Boat Share in France | Dorney

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Shared Dutch Barge Dorney

General information

Type of schemePrivate
Nominal number of sharers12
Year of build2000
Home mooring (2024)St Jean de Losne, Burgundy, Canal de Bourgogne 
Length15.2m x 3.75 m
Engine Type (last known)Beta Marine 50 hp
Berths2 x doubles in cabins, 2 x berths in lounge.
Change over dayFriday
Are pets allowedYes
Is smoking allowed insideNo
Booking systemThe booking system, run by the Bookings Secretary, allows 
the owner of each share to book in advance up to 3 weeks 
use of the boat each year. 

2 weeks in the "high season" (May to September, inclusive) 
and 1 week in the "low season" (remaining weeks).
Priority for school holidaysNone.

General Comments About the Boat

Dorney is entered via an upper wheel house. It has cushioned seating space (seats double as lockers for shore power cables/ extension leads, water supply hose reels etc) and a dismountable table for 6 people. The wheelhouse roof is removable and via a large floor panel has easy access to the engine, batteries, inventor, hot water and boiler and central heating system as well as a store for spares, tools, replacement fenders etc

Steps down to the rear cabin lead to a double bed, wardrobe and draw space. It has a wash basin unit and ensuite shower/toilet.

Stairs forward from the wheel house lead to a full kitchen with 4 ring cooker and oven, full size fridge, microwave and storage cupboards. The living area has a double sofa bed, 2 armchairs, wood burning stove, TV, CD/IPOD sound system. Shelves and storage areas.

Forward cabin has double bed, wardrobe and storage, en-suite toilet with shower over full size bath and wash basin unit. 

All pillows and duvets are left on board owners bring their own bed linen and towels. kitchen is fully equipped. There are 2 bikes on the aft cabin roof, and picnic table and deck chairs stored below. Games, books and local information of interest is kept on board. 

There is 240v AC power from shore power or via inverter/engine batteries when shore power is unavailable . There is diesel powered central heating on board and radiators throughout. 2 Gas Bottles are stored in separate bow locker.

Pictures of the boat

Shared Dutch Barge Dorney
Shared Dutch Barge Dorney
Shared Dutch Barge Dorney
Shared Dutch Barge Dorney
Shared Dutch Barge Dorney
Shared Dutch Barge Dorney
Shared Dutch Barge Dorney
Shared Dutch Barge Dorney
Shared Dutch Barge Dorney
Shared Dutch Barge Dorney

Specific details for the share offered

Size of share as a percentage or fraction12th
Price in UK Pounds£5,000
Reason for sellingEnjoyed the cruise so much we are now 
looking for our own boat here in France.
Pre-booked weeks included2024
19th July to 2nd August (High season 2 weeks)
12th Oct to25th October (Low season 1 week)
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.2 weeks summer, 1 week winter
School holiday option possible?No such scheme on this boat
Running costs for 2023Usually £750 to £800 per year.
How are the running costs to be apportionedOn the basis of the incoming owner using my weeks
I would ask for the costs to be refunded to me if I have
already paid them for 2024
Contact details for vendorroysteee@yahoo.com
or 07695 41212 (France)

General comments by vendor

The boat is a very good looking boat with lots of space and personality. It has such a presence on the waterways. We enjoyed our cruisng so much we are now looking for our own boat.

Dorney is well managed by its owners who are in regular contact by email, sending end of holiday reports and who meet annually to discuss maintenance and finances
Dorney is based in Lagarde on the Canal du Marne au Rhine in the Alsace- Lorraine region, a picturesque area about 4-5 cruising days from Strasbourg with many opportunities for stops in vibrant French villages along the way, with plenty of eateries and some French Markets. there is also the added interest of Rechicourt, the deepest lock in Europe and the inclined plane at Arzviller.

Strasbourg is a beautiful historic city and definitely worth a visit all year round and travelling in the other direction takes one to Nancy and on towards Metz.

In the Marina where she is based there is a chandlery with basic supplies and a very good restaurant. Supermarkets are a short drive away.

The area has good access, an 8 hour easy drive from Calais, reasonable flights and good train links.

Dorney is well managed by a friendly syndicate, she is kept up to scratch on an annual basis. The shareholders meet annually in early November when financial and maintenance reports are presented and budgets agreed for the following year as part of an AGM.Owners are in regular contact by email and weeks not used can be exchanged or offered to other owners for use. 

Owning a share in Dorney is a wonderful, relaxing and comfortable way of exploring the delights of the French waterways on a much admired beautiful Dutch barge.

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