With retirement getting ever closer you may be wondering what you will be doing with all your free time. Owning a canal boat can provide you with a relaxing slower pace of life, allowing you to travel the waterways of the uk visiting beautiful town and villages. Canals boats are not cheap to purchase and very rarely rise in value, therefore the investment is in the lifestyle rather than a money making opportunity. Whether you choose to live on the canal boat all year round or keep your main home and use your canal boat for weekend breaks and trips away, you will need need pay for year round mooring and insurances. You can look into the possibility of hiring your canal boat out, however, this option comes with its own risks of damage. Canal boat living is very relaxed with canal communities forming giving you a charming wave as you pass each other.