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Pond Life

   
Type of scheme Private
Number of sharers 5
Year of construction 1992
Home mooring (2018) Heyford Fields, Bugbrooke on the Grand Union Canal
Length 57'
Engine Type B M C 1.8
Berths 2 + 2
Change over day each week Saturday
Are pets allowed NOT Allowed
Is smoking allowed INSIDE the boat NOT Allowed
Booking System Owners use a private online calendar to make a provisional booking which must be confirmed within a fortnight of it being entered. They also email other owners advising them of their provisional plans. Bookings are for a maximum of two weeks at a time with co-operation and due consideration for each others use.

- With five shares it is not possible to book a fortnight every month. The summer months are the busiest.

Owners often plan together to have longer trips to see more of the canal system handing over Pond Life to each other in a pre-agreed sequence for a variable amount of days.

Owners also use the boat for short stays of one to four days or week-ends. These often happen at short notice and other owners are emailed so they are aware. Similarly, owners are emailed when a booking has to be cancelled leaving the boat available for others' use.
Priority for school holidays Special holiday arrangements:

By mutual agreement between all owners. (During the summer the boat has been out for several weeks at a time allowing owners to continuously cruise and change over at different parts of the canal system.) Consideration may be made for some weeks to be taken in school holidays by mutual agreement but this is not guaranteed
 
 
General comments about the boat
Starting at the semi trad stern, there are storage cupboards (and a gas fired central heating boiler) as you pass down the steps into the dinette lounge area (that converts to a large double bed). There is a flat screen TV/DVD, storage cupboards/lockers and a book/dvd/cruising guide library.

This leads into the galley which is provided with an oven & hob with glass lid, a full size sink/drainer set in a green stone tiled surface, a fridge with freezer compartment, plenty of storage cupboards and a breakfast bar. This is the heart of the boat and offers a versatile and comfortable living area.

Moving forward down the boat the bathroom is fitted out with a corner bath with a shower over it, a pump out toilet, and a full sized hand basin. The central corridor passes by a hanging wardrobe and into the forward main bedroom with its own wash basin, where there is a large double bed which extends across the width of the boat. Storage is provided by further cupboards, and under-bed lockers.

There is a single access door at the front opening onto the covered cratch area.
 
Pictures of the boat

 
Specific details for the share offered
 
Size of share as a percentage or fraction 5th
Price in UK pounds £7,000
Reason for selling Ill health
Pre-booked weeks included Bookings for current year - 2018:
6th-14th July,
18th Aug-1st Sept

Available weeks from: 30th Sept Onwards
Lapsed bookings: 2 weeks in May/June 2018
 
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.
The share allows booking up to 2 periods of 2 weeks over the summer season and further weeks during the remaining season - up to 6-8 weeks in total.
Running costs for 2018 £1000 per share to include 20% of mooring, insurance, license fees, engine & central heating service and boat rescue scheme.

Owners pay £20 per day when using Pond Life from which the cost of diesel and gas is deducted.

Proportion of mooring/insurance/licence fees to be paid to year end.
Contact details for vendor john.cooper77@ntlworld.com or 07725 707415
Search terms 61f 4b pte sixx peet
 
General Comments by vendor
 
Pond Life has always been a private, shared-ownership boat. The present owners are friendly, mature experienced boaters and we have enjoyed sharing Pond Life with them: There is an annual AGM and working parties held on board in early spring & late autumn.
The current marina is a very good base for cruising and the facilities are excellent. Pond Life is available for use throughout the year and is a well kept boat, providing a very cost effective way of getting afloat especially if you are looking for a share providing over 4 weeks use/year.

Pond Life has gas central heating throughout that can provide additional hot water when required.

She has a Radio with CD player and a TV/DVD player.

There is a corner bath with shower, wash basin and a pump out toilet and an additional wash basin in the front cabin.

The galley has a four ring gas cooker with grill and oven, a fridge with a small freezer compartment, there is a newly fitted sink, taps and tiled work surfaces.

Pond Life is well equipped with crockery, cutlery, bedding, and provides very comfortable cruising for 4 adults.

She was re painted in 2007. New windows, curtains, cushions and seats were added at the same time.

A new cratch cover was fitted in 2017 and a new tonneau cover in 2009.

The bottom was blacked and the hull surveyed in November 2017.
The engine was re-conditioned in November 2014.

A new gear box and prop shaft were fitted in 2016.

A boat safety certificate was issued in November 2016.

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