A student who couldn't afford to pay rent bought a boat to live on while studying at university - and saved himself £5,600.

Physical geography student, Joe Pearce, 23, bought the 42-year-old yacht online for £800, the equivalent of two months' rent.

He lived aboard the 23-foot Falmouth Gypsy class boat in a boatyard for 14 months while studying for his masters at Aberystwyth University.

It was built in Penryn, Cornwall, 32 years ago and has a glass fibre hull with a plywood coach roof.

Mr Pearce said: 'When I was studying for my masters I realised I couldn't afford to keep living in a flat. I was sharing a flat with my girlfriend, and we would split the £100-a-week rent between us. But when we broke up I would have had to pay around 400 pounds a month by myself. So I then came up with a crazy idea to buy a boat to live on.'

He added: 'My friends were excited and I think they were expecting a glamorous yacht - but they were shocked when they saw it. It had seen better days and I thought of it as luxury camping, or that I was living in a wooden tent!'
他补充道:“我的朋友们很兴奋,我想他们以为会是一艘迷人的游艇——但是当他们看到船的时候惊呆了。它曾经有过美好的时光,我 把它想象成豪华露营,或者说我生活在木质的帐篷里!”

The boat had a 1970 engine and the tallest part of the boat was 5ft and Mr Pearce found it difficult to move around as he's almost 6ft.

Mr Pearce said: 'I kept it at the Ynyslas boatyard, eight miles outside of Aberystwyth and I would cycle to and from university to save money. Everyone at the boatyard was really helpful and helped me fix parts of the boat as I had no DIY experience. It only cost £1 a day to keep it there.

'At times it became cramped and the low ceiling wasn't ideal as I had to crouch down otherwise I would have hit my head.But the boat was the talk of the town and I'd also host boat parties on it.'

He graduated last December and has just sailed the 500-miles from North Wales to his home in Totland, Isle of Wight.

Mr Pearce said: 'It was so much fun living on the boat - I saved a lot of money and I've still it got it and use it to go fishing around the island. It was a fantastic experience and I wouldn't change anything about it. The boat has got so much character and it's officially my boat.'

版权所有:英语四级考试网 www.cet4v.com,转载请注明来源。