What do I like about living in a marina?
The long showers every morning are fantastic. No need to run the engine or light the boiler. The hot water goes on forever. Heaven.
The laundry room has an iron and ironing board. I’ve been taking all my clothes to a shop near my workplace and paying them to do it. Thing is, I tried plugging a 240v iron into the inverter… but I didn’t even get half a shirt ironed before the inverter’s fan started making an awful whining noise and a red warning light flashed.
I don’t worry whether my boat will be where I left it when I return. There are locked gates and the police occasionally drive round.
There’s 240 volt electricity all day every day so I don’t need to run the engine. I could watch tv all night and not end up missing the end of a film. It’s cheap too: a Â£2.50 card lasted two weeks.
What don’t I like?
I can only get one Internet wifi connection (JustYachts) and it’s bloody expensive. No homes or businesses within range.
The other boaters keep themselves to themselves. It’s freezing cold and we’re all huddled up indoors with the heating on full. Lots of smoke drifts across the water from chimneys. It’s so quiet. I’m bored. Really bored. Nothing happens. No-one passes by the boat to chat to. There’s no wildlife. The view out the window this week is the same as the view last week.
I bought this boat because it’s a cure for itchy feet. I might as well be living in a house as a marina. Time to move on…