Last August I joined BB on the Blue Buzzard (non-historic narrowboat) for a weekend of festivities at The Samuel Barlow pub and marina which hosted the annual meeting of the Historic Working Boats Society.
Some great characters there with fantastic stories to tell (that was the narrowboats) and some well oiled characters with tall stories to tell (they were the boatmen).
These old boats housed whole families in tiny spaces (smaller than most present day bathrooms) in which they cooked, ate and slept. The cargo was the important thing. My Van will be palatial in comparison – I earnestly hope!