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Question: Should I Choose a  Barge, Wide boat or narrow-boat?
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Answer:If you're not sure you could live on a narrow-boat because of the restricted room, always go for a wide beam unless you have no choice. it will give you the same space as most houses and the cost will be almost the same if you can buy it zero rated for VAT. Value for your money wide beams give you much more.
Question: What Canals/Rivers do you recommend? 
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Answer:10-12ft Wide beams and barges can travel on most rivers and wide canals but not narrow canals. However we have a suggestion. If you really can't live on a narrow boat but are desperate to see all the waterways, then rent a holiday boat to visit the canals you can't access with your wide beam. Please visit www.jim.shead.com for information about river and canal access for your chosen boat. 
Question: Where/how far can I go?
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Answer:Boats on the inland waterways, on most rivers and canals are restricted to 4 mph, plus you have locks and other restrictions slowing you down. At a relaxed pace, travelling 4 hours a day, in most cases you will be lucky if you can travel 10 miles a day, unless you push yourself (that's not what boating is really about). So for a week out if you plan for 50-80 miles of travelling, you will have a relaxed cruise. Check the website I mentioned above in (5) for restriction details.
Question: Where to keep/moor a boat?
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Answer:There are many places to keep your boat. In one of the many marinas located all over the UK, on rivers and canals. A Gold licence from the Canal and River trust, which will allow you to live and travel the canals and rivers controlled by the Canal and River Trust, or you can buy or lease your own private mooring, all places to keep your boat. Please check the Canal and River trust web site for details and restrictions.
Question: How do I get a boat to any given location?
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Answer:When you have your boat there are a few ways in which you can move it. You can motor it along the canals and rivers, if they are open and you are able to navigate the your size and draft of boat along them. Road transport is also an option as long as you can get the boat lifted onto the trailer. If you would like take your boat abroad then you can move by ship and road transport.
Question: What size should I get and why?
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Answer:Before you consider the size of the boat you wish to buy, be aware of the restrictions in the marina you would like to moor in, the restrictions on the river or canal "locks, depth of the water and width" and finally is the size OK for your requirements.
Question: How many people will a boat safely host?
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Answer:All new boat and most old boats will have a builders plaque which gives the carrying capacity and also the amount of passengers including the skipper you are allowed to carry without invalidating your insurance.
Question: How many people can a boat sleep? 
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Answer:When you buy a boat the description will usually state the amount of berths/beds it has.
Question: What extras can I add?
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Answer:Our website gives a list of all the extras we can ad to your boat, however if you don't see what you require please call us and I'm sure we can help.
Question: How does the water system work?
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Answer:The water system on our boats is supplied from a stainless steel water tank of varying sizes. The pressure is provided by a 12v DC or 240v ac water pump through an accumulator tank and transferred through out the boat using plastic water pipe much the same as any house hold water system.
Question: How is gas housed/powered?
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Answer:The propane gas is supplied from a Gas Bottle such as is supplied by Calor Gas then through a gas system to the hob, oven and grille
Question: What can I have in a house but not on a boat?
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Answer:You can have any services in a boat that you can have in your house these days, if you have the budget. Most things can be catered for with extra battery power or mobile WiFi.
Question: What’s the ball park price?
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Answer:Price is dependent on your requirements and your budget. The upper limit is in the 100's of millions of pounds for ocean going boats, 70,000 and above, say 500,000 for river and canal boats.
Question: Is there finance to help pay for this?
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Answer:Finance is available to help buy the boat you would like, either to help buy the completed boat or only the extras.
Question: What do they cost to run?
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Answer:The running costs for an inland waterways boat are approximately 4,000-6,000 per year outside of London. That should include moorings, insurance, licence. Maintenance, fuel and heating would totaly depend on how much you use the boat but I would say 1,000 to 2,000 pounds.
Question: Are there tax advantages?
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Answer:There are no tax advantages that we know about if you buy a narrow boat. There are tax advantages if you buy a wide beam or barge, if the boat meats the criteria of the Customs and Excise office. Please visit The Fit Out Pontoon, or Customs and Excise websites for more information.
Question: What are the choices of paint/finish?
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Answer:….wood finished internally ….flooring ….soft furnishings ….paint/decor ….kitchen styles …bathroom styles. As a company we can offer a standard or very bespoke boat. Designed using computer aided design software, enabling us to produce for you, 3D drawings and plans before we have started the boat. We can also offer a range of exterior and interior colours using the very latest paint technology and high quality durable paints and materials. 
Question: I have never handled a boat - what training do I need?
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Answer:Legally you need no certificate or training to use a boat on the inland waterways, however we do recommend you look on the internet for a qualified teacher and take advantage. You will no doubt be spending a lot of money on your boat and its better to be safe.
Question: What support will I get? 
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Answer:We are always on the phone if you need us, normally 7 days a week during office hours. We have years of eperience dealing with issues our customer have after they have brought a boat. Most of these issues can be dealt with simply over the phone and most are caused purely whilst a customer is getting use to using something new @its a learning curve@. If the problem cannot be resolved on the phone we will either come out to see you or ask you to find a competent, professional engineer that can resolve the problem and minimize the inconvenience caused to you.
Question: Why does CAD benefit me, the boat buyer?
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Answer:CAD is a fantastic piece of computer technology, when used by an experienced design engineer, can be used to produce 3D realistic images of the boat/product, whilst allowing for changes to be made in the virtual world/on the computer screen. These images will give you the customer a visual feel for the finished boat, boat layout, equipment level, colour and style before the build process of the actual/manufactured boat has been started. This will allow us to give you a more accurate price, to suit your budget, it will enable us to better schedule the start and finish date of the build, It will give an accurate inventory of the equipment and furniture for you the customer to use as a reference. You the customer will know exactly what you will be getting, how much it will cost and pretty much when you will be getting the boat.