Boat Share | Swallowtail

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Boatshare | Shared Narrow Boat Swallowtail

General information

Type of schemePrivate
Nominal number of sharers6
Year of build2004
Home mooring (2022)Dunchurch Pools Marina
Engine Type (last known)Canaline 42 (new 2015)
Berths2 + 2. One fixed double bed (extendable to king size) in its own cabin,
plus one dinette  that converts to a double.
Change over dayFriday
Are pets allowedYes
Is smoking allowed insideNo
Booking system

Each owner is assured a minimum use of 6 weeks in any one year.
An owner chooses a four consecutive week block in the ‘high season’
 (April to September inclusive), and two weeks in the ‘shoulder months’
of March and October/November.

 If an owner wishes to split their four week block they must consult
with the other owners to make sure that does not prevent others from
taking their four consecutive week block.

Each owner takes it in turn to have priority in booking, moving up one
position in the priority table each year over a repeated six year cycle.

Allowing for time for winter maintenance, any remaining weeks are
booked, if required, with priority allocated in reverse order.
Priority for school holidaysNo such scheme on this boat

General Comments About the Boat

Swallowtail is a mid-galley, 4 berth, semi-trad layout, with steel by Reeves and a fit-out by John Milburn. 240 volt electricity supplied by inverter or shoreline hook up. 12v lights and 240v and 12 v socket outlets. Webasto diesel central heating with radiators throughout the boat.

From the rear, semi-trad stern with locker on LHS for gas bottles. Lifebelt on rack. Floor access panels to engine bay containing Canaline 42 hp engine (new 2015). 4 leisure batteries replaced in 2018.

Inside to the left is a rear en-suite toilet with cassette WC, a wash basin, hanging rail and heated towel rail, also useful as additional wardrobe and drying room. The bedroom has a full-length wardrobe and a fixed double bed which extend to 5ft wide. Two large under-bed storage drawers and storage above head of bed and central heating radiator.

Separate bathroom with walk-in shower cubicle, vanity-basin with storage under, pump-out WC (replaced in 2017), extractor fan, heated towel rail and heated airing cupboard.

Galley with washer/drier, 4-burner gas hob, gas oven and grill, larder 12 v fridge. Plenty of storage space wall cupboards and a fixed welsh-style dresser .There is double-door side hatch with removable Perspex insert.

L-shaped dinette (with storage underneath) converts to a double bed. Pull-out guest wardrobe. Separate box freezer housed under dinette.

The saloon has a Bubble diesel stove (new in 2016), flat-screen digital TV and DVD player (new in 2016) plus separate radio. Two leather swivel chairs with matching stools. Two central heating radiators. Double wood /glass French doors open out onto bow with lockers and large capacity water tank.

Pictures of the boat

Shared narrow boat Swallowtail
Shared narrow boat Swallowtail
Shared narrow boat Swallowtail
Shared narrow boat Swallowtail
Shared narrow boat Swallowtail
Shared narrow boat Swallowtail
Shared narrow boat Swallowtail
Shared narrow boat Swallowtail
Shared narrow boat Swallowtail
Shared narrow boat Swallowtail


Specific details for the share offered

Size of share as a percentage or fraction
Price in UK Pounds
Reason for selling
Pre-booked weeks included
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.
School holiday option possible?
Running costs for 2019

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Contact details for vendor

General comments by vendor

The exceptional and unique feature of Swallowtail’s boatshare is the 4 consecutive weeks of cruising available in the main cruising season. In combination with the central location of Great Haywood marina, near Stafford, means that Swallowtail has access to a significant proportion of the British canal network and a wide variety of possible cruising routes.

We will miss the variety and flexibility of canal routes that we have cruised on during our time on Swallowtail.

Swallowtail owners are a friendly proactive group with a 'hands on' attitude when it comes to maintaining the boat. The engine and gearbox are serviced professionally in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications by the marina boat service company and the winter service will usually include an annual bottom blacking.

The boat is equipped with duvets and pillows which are renewed every spring, a full set of Nicholson Guides, vacuum cleaner, toolbox, landline and carbon monoxide detector.

There is an annual owners meeting usually held in October when owners agree expenditure, improvements and moorings for the following year. We make all decisions jointly and communicate regularly, by email.

Owners are required to agree the terms set out in a Syndicate Agreement designed to safeguard all aspects of shared ownership and a copy of this may be seen by arrangement with the vendors.

Swallowtail owners are proud of their boat and wish to maintain her in top condition, the Syndicate Agreement makes it a condition of sale that new owners have had at least two weeks of narrowboat hiring or ownership experience (or equivalent) in the last two years.


Each shareholder is required to pay their proportion (1/6th) of the annual running costs agreed at the annual general meeting and set out in the budget.

There are four payments made in a year by bank transfer to the Swallowtail bank account administered by the syndicate Treasurer on the 15th of September, December, March and June. The total of each individual shareowner contribution agreed for 2018/19 (September 2018 - June 2019) is £1360 consisting of the following amounts; September 2018-£600; December 2018 -£400; March 2019-£210 and June 2019-£150.

Future level of payments will be agreed by the syndicate to meet the needs as identified by the group usually at the AGM. The payments are weighted, highest in September and December, to ensure that there are sufficient funds to meet the major expenditures of mooring fees, CRT license, insurance and winter maintenance that all fall due at the end of the calendar year.

Apart from the agreed owner contributions the shareholder is responsible for their own diesel fuel and diesel heating costs for their cruising time and ensuring that the boat is left with a full tank of diesel after their cruising period. The cost of replacing gas cylinders is met from syndicate funds.

Repainted November 2021

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