why don’t you get both? There’s a few folk on here with both. I’m just a leisure owner, not a liveaboard like Zed and the Busmonkeys. It gives you the best of both worlds . I’m based on Mercia Marina on the Trent and Mersey canal. I preferred being on the canal than the river as I’m a baby and was scared of being swept away I love the boat and van, however I have spent more in one year of boat ownership than I have in 6 years of my van hope you get sorted.