Boat Share | Ellen

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Shared narrow boat Ellen

General information

Type of schemePrivate
Nominal number of sharers14
Year of build2006
Home mooring (2022)Dunchurch Marina, near Braunston, Northants
Engine Type (last known)Vetus 35HP
Berths2 + 2 + 1 + 1
Change over daySunday
Are pets allowedYes
Is smoking allowed insideNo
Booking system
Fixed week scheme
Weeks are always numbered from the 
first Sunday in January (which is week 1).
Priority for school holidaysN/A Fixed Weeks

General Comments About the Boat

Ellen is a comfortable stylish 58’semi trad launched in 2006. Originally commissioned by the Boatshare Company but privately managed by the owners since 2007.

A management committee of Chair and or Boat manager, secretary, and treasurer are elected at the AGM, when the owners meet to discuss plans for repairs and renewals for the year ahead and set the annual maintenance contribution.

Ellen has been recently refitted in Light Oak with a contemporary finish and a tongue and groove effect off white eggshell painted ceiling incorporating chrome down lighters. (All fittings are chrome or brushed steel internally).

The bedroom is at the stern and includes an extending double bed with a high quality orthopaedic memory foam topped mattress with double drawers underneath.

Additional storage is provided by over bed cupboard and a single wardrobe. The floor is oak laminate with storage steps to the stern. The wet cupboard and electrics/non domestic storage cupboards are either side of the steps. Ellen has an 1800w inverter with 240v sockets to all areas and a shoreline.

The bedroom leads to a walk through bathroom with a laminate floor, the toilet is a 12v macerating toilet with fresh water flush and remote pump-out tank The WC has a separate door which can be used without closing off the corridor. The shower is concealed by a bi fold door giving the appearance of a corridor when not in use, Both doors can be opened to make a large bathroom incorporating a thermostatically controlled fully tiled shower with bi-fold glass doors, vanity unit with designer vessel basin and pillar tap.

The tiled flooring continues in the galley, which has a full range of base units both sides providing ample storage. There is a Vanette gas eye level grill and oven with electric 12v fridge under, the matching gas hob is set into the wood edged laminated worktops at an angle giving a pleasant L-shape to the end of the galley.

The galley is very well equipped with Microwave, toaster, steamer, crockery, cutlery and cooking equipment for a crew of six.
The very full domestic inventory also includes a Henry Vac.

The side doors have fully glazed inner windows.

An additional make up double berth is provided by the raised dinette, which also provides storage for bedding with drawers and cupboards on the saloon side.

The saloon has two comfy armchairs, which convert, into single berths, an LCD TV with DVD and Freesat satellite receiver. A large collections of DVD’s are stored in a unit under the wall mounted TV. There is also a single wardrobe in this area.

A Mikuni boiler supplies the central heating with a solid fuel stove providing additional heating in the colder months.
The saloon is fully carpeted; storage steps lead to the bow deck where the gas locker is located.

Ellen is fully equipped for canal cruising. The engine is serviced every 200 hours (roughly every six weeks) during the season to an agreed service schedule by the local engineer, we are also Gold members of RCR. 

(Note from boatshare - RCR Gold memebership may, as at 2022, not be an option on shared boats.)

Repaint, blacking and new anodes December 2019

New TV and reciever 2021/2

Pictures of the boat

Shared narrow boat Ellen
Shared narrow boat Ellen
Shared narrow boat Ellen
Shared narrow boat Ellen
Shared narrow boat Ellen
Shared narrow boat Ellen
Shared narrow boat Ellen
Shared narrow boat Ellen

Specific details for the share offered

Size of share as a percentage or fractionOne Week
Price in UK Pounds£1,750
Reason for sellingFancy a change
Pre-booked weeks includedWeek 43:-

22nd October 2023
27th October 2024
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.One week (43)
School holiday option possible?No
Running costs for 2022

(How do these figures compare? 
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£280 for 2023 for my one week
How are the running costs to be apportionedPaid for 2023, incoming owner to pick up for 2024
Contact details for vendor

General comments by vendor

Owners are expected to refuel, pump-out and pay for the cleaning of the boat at the end of their period of usage. Changeovers happen at the marina unless alternative arrangements are agreed with the next owner.

Since Covid owners have each brought their own bedding but this will be reviewed in due course. 

Ellen is well maintained and there is an AGM in October each year where suggestions for improvements and other issues are discussed along with the proposed weekly fee for the following year. There is a vote every 4-5 years as to whether to move to a new base marina. We moved to Dunchurch pools Marina in 2020, which is a good location for routes north and south on the Oxford or Grand union canals.

During our ownership the weekly fees have ranged from £175 to £300 a week. All owners pay the same weekly rate regardless of the week they own, there is no premium for school holday’s or peak weeks.

The finances are in good order and each year funds are accrued to build up reserves to cover a full repaint and engine replacement.

In 2019 Ellen was repainted , blacked, the flooring was replaced, and the shower was refitted and refurbished.

Previous years have seen updates to the furnishings, fridge, toilet, prop shaft... to name just a few things.

The hull is blacked every 2 years and the engine is usually serviced every 6/7 weeks during the season.

Major work and upgrades are done in the off-season (mid Nov (week 46) to Mid-March (week 10)) as these weeks are not owned by anyone.

If you cannot use your week(s) you can offer them to other owners for payment of the weekly maintenance fee, so there are often opportunities to have additional weeks where this situation arises.

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