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.
Because I have a small pension pot (and have to wait an extra 6 years before I qualify for a state pension).