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Shared Dutch Barge Dorchester

General information

Type of schemePrivate
Nominal number of sharers10
Year of build2001
Home mooring (2024)Thames and Kennet Marina
Caversham Lakes, Henley Road, Reading, RG4 6LQ
Length49' x 12'
Engine Type (last known)Barrus Shire
Berths2 x doubles in  separate cabins, each en-suite, 
1 x double in saloon utilising bed/settee.
Change over dayFriday
Are pets allowedYes
Is smoking allowed insideNo
Booking systemRotating system where pairs of owners move two 
rungs up the ladder and rotate each year, going from
bottom to top in five years.

Over a period of ten years, every owner will occupy every position.

No. 1 gets first choice of two weeks, going down to no. 10,
then it reverses and no. 10 gets first choice of second two weeks,
going up to no. 1.

Any spare weeks can be booked with priority given in reverse order
Priority for school holidaysNone.

General Comments About the Boat

Dorchester is accessed via doors on each side of the wheelhouse. The wheelhouse features the running gear and instrumentation, ample seating with provision for the erection of two tables and access through a floor hatch to the spacious engine room. The wheelhouse roof has recently been replaced to enhance its durability and to make it fully weathertight.

To aft of the wheelhouse, steps lead down to the aft cabin. This is a double with a porthole and rear window. There is a wardrobe , cupboard and drawer units. The en suite provides a porthole, w.c., wash basin and shower cubicle.

To forward of the wheelhouse, steps lead down to the saloon with galley area. There are four windows making this a bright and spacious room. The galley area comprises a newly fitted kitchen, including new units, sink and worktop, with breakfast bar and 4 stools, full size calor gas cooker, tall 12v electric fridge/freezer and 240v microwave. There is also a large larder area providing ample storage. The lounge area comprises two armchairs, a bed settee, TV/DVD player and new multi fuel stove, together with further storage in floor to ceiling display cupboards

Forward of the saloon there is the master cabin. This is a double with two portholes and a window. There is a wardrobe and cupboard and drawer units. There is a separate bathroom to starboard and toilet to port each with a porthole. The bathroom has a bath with shower over and a wash basin. The toilet has a w.c. and wash basin.

There are adequate walkways all round the decks. There are lockers to the foredeck with gas bottle storage and anchor chain storage, the latter fitted with a manual winch. The cabin roofs provide adequate space for deck chairs etc.

Dorchester has diesel powered central heating with radiators in the main areas. It also provides domestic hot water which supplements water heating via the engine. Power is via a bank of new AGM batteries, monitored by recently fitted Smartguage, with a 2kw Victron inverter providing power to a range of 240v sockets.

Pictures of the boat 

Shared Dutch Barge Dorchester
Shared Dutch Barge Dorchester
Shared Dutch Barge Dorchester
Shared Dutch Barge Dorchester
Dorchester 4
Shared Dutch Barge Dorchester
Shared Dutch Barge Dorchester
Shared Dutch Barge Dorchester
Shared Dutch Barge Dorchester
Shared Dutch Barge Dorchester
Shared Dutch Barge Dorchester
Shared Dutch Barge Dorchester

Specific details for the share offered

Size of share as a percentage or fraction10th
Price in UK Pounds£7,500
Reason for sellingTrying something different
Pre-booked weeks included8th to 14th March 2024 - 1 week
6th to 19th September 2024 - 2 weeks
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.Four weeks each year
(But limited to 3 weeks in 2024 - see comments below)
School holiday option possible?No such scheme on this boat
Running costs for 2024£1,800
(Equates to £150 per month or £450 per week on board)
How are the running costs to be apportioned?Payable in two parts £1,200 due 1st Jan and £600 on 1st July each year.
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General comments by vendor

Dorchester is well known on the Thames. Lock keepers and fellow boaters are always happy to see her. All owners have a certificate of competence in boat handling and the navigation of Sonning Bridge. 

Navigation has been agreed by the syndicate between Oxford and onto the tidal Thames. Dorchester has in the past been as far as the Thames Barrage. After a mishap a couple of years ago navigation in not permitted on the Kennet and Avon.

Dorchester is subject to a rolling programme of improvements. Over the last 2 to 3 years the kitchen has been fully replaced, the wheelhouse structure improved, new AGM batteries, Smartguage, inverter, stove and repainting of the saloon. The wheelhouse is to be refitted internally at the end of this season and the cabins and bathrooms refreshed.

A point of note is that Dorchester will be having an external repaint starting the beginning of April 2024 lasting for 5 weeks. This will be a welcome improvement to Dorchester.
Share owners are limited to 3 weeks in 2024 due to the repaint, but there are spare weeks available during the winter period.

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