Jump to content

The things that nobody thinks to tell you.... Part 2


Featured Posts


Tawny has an odd variation of this game, called 'which way is the front' caused by her mirror image construction. This can be further complicated by seeing a boat approaching in one of the mirrors on the end walls of the cabin. After a couple of days, I get really confused





You mean that is a state of mind that only occurs after a couple of days on board?


Oh! ;)

Link to comment
Share on other sites


13a. And once you have figured out which side the land is, you relax and go back to sleep. Then a boat scares you witless by going past on the towpath side.






You should have seen my face when I woke up on Tawny on Saturday to find that the boat was on the other side of the cut!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Two years of boating and two years since my original forum post quite literally launched a new career for me later... I had wine with dinner again tonight.


1. People laugh at you for thinking that you can ever wear a dress/skirt while living on a boat. But they soon pipe down when circumstance catches you resplendent in a floor length party dress, fleece jacket, socks and yes, flip flops... Hanging down into the engine bilge and disconnecting one of your batteries in an emergency, while scowling at the fully Helly-Hansoned up Experienced Boater who is helpfully calling out distant advice to you while staying totally clean themselves.


2. You dont think twice about asking someone you only met in the pub last night to watch your boat/feed your cats for you while you go away for a few days, and you also know after a half hour of talking to them that they will be safe and trustworthy to do so.


3. You can spot another boater in the pub at 50 paces, but you have no idea how.


4. So if you find a set of boaters lost keys on the towpath, you simply walk to the nearest pub and home in on the two-three groups of boaters present psychically within 30 seconds of entering, without having to ask the bar staff to make an announcement, and invariably find your man.


5. Similarly, random diesel-scented strangers will seek you out in the pub, say youre obviously a boater and ask you which boat is yours... Even when you have been in the shower for hours and have donned your best togs and a full face of make up and had planned to go out clubbing with the REAL people, leaving your inherent boaty-ness behind.


6. You can always spot the part-timer/ over-important I own a boat types at canalside businesses, before you even hear their voices, by the presence of their pressed going to the pub Chinos, deck shoes and prominently placed brand new keyfloats on the bar in front of them. Before they even open their mouths, and loudly state something irrelevant about their engine, how often they clean the boat, or how nice the mooring they are on is, you just know that they are boaters, but only go to the boat twice a year and are just showing off.


7. You no longer look up in disbelief when you find someone staring into your kitchen window and passing a loud Attenborugh-esque commentary about Oh look, she has a sink! She must have running water in there! Oh my word, she is WASHING DISHES! Do you think her water comes from the canal?


8. Youre really careful about where and how you put things down so they wont fall off the side when the boat rocks; but then remember that youre in a house!


9. You stand stupidly in the hotel bathroom for 30 seconds looking for the switch for the shower pump before remembering how real life works, and turning the water on.


10. It seems perfectly normal to you to share your life history, hopes and dreams and secret fears with your new best friend who moored next to you for one night only, got drunk with you and whose name you cant remember, who then set off in the morning before you woke up, because you connected. And obviously, you are best friends and pick up right where you left off when you run into each other again two years later on, unexpectedly, somewhere else far, far away.


11. Your Mother is completely flummoxed when you visit her by your propensity to turn off all unneeded lights and equipment the second you finish using them-When throughout your teenage years, you were never happy unless you left a light show to rival Vegas in all of the rooms you walked out of.


12. Both you and your Mother are equally flummoxed to learn that when you do visit said Mother in a house, you have literally forgotten how to get up a flight of stairs, other than on all fours, like some kind of retarded puppy.


13. You have no idea which side the land is on when you wake up, and trying to decide without cheating and opening a curtain turns into something of a choose your adventure game for you every time you wake up on a new mooring.


14. You always grab the collar of any dog before they leap to shore, just to make sure that they are not inadvertently jumping off on the wrong side. Again.


