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Woman buys narrowboat to get on property ladderon February 1, 2023 at 2:27 am


Artist Elizabeth Earle, from Warwickshire, bought her first narrowboat using her overdraft.

Three years ago, artist Elizabeth Earle gave up on saving for a mortgage and bought her first narrowboat with her overdraft.

The 34-year-old woman from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, renovated it from scratch and sold it for a profit.

She now owns a 1920s 70ft boat and cuts down on costs by having a “continuous cruiser” licence which means she has no mooring fees.

Elizabeth has a YouTube series documenting her life on the waterways and plans to tour the UK later this year to research the history of women in narrowboats.

Video journalist: Louise Brierley