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Hi, Me and the Mrs are seriously considering living on a houseboat so i am currently spending all my time researching. so has anyone got any advice for me? i'm really looking to find out about the running costs as there seems to be lots of different things to keep up with. we are planning on living on a wide beam boat on a permanent home mooring somewhere around Essex. the main thing i am struggling to find is costs of moorings and places with them.
any help really would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks very much.

Asked by: Christopher Knight  | 12.27am, Monday 10 February

WW says:

I would strongly suggest that you consider contacting the Residential Boaters Association, www.rboa.org.uk as they provide a wealth of advice- including a very useful book "Living Afloat". It would also be worth joining the association, as it gives you access to a wealth of advice, from narrowboaters on the canals, through to huge barges on tidal estuaries.
If you are coming to the Crick Boat Show this year, the Residential Boaters Association will be giving a talk each day on Living Afloat- and several senior members will be there to help answer any questions that you might have.
Hope that helps- as you can imagine, it is very difficult, concise information about living in/around certain areas- but just note that in the SW/SE of the UK, proper residential moorings have a demand which far outstrips supply.

Mark Langley  | 10.43AM, Monday 10 February

Your first port of call should be the Residential Boat Owners Association website - http://www.rboa.org.uk/. This has an online Q & A section and details of how to order its book, Living Afloat.
You could also get a copy of Tony Jones' book, The Liveaboard Guide which has lots of useful information. This is available from Amazon.
The Waterways World Annual, published in March/April each year, has an article of the costs of boating. As the article points out, these can vary considerably depending on whether your are a residential or a recreational boater but it will enable you to get a feel for what your costs might be.
If you are considering a mooring on a river or an estuary in Essex, I am afraid these are outside my experience. I suggest you jump in the car, visit a few likely sites and get talking to people. It is amazing how quickly one thing can lead to another.

Graham Booth  | 10.47AM, Monday 10 February

One or two further thoughts. The main canal in Essex, the Chelmer and Blackwater, is run by Essex Waterways, a subsidiary of the Inland Waterways Association. Information on mooring on this canal can be found on www.waterways.org.uk/essex_waterways/boating/essex_mooring_charges.
Also, you don't say whether you have boated before but, if not, you really should hire a boat to see whether it suits you. Even if you are not planning to go very far on your residential boat, you need to experience what it is like to be on a boat for at least a week or two before you commit yourself.
If you pass this test, a copy of the Inland Boatowners Book, published by and available from WW, will help you with the ins and outs of buying and maintaining a boat.

Graham Booth  | 11.28AM, Monday 10 February

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