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 (2023)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 2022.
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, 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.

The boat benefitted from a full repaint in November 2021.

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

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Price in UK Pounds
Reason for selling
Pre-booked weeks included
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.
School holiday option possible?
Running costs for 2023

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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 Dunchurch Pools Marina, near Braunston this means that Swallowtail has access to a significant proportion of the British canal network and a wide variety of possible cruising routes.
The boat currently benefits from a Gold Licence valid until 31/12/2023 which allows unlimited access to Environment Agency Waters.
We will miss the variety and flexibility of canal routes that we have cruised on Swallowtail since summer 2006.
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 and the winter service will usually include an annual bottom blacking.
The boat is equipped with duvets and pillows which are renewed as required, 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.


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