Aussie Boater

is creating a survival guide to living on the canals of England

2

patrons

$10

per month
G'day,
My name is Nick. I'm fairly new to Britain, having relocated from Sydney, Australia with my partner and our 2 cats in April 2016. Since arriving, I've developed a new passion (one could say an obsession), with the canals. I'm known as a "Continuous Cruiser" and have been travelling around England, starting from Manchester in April 2019. .  

In The Beginning
My canal journey first began when I was just 4 years old when my parents bought me a cassette audio book of Wind in the Willows. The story of Toad and the "washer woman" on her barge, has been a running joke in my family for over 40 years. When my journey finally landed me in Britain 40 years later, I went a bit canal crazy. I joined the Canal and River Trust (CRT) as a volunteer, helping keep our canals clean and I also worked for them as a fundraiser for a short time. Unable to obtain any kind of finance to purchase a narrowboat, nor having a house or other assets to sell, my only option was to save up the cash and buy an old cruiser. 

In late 2018, I managed to scrape up £1750 to buy an old 1969 vintage 24 foot fibreglass cruiser. Over the winter of 18/19, I refurbished the entire interior using further savings to fund the upgrade including the installation of a wood burning stove. 95% of my boat interior is made from recycled materials. 

Budget
I currently operate the boat on a "shoe-string" budget of just £200 per month. This includes my licence fee (28%), petrol (50%), mobile/internet (10%) food and other consumables such as bio-ethanol so I can cook (12%). I don't have a shower on board, nor do I have any LPG or integrated 12v battery system. I don't own a refrigerator, a TV or radio, relying purely on British history, nature, books and magazines, the people I meet and my 2 cats for entertainment.  

Goal

My goal is to continue to purchase camping and prepping gear to use during my travels and to demonstrate to others how to survive and enjoy the canals of England on a budget. Your contribution and support will help enable me to do this, with all money raised going towards such items. 

Jump on board and come and explore the real England and let me show you how you too can enjoy the canals on a budget. 

Nick 
Tiers
Camper
$2 or more per month only 24 left

Thank you for even considering the notion of sending me your cash by way of thanks for my videos. I'm very humbled and sincerely grateful for your contribution. 

As well as a BIG THANK YOU for supporting me, needless to say, you've made my day. Your donation really gives me the encouragement to carry on creating content and will enable me to enjoy a few little luxuries like cream biscuits and the occasional pint at a local pub.  

Prepper
$5 or more per month only 24 left

Awesome. Thank you. For this level of membership you not only get the BIG THANK YOU referred to in the $2 membership package but I'll also be posting up regular "behind the scenes" content.

What you'll receive: 

  • A BIG THANK YOU
  • Ad-hoc behind the scenes content
Survivor
$10 or more per month only 20 left

You are AWESOME. Thank you for your generosity. I am truly grateful and humbled that you would even consider sponsoring me for this amount. You must really love my content. Your contribution will certainly speed up my goal to acquire new survival and prepping gear.

For this donation you'll receive: 

  • Everything in the other membership brackets PLUS 
  • One question of yours answered with a video response.   
  • All my recipes including making jam
  • A bar of homemade soap and/or jar^ of jam, posted to you


^ Jars of jam only available to local UK residents. 

Survivor+
$50 or more per month only 3 left

In addition to everything offered in previous tiers you'll receive: 


  • An overnight or weekend camping trip on the canals including all meals and accommodation.  


I will travel to your location^, pick you up, go for a cruise and camp out overnight.


^Inland waterways locations in the UK only. 

  • Available to patrons who stay active for at least 6 months
  • Excursions available during the months of April to October. 
  • Patrons must comfortable with cats as I have 2 living with me on board. 
  • Does not include transfers or additional transport to get to/from boat


Goals
$10 of $200 per month
When I reach this goal, I plan to upgrade my toolkit with more prepping and survival gear to include an outdoor wood-burning stove which I'll be using for the winter, plus various other items such as new video production equipment so I can bring you better quality footage and content. 


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G'day,
My name is Nick. I'm fairly new to Britain, having relocated from Sydney, Australia with my partner and our 2 cats in April 2016. Since arriving, I've developed a new passion (one could say an obsession), with the canals. I'm known as a "Continuous Cruiser" and have been travelling around England, starting from Manchester in April 2019. .  

In The Beginning
My canal journey first began when I was just 4 years old when my parents bought me a cassette audio book of Wind in the Willows. The story of Toad and the "washer woman" on her barge, has been a running joke in my family for over 40 years. When my journey finally landed me in Britain 40 years later, I went a bit canal crazy. I joined the Canal and River Trust (CRT) as a volunteer, helping keep our canals clean and I also worked for them as a fundraiser for a short time. Unable to obtain any kind of finance to purchase a narrowboat, nor having a house or other assets to sell, my only option was to save up the cash and buy an old cruiser. 

In late 2018, I managed to scrape up £1750 to buy an old 1969 vintage 24 foot fibreglass cruiser. Over the winter of 18/19, I refurbished the entire interior using further savings to fund the upgrade including the installation of a wood burning stove. 95% of my boat interior is made from recycled materials. 

Budget
I currently operate the boat on a "shoe-string" budget of just £200 per month. This includes my licence fee (28%), petrol (50%), mobile/internet (10%) food and other consumables such as bio-ethanol so I can cook (12%). I don't have a shower on board, nor do I have any LPG or integrated 12v battery system. I don't own a refrigerator, a TV or radio, relying purely on British history, nature, books and magazines, the people I meet and my 2 cats for entertainment.  

Goal

My goal is to continue to purchase camping and prepping gear to use during my travels and to demonstrate to others how to survive and enjoy the canals of England on a budget. Your contribution and support will help enable me to do this, with all money raised going towards such items. 

Jump on board and come and explore the real England and let me show you how you too can enjoy the canals on a budget. 

Nick 

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Tiers
Camper
$2 or more per month only 24 left

Thank you for even considering the notion of sending me your cash by way of thanks for my videos. I'm very humbled and sincerely grateful for your contribution. 

As well as a BIG THANK YOU for supporting me, needless to say, you've made my day. Your donation really gives me the encouragement to carry on creating content and will enable me to enjoy a few little luxuries like cream biscuits and the occasional pint at a local pub.  

Prepper
$5 or more per month only 24 left

Awesome. Thank you. For this level of membership you not only get the BIG THANK YOU referred to in the $2 membership package but I'll also be posting up regular "behind the scenes" content.

What you'll receive: 

  • A BIG THANK YOU
  • Ad-hoc behind the scenes content
Survivor
$10 or more per month only 20 left

You are AWESOME. Thank you for your generosity. I am truly grateful and humbled that you would even consider sponsoring me for this amount. You must really love my content. Your contribution will certainly speed up my goal to acquire new survival and prepping gear.

For this donation you'll receive: 

  • Everything in the other membership brackets PLUS 
  • One question of yours answered with a video response.   
  • All my recipes including making jam
  • A bar of homemade soap and/or jar^ of jam, posted to you


^ Jars of jam only available to local UK residents. 

Survivor+
$50 or more per month only 3 left

In addition to everything offered in previous tiers you'll receive: 


  • An overnight or weekend camping trip on the canals including all meals and accommodation.  


I will travel to your location^, pick you up, go for a cruise and camp out overnight.


^Inland waterways locations in the UK only. 

  • Available to patrons who stay active for at least 6 months
  • Excursions available during the months of April to October. 
  • Patrons must comfortable with cats as I have 2 living with me on board. 
  • Does not include transfers or additional transport to get to/from boat