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TV Journalist Quits His Job to Live on a Tiny House Boat & Cruise UK Canals Full-Time

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In this video, we meet David Johns, a former TV journalist from the UK who quit his job, sold his house, and bought a narrowboat to cruise the canal network. His plan was to try being a live aboard for a year. He’s been living aboard for 9 months so far and he’s still happy with his decision and loves being part of the friendly, helpful narrowboat community. Watch this video to take a tour of David's narrowboat, learn how he earns an income as a freelance journalist, where he “parks” his boat, and about the joys & challenges of life afloat. David has been documenting his journey living on a boat with a regular vlog on his YouTube channel: Cruising the Cut (https://www.youtube.com/CruisingTheCutUK). With his experience as a TV journalist, the videos are extremely well filmed and edited, and they're a real pleasure to watch. We were excited when he sent us his interview footage because we learned so much about this alternative lifestyle that he’s trying out. We love the idea of living in a tiny house on the water and of being able to explore from the comfort of your own home (a lot like living in a van!). Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Filming Credit: All footage in this video was filmed by David Johns from Cruising the Cut: https://www.youtube.com/CruisingTheCutUK
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Escape Man (1 hour ago)
That "cosy romanticism " you mention when it is chucking it down (about 17m50s in) is called "hygge" in Danish :) Love canal boating.
Mark ledesma (1 day ago)
a boat seems like a new experience but living by myself would drive me crazy.
georgewu5 (2 days ago)
Boring. So I turned it off. George Wu, ARCHITECT
Nauman Khan (3 days ago)
Ha Mr. You have a lot of free time . I will recommend you a book to read I assure you that will will like it. Book name is Quran. Its a humble request to read it. Thank you
S D (4 days ago)
Fell upon your channel a bit ago and it's very nice to watch good man.
Sha ne (4 days ago)
Very much think I'd prefer a widebeam. Great vid all the same.
Lindsay Rowlands (4 days ago)
Beautiful. Thanks.
Johan Rodrigues (5 days ago)
Thats life . Period.
TheOziasmidwinter (5 days ago)
Tome to live out your Captain Blackbeard, Dread Canal Pirate fantasies
Rashmi J (5 days ago)
I am claustrophobic but I think I could live in this because it's so open and there is plenty of room lengthwise. This is a good way to see places. So a thumbs up.
Patrick Brookings (6 days ago)
That was so fascinating and well presented! One thing that amazes me most is how you are able to steer that boat through the sometimes really narrow canals without hitting anything? I mean, you steer it from the back of the boat, how on earth can you see what's happening at the front? I guess you learn in time, but I would imagine you need some kind of steering permit and lessons as well?
Julie W (6 days ago)
I would imagine the folks have slowed down (lifestyle wise) and with less housework generally happier & more time to socialize.
apostate001 (8 days ago)
Costs? This looks too good to buy and be close to London without going broke, so there has to be a hidden catch that will sack your wallet.
Philip Gray (11 days ago)
Quality videography.
Clare Dodd (11 days ago)
Great video. Really well explained. I love the fact he's not putting any pressure on himself to decide what to do next (or be influenced by anyone). :)
John Spicer (13 days ago)
Really great video, looks like a lot of fun. Probably not for me. But cha never know right.
Sunshine Girl (13 days ago)
This looks like Heaven to me💜
Manav Rai (15 days ago)
I did add a peny . Good information. Love from India
Pat Bassman (18 days ago)
Ex TV journalist uses his connections to make money about his boring twatish life , i suppose its better than working for the lying media, but would it be interesting if he had been a truck driver of or shop assistant no .
Barbie Baker (18 days ago)
Wonderful video. I know the narrow boats well. What an adventure.
KaZi IsLaMa (19 days ago)
Y shoud join the Bizness team with me and teach the community how to enjoy the Dreams
Rajeev Kamalasanan (19 days ago)
Fantastic video. Loved it.
Alan CA (22 days ago)
life is happier, living simple
J.A. Jones (26 days ago)
Love the video. Wish I lived out there and lived on a boat. I also write. I feel it would be ideal to cruise up and down the canals.
Derrick Watkins (26 days ago)
I love this, I love boats.
Steve Elliott (27 days ago)
I respect anyone who goes after positive things that make them happy. Nice to get a glimpse at this life.
Robin England (28 days ago)
He seems to have a wonderful life of his choosing! I admire the way he just went for his dream! Great video.
David (29 days ago)
Would love to have this.... wife yells just pick up anchor and leave her behind
Ann Keville (30 days ago)
Thanks for your advice love to live your life thanks you
Baseborn Manjack (1 month ago)
tragic. no wife, no kids, lives on a narrow-boat. christ, redouble your efforts in finding someone nice to share life with! (note to self: practice what i preach)
tyedyejedi (1 month ago)
Invite you over for a SPOT of tea.... Smh
scheisstag (1 month ago)
Boat is bigger than my flat...
edie beale (1 month ago)
Cassette toilet yuck
Wx Xr (1 month ago)
I live in New York USA we have the Erie Canal in the ports in my city (Rochester NY) it’s free to “camp” (port).
