A Boat Share in France | Derrineel

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Shared Dutch Barge Derrineel

General information

Type of schemePrivate
Nominal number of sharers11 shares (owned by eight families)
Year of build1998
Home mooring (2024)Castelsarassin France
Length14.7 metres x 3.3 metres
Engine Type (last known)48hp Diesel Yanmar/Barrus
BerthsSix - Two double cabins + double bed-settee in saloon
Change over daySaturday
Are pets allowedYes
Is smoking allowed insideNo
Booking systemAll shares move in rotation annually on a booking rota.

Holidays are booked in order of position on the rota.

Each year shares move up the rota in pairs and the top two 
shares fall to the bottom.

Bookings for the following year normally start in the summer, 
and are confirmed at the annual AGM, normally each autumn.

The booking system has recently been modified to take account 
of the relocation to Canal du Midi, and the longer season 
that is available in South of France. 

Each shareholder can choose one 3 week block in the high season, 
or one 2 week block in the high season and one 2 week block in the 
low season, or two 2 week blocks in the low season.

(If the boat reverts to Burgundy area in the future, it is likely that 
the old booking system will be re-installed i.e. 2 consecutive weeks 
in high season and 1 in low season.)
Priority for school holidaysTwo shares are designated as "special" and have priority booking for school holidays.

General Comments About the Boat

Derrineel has bedroom cabins front and rear with the raised wheelhouse separating the rear cabin from the rest of the boat making it a private guest room.

The saloon has seating for six or so on two armchairs, a bed settee and various free standing chairs and stools. The dining table is lightweight and easy to move for outdoor meals. The saloon is equipped with hi-fi, and DVD. The kitchen area has electric fridge, gas cooker, microwave, and a full complement of crockery, cutlery, glassware and kitchen gear. Space heating is from a Morso ‘Squirrel’ multi-fuel stove or a central heating system with radiators in each room.

The wheelhouse has room for guests, seating and dining. The roof is demountable to create an alfresco area.

To the rear of the wheelhouse is the rear cabin, small and has a full-size double bed, storage and a small en-suite toilet, basin and shower room.

All on-board lighting is LED and there is (subject to having a shore connection) a mains supply for the kettle, microwave, immersion heater and other appliances.
Duvets, mattress, protectors and pillows are provided, but owners are expected to bring their own bedding and towels, although 1 set is provided on board for those travelling from further afield

The boat makes for very comfortable living aboard and carries two bikes for exploring further afield.

Pictures of the boat

Shared Dutch Barge Derrineel
Shared Dutch Barge Derrineel
Shared Dutch Barge Derrineel
Shared Dutch Barge Derrineel
Shared Dutch Barge Derrineel
Shared Dutch Barge Derrineel
Shared Dutch Barge Derrineel
Shared Dutch Barge Derrineel
Shared Dutch Barge Derrineel
Shared Dutch Barge Derrineel
Shared Dutch Barge Derrineel
Shared Dutch Barge Derrineel

Specific details for the share offered

Size of share as a percentage or fraction11th
Price in UK Pounds£5,500
Reason for sellingWe own another share also
Pre-booked weeks includedWe are selling one of our two shares.

For 2024

5th to 25th October 2024 (three weeks together)


For 2025

12th April 2025 to 3rd May 2025
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.Guaranteed 3 weeks minimum if share is 
high season, sometimes 4 weeks.
School holiday option possible?No
Running costs for 2024£700
How are the running costs to be apportionedAssuming the incoming owner is using my 2024 weeks 
I would ask them to pick up the 2024 running costs.
Contact details for vendormikekane70@outlook.com

General comments by vendor

We inherited 2 shares and are keeping one. The group is very friendly and accommodating.

During 2019-2021, as a result of Covid restrictions, there has been an opportunity to undertake some major refurbishment and maintenance work on the boat, including hull re-paint (10 year guarantee), repaint of superstructure, deck and walkways plus servicing of hydraulic system and re-alignment of prop shaft and rudder system. Other routine work has also been carried out such as battery replacement. 

Derrineel is entirely managed by its owners. Owners have different boating skills and experiences, and where possible maintenance work is undertaken "in house". There are 3 elected officers, from amongst the owners, who manage the day to day issues on the boat - Bosun, Secretary and Accountant 
Derrineel has recently had the annual AGM which has agreed minor maintenance for the forthcoming year, annual fees, officers being re-elected, the location of the MIDI plus holiday booking rota ratified. 

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