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Just now, Chris Williams said:

Does no-one remember the college barges at Oxford?  Not very boat-like.

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Indeed, we once moored next to one - on the Thames by a hotel called something like The Four Seasons or Four Corners, who hired it out as a function room. You've raised a point which had crossed my mind too - and what about the long-established houseboats?

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39 minutes ago, Chris Williams said:

Does no-one remember the college barges at Oxford?  Not very boat-like.

Well they were a tad before my time - but they still had an elegance about them even if they were slightly different from the norm. 

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3 hours ago, Ray T said:

As it is called "Floaters Cottage" could it be converted into an office of a web site that echo's part of the name? :)

It's definitely a floater...of the type that's hard to flush!

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1 hour ago, Tumshie said:

Well they were a tad before my time - but they still had an elegance about them even if they were slightly different from the norm. 

Yes, and it could be my imagination, but doesn't the photo exude an aroma of Old Money?

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What a narrow-minded (pun intended) bunch you all are.  It is a houseboat - there are plenty of them.  In fact many folk seem to want a houseboat but instead buy a knackered narrowboat that will never move again.  It doesn't pretend to be anything else.  At least it's honest and would make a lovely home compared to some of the floating skips found around the system.

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17 minutes ago, Murflynn said:

What a narrow-minded (pun intended) bunch you all are.  It is a houseboat - there are plenty of them.  In fact many folk seem to want a houseboat but instead buy a knackered narrowboat that will never move again.  It doesn't pretend to be anything else.  At least it's honest and would make a lovely home compared to some of the floating skips found around the system.

So why the bracket for an outboard motor?  Not a typical feature of a static houseboat.

Also the details say.......

Possible cruising berth by arrangement.

 

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7 hours ago, Chris Williams said:

Does no-one remember the college barges at Oxford?  Not very boat-like.

 

Now that you mention it would be nigh on impossible to distinguish them apart.

Place it amongst some and you'd never pick it out.

Errr, well …… 

 

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16 minutes ago, alan_fincher said:

So why the bracket for an outboard motor?  Not a typical feature of a static houseboat.

Also the details say.......

Possible cruising berth by arrangement.

 

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And, if the owner / seller expects it to be bought / sold "VAT Free" then it is certainly not a Houseboat.

 

 

Caravans and houseboats (VAT Notice 701/20)

The VAT treatment of houseboats

7.1 Definition of a houseboat

A houseboat is defined for the purposes of VAT as being a floating decked structure which:

  • is designed or adapted for use solely as a place of permanent habitation
  • does not have the means of, and which is not capable of being readily adapted for, self-propulsion
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11 minutes ago, Sammas09 said:

Clearly does, has access for just such things... 

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Hardly an elegant staircase and seems to be some sort of warning notice,  there are no railings on the deck to stop the ladies going overboard.  Must do better.

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12 hours ago, rusty69 said:

Yep.

 

Aren't narrowboats just glorified shipping containers?

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Yes to some extent all canal boats share more features with skips than many other types of boat.

 

12 hours ago, X Alan W said:

I think shape wise it compares quite favorably with that awful hotel fat boat on the K&A if it"s still going I  often wonder what the owners of these bricks would think of steering /handling a proper shaped hull with decent swims they probably not be able to tell the difference

 

It's all relative isn't it. There must be owners of much more hydrodynamically designed hulls that wouldn't consider canal boats "proper" shaped hulls at all.

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7 hours ago, blackrose said:

There must be owners of much more hydrodynamically designed hulls that wouldn't consider canal boats "proper" shaped hulls at all.

I'm sure there are.

But for the purpose they are intended its not necessary - put them on flowing Rivers and tidal connections and they are far from safe / ideal

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16 hours ago, Chris Williams said:

Does no-one remember the college barges at Oxford?  Not very boat-like.

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You can still hire house boats on the Broads.

 

https://www.hoseasons.co.uk/boat-holidays/the-broads/houseboats

 

There is even a cruising version you can hire

 

https://barnesbrinkcraft.co.uk/our-boats/detail/brinks-topliner/

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