Narrow Boat Share | Pond Life
|Type of scheme||Private|
|Nominal number of sharers||5|
|Year of build||1992|
|Home mooring (2022)||Heyford Fields, Bugbrooke|
on the Grand Union Canal
|Engine Type (last known||B M C 1.8|
|Berths||2 + 2|
|Change over day||Saturday (or any other day by mutual agreement)|
|Are pets allowed||No|
|Is smoking allowed inside||No|
|Booking system||Owners use a private online calendar to make a provisional |
booking which must be confirmed within a fortnight of it
They also email other owners advising them of their provisional plans.
Bookings are for a maximum of two weeks at a time with
co-operation and due consideration for each others use.
With five shares it is not possible to book a fortnight every month.
The summer months are the busiest.
Owners often plan together to have longer trips to see
more of the canal system handing over Pond Life to each
other in a pre-agreed sequence for a variable amount of days.
Owners also use the boat for short stays of one to four days
or week-ends. These often happen at short notice and other
owners are emailed so they are aware.
Similarly, owners are emailed when a booking has to be
cancelled leaving the boat available for others' use.
|Priority for school holidays||Special holiday arrangements:|
By mutual agreement between all owners.
(During the summer the boat has been out for several weeks at
a time allowing owners to continuously cruise and change over at
different parts of the canal system.)
Consideration may be made for some weeks to be taken
in school holidays by mutual agreement but this is not guaranteed
General Comments About the Boat
Starting at the semi trad stern, there are storage cupboards (and a gas fired central heating boiler) as you pass down the steps into the dinette lounge area (that converts to a large double bed). There is a flat screen TV/DVD, storage cupboards/lockers and a book/dvd/cruising guide library.
This leads into the galley which is provided with an oven & hob with glass lid, a full size sink/drainer set in a green stone tiled surface, a fridge with freezer compartment, plenty of storage cupboards and a breakfast bar. This is the heart of the boat and offers a versatile and comfortable living area.
Moving forward down the boat the bathroom is fitted out with a corner bath with a shower over it, a pump out toilet, and a full sized hand basin. The central corridor passes by a hanging wardrobe and into the forward main bedroom with its own wash basin, where there is a large double bed which extends across the width of the boat. Storage is provided by further cupboards, and under-bed lockers.
There is a single access door at the front opening onto the covered cratch area.
Pictures of the boat
Specific details for the share offered
|Size of share as a percentage or fraction||5th|
|Price in UK Pounds||£7,000|
|Reason for selling||We have enjoyed our time with Pond Life |
and it is now time to explore other pastures.
|Pre-booked weeks included||None booked but opportunities readily available.|
|Holiday entitlement with share offered here.||The share allows booking up to 2 periods of|
2 weeks over the summer season and further
week the remaining season up to 6-8 weeks
|School holiday option possible?||No such scheme on this boat.|
|Running costs for 2022|
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|£1,000 + £30 per day on board (see comments below)|
|How are the running costs to be apportioned||I would ask that portion of the running costs |
which have already been paid be refunded to me
for the remaining part of the year.
|Contact details for firstname.lastname@example.org|
or 07910 492602
General comments by vendor
The annual costs are £1000 per share to include 20% of mooring, insurance, license fees, engine & heating service & boat rescue scheme. Owners pay £30 per day when using Pond Life from which the cost of diesel & gas is deducted.
The current marina is a very good base for cruising and the facilities are excellent. Pond Life is available for use throughout the year and is a well kept boat, providing a very cost effective way of getting afloat especially if you are looking for a share providing over 4 weeks use/year.
Pond Life has gas central heating throughout that can provide additional hot water when required.
She has a Radio with CD player and a TV/DVD player.
There is a corner bath with shower, wash basin and a pump out toilet and an additional wash basin in the front cabin.
The galley has a four ring gas cooker with grill and oven, a fridge with a small freezer compartment, there is a newly fitted sink, taps and tiled work surfaces.
Pond Life is well equipped with crockery, cutlery, bedding, and provides very comfortable cruising for 4 adults.
She was re painted in 2007. New windows, curtains, cushions and seats were added at the same time.
A new cratch cover was fitted in 2017 and a new tonneau cover in 2009.
The bottom was blacked and the hull surveyed in November 2017.
The engine was re-conditioned in November 2014.
A new gear box and prop shaft were fitted in 2016.
The boat safety certificate expires September 2024.
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