Final Trip: epilogue

So here we were.
The boat berthed on the other side of the finger was owned by a real character who invited us aboard his widebeam for the evening.
We accepted his kind offer but were stinky and dirty so looking forward to using the marina facilities which, compared to what we were used to, were awesome. Both of us just stood under the shower and luxuriated in their cleanliness and efficiency.
There were three wet rooms in the ladies and three in the gents, each room having its own wc, basin, shower, hairdryer, soap dispenser and paper hand towels.
Nothing was empty or broken.
We spent an enjoyable evening with our neighbour whose boat is beautiful and he is a gem of interest, joviality, kindness and hospitality.

Next day was spent doing the washing, clearing out the rubbish and cleaning the inside of the boat so that she looked her very best going on sale.

One for the guys:
It was interesting to compare prices, as not only were mooring fees cheaper here by over £1000, but fuel was over 50p a litre cheaper, a wash load started at 50p for an economy wash compared to £3 for any wash, and drying time was £1 for half an hour whereas we were paying £1 for 20 minutes. Also there were three washers and three dryers in the laundry room which was alongside their moorers lounge.

MSM (and Maggie) came up to collect us just after midday.
Selling the boat was not what we wanted just yet, but we are thinking long term now and know we are doing the right thing. We have met some wonderful and amazing people, formed friendships which I hope continue and learned a lot about ourselves, our capabilities, frugal living and life afloat.
Thanks are due to all the Alans, Sues, Nicks, Pauls, Daves, Rons, Richards, Chrises, Marks, Veronicas, Andys, Julies, Lizes, Bills, Toms, Johns, Ians, Lauras, Martins, Anns, and their counterparts for enriching our lives with their expertise, humour, support and friendship.

Our next challenge will be finding a new home within our budget once the boat is sold.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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15 Responses to Final Trip: epilogue

  1. I feel so sad about this. I enjoyed your boat stories but am looking forward to your land stories too. Good luck.

  2. scifihammy says:

    Good Luck in your new adventure. 🙂
    And you never know. you may be back on the waves again one day. 🙂

  3. I have loved hearing about your lives on the boat. I’m excited to hear what the next chapter has in store for you, but I’m sad to see this chapter end.

  4. Well she’s looking good ready for her next owners and you guys are ready for your next adventure.

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