Boat Share | Explorer

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Shared narrow boat Explorer

General information

Type of schemePrivate
Nominal number of sharers12.5
Year of build2004
Home mooring (2024)Great Haywood Marina, Mill Lane, Great Haywood Staffs. ST18 0RQ
Engine Type (last known)Nanni Diesel Engine - 1.9/43bhp (new 2023)
Berths2 + 4
Change over daySaturday
Are pets allowedYes
Is smoking allowed insideNo
Booking system
4 weeks pa; one week in each of the 4 seasons. 
These are allocated by a draw at the agm every October. 

Weeks are often swopped at the time of the draw 
or occasionally during the year.
Priority for school holidaysNo such scheme on this boat

General Comments About the Boat

The Exterior: Semi traditional boat painted in blue and red with Rose and Castle doors and window shutters. Boat has blue cratch cover.

The Interior: From the back cockpit, enter down the ladder to find the main bedroom with a carved wood post on the bed and sink with blue and white tiles surround. There is a back closet for clothing and storage as well. The ceiling is oak panelled, and has a traditional look. 

The curtains are blue and white and cranberry striped cotton with blackout linings throughout the boat which is coordinated with the blue carpeting on the floor and half way up the walls from the floor. 

The main bedroom is en suite with its own sink and loo. 

The main bathroom is in the middle of the boat and has a shower and sink with blue and white tile surround. 

The kitchen is next and is equipped with microwave, gas oven and grill, refrigerator, and filtered drinking water. The boat is equipped with bone china service for six, glassware to include beer glasses, tall tumblers, wine glasses and short tumblers for six. There are also matching bone china mugs, and a teapot and egg cups as well. There are pots, pans, kitchen utensils, and cutlery as well. 

The dining area seats 4 with extensions for an additional 2 diners. There is a wooden table with a hand thrown blue fruit bowl to match the interior. This section also converts to a comfortable double bed. The seating is finished in cranberry coloured fabric. 

The front settees are also cranberry coloured and also convert into a comfortable double bed. They face our 32" flat screen Smart Samsung TV which is mounted on a bracket for pulling forward and pushing back for storage. 

We have an Oyster Caro Vision II Automatic Satellite TV System which makes finding the signal very easy. There is a Squirrel Stove. 

The outdoor front seating area has the aforementioned cratch cover, within which there are 2 camp chairs with table stored away for towpath relaxing. There are also games, videos and books on board for everyone to share.

Pictures of the boat

Shared narrow boat Explorer
Shared narrow boat Explorer
Shared narrow boat Explorer
Shared narrow boat Explorer
Shared narrow boat Explorer
Shared narrow boat Explorer
Shared narrow boat Explorer
Shared narrow boat Explorer
Shared narrow boat Explorer
Shared narrow boat Explorer

Specific details for the share offered

Size of share as a percentage or fraction8%
Price in UK Pounds£3,500
Reason for sellingHealth issues
Pre-booked weeks includedEach for one week

Holiday entitlement with share offered here.Four weeks per annum per the booking system
School holiday option possible?No such scheme on this boat
Running costs for 2024

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£1500 per annum (See comments below)
How are the running costs to be apportionedAssuming a purchase is completed prior to July 2024 
the new owner will pay the next instalment of running costs.
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General comments by vendor

Notes on running costs: -

Explorer is a self managed boat. Current fees for 2024 are £1500 pa, payable in two parts. 

This years first instalment has been paid and the final payment for the year is due at the end of July 2024. 

These fees were increased this year to enable the 'sinking fund' to be built up following substantial expenditure on Explorer in 2023 (new engine/batteries/central heating boiler/wifi router etc. Fees are voted on at the AGM and have been for the previous 8 or 9 years circa £1000/£1200 pa.

General comments: -

Explorer is an ex-Challenger boat.

She was completely repainted in 2019 and is much admired. 

She was fitted out with a brand new Nani N4 43hp engine only last year and is only showing a few hundred engine hours since. This should give intended purchasers some security as the last engine, also a 42hp Nani lasted over 20 years. 

Explorer is extremely well maintained by the group and also last year had the (oil fired) central heating boiler replaced, the battery bank replaced (4x200ah); and was fitted with a dedicated wifi router which also interacts with the onboard smart tv. 

Plans are already in place to refurbish the internal decor panels and replace the gas hob.

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