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(YouTube)   One year ago, during the darkest days of COVID, a bloke bought a near-wreck of a nearly half-century old English narrowboat, and decided to restore it to fulfill a 30 year dream. This is his story   (youtube.com) divider line
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2021-10-16 8:15:57 PM  
I will say this, the man is living his dream. He got some skilzs too.
All within a year?  It must be nice to be able to quit your job, hemorrhage money in the process and still have the energy to make it happen.  Good for him.

I would like to see the engine type and tear down because  they can be quite interesting.
 
2021-10-16 10:13:17 PM  

blender61: I will say this, the man is living his dream. He got some skilzs too.
All within a year?  It must be nice to be able to quit your job, hemorrhage money in the process and still have the energy to make it happen.  Good for him.

I would like to see the engine type and tear down because  they can be quite interesting.


Go back and watch the series. He works to support his kids.

Also the engine is a Lister air cooled diesel. Almost no maintenance.
 
2021-10-17 1:10:18 AM  
Neat
 
2021-10-17 1:22:50 AM  
I thought this guy looked familiar, the Foxes paid him a visit a few weeks ago (4:50).  the in-floor wine fridge is an excellent feature, in my personal opinion.

171. Craning Out and Blacking our Narrowboat
Youtube BfqQA2lzW1Q
 
2021-10-17 1:25:10 AM  
I've watched the Travels by Narrowboat series a couple times.
Six seasons so far.
Over all pretty relaxing.
Although watching him eat isn't all that pleasant.
But that doesn't justify the way he got his ass kicked one new years after leaving a local pub in the town he was moored near.
 
2021-10-17 2:02:00 AM  
Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
A tale of a narrow boat
That started from this old canal
Aboard this tiny ship
 
2021-10-17 2:10:03 AM  
Today I learned that there is a large system of canals in the UK.
 
2021-10-17 2:18:01 AM  

whereisian: Today I learned that there is a large system of canals in the UK.


It's a really interesting topic with a long history. There are also canals like this in France.

Fun fact: Canal St. In New Orleans used to be a canal.  Prior to "road and vehicle" industrialization many flatter geographies built canals as an efficient way of moving cargo, pulled by horses from the side. This then became powered boats, which then became trucks on the roads and canals were filled in or let to fall into disrepair.
 
2021-10-17 2:34:35 AM  
About 3:15 in, the music sounded vaguely familiar: it's "Desperado" played by an acoustic guitar.
 
2021-10-17 2:35:51 AM  

BafflerMeal: whereisian: Today I learned that there is a large system of canals in the UK.

It's a really interesting topic with a long history. There are also canals like this in France.

Fun fact: Canal St. In New Orleans used to be a canal.  Prior to "road and vehicle" industrialization many flatter geographies built canals as an efficient way of moving cargo, pulled by horses from the side. This then became powered boats, which then became trucks on the roads and canals were filled in or let to fall into disrepair.


Canals and river routes are weirdly forgotten, pretty much anything involving ships and boats is. Canals were expensive as hell to build in labour and engineering costs, but once you do you can get a stupid amount of goods flowing on 'em, and people too--in the medieval it was actually pretty doable to travel in England and other areas with decently navigable rivers, which makes sense if you consider the tonnage of goods you could put on a single boat or decently-sized raft.

Lindybeige did a video talking about travel stuff in the medieval, including watercraft:

Medieval transport - the beginners' guide
Youtube tdguh1D-fOk


I encourage fantasy writers to do more boat/river stuff.
 
2021-10-17 7:21:14 AM  
A good friend of mine owns and lives on one of these narrowboats in the UK. It's a fascinating way to live, and the maintenance of them can be quite challenging because of their age and finding the specialized people who can work on them. Winters can be tough because the canals can ice up. My friend does much of his own maintenance. They are also required to move them up and down the canals, they can't stay in one spot indefinitely, though this was relaxed somewhat during Covid lockdown. And the boats are inspected every so often to make sure they are in good enough shape to be licensed. There's a real camaraderie between the boat owners. For anyone interested in briefly experiencing the lifestyle, there are rental narrowboats available in the summer months.
 
2021-10-17 7:23:06 AM  

Johnny the Tackling Alzheimers Patient: About 3:15 in, the music sounded vaguely familiar: it's "Desperado" played by an acoustic guitar.


I thought it was an odd choice.
 
2021-10-17 8:08:07 AM  

BafflerMeal: whereisian: Today I learned that there is a large system of canals in the UK.

It's a really interesting topic with a long history. There are also canals like this in France.


