Screwing for Greed

There are a lot of people on the marina up in arms today following receipt of a white envelope announcing a rise in mooring fees.
The bar steward who owns the marina has decided to introduce a Residential Rate for berth holders, so liveaboards like us have now be dealt an additional hammer blow in an outrageous increase in cost.
For us, it equates to an extra £1200 a year, purely because we choose to live on a boat.
That is a hike of a whopping 40%, already on top of the 44% our River Licence attracted in January.
Incidentally, the river authority already charges us for living on our boat.
Oh, and so do the council in local taxes.
So we are now being screwed thrice over for the way we live.
Come back Francesca, the lassy who interviewed me a week or so ago, and have another go.
The cost of boat living is escalating out of all proportion for people who have been trying to find alternative means to own their homes. Boat life has increased in popularity with moorings filling up and having waiting lists whilst people like our Owner are cashing in.

It will cripple us and many others like us who have already been priced out of the property market.
Our income is extremely limited and already likely to reduce (another bombshell dropped in our mail box last week), so we have a double whammy to contend with.
I am good with money and can make it stretch, but I cannot magic vast sums like this out of midair as costs spiral out of control making our outgoings far exceed our income.
And No, we will not get any help from the state.
Why?
Because I have a small pension pot (and have to wait an extra 6 years before I qualify for a state pension).

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and have a terrible sweet tooth for jelly babies or fruit pastilles. Best friends are Hubby, our dog Maggie, Bro in NZ, MSM and MOH (and his dog). I am also a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we were once again house hunting until September. We now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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11 Responses to Screwing for Greed

  1. I’m so sorry for you. A hike of 40% is ridiculous.

  2. This is something we worry about and why we aren’t on a boat right now. Docking fees are so high and only go higher. A couple of sailboats are now actually anchored out in the middle of the lake. Rowing back and forth is really troublesome, and a wet bother many times. It just doesn’t seem fair – to work so hard all your life and then when you should be able to enjoy it, costs sky rocket and not because of anything you did. Hope something works out for you.

  3. nanny15 says:

    Yes sadly, everything these days is looked at through the eyes of money, doing something to improve the lot of others is from a bygone era.
    Sell the boat, move to New Zealand, much better everything here, still cheap houses in the little towns.
    That’s why all the rich stars are buying up our land. 🙂

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