Boat Share | Explorer share for sale

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Shared narrow boat Explorer

General information

Type of schemePrivate
Nominal number of sharers12.5
Year of build2004
Home mooring (2024)Great Haywood Marina, Mill Lane, Great Haywood Staffs. ST18 0RQ
Engine Type (last known)Nanni Diesel Engine - 1.9/43bhp (new 2023)
Berths2 + 4
Change over daySaturday
Are pets allowedYes
Is smoking allowed insideNo
Booking system
4 weeks pa; one week in each of the 4 seasons. 
These are allocated by a draw at the agm every October. 

Weeks are often swopped at the time of the draw 
or occasionally during the year.
Priority for school holidaysThere is one share which is specific to school holidays.
The weeks for this are drawn prior to the main draw at the AGM

General Comments About the Boat

The Exterior: Semi traditional boat painted in blue and red with Rose and Castle doors and window shutters. Boat has blue cratch cover.

The Interior: From the back cockpit, enter down the ladder to find the main bedroom with a carved wood post on the bed and sink with blue and white tiles surround. There is a back closet for clothing and storage as well. The ceiling is oak panelled, and has a traditional look. 

The curtains are blue and white and cranberry striped cotton with blackout linings throughout the boat which is coordinated with the blue carpeting on the floor and half way up the walls from the floor. 

The main bedroom is en suite with its own sink and loo. 

The main bathroom is in the middle of the boat and has a shower and sink with blue and white tile surround. 

The kitchen is next and is equipped with microwave, gas oven and grill, refrigerator, and filtered drinking water. The boat is equipped with bone china service for six, glassware to include beer glasses, tall tumblers, wine glasses and short tumblers for six. There are also matching bone china mugs, and a teapot and egg cups as well. There are pots, pans, kitchen utensils, and cutlery as well. 

The dining area seats 4 with extensions for an additional 2 diners. There is a wooden table with a hand thrown blue fruit bowl to match the interior. This section also converts to a comfortable double bed. The seating is finished in cranberry coloured fabric. 

The front settees are also cranberry coloured and also convert into a comfortable double bed. They face our 32" flat screen Smart Samsung TV which is mounted on a bracket for pulling forward and pushing back for storage. 

We have an Oyster Caro Vision II Automatic Satellite TV System which makes finding the signal very easy. An unlimited data WiFi system is installed.

An oil-fired central heating system is installed and a Squirrel Stove is fitted in the main salon area. Double glazing is fitted throughout the boat. Explorer is equipped with an hydraulic bow-thruster.

The outdoor front seating area has the aforementioned cratch cover, within which there are 2 camp chairs with table stored away for towpath relaxing. There are also games, videos and books on board for everyone to share.

Pictures of the boat

Shared narrow boat Explorer
Shared narrow boat Explorer
Shared narrow boat Explorer
Shared narrow boat Explorer
Shared narrow boat Explorer
Shared narrow boat Explorer
Shared narrow boat Explorer
Shared narrow boat Explorer
Shared narrow boat Explorer
Shared narrow boat Explorer

Specific details for the share offered

Size of share as a percentage or fraction8%
Price in UK Pounds£3,750 to include 2 summer weeks in 2024
Reason for sellingWe are reducing from 1.5 shares, retaining our half-share
Pre-booked weeks included2024 and early 2025

01/06/2024 and 08/06/2024 (2 weeks) 


22/02/2025 (last week of winter allocation) 
01/03/2025 (first week of spring so 2 weeks together)

Holiday entitlement with share offered here.4 weeks per annum with 1 week in each season
School holiday option possible?No (we try to accommodate swap requests at the AGM)
Running costs for 2024

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£1500 per annum (See comments below)
How are the running costs to be apportionedFees for 2024 are a total of £1,500 per full share payable 
in two instalments (see comments below)
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General comments by vendor

Note on running costs

This year's fees are an exception in order to reinstate a contingency fund for major items of expenditure (we aim to hold circa £10K). The first instalment has been paid leaving the new shareholders responsible for the second payment (due end July)
New owners should note that expenditure in 2023 including a complete new engine and transmission, new cruising batteries, new oil-fired boiler for central heating and a new WiFi router.
Fees are agreed each year at the AGM and for the last 8-9 years have averaged between £1,000 and £1,200 and we will look to return to these levels as soon as possible by agreement with the syndicate

General Comments

We are the last of the original owners from when the boat was new under the management of Challenger. I am currently the Chairman of the Syndicate and will retain this position through this year and beyond should the owners agree that to be appropriate at the next AGM (October)
Explorer is very well maintained with a very regular maintenance regime which is why we have only just had to replace the original engine and transmission after 20 years. We believe in preventative maintenance rather than waiting for something to break.
Explorer was repainted in 2019 at the original boatyard and at the same time fitted with double glazing throughout - this has made a huge difference to cruising in the colder months. Plans are being finalised for renewal of all internal decor panels during the winter period this year.
Being a shareholder of Explorer has been a delight for these last 20 years and the current owners work well together. You will be joining a well-run boat.

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