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Shared narrow boat Morpheus

General information

Type of schemeManaged
Nominal number of sharersFixed week scheme so n/a
Year of build2006
Home mooring (2024)Springwood Haven, Mancetter Rd, Nuneaton CV10 0RZ
Engine Type (last known)Beta Marine
Berths2 + 2 + 2
Change over daySaturday
Are pets allowedYes
Is smoking allowed insideNo
Booking system
You buy a fixed week (or weeks) but they can be
swapped with other owners, you can also use other
owners weeks if they don't want them, for example
a weekend break, if the owner of the week you want isn't onboard.
It's a flexible system, all arranged via our website.
Priority for school holidaysN/A - Fixed week scheme

General Comments About the Boat

Morpheus is a “reverse layout” boat, one of the main reasons we designed her like this was that most people get on and off a boat at the back and we didn't want people getting on the boat and walking straight into our bedroom.
Once we started travelling with the reverse layout, we found other extra benefits;
 - If you fancy a cup of tea, you haven't got far to go if you find one of you has to jump off to do a lock and has left the kettle on!
 - If you are preparing lunch or tea, whilst still moving, you don't have far to go to take food out to the driver of the boat.
 - If one of you fancies a lay-in, you haven't got as much engine noise.
 - Most boats have the kitchen in the middle of the boat, with the kitchen at one end, the cooking smells are kept up one end.
On the roof there a normal tv aerial.
There is plenty of seating in the semi-trad stern area, we also found it handy as you can close the back doors and any children or pets are safe, but still outside in the fresh air.
The engine is a Beta Marine with dual alternators, one for charging the starter battery. The other, a beefy 95Amp alternator, charges the domestic bank, which consists of four 110AH leisure type, lead acid batteries. These four batteries provide the 12volt feed for all the internal lighting as well as power to the inverter.
The inverter is a top of the range Victron Energy 1.2KW smart inverter with built in smart charger. This feeds all the 240VAC appliances onboard, including the TV's, fridge/freezer, washing machine, microwave, etc.
Into the Kitchen.
There are two tall cupboards to the left and right hand side of the steps as you come down - if you are facing the front of the boat, the cupboard on the left is used as a coat cupboard. It is a handy cupboard for several reasons;
 - It can hold full length coats;
 - It gets quite warm in here, so it can also dry damp coats quite quickly;
 - It is handy for keeping mops and brooms in too!
 The under worktop cupboards are quite big and are used for food (on right) and plates, saucepans, serving dishes etc (on left). There is a cut-out in the wall at the end of the draining board where the microwave lives.
 Under the sink there is a Spring Clear water filtration system on the cold water feed.
There are several handy shelves in the main part of the kitchen and as you go from the Kitchen through to the Lounge there is some more storage above the freezer and the washing machine. The washing machine is a 3.5kg load standard washing machine, as with all other appliances on board, was new as of February 2006.
Into the Lounge.
As you walk into the lounge there is a TV with LCD screen, this also has connections for PC/Playstation/X-box/Video/Sky Box etc.
The cupboard under the television is where the hot water tank is, we found that it was very quickly turned into an airing cupboard, it is a very effective warm area, where you can dry out shoes and coats if they have had a cold soaking (in this country it is always useful to be able to dry out!!)
The fire is a diesel fuelled bubble stove (which means that you don't have to carry coal and logs) and also comes with a fireguard (in the cupboard behind the sofa seating) which is needed as it does create a lot of heat - in the winter we also used the fireguard to dry washing and we found it better that a tumble drier!!
The holes in the wall on the opposite side of the fire (under the window) are for a table to be fitted, the table leg is stored underneath. It makes a great dining table.
The sofa seating opens up into either a single or double bed and the cupboard underneath holds all the cushions and with careful planning it can hold all the bedding needed for this too. We have actually had “finrads” installed in every cupboard where we were storing any clothes or bedding. Fin-rads are hot pipes with shark like fins on them to distribute the heat, they are great for warming up small enclosed places. They keep everything in the cupboards bone dry (especially over winter when boats can get quite damp with condensation).
You will notice the cupboard behind the sofa seating, again this is more storage (this is where the fireguard is kept and the Christmas tree!!) There is also a hanging rail in here for full length clothes (either for your guests or yourselves). In the bottom of the cupboard there is a fully secured safe - it is bolted to the floor - great for keeping valuable and cash onboard.
As you walk through the lounge towards the first bedroom, you will notice a very handy shelving area on your right and a cupboard, this is just more storage, either for guests using the sofa seating as a bed or for books etc.
Bunk Bedroom
You then come into the bunk bedroom, with 2 single bunks and storage either side of the beds and underneath. The bottom bunk also has an LED reading light on the left hand side.
The bathroom.
The bathroom is fitted with a Japanese soaking tub, to the un-informed it looks like a very deep shower tray or a very small bath and equally can be seen as both!! It is handy for kids or if you do get very cold and fancy a dip, when you sit in it, the water comes up to your shoulders! The bath is fitted with a gulper system, which sucks the water out of the bath to drain it.
The toilet is a cartridge toilet. Each cartridge usually lasts 2 people 2-3 days and there are 2 further spare cartridges under the seats at the front of the boat.
Again there is more storage under the sink and a razor/electric toothbrush socket.
Front Bedroom
The front bedroom has a pull-out king-size double bed, with storage underneath as well as a smaller cupboard over the bed head. Also fitted to the underside of the top cupboard are two LED reading lights.
At the foot of the bed are several enclosed shelves for storing clothing, etc. Then there is a full height cupboard, currently fitted with several shelves, again for storing clothes. 
Going out of the front doors into the front area of the boat, you have a seating area for four people, with a removable coffee table. Storage under the seats as well as under the floor. 

Pictures of the boat

Shared narrow boat Morpheus
Shared narrow boat Morpheus
Shared narrow boat Morpheus
Shared narrow boat Morpheus
Shared narrow boat Morpheus
Shared narrow boat Morpheus
Shared narrow boat Morpheus
Shared narrow boat Morpheus
Shared narrow boat Morpheus
Shared narrow boat Morpheus
Shared narrow boat Morpheus
Shared narrow boat Morpheus
Shared narrow boat Morpheus
Shared narrow boat Morpheus
Shared narrow boat Morpheus
Shared narrow boat Morpheus

Specific details for the share offered

Size of share as a percentage or fraction2 weeks
Price in UK Pounds£2,000 (for the pair)
Reason for sellingLove the boat and the other owners 
but it's time for something new.
Pre-booked weeks includedTwo weeks

20/7/24 to 3/8/24
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.Weeks 29 and 30 which are 
end of July/beginning of August
School holiday option possible?This is a school holiday share
Running costs for 2024

(How do these figures compare? 
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£225 per week per year ie £450 this year.
How are the running costs to be apportionedRunning costs are payable 30 days prior to the 
owned weeks i.e. £400 would be payable at the 
end of June 2024.
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General comments by vendor

We have been owners for many years and in fact also have 2 weeks in October (weeks 40 and 41) which we may keep. 

For 2024 the boat will be moored at Springwood Haven Marina, which is a lovely, peaceful little marina in Warwickshire with excellent access to all areas of the Midlands and beyond.

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