If you have a canal boat, how much does it cost you to run?
I haven't got a clue about Granny Buttons, except that it's more expensive than any ex-wife.
But if you are more provident, more diligent and more meticulous about keeping records, the National Association of Boat Owners (NABO) would like to hear from you.
They have issued their latest Cost Of Boating survey, and you can fill it in here: http://goo.gl/DBQAp
With the changes to the way the waterways are being run, NABO Council believes it is even more important that we monitor the rate of increase of boaters' costs, so that we can quote from knowledge, when speaking on your behalf to government departments, BW, EA etc.
Among the questions we ask are the actual costs of your Licence, Moorings, Boat Insurance (excluding contents insurance) and obtaining your BSS Certificate (if relevant - but excluding any resultant necessary repairs) for the past 12 months.
We also invite you to enter amounts, or estimates, of fuel, gas, coal and routine maintenance costs; also, enforced extraordinary expenditure such as bottom blacking and major engine repairs. Because of rapid increases in diesel and gas costs, we are also asking for unit costs (p/litre and cost per 13Kg container) if you buy either in April or May 2011.
I'm sorry that I can't complete it because I don't really keep records of how much Granny takes of my earnings. Fool that I am, I know, don't remind me.
What will they do with the figures, and will those figures be meaningful? I'm not sure, but the figures from their 2009 survey are here.
I'm sure they can spot the trends and relevance, but since I can't even work out my own boating costs, don't expect me to know what the other figures mean.
Do you keep accurate and punctilious records of your boating costs?