Boat Share in France | Bon Viveur II

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Shared French cruiser Bon Viveur II

General information

Type of schemePrivate
Nominal number of sharers10
Year of build2006
Home mooring (2023)Blanquart Yachting
11 Quai du Canal de Bourgogne,
21170 Saint-Usage,
Length50' X 13'
Engine Type (last known)Beta/Marine/Kubota 4 cylinder diesel 90 BHP and two 28 HP Thrusters.
Berths4 + 4
Change over dayMonday
Are pets allowedNo
Is smoking allowed insideNo
Booking system
Fixed Weeks
Priority for school holidaysNo such scheme on this boat

General Comments About the Boat

On the rear fly bridge there is seating for 6-8 for dining and a stainless steel wheel. Steps down each side to wheelhouse cabin.

This offers dining for 6-8, an inside steering position and access to engine.
Steps down to aft cabin with ensuite shower and loo.

Steps down to saloon which offers sofa bed and galley. walk through to separate loo and shower on left and double cabin on right.

Walkout through bow door to bow front which has seating with storage and access to gas bottles.

Built from tough fibre-reinforced epoxy composite, extremely well insulated and panelled throughout in both solid oak and oak veneer, the boat has a "first class" appointed double berth 'owner's' cabin aft of the wheelhouse with en suite shower and WC. 

A second double-berth 'guest' cabin is provided at the opposite end of the boat with separate shower and WC rooms adjacent. The saloon/kitchen is provided with a sofa that converts to a third double bed, if required, and the seating in the wheelhouse - normally arranged as an 'L'-shaped dinette on a raised plinth for maximum visibility through the panoramic windows - can also be arranged to provide sleeping accommodation for two. 

This is an ideal boat for two - four people who like to have occasional guests. Although it is able to take eight we would not recommend this for extended cruising.

The superstructure was painted in 2015 and the hull painted and anti fouled in 2017.

The wheelhouse has a large sliding sunroof and a second 'fly bridge' helm position is situated on the aft sun deck. The aft sun deck comfortable seats 6-8 people for meals.

In lieu of conventional marine gearbox, a variable hydraulic pump is installed which drives the main prop together with a bow thruster and a stern thruster.


Length overall: 50 ft approx
Beam: 13 ft approx


Fuel tank approx 370L, Fresh water tank Holding tank approx 700L
Starter battery 1
Service / inverter batteries 
Alternator Alternator 1 x 150A
Shore power 230V 

Deck Equipment

aft boarding ladder
stern navigation light
rails around aft deck 
external helm with ship's wheel, s/s
engine controls and instruments
thruster controls
hand rails (wood) fwd cabin roof
sliding roof, wheelhouse
port and s/b navigation lights
2 Houdini roof hatches, 1 in fwd cabin 1 in saloon
1 x manual anchor winch
30m chain, 30m warp
6 s/s mooring bollards
6 mooring lines
4 mooring spikes
1 4lb hammer
8 s/s fender eyes
2-4 'balloon' fenders medium and large
6-7 finger fenders assorted sizes
6 ladder fenders
1 step fender
1 fold-down mast with navigation and anchor lights
1 gang plank new in 2015
2 poles with hooks
flags and staff + securing device
1 shore power lead
2 13kg propane bottles (Europe) + regulators

2 Brompton fold up bikes
2 regular bikes (replaced when deteriorate)
All spares for bikes and tool kits

4 adult slim-line life jackets (new in 2016) and four regular style children's sizes 

2 x sun umbrellas plus a Bimini for upper steering position

2 solar panels
Smart gauge for battery management

Electric cable and assorted connectors
2 x water hoses and assorted connectors

Bow and stern thrusters - hydraulic

Typical Interior

Aft Cabin - trimmed and panelled in oak

5ft wide bed with good quality foam mattresses (new 2014)
storage below for tools and accessories
cupboards, drawers, wardrobe, large open shelved storage area (takes cases)
Bedside tables with storage 
3 pairs curtains with tie-backs (two sets)
Central heating radiator
LED lights and reading lights
Electrical Sockets (UK)

