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I left my house for life on a canal boat – here are THREE common mistakes first-timers make


A woman who ditched her London room for a 30ft houseboat has revealed three common mistakes people make when living on a canal boat for the first time.

Shannon Lane, 29, was paying £900 a month to live in Clapton, but when she discovered her landlord had raised the price to £1,000, she decided she was done renting and took out a loan to buy a £24,000 narrowboat. .

The freelance artist and video producer now spends £300 a month on repayments and cruises London’s canals with her pug Gilbert for company.

Before making the move, she said she «suffered from bad anxiety and depression» but now «wakes up happy every day».

However, as Ms. Lane revealed, it does have its downsides by sharing three common mistakes that first-time cruise dwellers make when they decide to live on one.

A woman who ditched her London room for a 30ft houseboat has revealed three common mistakes people make when living on a canal boat for the first time

They tie their ropes too tight

As a first time boat owner you have a lot to learn.

Shannon found this out the hard way when she tied her middle rope to the dragline and the other ropes too tightly.

This meant that she was alarmingly thrown out of bed in the middle of the night.

She told MailOnline: ‘I went out and the water level went down (it happens because of the locks) and my boat was leaning to one side.

“If that happens, too much water can get into places you don’t want it to, and it could sink. Fortunately, I noticed this, loosened the ropes, and returned safely to bed.’

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They wait too long to flush the toilet

One unglamorous aspect of boat life is having to deal with the toilet.

Shannon says he has a cartridge toilet on his boat and has to take the sliding cartridge to Elsan Point – a community dump.

It’s not a wise idea to leave it too long, as Shannon learned from experience, «You can imagine the smell.»

Leaving food out

Shannon insists it’s important to dispose of food waste properly and not leave anything outside the boat.

He says: ‘Food outside attracts animals and we have lots of animals on our ships such as rats, foxes and birds.’

Shannon Lane, 29, was paying £900 a month to live in Clapton, but when she discovered her landlord had raised the price to £1,000, she decided she was done renting and took out a loan to buy a £24,000 narrowboat.

Shannon Lane, 29, was paying £900 a month to live in Clapton, but when she discovered her landlord had raised the price to £1,000, she decided she was done renting and took out a loan to buy a £24,000 narrowboat.

But there are some negatives, as Ms Lane revealed by sharing three common mistakes first-time canal boat dwellers make when they decide to live on one.

But there are some negatives, as Ms Lane revealed by sharing three common mistakes first-time canal boat dwellers make when they decide to live on one.



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