Are YOU ready to live on a barge ?
Living on a boat is a dream for many of us. Unusual and original, this lifestyle is attracting more and more people seeking a life on the water and close to nature.
But are you really ready to live on a boat? Our experts set out plainly the advantages and disadvantages of life on the water.
What are the attractions of living on a barge?
> Life on a boat provides freedom, tranquility, proximity to nature;
> The particular atmosphere of life afloat, and the proximity of the water provides a soothing feeling usually found only on holiday;
> If comfort was once lacking, today there are barges boasting comforts and amenities that compare with houses on land;
> The cost per m² is generally lower than that of accommodation on land
What are the constraints of living on a houseboat ?
> Living on the water does mean having to put up with some inconvenience resulting from flooding or wind. A boat moves, and you must be sure you can live with that slight movement;
> You need to consider carefully the full cost of living on a boat: purchase, mooring, insurance, water supply, electricity, hauling out, painting, cleaning, etc.
> If you want to cruise on the inland waterways of France, you must pay a fee to Voies Navigables de France (VNF);
the amount depends on the size of your boat and how long you will be cruising;
> To moor your boat in a marina will have a cost, which varies region by region;
> If you moor your boat on the side of waterway, you will pay a fee (COT: temporary occupation convention) to VNF: the price varies depending on the location.
But despite some inconveniences that liveaboards may experience, the idea of living on a boat enthuses many urbanites eager to escape and find freedom.
Would YOU be willing to try your luck too?
Looking to buy a houseboat or just have questions?
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