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Coal scuffle

The toughest element of living on a boat is, as you might expect, keeping warm. No matter how much insulation you pile into the sides, 33% of your living space is in direct contact with seriously cold water, and it’ll leech the heat frighteningly quickly. So there are technologies. I have diesel-powered central heating, a wood-burning stove, and copious electric heaters. In practice, one of these is far better than the others. The central heating doesn’t get much use. It runs from the main engine diesel tank, which means it seems free until the day it costs £1800 to refill. Plus ... Read More »

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