I have started to do some research into the cost of sending some of our belongings to the UK for while we're living on our narrowboat. Mick is convinced he'll need at least basic tools so he can get a little work along the way.
We have double of a lot of things from the days of living in Melbourne and having our current home as a weekender. So we've started putting aside bedding, linen, kitchen utensils etc that we'll ship over but not bring back again. It is probably a close call whether we could buy all these things (if we bought mostly second hand or discount) for the cost of the shipping. By shipping, we'd have our own belongings and we need to get rid of some of the things we've been storing anyway.
Pack and Send quoted me $700 to send 8 packing cartons (1 cubic metre).
I've asked the Aussies and Kiwis that we've made contact with in the last couple of years and there's mixed opinions on whether to send belongings or buy them when you get there. It's made more difficult by not knowing what might be left on the boat you buy.
Comments would be appreciated!