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Shared Dutch Barge Dorchester

General information

Type of schemePrivate
Nominal number of sharers10
Year of build2001
Home mooring (2018)Thames & Kennet Marina, Caversham Lakes,
Henley Rd Reading
Length49' x 12'
Engine Type (last knownBarrus Shire
Berths2 x doubles in  separate cabins, each en-suite, 
1 x double in saloon utilising bed/settee.
Change over dayFriday
Are pets allowedYes
Is smoking allowed insideNo
Booking systemRotating system where pairs of owners move two 
rungs up the ladder and rotate each year, going from 
bottom to top in five years.

Over a period of ten years, every owner will occupy every position.

No. 1 gets first choice of two weeks, going down to no. 10,
 then it reverses and no. 10 gets first choice of second two weeks,
going up to no. 1.

Any spare weeks can be booked with priority given in reverse order
Priority for school holidaysNone.

General Comments About the Boat

Dorchester is accessed via doors on each side of the wheelhouse. The wheelhouse features the running gear and instrumentation, ample seating with provision for the erection of two tables and access through a floor hatch to the spacious engine room.

To aft of the wheelhouse, steps lead down to the aft cabin. This is a double with a porthole and rear window. There is a wardrobe , cupboard and drawer units. The en suite provides a porthole, w.c., wash basin and shower cubicle.

To forward of the wheelhouse, steps lead down to the saloon with galley area. There are four windows, two display wall units with base cupboards and a multi-fuel burning stove. There are two arm chairs and a bed settee. The galley section houses a breakfast bar, LPG gas cooker, 12v electric refrigerator, 240v microwave oven, stainless steel sink and various cupboard and drawer units.

Forward of the saloon there is the master cabin. This is a double with two portholes and a window. There is a wardrobe and cupboard and drawer units. There is a separate bathroom to starboard and toilet to port each with a porthole. The bathroom has a bath with shower over and a wash basin. The toilet has a w.c. and wash basin.

There are adequate walkways all round the decks. There are lockers to the foredeck with gas bottle storage and anchor chain storage, the latter fitted with a manual winch. The cabin roofs provide adequate space for deck chairs etc.

Dorchester has diesel powered central heating with radiators in the main areas. It also provides domestic hot water which supplements water heating via the engine. Power is via a bank of 12v batteries and there is a power inverter to provide 240v.

The boat is equipped with CD/Radio & TV & DVD player.

Pictures of the boat (And a Video)

Shared Dutch Barge Dorchester
Shared Dutch Barge Dorchester
Shared Dutch Barge Dorchester
Shared Dutch Barge Dorchester
Shared Dutch Barge Dorchester
Shared Dutch Barge Dorchester
Shared Dutch Barge Dorchester
Shared Dutch Barge Dorchester
Shared Dutch Barge Dorchester
Shared Dutch Barge Dorchester
Shared Dutch Barge Dorchester

Specific details for the share offered

Size of share as a percentage or fraction1/10th
Price in UK Pounds£8,500
Reason for sellingWe've had some wonderful cruises on the
Dorchester over several years but family 
developments mean that we need to make some 
changes and use our travel time slightly differently.
Pre-booked weeks included12 April to 26 April 2019
04 October to 18 October 2019
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.I get two weeks in the "High Season" April to September
and two further weeks in the "Low Season" 
School holiday option possible?No
Running costs for 2018/9The costs for year 2019: a payment in January of £800; 
a payment in July of £600 

Total for 2019: £1400

(These payments were slightly higher than the norm 
because of the purchase of new mattresses and a sofa bed in 
the main area.)

How are the running costs to be apportionedWhile it is expected we receive reimbursement
for all running costs settled in respect of our share in 2019
we will consider a pro-rata basis based on the number of
months elapsed at time of a purchase.
Contact details for or 07776 145548

General comments by vendor

Cruising on this exceptionally beautiful stretch of the Thames has been a delight. 'Dorchester' is well-known among the lock keepers, who recognise the owners as a friendly crowd.

To our knowledge it is the only Dutch barge on the Thames with shared ownership.

The syndicate is well organised and run with the owners rightly taking great pride in the maintenance and general upkeep of Dorchester.

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