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Shared Dutch Barge Dorchester

General information

Type of schemePrivate
Nominal number of sharers10
Year of build2001
Home mooring (2021)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 sellingMobility issues and old age have caught up on me
Pre-booked weeks includedOne week beginning Friday 27th August 2021
One week beginning Friday 22nd October 2021
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.Four weeks each year
School holiday option possible?No such scheme on this boat
Running costs for 2021£1,600 included in the asking price
 (Plus see comments below)
How are the running costs to be apportioned?I have paid all running costs for 2021. 
The next payments (yet to be decided) are due Jan 2022 and July 2022.
Contact details for
or 07786 466452

General comments by vendor

Running costs:  This year and last have seen an increase in running costs to maintain a "sinking fund" to cover some refurbishment to the interior and exterior of Dorchester. It was £1,600 this year which is fully paid for 2021.

The amount is agreed at the owners AGM, which this year takes place on Sat 3rd July.

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 be as far as the Thames Barrage. 

After a mishap a couple of years ago navigation in not permitted on the Kennet and Avon.

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