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    A different kind of tiny-house -- narrow boats and shanty boats

    This subject popped up in the thread about my updated SLN profile, but this forum seems more appropriate for it so I've copied it here:

    There are a ton of narrow boat videos on YouTube, including a few about the history and restoration of England's canal system.

    This is a rather nice primer of life on a canal boat. I love his accent and I double love the cookie jar next to his stove. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMKJR5n4gLw

    This is one of my favorite series: https://www.youtube.com/c/floatingourboat They're a very natural down-to-earth couple and there's a lot of variety in their video's. To me, watching their videos is like getting a video-letter from an overseas aunt and uncle.

    The closest thing to a narrow boat in America is living on a houseboat on a river, but that's a whole different animal for a variety of reasons. Still I do get some tiny-house notions and inspirations from small-houseboat floorplans and videos. And this shanty boat video is interesting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OttgPFvGQYI It gives a bit of history and talks about the riverbanks becoming gentrified and the shanty boat people being displaced by condos, marinas, and touristy riverwalk shopping areas.

    Shanty Boat.jpg <<-- This is the shanty boat in the video.
    It has an outboard motor and a registration number on the bow which means the powers that be have inspected it and OKed it for use on public waterways, even though it's totally homebuilt.
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    Tiny houses have been explored on different threads on SLF but none caught my fancy. That shanty boat is a possibility though because one would have space and room to breathe. A number of people live year-round on their boats very successfully even in cold weather so why not a shanty boat?
    Fun discussion!
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    I watched part of one of these YouTube videos, the one by the former journalist, and will come back later for more.

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    I just love those narrow boats. I would love to take some kind of vacation in England and spend some time on one. They just charm the socks off me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simplemind View Post
    I just love those narrow boats. I would love to take some kind of vacation in England and spend some time on one. They just charm the socks off me.
    That had always been a goal of mine. For my 50th birthday we spent a week on the Shropshire Union canal in a narrow boat. That vacation was called “castles and canals “because we also stayed in a couple of Scottish castles.

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