Aft WC/shower

sea toilet with hand pump
basin with tiled vanity unit
mirror and shaving mirror
towel rail
tiled shower cubicle with curtain
electric shower pump-out (new pumps 2016)
Central heating radiator
fire extinguisher 

Wheelhouse - trimmed and panelled in oak

L-shaped dinette with removable/washable upholstered foam cushions for conversion to double bed
demountable table
Two helmsman's stools new 2016
ship's wheel, mahogany
engine controls and instruments
thruster controls
Double USB socket and 'cigarette lighter' style power socket
curtains to make seating area private (one set)
Central heating radiator
fire extinguisher 
LED lights
Access to all fuses

Forward Cabin - trimmed and panelled in oak

4ft 6" wide bed with sprung mattresses
Three storage units below for duvets, pillows, and 'stuff' (duvets provided and regularly replaced but bring own linen)
drawers, wardrobe, bed side unit and shelves
2 pairs curtains with tie-backs
Large mirror
Central heating radiator
fire extinguisher
LED lighting

Forward WC

sea toilet with hand pump
basin with tiled vanity unit
towel rail
Central heating radiator

Forward shower

tiled shower cubicle with curtain
towel rail
electric shower pump-out (New 2016)
Central heating radiator

Saloon - trimmed and panelled in oak

slide-out sofa-bed with removable/washable upholstered foam cushions
Henry Hoover (stored under sofa bed)
Storage cupboards
radiator, carpet
Fold away table
Storage/bedside unit on wheels


2 fridges: one with small freezer compartment and one 90L with 3* freezer (new 2016)
1 propane cooker with 4 burners, grill and oven
tiled worktop
drawers and cupboards
All kitchen equipment - cutlery and crockery
fire extinguisher, fire blanket 


1 kit engine spares - fan belts, impellers, oil filters, alternators - constantly updated
1 tool kit which allows for most on the go repairs and servicing 
2 small sanders
1 kit toilet spares
1 instruction manual and one folder of manuals for all equipment
1 ship's log
1 SSR certificate

(Please note there are two almost identical craft, Bon Viveur and Bon Viveur II and these pictures could be of either boat!)

Pictures of the boat

Shared French cruiser Bon Viveur II
Shared French cruiser Bon Viveur II
Shared French cruiser Bon Viveur II
Shared French cruiser Bon Viveur II
Shared French cruiser Bon Viveur II
Shared French cruiser Bon Viveur II
Shared French cruiser Bon Viveur II
Shared French cruiser Bon Viveur II
Shared French cruiser Bon Viveur II
Shared French cruiser Bon Viveur II

Specific details for the share offered

Size of share as a percentage or fraction2 Weeks
Price in UK Pounds£2,900 for the two weeks
Reason for sellingWe own shares for 4 weeks on the boat.

We are selling two weeks but still keeping two
weeks to allow us more time to pursue other travel
interests whilst still allowing us to enjoy BV2.
Pre-booked weeks includedMonday 15th April 2024 to Monday 29th April 2024
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.Third and Fourth weeks of April each year
School holiday option possible?No
Running costs for 2023£1,000 for 2023 fully paid.

Running costs for 2024 will be agreed at the
boat's AGM in the autumn.
How are the running costs to be apportionedI would ask the incoming owner 
to pick up the 2024 running costs
if the owner buys the 
shares before April 2024.
Contact details for vendor

General comments by vendor

We have held shares in BV2 since 2017 and have enjoyed our time cruising in France very much.

We will remain share holders with our other two shares in the boat but want to give ourselves sometime in spring to try other travel adventures.

BV2 is an absolute dream to cruise as the hydraulic bow and stern thrusters provide exceptional manoverability and the boat can be easily turned in its own length. And the two steering positions, one in the wheelhouse and one on the flybridge ensure comfortable cruising in both wet and dry weather.

The boat has no fixed mooring and tends to alternate between time in the south on the canal du Midi and time in Burgundy.

A Cruising Plan for the coming year is decided each year at the boat's AGM in the autumn when any winter works and next year's budget are are also agreed. For more information on the boat please go to https://www.boatsharefrance.com/


Although a little out of date now there is an interesting article from Waterways World about shared boating in France that includes Bon Viveur and Bon Viveur II . Read it here and here .

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