Looking for a barge?
Below are some of the things you may wish to consider.
(Many of the points may also be considered for narrowboats or other inland waterways craft)
These are just the basics, certainly not definitive - just things to think about
You MUST do your own research - you really cannot do too much!
I'll list a selection of publications / web-sites at the end to help.
Before you start ask yourself:
Budget / cost
Size and shape
Check carefully to see if your boat can actually go where you want
Condition (see 'survey' futher down)
Engines must run on white (basically road diesel)
Red diesel can be used for heating or running the generator and is usually much cheaper
Number of rooms
(Barges often have gas cookers - Have the gas system checked out)
It's useful to have an alternative in case one malfunctions - in our case pressure jet and multi-fuel stove.
This is a huge topic but.....
For example, do you want appliances such as washing machine or microwave. If you do you'll need a good size battery bank and a large inverter.
When the batteries are not charging, every time you turn on a light or any appliance, be it phone charger or hair-dryer, you will need to replace that energy somehow.
The length of time you can go without charging depends on your requirements and the size of your battery bank.
Low voltage (12, 24 or 48-volt) comes direct from a battery bank.
Mains voltage (220 – 240) comes from an external mains hook-up, via an inverter from the batteries or from an on-board generator