Charles Foster (1 month ago)
How much does a long boat like yours cost? I assume it was pre-used when you bought it. Are these boats readily available?
Charles Foster (1 month ago)
I use my little farm the same way except stationery. Love those beautiful canals. I quit the rat race in 1998 and my wife and I (now 65 years young) love our little life together. Married 46 years now to the same sweetheart. We have a lot of fun and many advantages now. Eggs from our chickens, fruit from our orchard and peace and quiet. Neither of us has worked 9 to 5 jobs for 20 years now. I made it free lansing as well but you need unique skills for that or you need to be a pretty good enterprenuer. Fortunately I am both plus I had sufficient experience to build our house, infrastructure and out buildings alone. Not as much money now but no regrets and so nice to have things all paid for.
jim prother (1 month ago)
andreiiliescu1 (1 month ago)
He keeps mentioning filling up his water tanks... doesn't the UK get a lot of rain? If he has solar panels for his own power why not his own water collection and filtration system?
Manoj S (1 month ago)
Awesome 👌 Excellent narration 👏 of your experience living on a boat
Steve Clark (1 month ago)
it's beer money, great line ;)
Ed (1 month ago)
The beautiful canals of England...Only problem I would have is learning how to drive a long boat like that....
poet 247 (1 month ago)
I though of buying a houseboat in Japan Chile or Greece.
Joe Masello (1 month ago)
What would worry me is severe storms and lightning strikes on the water but maybe the weather is more passive in the U.K.
Wendy Smith (1 month ago)
Anyone else notice how he almost never blinks?
Kyle Bishop (1 month ago)
Very interesting video! This gentlemen sounds like John ward!
Maharaj of MGTOW (1 month ago)
KrisRaps (1 month ago)
I Bought A Ferrari 512 In My Midlife Crysis
Sidenseen1 (1 month ago)
Enjoyed this video, are you still living on the boat?
CruisingTheCut (1 month ago)
Donald Moody (1 month ago)
You know what in some states they say that if you live on the boat you're homeless LOL just playing you got a pretty cool thing going on
Zeksteve (1 month ago)
Wonder how many people buy a tiny patch of land on the canal. I'd have a 400 square foot home with a garage, keep the car, spare parts
Zeksteve (1 month ago)
Here is what's great with technology these days. For heat and hot water a small diesel water heater made for boats and RVs. It can be used for hot water and central heat and burn very little fuel. You can ever get diesel fueled cook tops
Wildstar memories Far (1 month ago)
Not alot of New-Britons on the water way, that's why he likes it.
Kenneth Akin (1 month ago)
Your boat house is complete except for an atmospheric generator to create clean pure water.
ReSo Builders (1 month ago)
Terrific video, but bread is bad for ducks!
Caroline Paquier (1 month ago)
When you say 'Just went off touring..." how much time had you spent actually steering a long boat, or any boat before "just going off?" Quite a bit, I'd venture. Can't imagine trying to do this as a newbie or even a minimally experienced person.
CruisingTheCut (1 month ago)
Caroline Paquier I had one day on a narrowboat before I decided to buy mine.
haqi9fly (1 month ago)
He don’t even have to you energy for lights doing shadow hours, he could buy battery operated lamps.
haqi9fly (1 month ago)
fucking more space in this guys boat than most room renters have in New York City.
haqi9fly (1 month ago)
Lmao! I’m seriously going to do this. Lol!
rick smith (1 month ago)
its like being tied to a prison cell though
Austin Britt (1 month ago)
just a question how do you get money for operating the boat the gass the marina fees the canal fees do you have a job?
CruisingTheCut (1 month ago)
Austin Britt I'm self employed
bob jerome (1 month ago)
hi i got a kingstar waster they are very good if you are just by your self they are great save a lot of money having one
landongsi (1 month ago)
How about safety? Do you get break-ins or anti-social people damaging your boat or threatening your safety? I see you park your boat at sparsely populated area sometimes.
CruisingTheCut (1 month ago)
landongsi I haven't, yet, though it does happen but then it can happen when you live in a house too...
Josh Wilson (1 month ago)
Yeah, I think I'd be pretty chill if I didn't have to show up to the office every day. Not saying Johns doesn't work hard, but 75% of the enjoyment is financial freedom.
Philip Gray (11 days ago)
Josh Wilson Keep going Josh, we all need people like you too.
HamishRover (27 days ago)
He still works remotely so he doesn't have financial freedom as such.
Stream Highlights (1 month ago)
Seems more like he got fired because he "quit" but still wants to work? From his website: "In October 2015, David quit his job and went to live on a narrowboat where he's now making YouTube videos and writing articles about life afloat. He's delighted to welcome any and all offers of freelance work, from presenting to training to video production."
Stream Highlights (1 month ago)
+CruisingTheCut Good point, i would do the same, good luck in the future brother.