I can attest to that. Some are still used for commerce, but the smaller ones are for leisure. And they are all interconnected with other canals and rivers, so that you can go (very slowly)  anywhere. For the canal Saint Martin in Paris, for instance, there are signs with city names and the number of days to reach them.

I once gifted my parents a one-week leisure boat rental on the Midi canal. They said it was their most relaxing vacation ever.
 
2021-10-17 8:52:36 AM  
During Covid lockdown, Mrs. Moan and I watched several different narrowboat video series on Amazon or Netflix.  While exquisitely boring in pace and content, they were nonetheless informative and entertaining.  Best of all, they were set mostly in UK countryside.  I could go to sleep in the middle of one of those vids and wake up later without feeling I had missed a single thing.  Pretty sure I couldn't live for long on one of those boats.  They are narrow, after all.  And, British food....not sure I could do that for very long either.  However, pub hopping by narrowboat looks like a fun drunk.
 
2021-10-17 11:26:39 AM  

pissnmoan: During Covid lockdown, Mrs. Moan and I watched several different narrowboat video series on Amazon or Netflix.  While exquisitely boring in pace and content, they were nonetheless informative and entertaining.  Best of all, they were set mostly in UK countryside.  I could go to sleep in the middle of one of those vids and wake up later without feeling I had missed a single thing.  Pretty sure I couldn't live for long on one of those boats.  They are narrow, after all.  And, British food....not sure I could do that for very long either.  However, pub hopping by narrowboat looks like a fun drunk.


Amazon has a surprisingly large catalogue of Narrowboat-based shows.
 
2021-10-17 2:58:43 PM  

whereisian: Today I learned that there is a large system of canals in the UK.


Today I learned you put loose bricks under the floor of narrow boats.
 
2021-10-17 8:49:42 PM  
I suppose coming up with a headline that makes something ordinary sound epic is a valid way of getting a green. Subby makes it sound like it's a viking longboat.

I should find somebody restoring a 60s classic car and title it. "Restoring an over half century old horseless carriage."
 
2021-10-17 9:13:51 PM  
My wife would move to a narrowboat faster than you could say Jack Hawkins.
 
2021-10-17 9:28:32 PM  
Not sure who keeps submitting narrow boat news to Fark but thank you.    Very much enjoyed the BBC Great Canal Journeys with Timothy West and Prunella Scales.   It's my dream to do a Narrow Boat rental for a week or two and also check out one of the big canal festivals with many boats on display.
 
2021-10-17 10:16:56 PM  

harlock: Not sure who keeps submitting narrow boat news to Fark but thank you.    Very much enjoyed the BBC Great Canal Journeys with Timothy West and Prunella Scales.   It's my dream to do a Narrow Boat rental for a week or two and also check out one of the big canal festivals with many boats on display.


You're welcome.
 
2021-10-17 11:33:47 PM  

Trik: I've watched the Travels by Narrowboat series a couple times.
Six seasons so far.
Over all pretty relaxing.
Although watching him eat isn't all that pleasant.
But that doesn't justify the way he got his ass kicked one new years after leaving a local pub in the town he was moored near.


I saw a documentary on narrow boats
It was Peep Show Series 4 episode 5.
I can't get behind a lifestyle that endorses Killin and eating family pets
 
2021-10-18 12:48:05 AM  

markie_farkie: harlock: Not sure who keeps submitting narrow boat news to Fark but thank you.    Very much enjoyed the BBC Great Canal Journeys with Timothy West and Prunella Scales.   It's my dream to do a Narrow Boat rental for a week or two and also check out one of the big canal festivals with many boats on display.

You're welcome.


Bonus: You signed up almost exactly a month after I did in 2004.
 
2021-10-18 7:14:58 AM  

pissnmoan: They are narrow, after all.  And, British food....not sure I could do that for very long either.  However, pub hopping by narrowboat looks like a fun drunk.


You can get dutch barges or widebeams that are about twice the width of the one featured here. Friends have one and it's only a little bit thinner than the width of my house. Significantly lower ceiling though!

Don't know if you were joking, but if you still believe the "British food is bland and we only boil things" trope then you really should get over here and have a look for yourself. No one will sell you boiled mince and potatoes. If international US chains are your thing, we have loads. Pubs are more often than not gastro pubs as they had to convert to stay afloat. International cuisines? We've co-opted nearly all of them.
 
2021-10-18 8:11:20 AM  
There are quite a few narrowboat channels on YouTube. Most are kinda "uneventful" but they all have a soul-soothing quality to them. I'm seriously looking at renting one for a few weeks next year on a planned trip to the UK (if this "Life During Wartime" Covid BS has subsided by then).
 
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