Boat Share | Grainne Mhaol

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Shared narrow boat Grainne Mhaol


General information

Type of schemePrivate
Nominal number of sharers5
Year of build1988
Home mooring (2019)No permanent mooring, but usually wintered
on the canal in Oxfordshire near Lower Heyford.
Engine Type (last knownThornycroft BMC 1.5 (80D).  
(Thorneycroft-marinised Mitsubishi)
Berths4 + 4
Change over dayFriday
Are pets allowedYes
Is smoking allowed insideNo
Booking system
One of the shareholders takes responsibility for
allocating each shareholder one week in turn throughout the season.

As part of that process, before the season shareholders are usually
asked if they want particular weeks, and the final allocation is distributed
 to all shareholders on a spreadsheet.

That all sounds very formal, but in practice we are all
very accommodating for other shareholders needs or preferences.

Priority for school holidaysNo such scheme on this boat BUT if a shareholder wants
mainly school holidays this should not be a problem

General Comments About the Boat

The boat is a cruiser-stern style, with a rear deck large enough for a small table and chairs (when not cruising!).

Then steps down to the galley, with sink, cupboards, gas oven/hob, and gas water heater supplying the sink, then on to a small dining area where the 4-seater table converts to a double bunk.  This area is very warm in winter with a wood burning stove and a gas heater. 
On to the middle of the boat where there are four single bunks, then loo, shower, wash basin and then another small convertible double bunk at the bow.

The boat is fully compliant with all the necessary regulations, and is well maintained. The bottom is blacked every two years.

Pictures of the boat

Shared narrow boat Grainne Mhaol
Shared narrow boat Grainne Mhaol
Shared narrow boat Grainne Mhaol
Shared narrow boat Grainne Mhaol
Shared narrow boat Grainne Mhaol
Shared narrow boat Grainne Mhaol
Shared narrow boat Grainne Mhaol
Shared narrow boat Grainne Mhaol
Shared narrow boat Grainne Mhaol
Shared narrow boat Grainne Mhaol

Specific details for the share offered

Size of share as a percentage or fraction1/5th (Would split, see comments)
Price in UK Pounds£3,000
Reason for sellingChange in circumstances
Pre-booked weeks includedNone
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.One week in every five
School holiday option possible?No such scheme on this boat
Running costs for 2020

(How do these figures compare? 
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£60 per month (See comments)
How are the running costs to be apportionedI would ask the incoming owner to take over 
the monthly contribution from purchase. 
Contact details for vendor

General comments by vendor

The stated monthly cost of £60 covers most routine costs (fuel, gas, oil, spares, minor maintenance and repairs).   Occasionally, for exceptional costs, we may need to top up the funds, (eg we paid £80 per share extra in 2017, £160 in 2018 and nothing in 2019).  
This is a lovely boat - wonderful in the summer and cosy in the colder months around the wood burner.   Great for a couple, family, or a group of friends.
We are a friendly bunch, mostly in our 60's, who get together 2 or 3 times a year, not only to "pitch-in" on maintenance works (we have a "working weekend" each year, where we get together to do the non-specialist work such as cleaning/painting/minor maintenance), but we have an annual "committee" meeting at somebody's house to discuss and agree the plans/routes for the following year, followed by dinner and a few drinks.
We have a "continual cruising licence" so we need to move the boat every two weeks.  Each year we vote on where we go the following year. (Last year we went on the River Nene, in 2018 were on the K&A, 2017: Oxford Canal, Grand Union, R.Thames, R. Wey then K&A.  2016: Oxford Canal, G.Union, R. Avon, R.Severn and around Birmingham).
We usually pay for winter mooring for 3 winter months: Dec to Feb.  Sometimes this is on the K&A, but often on the Oxford Canal near Lower Heyford.
At the last survey (May 2018) the surveyor told us it was "one of the best Springers he's ever seen".
The advert says there are no Pre-booked weeks available; this is because the rota for 2020 has not yet been done.  In practice we are extremely flexible with dates and if there are particular dates you want this can most probably be arranged.  Likewise with school holidays. 

We would consider splitting our holding if somebody was after a smaller share, obviously with a pro-rata reduction in weeks.

Any questions, please just ask.

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