I'm sure this must have been raised countless times before, but I can't find a sticky on it - hence a new thread. I do a lot of research online, but that can only take you so far. For example, I have a character living on a converted Dutch barge on the Thames, and I have so far failed to find out how they would (a) dispose of sewage and (b) get in supplies of water and diesel. Do the supplies come to them, or do they have to drive their boat to some kind of river service station? In the end, there is no substitute for real life research - talking to people, for example, who actually live on barges on the Thames. But I feel a complete idiot approaching people and saying that I'm wirting a novel and could I ask them some questions. I imagine that if I were a published author I would feel no such hestiation. How do other people approach this problem?