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 at present (2014))
|Year of build||2002|
|Home mooring (2020)||Alvechurch Marina, Birmingham|
|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.
Pictures of the boat
Specific details for the share offered
|Size of share as a percentage or fraction||Two weeks|
|Price in UK Pounds||£1,000 for BOTH weeks (would split) |
and includes running costs until July 2020
|Reason for selling||Age and health, now find lots of locks difficult.|
|Pre-booked weeks included||November 3rd 2019|
February 16th 2020
|Holiday entitlement with share offered here.||The shares are for two fixed weeks which roughly align with these dates each year.|
|School holiday option possible?||No - this is a fixed week scheme|
|Running costs for 2019/20|
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Plus an extra £30 per week owned towards a "Repaint Fund"
The repaint fund is due at same time as service fees.
|How are the running costs to be apportioned||All fees are paid for November 2019 and February 2020|
Fees for following year are due July 2020.
|Contact details for firstname.lastname@example.org or 01768 483685|
General comments by vendor
Dragonfly is a comfortable boat and has been updated over the years. Owners are a friendly lot and sometimes are happy to swap weeks if you are unable to use the boat or pay the maintenence fees to cover the week. We have had many happy years and are still keeping our August week for our own use.
If somebody wants just one of the weeks they are invited to contact me as I would consider splitting them.
The boat has been kept up to date over the years and is of a high standard, being last painted 2017/18 and a new engine put in this year. The hull was surveyed in 2017 and found to be in good order and I believe we had a two pack coating applied for longevity. The gas supply is subject an annual safety check.
We have a TV, CD and radio on board as well as two very comfortable recliner chairs.
I can arrange an inspection for potential buyers, best done on a Sunday as that is our change over day at Alvechurch Marina.
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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