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About 15,000 people live afloat in the UK. So what's the attraction? I caught up with some old friends who have traded in their ground rent and noisy neighbours for a quiet life on Bristol's floating harbour.

Extracts: ...Further along the harbour, shipwright Ben Punter is doing up his boat to live on. He was given a 60ft wooden Danish fishing boat as ^it was a wreck and its owner didn't know how else to get rid of it. I could get rid of it - that was the deal^...

... If you're buying, make sure you get an extensive survey done, particularly of the hull. The next part is getting a mooring, which can be a black art in itself. Recent years have seen a nationally increasing demand for mooring space, and it doesn't seem to matter where you ask, you are always told there's a ten-year waiting list. A good way to get around this is to buy a boat that is already on a mooring. Something you can't do if you build your own...

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Man driving a canal boat on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal at Talybont on Usk, Brecon Beacons, Wales  -  Nick Turner
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Nick Turner / Man driving a canal boat on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal at Talybont on Usk, Brecon Beacons, Wales
Woman outside her Dutch barge moored in Marina, Bristol Floating Harbour, UK. July 2008, Model Released  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / Woman outside her Dutch barge moored in Marina, Bristol Floating Harbour, UK. July 2008, Model Released
Ornate garden on narrow boat moored in Marina, Bristol Floating Harbour, UK   , July 2008  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / Ornate garden on narrow boat moored in Marina, Bristol Floating Harbour, UK , July 2008
Narrowboats, cabin cruisers and yachts moored at Bristol Marina in summer, with Clifton skyline in the background, 2008  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / Narrowboats, cabin cruisers and yachts moored at Bristol Marina in summer, with Clifton skyline in the background, 2008
Man relaxing in hull of traditional Danish Fishing boat, Bristol Floating Harbour, UK. July 2008, Model Released  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / Man relaxing in hull of traditional Danish Fishing boat, Bristol Floating Harbour, UK. July 2008, Model Released
Operating lock gates on the Kennet and Avon canal at Caen Hill, Wiltshire. September 2008  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / Operating lock gates on the Kennet and Avon canal at Caen Hill, Wiltshire. September 2008
Docks, ferry and SS Great Britain ship designed by Brunel, Bristol, England  -  David Noton
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David Noton / Docks, ferry and SS Great Britain ship designed by Brunel, Bristol, England
Floral decoration on top of narrow boat, Bristol Floating Harbour, UK  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / Floral decoration on top of narrow boat, Bristol Floating Harbour, UK
Bristol Floating Harbour marina in the morning, February 2009.  -  Merryn Thomas
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Merryn Thomas / Bristol Floating Harbour marina in the morning, February 2009.
Woman at sink in her Dutch barge moored in Marina, Bristol Floating Harbour, UK. July 2008, Model Released  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / Woman at sink in her Dutch barge moored in Marina, Bristol Floating Harbour, UK. July 2008, Model Released
Snow-covered narrow boats in Bristol Harbour, 2009.  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / Snow-covered narrow boats in Bristol Harbour, 2009.
Waterfront docks Exhibition Centre reflected in Narrow Quay, Bristol, UK 1995  -  David Noton
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David Noton / Waterfront docks Exhibition Centre reflected in Narrow Quay, Bristol, UK 1995
Man preparing food in hull of traditional Danish Fishing boat, Bristol Floating Harbour, UK. July 2008, Model Released  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / Man preparing food in hull of traditional Danish Fishing boat, Bristol Floating Harbour, UK. July 2008, Model Released
Man leaning over bow to tie up Danish fishing boat at Underfall Yard, Bristol Floating Harbour, UK. July 2008, Model Released  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / Man leaning over bow to tie up Danish fishing boat at Underfall Yard, Bristol Floating Harbour, UK. July 2008, Model Released
Man preparing paint in the hull of traditional Danish Fishing boat, Bristol Floating Harbour, UK. July 2008, Model Released  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / Man preparing paint in the hull of traditional Danish Fishing boat, Bristol Floating Harbour, UK. July 2008, Model Released
Man relaxing in hull of traditional Danish Fishing boat, Bristol Floating Harbour, UK. July 2008, Model Released  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / Man relaxing in hull of traditional Danish Fishing boat, Bristol Floating Harbour, UK. July 2008, Model Released
A modernised narrowboat moored in Brassknocker Basin near the junction with the Kennet and Avon Canal at Dundas Aqueduct, Wilshire, England  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / A modernised narrowboat moored in Brassknocker Basin near the junction with the Kennet and Avon Canal at Dundas Aqueduct, Wilshire, England
Man relaxing in hull of traditional Danish Fishing boat, Bristol Floating Harbour, UK. July 2008, Model Released  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / Man relaxing in hull of traditional Danish Fishing boat, Bristol Floating Harbour, UK. July 2008, Model Released
Narrowboat moored at Baltic Wharf, with Hotwells in the background. Bristol Harbour, UK  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / Narrowboat moored at Baltic Wharf, with Hotwells in the background. Bristol Harbour, UK
Man preparing food in hull of traditional Danish Fishing boat, Bristol Floating Harbour, UK. July 2008, Model Released  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / Man preparing food in hull of traditional Danish Fishing boat, Bristol Floating Harbour, UK. July 2008, Model Released
Man leaning over bow to tie up Danish fishing boat at Underfall Yard, Bristol Floating Harbour, UK. July 2008, Model Released  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / Man leaning over bow to tie up Danish fishing boat at Underfall Yard, Bristol Floating Harbour, UK. July 2008, Model Released
Boats moored in Brassknocker Basin near the junction with the Kennet and Avon Canal at Dundas Aqueduct, Wiltshire, England  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / Boats moored in Brassknocker Basin near the junction with the Kennet and Avon Canal at Dundas Aqueduct, Wiltshire, England
Bristol Pilot Cutter ^Mischief^ on launch day, Bristol Floating Harbour, England, Summer 2007.  -  Merryn Thomas
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Merryn Thomas / Bristol Pilot Cutter ^Mischief^ on launch day, Bristol Floating Harbour, England, Summer 2007.