Your free guide is on its way to your email inbox but, before you go, have you heard that...
"Narrowboats Offer a Really Low Cost Option to a Bricks and Mortar Home So It's A No Brainer To Move On Board And Save Loads Of Money"
That's what many potential boat owners think. Maybe you do too.
The painful truth is that many boat owners only discover the REAL cost of narrowboat ownership after they move afloat
A SHORT message from me
I know now and I would like to share that knowledge with you.
You may have visited my site before. If you have you know there's a huge amount of information about living on a narrowboat and what you need to know to live a comfortable and enjoyable life afloat.
The information you need though before you consider anything else is whether you can actually afford the lifestyle. That might sound like a really obvious statement but you would be amazed at the number of people who don't know how much a boat costs to maintain before they actually buy one.
Historically, finding all of the information you need in order to make an informed decision has been a painful and laborious process. Sure, you can find most of it online but you can research the subject for weeks, maybe months, and still not find all the answers.
The good news is that you don't have to do all that hard work if you don't have the time, energy or inclination. I've done it for you.
I've created a single, easy to use package, Narrowbudget Gold. It's a distillation of all I've written since I moved on board in April 2010 (and I've written an awful lot!).
Here's what's included...
You get two guides, Living on a Narrowboat: The REAL Cost of a Life Afloat and Living on a Narrowboat: 21 liveaboard Case Studies, plus the world's only narrowboat budget calculator, Narrowbudget.
The first guide details all of my expenses for a full year. Everything. I've listed the cost of the license and mooring fees, Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) certificate, insurance, coal, gas, diesel (for heating and for propulsion), electricity, telephone and broadband. I've detailed the ongoing repairs I've had to do throughout the year - there were plenty of them - and the cost of essential engine maintenance.
I've also covered all of the other costs I've incurred throughout the year. I've included them as bit of a memory jogger for you so can consider the entirety of the cost of living afloat rather than just the boat costs in isolation.
You'll be able to use the figures in the guide to create any number of scenarios for your life afloat in the budget calculator. I think you'll like it!
The browser based budget calculator, Narrowbudget, allows you to include any cost you're likely to incur in your new lifestyle. I've included loads of different categories including expenses you might face if you have both a house and a boat. I've tried to think of everything but, just to make absolutely sure, I've included the facility to create an unlimited number of new fields yourself.
Once you've entered all of the costs, there's a page full of charts displaying the information in different ways including a very clear indication of whether you can afford the lifestyle or not.
Then there's the second guide Living on a Narrowboat: 21 Liveaboard Case Studies.
No two boats are the same. There are people living on boats from less than forty feet in length right up to the maximum length allowed on the canal network of just over seventy feet. Most live on narrowboats but an increasing number of liveaboards have wide beam boats.
There's an enormous variation of internal equipment and configurations too. You need to understand the variables if you're going to get your costs right.
The case studies guide looks at the likes. dislikes, layouts and preferences of twenty three different liveaboard boaters (I couldn't count when I wrote the title). It's a valuable insight into the lives of some very different liveaboard boaters.
I write a weekly newsletter to over 4,000 site subscribers. Each week I cover a different boating topic and talk about the day to day events from my own life on board a narrowboat and the work I do at one of the busiest, and prettiest, marinas in the country. I receive daily emails from boaters and none boaters alike telling me how informative and interesting they find the newsletters.
I've just finished compiling all of the newsletters from 2013 in one bumper guide. It's a monster. Two hundred and sixty three pages, over 112,000 words, of - so I'm often told - informative and well written content in an informal don't-take-myself-too-seriously style.
It's yours for free.
I'll be offering it for sale next week both on the site and on Amazon as a Kindle download but, for now, I've included it in this package.
UNCONDITIONAL Money Back Guarantee
"Did I Mention The Guarantee?"No, I didn't and I'm not going to spend too much time talking about it now. I've gone on for far longer than I wanted to but I kept thinking of more stuff to tell you.
Anyway, the guarantee. It's simple. If you don't like the package for any reason at all you get 100% of your money back. That's all there is to it.
How many people have asked for their money back?
Just two since I started offering the guarantee just under a year ago. And both people were very apologetic. They thought they were getting printed versions of the books sent to them in the post. Because neither of them had a laptop or PC they could use to read the material or use the budget application, they reluctantly asked for a refund. They had their money back within half an hour.
There you go. That's all I have to say. I've been told by dozens and dozens of buyers that the information has made the decision whether to move afloat or not very easy indeed. I hope you choose the easy route too.
P.S. If you have any questions at all, just drop me a line. Just click on the contact link at the top of this page.
UNCONDITIONAL Money Back Guarantee
"Thank you for this easy to use budget planner. We are in Australia and thinking about living on the UK canals for a couple of years. I have used your application to compare what it cost for us to cruise in Australia ( we have a 40 foot yacht) with the cost of cruising the UK canals.
It is a great product and a great help in deciding cost and finance for a narrowboat and whether to cruise full time or look for a residential mooring."Chris Powell, Port Maquarie, New South Wales
"Just wanted to say thanks for the work you put into these guides. I’m investigating various living/lifestyle options at the moment due to life-changes – mostly age catching up to me with a bang, and your guides are extremely insightful, humorous and a delight to read. Even if I don’t end up living on a narrow-boat I will still consider it money well-spent."
Paul Kershaw, Oakington, Cambridge
UNCONDITIONAL Money Back Guarantee
"Frequently Asked Questions"
Yes I do. It's an unconditional money back guarantee. No strings attached. If you don't like the product for any reason, any reason at all, just let me know. I'll refund 100% of your money instantly and without question.
I've had this guarantee in place now for just under a year. Only two people have ever asked for their money back (see below).
No, I'm afraid not. These are digital books which means that you can read them on your phone, tablet or PC. There are also Kindle versions of all the books included in the package.
Absolutely. People are often amazed how quickly I respond. Even though I work full time as well as running the site, I work at the marina close to my floating home. I'm rarely longer than two hours between breaks back on the boat and I always answer emails as soon as I'm able to.
Just visit the main part of the site. There are literally thousands of pages of information there about life afloat in general and me and my boat in particular.
If you want to find out even more, just type the search phrase "Paul Smith living on a narrowboat" into Google. You'll see thousands of results.