Boat Share in France | Amethyst

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Shared narrow boat Amethyst

General information

Type of schemePrivate
Nominal number of sharers7
Year of build1995
Home mooring (2023)Toulouse (Default changeover port is Carcassonne, changeable by agreement.)
Engine Type (last known)42hp Vetus (Mitsubishi)
Berths2 + 2
Change over dayMonday
Are pets allowedNo
Is smoking allowed insideNo
Booking system
Ladder system completed November for following summer

Each partner has letter.

Start A to choose fortnight 1; down to G, who chooses f/n1
and 2, then back up to A. A then goes to bottom of list for
following year.

Weeks available on application to Holiday Secretary for moored
months (November-March) on same priority.
Priority for school holidaysNo. Individual requirements can usually be accommodated.

General Comments About the Boat

Amethyst was taken to the Canal du Midi by trailer from NW England in 2003.

Bonikowski built this comfortable cruiser stern narrowboat for his own use.

Stern deck has gas locker, side entries and steps down to bedroom. Bimini available, together with casual chairs, umbrellas.

Under step box holds tools etc, with mooring pins, hammer etc by steps.

Engine, weed hatch, batteries easily accessible under stern deck.

Solar panels were fitted in 2022 to maintain battery power.

Fixed double 4’ bed and mattress with storage below ( includes 2 collapsible bikes) and wardrobe at bed head. Good-sized storage cupboard above bed end.

Bathroom has bath with shower, toilet, basin and good storage.

Moving forward there is a fully fitted kitchen, gas cooker with electric ignition, fridge with freezer compartment, sink, cupboarding fully stocked with crockery, pans etc.

This area leads to lounge section with pot-bellied wood burner, bed settee with under bed storage, and foldable tables and chairs.

Wardrobe and storage are next to the steps up to the front deck, with a TV/DVD player on the other side. S/S water tank and electric pump are under the deck with access from the lounge.

The front deck can take a couple of casual chairs and has storage for ropes, fenders, BBQ, anchor, firewood, hoses etc.

Amethyst is an attractive English narrowboat popular on the canal as it is unusual there. Much admired - and has even been featured on French TV!

Pictures of the boat

Shared narrow boat Amethyst
Shared narrow boat Amethyst
Shared narrow boat Amethyst
Shared narrow boat Amethyst
Shared narrow boat Amethyst
Shared narrow boat Amethyst
Shared narrow boat Amethyst
Shared narrow boat Amethyst
Shared narrow boat Amethyst
Shared narrow boat Amethyst

Specific details for the share offered

Size of share as a percentage or fraction7th
Price in UK Pounds£6,000
Reason for sellingAge related issues
Pre-booked weeks included2023 - not fully finalised, unusually. Confirmation on initial contact.
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.Two fortnights per sailing season, winter visits also available.
School holiday option possible?No such scheme on this boat
Running costs for 2023
Each couple pays £50 pcm into the boat’s fund to cover 
expected running costs ( Inc gas). Reviewable at AGM. 

Capital call will be made if needed urgently. 

Casual mooring and ancillary costs are the responsibility 
of the share owner while on the boat.
How are the running costs to be apportionedIf the incoming owner is using all pre-booked weeks then they would be
asked to cover the running costs for that year.
Contact details for vendor

General comments by vendor

Amethyst does not limit herself to the Canal du Midi. She has been as far as Bordeaux to the west, Agen and the Med to the east, and most points between.

Changeover port would probably need to be arranged with your predecessors/successors on the boat, but can be and has been done many times.

VNF manages the Canal and all Owners must hold an International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft. 1 and 2 day courses are easily available from local marinas and/or the RYA for a low cost.

As will be seen from above, the Canal is closed for maintenance between November and April, but Amethyst can be a very cheap B&B whilst wintering in Toulouse in a locked and personned port.

We have an AGM, currently in Lancashire in January. Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Holiday Secretary, Engineer and Housekeeper posts are confirmed and agreements made for whatever the boat may imminently need. The Canal du Midi is a World Heritage Site (The Citadel at Carcassonne is another), with beautiful adjoining countryside, villages, vineyards and loads of sunshine.

Other boat users and lock keepers create a very pleasant and friendly atmosphere.

There is plenty of leisure power onboard, from 4 x 100amp leisure batteries, a starter battery and invertor. Oil changes are due very 150 hours or so. The boat carries full service records and log books.

Dry dock is due 2024 for bottom scraping, repainting etc. Internal painting and new bathroom sink 2022. Laminate flooring fitted 2018, when curtains were also replaced. Other adjustments to comfort and safety are being made continuously. 

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