Boat Share | Freedom
|Type of scheme
|Nominal number of sharers
|Year of build
|Home mooring (2024)
|The boat over winters at Hawne Basin,
Halesowen, West Midlands where there is
a permanent mooring.
The boat cruises between March & October.
|Engine Type (last known)
|Shire Barrus 40 new engine fitted winter 2023
(Brand new for 2024 season)
Married to PRM280D Hydraulic gearbox.
|2 + 3
|Change over day
|Are pets allowed
|Is smoking allowed inside
Weeks are arranged at the AGM in November.
Weeks are allocated in a draw.
Each owner gets a number 1 to 11.
There are usually about 36 weeks available.
In the first round number 1 picks a week first,
in subsequent rounds the numbers are reversed
until all weeks are taken.
Owners drop out of each round once they have the
number of weeks they want meaning some users can
take more than the minimum 3 weeks.
After the draw there is often some swapping
negotiated between individuals.
All weeks are treated the same.
|Priority for school holidays
|No such scheme on this boat
General Comments About the Boat
Freedom is a comfortable 60 foot steel narrow boat with a traditional stern. She is fitted with:
Engine room with storage area. Door to:
Bedroom with a permanent double bed, wall mounted TV, storage cupboard and under-bed storage space.
Wardrobe with hanging rails and shelves.
Bathroom with wash basin, shower bath and toilet (cassette).
Kitchen area with sink, full size 4 ring gas hob, gas grill and gas oven, electric fridge, microwave oven, storage cupboards.
Sitting area with a fixed settee converting to a double bed, movable easy chair converting to a single bed, solid fuel stove, book case, colour TV, DAB radio and DVD player, cupboards. There is a table which folds flat, and two wooden folding chairs which allow 5 to sit at the table for meals etc.
Front cockpit with seating space, storage and cratch cover. The gas bottles are stored in a hold in front of the cratch area.
Freedom was built in the late 1980s and has been well cared for by members of the society. Consideration was given to buying a newer boat around 2010 but the strong consensus was that we would be hard pressed to find a boat that offered the same balance of attractiveness, comfort and value. A new engine is being fitted prior to the 2024 season and the outside of the boat was repainted in May 2010. The kitchen was replaced during the winter of 2012.
Pictures of the boat
Specific details for the share offered
|Size of share as a percentage or fraction
|Price in UK Pounds
|Reason for selling
|Age and health related issues.
|Pre-booked weeks included
|08 to 15 June 2024
14 to 21 September 2024
05 to 12 October 2024
Weeks maybe negotiable with other members
|Holiday entitlement with share offered here.
|Guaranteed 3 weeks with spare
weeks sometimes available
|School holiday option possible?
|No such scheme on this boat
|Running costs for 2024
(How do these figures compare?
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|This is £70 per month
(See comments below)
|How are the running costs to be apportioned
|I would ask the incoming owner to take over the
monthly contribution from purchase.
Contact details for vendor
General comments by vendor
The £70 per month, paid monthly, is to to cover moorings, licence, insurance, repairs, gas and solid fuel. There is no additional charge for extra weeks. Monthly charges will be paid up to the time of share sale. Members also pay for the cost of diesel and pump-out for each week that they use the boat.
Freedom was built in the late 1980s by Heywood Boatbuilders and has been well cared for by members of the society. Consideration was given to buying a newer boat around 2010 but the strong consensus was that we would be hard pressed to find a boat that offered the same balance of attractiveness, comfort and value. A new engine is being fitted prior to the 2024 seaso and the outside of the boat was repainted in May 2010. The kitchen was replaced during the winter of 2012. The bathroom ws replaced with a wet room in 2017 and a Honda EU10i generator purchased by the group.
As there are no "out and back to base" rules, the next crew takes over from wherever you end your holiday. This way you get to experience a wide range of canals and waterways. Members tend to help each with transport at the various hand-over locations. The boat is left clean, fuel and water tanks are filled and the toilet emptied, ready for the hand-over to the next members.
The only restrictions on where you cruise are the size of the boat (slightly too long for the locks on a few waterways) and our insurance policy which restricts tidal cruising unless for access.
The day to day affairs of the group are managed by an elected committee and we hold one general meeting each year to elect the Committee, discuss any matters concerning the boat, agree the maintenance actions for the winter, and formulate the holiday rota. The members of the Canal Cruising Society come from all over the country.
The home mooring - Hawne Basin - is located at the end of Dudley No2 Canal. It is owned by the Coombeswood Canal Trust and there are a select number of live aboards including one former sharholder. All usual facilites are available - diesel, pumpout, bath / shower facilites and a clubhouse.
The AGM is held here generally on the first Sunday in November.
We have a web site that can be found HERE
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