns’ YouTube page


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