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Learn about living afloat at Crick

If you’re considering living on our inland waterways then make your way to the Crick Boat Show, where the Residential Boat Owners’ Association will be holding daily seminars about living afloat.

Each year, the Crick Boat Show & Waterways Festival brings the waterway world together to celebrate the canals, showcasing the best products and services available.

It's a great opportunity to find out more about our inland waterways - what it's like to travel on a canal boat, the facilities on board, holidays afloat, plus advice on boat ownership, maintenance, insurance and even living afloat.

Advice and support

Julia Jacs, Vice-Chair of RBOA, says: “We estimate that there are over 15,000 people living afloat on Britain's inland waterways. As well as representing people who already live afloat, we offer advice and support for people considering living on a boat, including advice on boat buying, moorings, licences, insurance, boat safety and maintenance.

“It's an attractive way of life and improvements to the waterways and the increased cost of housing have led more and more people buying a boat to live on. But it isn't necessarily a cheap option. Anyone thinking of living year-round on a boat should think about where they are going to moor, boat licence fees, insurance, Boat Safety Certificates, heating, utilities and maintenance costs for the boat.”

Bank holiday

The Crick Boat Show & Waterways Festival, which is organised by Waterways World in partnership with the Canal & River Trust and Crick Marina, takes place over 25-27 May at Crick Marina near Rugby in Northamptonshire. The Show will open from 10am till 6pm every day except Monday 27 May, when it closes at 5pm.

For more information, including full details of the show's seminar programme, visit or call 01283 742962.

Last Edited: 14 May 2013

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