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El Perro Negro

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    Been living in Spain for 10 years...ah bliss....but now looking to return to the Uk and start the next adventure on a Narrow boat
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    What !!!!! no bidet on a boat...S'pose will have to convert the 'pump out' then.... Only kidding...sorry
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    I think I'm a bit of a traditionalist in my choice of construction, my head is saying that a canal boat is a steel go practically anywhere type of boat and a GRP is a river/coastal/Norfolk broads/leisure type of boat. However I am open to various ideas and will do some research on-line and see what's what. My idea would be to try and explore as much of the system as possible and having to restrict were I can go because of width or length doesn't sit well, but hey at this stage I'm not discounting anything....Thanks people
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    Hi John..I hope to avoid disasters but sh*1* t does happen, and I haven't figured that bit out yet... also and luckily I managed to leave the convenience food back UK side when I left, all home cooked peasant/camposino food here. Drinkable cheap wine could be a challenge, good local red wine is only 2 Euros a bottle. The pet insurance I will definitely have to look into. ....Thanks for your thoughts, most valuable.
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    Well over here in Spain, my 2 dogs costs me 8 Euros a month in food (£6 uk) I bulk buy a good quality 15 kilo bag. Their flea collars costs 50 Euros (£37) a year, £3 a month and worming cost per month works out at £6 a month....so £15 a month would be the total equivalent in Uk costs of what I pay over here. Annual check ups and boosters I deem to be a bit over the top. No doubt (and from past experience) the veterinary fees and products in the UK are more expensive, I'm sure you are aware of that.... but I will still have access to the Spanish products I use over here. Good Coffee, thats one thing I will miss from Spain.... you cant get good coffee in the UK...ask any expat that back in the UK. Toilet paper....dont use it...soap, water and a bidet does fine for me over here Dental care....brush twice a day and if it hurts....hoick it out Pet Insurance....That I will have to consider, for 2 dogs not 3.... Happy days Question does a plast...GRP boat go through all the locks in the system??, i honestly dont know. Frugal is a good word Mr Southern Star... I think I can do frugal...Thanks
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    Ally....sounds as though you've got my type of life style sussed... and thanks for the costings all seems to be pointing to a 'do-able' project. Essbee...thanks for the heads up on the prescription costs...UK 1 Spain 0...its 65 over here at the moment. magictime...good luck for your future adventure and thanks for thoughts. spannerman.... got there first, its Food for Free by Richard Mabey, I had the book when I was living in Cornwall, all those years ago. I have to content myself here in Spain to scrumping apricots, peaches, broccoli and lettuces and the odd bag of snails to go in the paella..a local dish, sorry to the vegies amongst you. and thanks to everyone else who I haven't replied to... Thanks for your input, certainly is helpful... Do Tescos still do the jumbo bag of donuts ???
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    Hi Ajna, have replied to your PM but here is an idea of how the house is.
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    Good one Rob, although I've never been there yet, it sounds horrendous. My place here in Spain has 1 meter thick stone walls so the only things I hear at night are the dogs.....breathing....like minds hey...must be somat to do wif the dog profile pics.....Be good, Tony
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    Thanks GoodGurl it would be my plan to do exactly what you describe. A think a marina environment is not really my 'thing'
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    Thanks Doc, your reply is very comforting to know. Earlier I was contemplating leaving this new adventure till I reached state pension age and more income, but the time is right for me now. Cheers
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    P.S. Don't know if you can help me with the following so that I can do my spreadsheet again. I know prices can vary greatly depending on the area and outlet and type, etc, but what are the average costs now for 1, standard gas refill 2, Smokeless coal 3, diesel (propulsion) Thanks in advance Tony
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    Hi there both, The £440 pm has to cover all living expenses for me and 2 dogs for 3 years until my State pension kicks in, then I should double my monthly income. That would be for:- food, gas, coal/logs, diesel, water (?), internet/phone, clothes, medical prescriptions and the odd pint in a pub !! I am hoping that the £10k start up buffer will cover all the annual costs of the boat for the 3 years (about £3,300 a year) until my pension kicks in. i.e. licence, insurance, safety cert. (if necessary) and the odd mooring fees. I did do a detailed costing about 3 years ago, when the project first materialised and then it was manageable, but lost all my data and laptop in a thunderstorm !!! (Spanish electrics...Hmmm) Just to add that I am pretty handy with basic mechanical things, electric, water, woodwork etc having renovated my house over here, but diesel engines in depth could be a big learning curve. Am also a lot fitter and healthier than before, there is no other way to go after a heart problem and have had the all clear for well over a year now. Hope that clarifies things a bit, and thanks for your replies.
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    Thanks for your reply. Was planning on getting as newer boat as possible to hopefully avoid expensive repairs, hence only my £10k buffer, but a suppose its in the hands of the 'pre-verbal' man above !!, Thanks
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    Well luckily I'm not a creature comforts sort of guy, but am hoping that a damn good multi-fuel stove and well chosen winter mooring sites might get me through the worst. What sort of monies would you set aside for a 50' boat in a marina for a winter period?
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    Thanks Athy, its the 'unexpected' that worries me. Having to go 3 years without any major problems, is a problem itself....