Thames Boat Share | Dorchester

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Shared Dutch Barge Dorchester

General information

Type of schemePrivate
Nominal number of sharers10
Year of build2001
Home mooring (2020)Thames and Kennet Marina
Caversham Lakes, Henley Road, Reading, RG4 6LQ
Length49' x 12'
Engine Type (last knownBarrus 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.

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, two display wall units with base cupboards and a multi-fuel burning stove. There are two arm chairs and a bed settee. The galley section houses a breakfast bar, LPG gas cooker, 12v electric refrigerator, 240v microwave oven, stainless steel sink and various cupboard and drawer units.

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 12v batteries and there is a power inverter to provide 240v.

The boat is equipped with CD/Radio & TV & DVD player.

Pictures of the boat (And a Video)

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
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£8,500
Reason for sellingBuying our own boat
Pre-booked weeks includedw/c Friday 16th October
w/c Friday 23rd October

2021 still to be selected
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.Four weeks per year
School holiday option possible?No such scheme on this boat
Running costs for 2019/20Total running costs for Dorchester are currently £1,600
 per annum for each 10% share. 

The booking year runs Jan-Dec and contributions are payable
 in two installments (Jan 1st £1,000 and July 1st £600).
How are the running costs to be apportioned?The running costs for this year (ending Dec) are fully paid. 

Incoming owner to be asked to cover 2021 running costs on 
the basis of taking the full number of weeks.
Contact details for 
or 07753 914967

General comments by vendor

We have owned our share for four years and have really enjoyed our time on Dorchester.  As a wide beam dutch barge she is surprisingly spacious and can sleep 4 easily (in the two ensuite cabins) and 6 using the sofa bed in the saloon.

The syndicate owners take good care of the boat and we work to a five year plan to ensure the the boat is kept in good order and continually improved.  There are a number of improvements planned for this year including installing a new bank of AGM batteries and in the Spring a cosmetic repaint of the top-side blackening.  We are all expected to contribute to the on-going maintenance activities (touching up the paint work etc).

To ensure we are all responsible skippers is a requirement that all owners have passed the IWHC (Inland Waterways Helmsman course) and have tuition in passing under Sonning Bridge.  This is after all a very large boat.

If you do not have the IWHC do not worry as you can actually take the course with an instructor on Dorchester (which is what I did) it is a brilliiant way of getting to grips with her.

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