Boat Share | Somerton

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Shared narrow boat Somerton


General information

Type of schemePrivate
Nominal number of sharers12
Year of build2001
Home mooring (2020)Hill Farm Marina, towards Stratford on the Stratford On Avon Canal
Engine Type (last knownBeta 43 (new 2013)
Berths2 + 4
Change over dayFriday
Are pets allowedYes
Is smoking allowed insideNo
Booking system

A booking chart is circulated late summer for the following year.

There is a priority order of choice with each owner choosing 
two high season weeks (Friday on or after 1st April- 30 September)
and one low season week (Friday on or after 1st October- 30 March).

Additional weeks may be requested and are allocated in reverse priority each year.

Share priorities move up each year then go to the bottom.

Every 6 years the share would be either in 1st or 2nd place.
Where shareholders are unable to utilise their weeks they
are offered to others.

The boat is not allocated for use for 4 weeks in
January when the winter maintenance is carried out.
Priority for school holidaysNo such scheme on this boat

General Comments About the Boat

Semi-trad layout with rear steps leading to galley, with new oven and hob (2019), fridge, microwave and workspace. The inverter is below the steps and the fuse board fixed to the bulkhead on the right. A solid fuel stove is located here. An open plan dinette with extending table with L-shaped seating which converts to small double with under seat storage. Side hatch with removable window, shelving below, reading lights, power point for both 12v and 240v, and a TV aerial point. There are 3 radiators fitted here.

Door through to corridor can be closed to separate the dinette/galley from the rest of the boat. Next is the rear bathroom with drop through toilet, basin with cupboard below, corner bath with shower over. There is a storage cupboard above the toilet. In addition there is a switch to operate the bath water pump.

Adjacent to the bathroom is the Alde Gas boiler and a full length wardrobe. The door to the wardrobe is used to separate the fixed bed cabin from the corridor and bathroom.

The fixed double extends to king size and has two storage lockers and 2 below bed drawers. There are 2 reading lights plus a 240v power point.

The forward saloon has a full length wardrobe whose door separates the centre cabin from the saloon. There is a 2nd drop through toilet with hand basin and glazed shelf.

The forward saloon consists of 2 single bunks which convert to a large double with ample storage beneath the single bunks. There is a flat screen TV with TV aerial point plus 12v and 240v sockets.  There are French doors leading to the cratch area which has 3 storage lockers, a glazed front to the cratch and a cratch cover.

All lighting is LED. The water tank is below the bow deck.

Pictures of the boat

Shared narrow boat Somerton
Shared narrow boat Somerton
Shared narrow boat Somerton
Shared narrow boat Somerton
Shared narrow boat Somerton
Shared narrow boat Somerton
Shared narrow boat Somerton
Shared narrow boat Somerton
Shared narrow boat Somerton
Shared narrow boat Somerton
Shared narrow boat Somerton

Specific details for the share offered

Size of share as a percentage or fraction12th
Price in UK Pounds£2,300
Reason for sellingLooking to buy our own boat. 
Pre-booked weeks includedFri 4th December 2020
Friday 23rd July 2021
Friday 30th July 2021
Friday 1st October 2021
+ one additional week to be allocated
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.Guaranteed three weeks plus options on a fourth week
School holiday option possible?No such scheme on this boat
Running costs for 2020

(How do these figures compare? 
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£100 per month
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

We have been owners on Somerton for the past three years and are now saving to buy our own narrowboat.

Somerton has a significant fund behind her, meaning that major works such as engine replacement or repaint will be covered by the fund without additional outlay by owners.

Two weeks in January are used to black the hull and gunwhales, and carry out the maintanance and renewals programme that the owners have decided on during the November AGM. 

We have been impressed with Somerton, particularly the:

1) Easy access from the aft deck down into the galley, especially in poor weather, with wet/muddy clothing stored inside rear door;

2) The ability to sleep guests in the forward cabin, while parents and others can stay up later in the aft cabin and not disturb the others;

3) The ability to sit in the cratch during wet weather and keep dry while being able to see out.

The syndicate is well-managed and a meeting is held each November giving everyone an opportunity to discuss the ongoing management of the boat. There is a detailed syndicate agreement which provides the operational procedures. There is Googlegroup which provides a discussion area and Dropbox for storing all documentation.

Each winter the interior and exterior are updated as necessary. During the past 3/4 years the upholstery and curtains have been replaced.

The exterior paintwork has been maintained through repainting as required rather than a whole boat approach.

The interior woodwork is in good condition.

Each winter the hull is blacked, the gunnels repainted and a winter service to the engine. Routinely the engine is serviced throughout the year on a handover day.

Since owning a share the boat has moved mooring every 2 years or so enabling us to cruise a variety of waterways and see much of the country that we would otherwise have missed.

We have enjoyed our time on Somerton, and will miss her!

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