Soudley Share for sale

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Shared narrow boat Soudley

General information

Type of schemePrivate
Nominal number of sharers8
Year of build2005
Home mooring (2024)Overwater Marina, Coole Lane, Audlem, Crewe CW5 8AY
Engine Type (last known)Nanni
Berths2 + 4
Change over dayFriday 
Are pets allowedYes
Is smoking allowed insideNo
Booking system
A booking chart for the following calendar year is circulated 
each September, in established owner priority order, where
the bookings for the next year are confirmed.

Each owner has a position 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, so over a period of 8 years an owner’s positions would run 8, 6, 4, 2, 7, 5, 3, 1.

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.
The list is then circulated a 2nd time for owners to book a 4th week,
and this circulation starts from the bottom of the priority order, so being
at the bottom of the list has its compensations.

Under this system thirty-two weeks are booked before the year begins.

Allowing 2 weeks for winter maintenance this leaves 18 available weeks
to bid for, on average an extra two weeks per owner.
These remaining weeks are booked as the year progresses on
a first come first served basis with the Booking Secretary
ensuring that the bookings are fair.
Priority for school holidaysNo such scheme on this boat

General Comments About the Boat

Upon entering the boat from the semi trad stern with rear lockers containing the gas bottles mooring equipment etc. you go down steps between two large cupboards, with a wall mounted TV with integral dvd player, and 12v and 5v usb charge sockets, leading into the rear cabin with seating and Desmo sockets for either single or double tables. The seating is convertible into two single beds or one large double. Adjacent is a solid fuel stove and forward of this the Galley and cupboards which are all fully equipped with utensils and crockery. There is a fridge and separate freezer, an eye level gas oven and grill above the freezer, and a microwave oven above that, which is run from the 2kW inverter that can also provide 240 volt mains to sockets throughout the boat. 

A side corridor runs forward to the bathroom with corner bath and shower, wash basin and pump-out toilet. There are clip-back doors on either side of the bathroom. 

Next forward is the double bedroom with clothes storage cupboards. 

Another clip-back door provides access to the forward Saloon, with a wardrobe, and a door to the right for a second toilet with wash-basin. In the saloon there is a cupboard with TV and radio. The seating is convertible to two single beds or one large double. There are two Desmo sockets to allow the single or double table to be used here. Pillows, quilts, paperback books, Board games, packs of cards, pots, pans and utensils. DVD's, Canal Guides and maps, toolkits, anchor, mooring pins, ropes, and all other sundry equipment is supplied.

Double doors which fold back again to provide a wide forward access to the front cockpit which has a cratch with cover for weatherproof protection, and a mount for a single table. 

Lighting is by 12 volt LED wall and ceiling lights supplied from a bank of 4 leisure batteries which also supply the Inverter. There is a separate Starter battery. Water is stored in a large tank in the bow of the boat. The Diesel fuel tank is in the stern. There are two separate pump out toilet tanks. Heating is by radiators & calorifier supplied by heat from the engine running, or a Webasto diesel-fired heater when stationary. The solid fuel stove can be used to heat the galley & saloon. 

A hydraulic bow thruster is fitted internally across the front to aid manoeuvring the boat. This runs off of a pump driven by the engine, and so this does not affect the batteries.

Pictures of the boat

Shared narrow boat Soudley
Shared narrow boat Soudley
Shared narrow boat Soudley bath
Shared narrow boat Soudley
Shared narrow boat Soudley
Shared narrow boat Soudley
Shared narrow boat Soudley
Shared narrow boat Soudley
Shared narrow boat Soudley
Shared narrow boat Soudley

Specific details for the share offered

Size of share as a percentage or fraction8th
Price in UK Pounds£3,750
Reason for sellingIll health
Pre-booked weeks includedJuly 26th to August 9th 2024


September 27th to October 11th 2024
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.Four weeks per year, split high/low season with opportunity for extra weeks out of season.
School holiday option possible?No such scheme on this boat
Running costs for 2024

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Costs are split across members on a 1/8 basis; 
more recently, a regular monthly cost of £150 
has been arranged to prevent one larger payment. 

This now includes funds to anticipate future costs.
How are the running costs to be apportionedI would ask for fees paid to date to be 
apportioned against the remaining part 
of the year.
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General comments by vendor

It is a very well-thought-out boat with a relaxed group. 

We have two shares, and this is the sale of one (hence the choice of remaining weeks). 

Whatever is in the kitty so far, we would NOT expect to be refunded; it is part of the boat's planned maintenance. 

It has just had a new cratch cover, the rear deck rebuilt, and significant maintenance carried out over winter. 

The boat can have DIY work, but it is also kept in tip-top condition with professional assistance. 

The group keeps the heavy lifting for the professionals and fills in what can be DIY to keep costs low.

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