We have now paid for our barge, but just like buying a house there are a number of other costs, legal requirements and other preparations involved, all of which need to be organised and paid for upfront before you can take your boat away.
First, (before we forked out the full amount for the boat), we needed to have a survey done. This must include a
Once we had paid the full amount she then had to be de-registered in the Netherlands. Now that this has been completed the mooring fees become our responsibility.
The next job for us is to get some insurance for the boat, and we need to make sure that they know that we will be crossing the English Channel in her. There are a number of other people that we are going to contact prior to crossing the English Channel they are: the Coast Guard (Dover), and the Margate Lifeboat Station. Martin has already contacted The Port of London Authority, they have advised us (as a courtesy) to contact the Thames Barrier on channel 14 to advise them of our intention to go through it (I think we do this once the barrier becomes visible). **
** Update. calling the Thames Barrier is compulsory, not a courtesy as we found out, so make sure you take all the information with you to do this!