Narrow Boat Share | Dragonfly
|Type of scheme||Private|
|Nominal number of sharers||Not fixed, sold as fixed weeks, therefore depends|
how may weeks each person buys
(but around 20 owners)
|Year of build||2002|
|Home mooring (2023)||Kings Orchard Marina Broad Lane Huddlesford Litchfield WS13 8PY|
|Engine Type (last known||Barrus Shire|
|Berths||2 + 2 + 2 x 1 (so 6!)|
|Change over day||Sunday|
|Are pets allowed||Yes|
|Is smoking allowed inside||No|
|Booking system||Fixed week scheme|
|Priority for school holidays||Owners have bought set weeks based on their personal requirements.|
If their normal dates do not coincide with school holidays
(because Easter is early, for example) they can negotiate
"swaps" with other owners but an exchange cannot be guaranteed.
General Comments About the Boat
Dragonfly is a 58ft, six-berth, semi-traditional narrow boat built by Dursley & Hurst and launched in 2002. She was completely repainted in January 2009
Entering from the stern, you will find the fixed double berth in a comfortable cabin with wardrobe, cupboards and under-bed storage. The bed is 4’ x 6’3” and has a good-quality orthopaedic mattress to ensure a relaxing night’s sleep.In early 2011, the bathroom and kitchen area was completely refurbished and now consists of a walkthrough bathroom with cleverly designed private toilet cubicle, full size shower with overhead T-bar and hand-set,stylish ceramic washbowl and heated towel rail. Beyond this is the kitchen, which is well equipped with 700mm gas oven/grill, 4-burner gas hob, fridge, 1.5 bowl stainless steel sink and lots of storage space including a built-in wine-rack. A good range of pans, china and cutlery is provided together with all the little extras, such as cleaning materials, matches etc, that you may require. A 240v power supply allows use of a toaster and microwave (or any other small appliances owners may choose to bring with them) and there are several other sockets elsewhere on board.
There is a comfortable dinette, which can be converted into a second double berth. This is slightly raised and gives good views from the large picture windows.
The saloon is spacious and airy, having double doors opening to the bow area. Two leather swivel chairs and footstools are in the saloon, (where airbeds are provided for the additional berths), and there is a colour TV/DVD Player, CD/Radio and, for the chillier nights, a traditional stove.
The whole boat is tastefully furnished in shades of green with ash panelling. There are radiators in all areas, which run very efficiently from the diesel supply.
The boat has a wi-fi system on board and Smart TV.
Pictures of the boat
Specific details for the share offered
|Size of share as a percentage or fraction||Two weeks|
|Price in UK Pounds||£1,500|
|Reason for selling||I have other shares and |
time is becoming a factor.
|Pre-booked weeks included||18th February - 3rd March 2024|
|Holiday entitlement with share offered here.||Calendar weeks 7 and week 8|
which equate to a fortnight in
February each year.
|School holiday option possible?||No such scheme on this boat|
|Running costs for 2023|
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|The cost is £400 per year per week owned. Due in August 2023 for the 2024 weeks.|
This includes a paint fund contribution of £40 per year per week owned.
The cost has just increased so I do not expect it to change for a few years at least.
|How are the running costs to be apportioned||I would ask the incoming owner to refund to me the 2024 |
running coasts assuming they intend to use the 2024 weeks.
|Contact details for email@example.com|
or 07921 058782
General comments by vendor
We currently own 7 weeks shares on Dragonfly and 6 on another share boat and we simply cannot use them all. We will continue to use Dragonfly for our remaining five weeks - she is a cracking boat.
Dragonfly is well managed by her owners and has a very healthy account balance. She will be completely repainted this coming winter and some considerable interior refurbishment is also planned. There is no additional cost for this work for the new owner.
We have a TV, CD and radio on board as well as two very comfortable recliner chairs.
Dragonfly is available for use between February and early December each year and people buy as many weeks as they require at the time of year which suits them. Unlike other schemes, you stick to the same week every year making it easy to plan your holidays to fit in with work or school commitments.
We started off life as part of the original Boatshare Company (nothing to do with this site) but, following the decision to move to new moorings in 2006, three of the owners took on the roles of Boat Manager, Secretary and Treasurer. Fees are paid annually in accordance with the number of shares owned and this pays for all shared running costs such as licensing, insurance, mooring, regular maintenance etc. The only thing you will need to pay for at the end of your holiday is fuel and pump-out.
The boat is checked by the marina staff at each changeover and is serviced regularly. They will also provide a valet service, if required. Winter maintenance, including hull-painting if necessary, is carried out annually during December and January. The weekly costs are the fuel for propulsion and heating, toilet pump out and coal/logs etc. There is also a gas fund aboard for cooking.
Owners are kept informed of all developments through regular newsletters and are encouraged to attend the Annual General Meeting which is held in July each year. There is a great spirit of camaraderie among the owners.
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