“A home owner who lives in the country used to have a pied-à-terre in London for the working week but a boat is a cheaper option because you do not pay any stamp duty on the vast majority of boats,” he explained. You’re never going to know everything and as long as you ask for advice and learn as you go people are very willing to help. It has been tastefully renovated with wooden flooring, a modern full kitchen and spacious bathroom. No mess, no smell, no fuss.
But neither of them feel that the change of lifestyle has affected their grades. But they were actually doing us a favour because we didn't have any space for it on the boat! The cold was hard. Sadly central London can sometimes be as dangerous for crime as the outskirts.
Only having a short-stay mooring licence means that they have to move their boat two miles upstream every two weeks. Having to move in the pouring rain or heavy winds, learning the art of keeping your stove lit 24 hours in the winter so you don’t wake up frozen. And, when we chatted with them, they said they'd sailed around 240 miles since picking the boat up from Swindon. It's a complete change of lifestyle and it's not for everyone.
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And if you've got a short-stay mooring licence, you'll have to get used to moving around regularly. We needed it for heating, but you might run into problems with the engine. At the beginning it was a bit tough, but I saw it more as a personal challenge. Also really think about the size of boat you want if you’re going to cruise. Tweet @savethestudent - Facebook Message - Email.
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