Castleber share for sale

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Shared narrow boat Castleber

General information

Type of schemePrivate/Ownashare (See below)
Nominal number of sharers12
Year of build2005
Home mooring (2024)
Nantwich for the 2024 season. 
Engine Type (last known)Nanni diesel (2.2 litres) with Nobel hydraulic bow thrusters
Berths2 + 4. One fixed double bed in its own en suite cabin,
extendable to king size (5'); one dinette which converts
to a double; and one sofa (separated from the dinette by a curtain)
which also converts to a double.
Change over dayFriday
Are pets allowedYes
Is smoking allowed insideNo
Booking systemA booking chart for the following calendar year is
circulated in agreed priority order, typically starting
about June. SUBJECT TO the rules about Special Shares
(please see below), each owner has a priority for that year,
and moves up broadly a couple of places each year, as part of a six-year cycle.

(To be precise, they swap places annually with the share next 
to them, as the pair move together up the list.) 
After a year at the top of the list, the pair goes to the bottom
for the next year, to start the 6-year cycle again. Each owner 
can choose two weeks (separately or as a fortnight) in the
 ‘high season’ (April to September inclusive), as well 
as one week in the remainder of the year. 

Once this process is complete for all shares, owners then 
may choose a fourth week if they wish, but this is done in
REVERSE order so that those who got last choice for their
first three weeks get first choice for their fourth. 
Typically two weeks are allowed for winter maintenance. 

Any remaining weeks, plus any that arise during the year if 
original share-owners cannot use them, are available for other 
syndicate members to bid for: priority is again given in order 
from the BOTTOM (like the fourth weeks), except that once
one week has been claimed in this round the 
winner drops their priority for any more.
Priority for school holidaysA maximum of three owners may have "Special"
(or school holiday) shares which gives them priority
over others. They may choose their first three weeks
ahead of the others, but MUST align their weeks to
their school holidays only. These owners pay more
towards the running costs each year for having
this "privilege" where the figure is presently £300 pa.
You can relinquish your school holiday status in any
year as long as the booking chart for the subsequent
year has not been completed by you.

General Comments About the Boat

Castleber is a “new generation” boat originally commissioned by Ownerships. She is a Reeves-built 10/6/4mm steel construction vessel, fitted out by Milburn Boats, with a Nanni 2.2 litre diesel engine (with a "Hospital" silencer) and powerful 6 bhp Nobel hydraulic bow thrusters.

Central heating radiators are heated by a Webasto diesel heater and there is a solid fuel stove in the saloon. Water is heated by the engine or by the Webasto.

She has a generous 100 gallon fresh water tank, and a 65 gallon fuel tank. There is 12-volt lighting and 240-volt AC supplied by inverter or by land-line hook up.

New Amtico flooring was fitted in kichen and bathroom and new carpet tiles elsewhere in 2017. 

The cabin sides and ceilings are fitted with light ash T&G timber and maple veneered panels. Blinds or curtains are fitted on all windows. Castleber is light and airy with good use of both recessed and spot lighting.

The comprehensive inventory includes duvets and pillows, vacuum cleaner, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, a full set of Nicholson guides, land-line cable, river anchor and chain etc.

Starting from the stern and working forward the accommodation comprises:

-Rear 'Cruiser style' deck. Fitted with taffrail seats, the cruiser style deck is spacious, and provides a sociable environment both whilst cruising and for al fresco dining. Hatches in the decking provide access to the engine, gearbox and propellor shaft. A wrap around ‘skirt’ provides security for pets and small children.

Inside, steps lead down to the:

-Saloon which has a double sized sofa-bed. There is a corner cupboard with a flat-screen TV and separate radio. 

-Dining area which has a L-shaped settee which also converts to a double bed, with storage beneath and also a small pull-out chest-freezer. There are two alternative tables, one small, one large, which can be stored securely against the wall of the boat. There are also two stools which allow 6 people to comfortably eat at the larger of the 2 tables. There is a low, pull-out wardrobe with shelves and hanging space, with a see-through glass storage cabinet above. For night time use, the dining area is separable from the saloon with full height / width curtain if required.

-Galley, fully equipped with sink/drainer, microwave, oven & grill; 4-ring gas hob; larder fridge under the work surface, extractor fan, storage cupboards and drawers. A full range of crockery and cooking utensils are provided. There is a large side-hatch opposite the sink, which has a removable clear Perspex screen allowing light into the galley when cruising or in inclement weather.

-Corridor with bathroom off. Refurbished in 2019, the bathroom has a full height, sliding door shower unit, wash basin with cupboard under and wall mirrors over, pump-out WC, a further built-in cupboard, and extractor fan.

- Master bedroom. Immediately on the left is the door leading to the ensuite toilet with second pump-out WC and wash-basin. The master bedroom has a double bed, extendable to king-size (5’), with storage beneath. Small cupboards above the bed are fitted with reading lights under. There is a full-height wardrobe. Access to the locker stretching out under foredeck is under the steps which lead to the:

-Foredeck, with fixed bench seating and lockers for two gas bottles, mooring pins, windlasses, water hose, and other items.

Pictures of the boat

Shared narrow boat Castleber
Shared narrow boat Castleber
Shared narrow boat Castleber
Shared narrow boat Castleber
Shared narrow boat Castleber
Shared narrow boat Castleber
Shared narrow boat Castleber
Shared narrow boat Castleber
Shared narrow boat Castleber
Shared narrow boat Castleber

Specific details for the share offered

Size of share as a percentage or fraction1/12th
Price in UK Pounds£2,300
Reason for sellingBought a Motorhome
Pre-booked weeks included

Friday August 16th to Friday August 30th inc. 

(new owner will get to choose next years preferred dates.)
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.3 Weeks guaranteed with a fourth week option
School holiday option possible?No
Running costs for 2024

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Annual maintenance charge per share is £1,500 
which can be paid annually, quarterly or monthly 
by Standing Order or Direct Debit.
How are the running costs to be apportioned going forwardI would ask the incoming owner to take over the 
monthly contribution from purchase. 
Contact details for vendorshaunc.259@gmail.com

General comments by vendor

Reeves 10/6/4mm steel construction fitted out by Milburn Boats on Graham Reeves steel. The boat had a back to bare metal repaint in 2016.
We have owned our share since 2018 and Castleber has been a joy to own together with a fantastic and friendly syndicate. 

Castleber is sturdy and well built and very easy to use, especially as it is equipped with powerful hydraulic Bow Thrusters. 

It is comfortable and well equipped.

Syndicate members are helpful and friendly with a wealth of experience and run a democratic voting process for all matters relating to the boat.

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