Narrowboat AREandARE

From the 2009 & 2010 tantalising tales, traumas and stunning photographs of Barry (photographer) and Sandra (writer) from New Zealand aboard NB 'Northern Pride', to the stories of their 2013 return journey, purchase of 'AREandARE', progress on sustaining their live aboard continuous cruiser lifestyle, and Barry's quest to gain residency and 'Indefinite Leave to Remain' in UK ...

Monday, 12 November 2012

Slight revisions and additions to the boat spec ...

Thank you to Elly and Mick and Andy for your comments and emails about our 'dream boat'.  We do realise that we may (!) not get exactly what we want - but you never know ...  It's definitely worth putting it out there and seeing what eventuates.

So here's a few revisions/additions:

  • I forgot to say we really want a boat with two bedrooms - at least with a single bunk at the back of the boat for our grandson to have his own 'space'.  So we'd want a fixed double or pull out bed (I've forgotten what they're called), as well as the dinette conversion to a double and the single - five berth
  • A 'good' inverter (Barry says around 2 to 3,000 watts)
  • macerator pump out loo or vacuum flush 
Keep your eyes out and ears peeled everyone - we believe it's out there somewhere, just waiting for us to come and buy it.


  1. Hi Sandra
    We sold different types of toilets at my old business, macerator type,no real issues, vacuum.... don't touch with a barge pole, even Caxton had the vacuum toilet removed after too many explosions!

  2. Wow! Thank you Paul - we'll avoid like the proverbial barge pole then - will pass that on to Barry!