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 (2018)BV2 has no permanent mooring.

She spends the spring and autumn in the South of France
and the summer around Burgundy.

Occasionally she stays in the north all year.
Length50' X 13'
Engine Type (last knownBeta/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 4
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£5,000 
Reason for sellingAge related issues.
Pre-booked weeks included
Two weeks each year in one block which align more or less with early July 
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.Two weeks.

Sometimes, additional weeks
become available on an ad hoc basis
School holiday option possible?No
Running costs for 2018/9£500 per share per week owned.

This includes maintenance of whole boat including interior furnishing;
canal fees; repairs and insurance.

The only usual exclusions are fuel and any mooring fees during our weeks

These usually fall due for payment in November each year.
How are the running costs to be apportionedIf my shares are sold after November 2019
but before July 2020 I expect any running
costs paid by me for 2020 to be refunded.
Contact details for vendor or 07711 647834

General comments by vendor

Bon Viveur ll is a spacious, comfortable boat, easily controlled and exceptionally maneuverable. The syndicate members hold an AGM, usually in November when plans are discussed regarding preferred cruising areas and maintenance priorities. We are reluctantly selling due to health problems after many enjoyable trips on the wonderful French canals.

Please note that a CEVNI licence is required by the person in charge of the boat at any given time. 


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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