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Shared narrow boat Whiston


General information

Type of schemePrivate
Nominal number of sharers12
Year of build2009
Home mooring (2018)Hill Farm Marina
Hill Farm
Stratford Road
Wootton Wawen
Henley in Arden
B95 6DE
Engine Type (last knownNanni
Berths2 + 2 + 1 (latter by camp bed)
Change over daySaturday
Are pets allowedNo
Is smoking allowed insideNo
Booking systemA booking chart for the following calendar year is
circulated in agreed priority order before the owners’ 
annual meeting, where the bookings for the next year
are confirmed. Each owner has a priority for that year, 
and moves up a couple of places each year: after a year 
at the top of the list, the owner then starts at the bottom, 
and after six years the cycle begins again. 

Each owner can choose two weeks (separately or as a fortnight)
in the ‘high season’ (April to October inclusive), and one week in 
the remainder of the year. By this route, thirty-six weeks are firmly 
booked before the year begins. Allowing for time for winter maintenance, 
the remaining fourteen weeks are booked with priority in reverse order
to the original chart, so having last choice originally does have its compensations. 

These extra bookings are confirmed on the first day of the month
before the month of the booking
Priority for school holidaysTwo shares can get priority for school holiday weeks,
paying a premium for this over the normal annual costs.

General Comments About the Boat

Whiston is a Hexagon built semi-trad style boat, with the gas bottle storage in a locker/seating area on the left-hand side of the rear deck.

Below the rear deck is a well-serviced 4 cylinder Nanni Diesel engine, with the calorifier and battery banks.

Dropping down the steps which are on the right-hand side of the boat, you pass the rear toilet with wash basin. To the right of the toilet is a cupboard with hanging space and access to the top-up tank for the boiler.  Adjacent to this on your left is the main bedroom with a double bed, which can be extended to king-size and has drawer storage underneath. There is also a satellite TV and DVD player, and a radiator. The controls to the Alde boiler are above the bed.

Next is the main toilet/bathroom, which has a wash basin, shower, and  a heated towel rail.

This is followed by another cupboard with hanging space, below which is the freezer.

Moving forwards we have the kitchen with the oven below a work surface, followed by the stainless steel sink unit. Next to the sink is the hob, surrounded by further work surfaces, underneath which is the fridge. There are cupboards beneath the work surfaces, as well as on the wall facing the sink, together with wall cupboards and a microwave. The kitchen is well equipped with a full range of saucepans, utensils, cutlery crockery and basic cleaning materials.

This brings you to the dinette area, with a glazed opening side hatch in the right-hand wall. There is an L-shaped dinette on the left, which sits six when using the two collapsible chairs that are kept on board. This also pulls out to make up into a double bed and has locker space under the seating, containing the relevant duvets and pillows.

Immediately after the dining area, there is the solid fuel stove to the left, and a further radiator on the right hand wall.
We then come to the saloon area, with two leather swivel chairs, and a satellite TV and DVD player. By way of a camp bed it is possible to sleep one more guest in this area.

Finally we come to glazed folding doors which open on to the bow seating area, with storage lockers under. There are removable cushions for both the bow and stern seating which are kept on the boat.

Pictures of the boat

Shared narrow boat Whiston
Shared narrow boat Whiston
Shared narrow boat Whiston
Shared narrow boat Whiston
Shared narrow boat Whiston
Shared narrow boat Whiston
Shared narrow boat Whiston
Shared narrow boat Whiston

Specific details for the share offered

Size of share as a percentage or fraction12th
Price in UK Pounds£4,000
Reason for sellingWe also have a share on another boat and
have rather overstretched ourselves in
terms of available time for boating
Pre-booked weeks included(All 2019)
August 31st
September 7th
October 19th
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.I get a guaranteed two summer and one
winter week plus an option to choose a
fourth week as available.
School holiday option possible?Yes, could be changed to a school holiday
share going forward.

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Running costs for 2019

(How do these figures compare? 
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How are the running costs to be apportionedWe have had one week in February so would expect
the purchaser to pay 75% of this year's running costs. (£873)
if share is bought before weeks elapse.
Contact details for vendorritchie.alison@talk21.com or 07973 955536

General comments by vendor

Whiston is extremely well cared for and maintained to a high standard.  The boat has built up an extremely healthy reserve (£18,000+) which is very reassuring in terms of major expenditure.

Of significant note is that Whiston has a diesel engine but is hydraulically powered.  It has bow and stern hydraulic thrusters that make manouvering in tight places very easy indeed.

Whiston has recently moved to a NEW Marina near Stratford-Upon-Avon providing good access to various canals. 

Next year (2020) our share will be in Position 2 on the Booking Chart so will be third to choose weeks (after Position 1 and the school holiday share).

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