Ken asked me ~ How have you adapted to the confines of a narrow boat, and do you ever wish you had a widebeam or a dutch barge?
Living in a narrowboat is a bit like living in a corridor that wobbles. The narrow space has never bothered me. Perhaps because the boat’s quite open plan and I can see from one end to the other it doesn’t feel that confined; and Dutch barge style boats have vertical walls, unlike traditional narrowboats whose walls slope inwards, which makes them feel roomier (and it’s easier to hang pictures).
I miss the comfy leather sofa in my old flat but there was no way it would fit in here. I sometimes miss having a lie-down bath. Nothing else.
Yes I’d like a widebeam boat – and a huge sofa, full-sized bookcase and a bath – but they don’t look so easy to maneuvre and there are parts of the canal system they can’t navigate.