Here’s a great story, with a bit of humor, about living aboard a canal boat in the heart of London (which apparently 10,000 people actually do). It talks about the six lessons learned from that experience. I know from my own living aboard days, in Norwalk Cove, Connecticut, on my Grand Banks 36, that those lessons are universal to the living aboard lifestyle, and not just limited to the UK.
Many years ago, I interviewed Richard Branson (before he was Sir Richard Branson) on his canal boat in London. He was using it as a private office, a place to get away for thinking and relaxing, when he was running Virgin Records. It was just before his first attempt to set a Transatlantic speed record from New York – which failed when the boat sank just short of England; he did set the record a year later. But it was one of the most fun interviews I’ve ever had.
No matter where you are, living aboard is such a special situation that I think you remember it as a highlight for the rest of your life. You learn to live with very little space, you’re much more in touch with nature and the environment, and you’re also much more aware of the kindness and proximity of your neighbors and your immediate boating community. Here’s the London story about the six lessons learned from this experience, including a video that shows how to make the most out of limited space: