An idea of running costs
Every boat on C&RT water must have a valid boat safety certificate (B.S.C), which is similar to a car MOT, a CRT narrow boat licence and a valid insurance policy. Other costs to keep in mind are engine services, diesel, gas, wood/coal and of course a mooring for your new purchase.
BSC – This is a certificate issued by an examiner which lasts 4 years and costs approx £200. Without this document your insurance is not valid.
Licence – Cost of the licence is based on the size of the boat for example a 57ft narrow boat in August 2020 is £1010.43 per year. This can be paid in instalments or annually.
Mooring – If you choose to moor in a marina which has facilities then again the charge depends on the size of your boat, for example a 60ft mooring at Swanley Bridge Marina in July 2019 is £2478.00 for a year.
Insurance – This price depends on many factors but for an average boat/person it will be around £200 for a year.
Heating your boat
Solid fuel stove
Central heating gas or diesel powering radiators.
Example Makuni – diesel
Eberspacher – diesel
Webasto – diesel
Most boats generally have a water tank on board whether it is an integral or a stainless steel tank.
Heating your water
Hot water can be supplied by these 4 popular methods.
1) From the engine through a calorifer
2) Via central heating system
3) Via the solid fuel stove with a back boiler
4) Or instantaneous gas water heater
The majority of boats are powered by 12v electrics. However if you wish to run items such as hair dryers, washing machines, microwaves etc then you will need a 240v system.
This can be achieved by either plugging in a shoreline connection or having an inverter fitted to convert the 12v DC to 240 AC.