15. Comments from canal-side pub garden gongoozlers like Oooh, do you live on your boat? How lovely! You are so lucky! What a lovely fairytale life you must lead! Lead to fast invitations to spend a day on your liveaboard boat... The day that you need to empty the toilet and collect your 30 bags of coal from the road bridge 200 yards away from the cut.


16. Random strangers on the towpath out walking for the day regard you as the wildflower almanac, and ask you if those weird-looking mushrooms near your mooring are safe to eat. And then believe you, whatever you say, just because you live on a boat and so, are obviously akin to a herbalist, and never buy your edible fungi in Asda or anything like normal people do.


17. People spot you working on your computer on the bow of your boat in the height of summer, and automatically assume that you are an unemployable rabble-rousing anarchist writer or political activist, and are either claiming the dole, living on Daddys money, or simply could not hold down a real job to save your life... Just because you are under 60, and not suited, booted and in an office, as there is no way on Gods green earth that someone can legitimately work in such nice conditions and actually get paid to do so, obviously.


18. When friends and family phone you, they get used to your response to where exactly are you moored at the moment? Being Oh, Northamptonshire I think, or possibly Warwickshire... Or at a push, Oxfordshire...


19. You start to feel like just living on a boat has caused you to become insular, single minded and disconnected from the rest of society to the point that simple shopping trips into town or meetings with non-boaters become something to psyche yourself up to, choose your outfit for and put your game face on for, long before you go out.


20. You go from feeling like the Messiah of living afloat and trying to indoctrinate people into the wonder of boat life at every turn, to actively deflecting people from realising that you live on a boat to avoid the never-ending same-y questions that this always promotes.


21. Aldi is your most favourite shop, ever. You plan moorings and stop-offs around it and everything. Oh, they also sell food? Who knew!


22. You start to answer to the name of your boat; in fact, you head turns faster when someone calls it than it does if someone says your own name. This becomes particularly confusing if you named your boat in honour of a long-dead relative, and you spend a few seconds after someone intones it thinking that the person in front of you is psychic, and about to deliver a message from your long lost relative, rather than simply asking you if that is your boat!


23. People nod approvingly and commend you for the low carbon footprint that you must have and the low-impact lifestyle that you lead... While you hang out of the open door talking to them and sweating like a pig because the coal stove is too hot despite all the windows being open, trying to make yourself heard over the noise of the engine running to charge your batteries.





25. That dodgy, vaguely scary bloke with the prison tattoos that you moored by a while ago in desperation is now the most trustworthy and reliable friend that you know.


26. That Chino'd up Shiny Boater with the comb-over toupee and prominently displayed Aston Martin keyring was actually the first person who rolled up their sleeves and helped to dig the crud out of your weed hatch for you when you got proper stuck.


27. Gas ran out boiling the kettle, and not during a shower. I WIN this round of gas bottle roulette, thank you for watching, tune in next time.


28. The sound of the bow thruster is like the mating call of the Shiny Boat, because when I hear it, I know there's a 50-50 chance that said boat is about to start trying to hump my Springer. And apparently, shiny boats are really hot for Springers.


29. You have had a go with a bow thruster/ Girly Button. And you liked it, and are not quite sure how to deal with this, actually.


30. Youre not a Real Boater until youve spent at least one night on Tawny Owl.

Love it ,



Your nuts ?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Brilliant clapping.gif


Loads resonate with me - these in particular



13. You have no idea which side the land is on when you wake up, and trying to decide without cheating and opening a curtain turns into something of a “choose your adventure” game for you every time you wake up on a new mooring.


14. You always grab the collar of any dog before they leap to shore, just to make sure that they are not inadvertently jumping off on the wrong side. Again.


You'd be amazed how skinny Millie looks when she's taken a dunking biggrin.png

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Yeah, No14 really rings so true, when we had four dogs including a blind one it was a nightmare.

Pip the blind dog was a Yoodle (Yorkie x miniture Poodle) and she literally had blind faith, if we said "out" she along with the other 3 would just launch themselves up on the side deck and then off the boat. One of us would have to guide them off the correct side as they were conditioned to get off the boat on the port side.

Starry you do know you have a book in you.


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.