Thank you for taking the time to visit this page. You’ve probably found a link to it after browsing this site or my narrowboat site, livingonanarrowboat.co.uk. As you probably know, there’s a huge amount of information ton my boating site about the practicalities of living afloat and the trials and tribulations of living a nomadic lifestyle on this motorhome site.
The creation and management of both sites have been a labour of love since I moved on board a dilapidated narrowboat on my 50th birthday, 2nd April 2010. Since then I’ve invested over 9,000 hours, in the two sites, four solid years working a forty hour week. Each post takes many hours to research, write and add to the newsletter archive. Each day I answer dozens of emails from the site’s 6,000 newsletter subscribers and 10,000 monthly site visitors.
For the first five years, I juggled working full time at Calcutt Boats’ marinas with my work on the site. In April 2015 I stopped working at Calcutt Boats so that I could explore the waterways network full time and concentrate on adding more useful and interesting information to the site. The inland waterways provided my income through my narrowboat experience days.
Then I met and married my lovely American wife Cynthia. I tried and failed to find a way of getting her into the UK. I sold my boat so that I could leave England and be with her full time. We travelled Europe in a motorhome for seven months, but we both missed living afloat. We purchased a small cruiser so that we could return to the water for the summer months. Now we share our time between a small thirty four-year-old boat and an even smaller fifteen-year-old motorhome.
I invest many hours in content addition and site maintenance. I thoroughly enjoy working on the site but I struggle to find enough spare money to meet the considerable running costs.
The site costs me a fortune to maintain; there’s hosting and email software costs and, a few weeks ago, the expense of clearing up after a brute force site attack which allowed access to a hacker who rerouted payments from my modest narrowboat guide sales into his own account.
It’s decision time. I’ve invested a great deal of time and energy into the growth of both sites. I’ve enjoyed the challenge very much indeed, but writing frequent blog posts isn’t helping me pay our living expenses. The work I do has to help cover our costs.
Writing is my passion, but it doesn’t pay the bills… yet.
Anyway, I need some help. I hope that you are in the position to lend a hand. My goal is to ensure that the wealth of information on both sites is free to those who need it. Like me when I first moved afloat, many aspiring boat owners don’t have much money to spare. I wouldn’t like them to miss out on the huge amount of information available to them here.
If you have found this site useful, if you think it has helped you make an informed decision about life afloat, or maybe if something you’ve read here has made your life easier or saved you money, and if you are in the fortunate position to be reasonably financially secure, maybe you could help keep this site a comprehensive and free resource for aspiring nomads and narrowboat owners from all over the world.
There are three options on the subscription button below. Each is under your complete control. You can cancel easily and quickly whenever you want. Thank you for reading this far, but I will be eternally grateful if you can go one step further help me help others live a life an idyllic and problem free life afloat. Just one hundred subscribers will enable me to maintain the site indefinitely. I hope you will be one of them.