Life on the Waterways

We asked for your help with filling out a questionnaire in which our moorers and visitors could detail life on our beautiful waterways.

From real life moments on the water to tips for new boat owners we received so many amazing responses that we know will provide a brilliant insight into this amazing lifestyle to our followers.

This week we hear about life on the water from Mychelle Colleary and her boat Caraway.

How long have you been cruising?
2 years

Full-time or weekend warrior?
Full time

Is your boat a Narrowboat or Widebeam?
Narrowboat

How did you choose what type of boat to go for?
Comfort and ability to access most routes on the UK network

Do you stay at a marina, if so which one?
Roydon Marina

What do you like most about it, or what do you like most about continuous cruising?
I like the change scenery... like a road trip, only slower, and with all of your stuff

Favourite cruising routes?
All of them, except central London

What drew you to this lifestyle?
Adventure (and noisy upstairs neighbours)

What do you wish you knew beforehand?
I did a lot or research... so not much

Something you can’t live without on your boat?
Pinot Noir

What do you love most about life on the water?
Freedom, floating, having to plan, thinking ahead, boating community

Any particularly memorable moments or mishaps?
Day 2 solo boating (day 5 of boating ever), going from the top of the Hatton flight, to Tring in 10 days (by myself)

Tips for any new boat owners?
Hire an RYA helmsman instructor to get you up to speed on navigating your boat; have a trusted mechanic on speed dial.

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