CruisingTheCut (1 month ago)
Stream Highlights I did not get fired. I quit, exactly as stated, of my own volition. This does not mean I don't wish to continue working in some form, to pay the bills.
I live in Singapore. How I wish to be there with the community.
HITHEREFOLKS (1 month ago)
nice filming,nice views, well done !!
Kirstine Termansen (1 month ago)
Did they not dragged by Shires,, and with them heard goat, sheep... I think you should picture, interwiew older,,, and there imagine stories
Hayden Harris (1 month ago)
That is not a tiny canal boat I assure you!
regie b (1 month ago)
the canal turned to a septic tank for everyday boaters.
Fat Freddy (1 month ago)
Best of luck on a wonderful journey. Do you have to pay council tax ?
Dee Dee Winfrey (1 month ago)
I'm building a houseboat up in the Smokey Mountains...looking forward to moonlight summer nights.
Patricia Owens (1 month ago)
Looks cozy..glad you are happy with it...
SOAPSTONE BIRD (1 month ago)
I only came here because a former work colleague (Benjamin) who sat behind me lived on a boat and he was always buying stuff for his boat and he built this mini fridge and buying Lubricant for his boat and so forth. I didn't realise it was this cool to live on a boat. How much does a brand new boat like this cost? I would like to find out more.
CruisingTheCut (1 month ago)
SOAPSTONE BIRD New boats costs anything from £80k-£150k (or more, if you wish!)
Luis Grabman (1 month ago)
This is a great episode I mean it! Plus I have always wanted to live in there all my life.
Richard Getz (1 month ago)
Amazing!! Anything like that in the U.S.?
Something unique t
neonicon (1 month ago)
CruisingTheCut (1 month ago)
neonicon Yes!
John Eberhardt (1 month ago)
May i ask how deep is this canal on average?? :)
CruisingTheCut (1 month ago)
John Eberhardt They're typically just a few feet - 4 or 5 maybe, enough to float a barge loaded with cargo, that's all that was needed when they were built.
cazza Australia (1 month ago)
I watch videos of Tiny houses, videos of camper and RV living but the creme de la creme is Narrow boats, beautiful canal living, Im really really envious, it's a total dream
Lobsang Nyima (1 month ago)
absolutely fascinating .. cheers..
pernadelebre (1 month ago)
It seemed too mainstream to see those boats looking like the same.
harleycharley (1 month ago)
I watched this and realized how blessed I am to be doing the work I have NEVER gotten tired of and hope to never have to retire, though I would enjoy some vacations!!!
gadaffi1000 (1 month ago)
Alan Partridge
CruisingTheCut (1 month ago)
gadaffi1000 Ahh-haaaaaaaa
deepudrop10 (1 month ago)
Very interesting i want to spend a day with you
mr. Shannon (2 months ago)
Great video, but I couldnt help but think something was missing. You need a cat. Your life looks way cool, but kinda lonely. If you had a cat, you and vids would look a lot warmer. Plus interacting with a cute cat in vids would get you more viewers. There are more cat vids on youtube than anything else, there is a reason. People see cute feline and it pulls at there heart strings immediately. GET A CAT!
Nancy Davis (2 months ago)
Very well presentation! Thank you.
Kestrels Call (2 months ago)
I’m on board with this idea. 😂
Old Soldier (2 months ago)
I love this. Thank you for sharing!
aoxilus (2 months ago)
can you get a two floor narrow boat?
aoxilus (2 months ago)
what about a narrow submarine for canals?
Dark Cave Spider (2 months ago)
everybody who watches the adverts, you get 1 tenth of a penny? whoa.. if my calculator is not broken you earned 190K from this video.. xD
CruisingTheCut (1 month ago)
Cheers! :-)
Dark Cave Spider (1 month ago)
+CruisingTheCut ah, i see. I thought this was your channel and this was an autobiography. Though, good to see you channel, aswell is successful. This is very cool!
CruisingTheCut (1 month ago)
Dark Cave Spider Alas, I didn't but Mat and Danielle whose channel this is, may have done :-)
Freedom Talk Media (2 months ago)
If you drink the water in your tank, you should use an RV hose, which is a lot like a garden hose but made out of non-toxic materials
Greg (2 months ago)
I've been thinking about doing this for a while, and this might have just made my mind up for me.
goroncy (2 months ago)
Seems a bit lonely.
Nastasja Zecevic (2 months ago)
I wouldn't be able to do this in Germany. Authorities and bureaus will make my life miserable and would want money from me for diverse permissions, fees and – docking the boat just like that? – haha, no.
bananaman22 (2 months ago)
damn looks really sad
bananaman22 (2 months ago)
lol a canal sad
PHILLIP LE BOA (2 months ago)
What do I do to get there, live there, just stay there !!! Anyone wants to swap places? I live in South Africa !!!
AcidicSwamp (2 months ago)
This just seems sad.
markylovesrave (2 months ago)
well done mate, great life
robert price (2 months ago)
Please don't feed the birds bread, it's really not good for them, love the boat.

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