This is my first, of hopefully many posts to this forum, so Hi to everyone!
My partner and myself are loking to purchase
a barge (Dutch / Humber / Thames etc) type boat to convert to a liveaboard
, I have many members of my family
work in the construction trade
so getting the conversion work done will be a doddle, however finding a barge with a sound hull
/ decent engine
is our major concern. I've seen barges around the humber for under £20k that seem ok, see:
as an example, this is a 62' x 14'barge that needs conversion, I have no real idea of its condition and obviously we'll get a professional survey
done before committing to a purchase
. Now I understand a little about the ins and outs of having a boat on the canals, but what are the costs of keeping a large barge such as this,
1. do I need to pay a mooring
fee on a river,
2. is the insurance
many times higher because of the size?
3. what licenses / certificates are required etc.
As a final query I was wondering if, as is the case with property prices, that boats / barges are available more cheaply in mainland Europe
- most notably anywhere from Germany
and beyond - Poland
, eastern Europe
etc. And, if a suitable boat was located / purchased would it / is it possible to sail back along the major waterways of Europe and across the channel (weather permitting of course). Also is it possible to sail barges around the coastline of Britain to access different rivers / navigations etc. Maybe I'm expecting too much from one boat! Anyway any info about this would be gratefully received!