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Shared narrow boat Cookley

General information

Type of schemePrivate
Nominal number of sharers12
Year of build2003
Home mooring (2019)Nantwich Canal Centre 
Basin End
Chester Road
Nantwich CW5 8LB
Engine Type (last knownBMC 1.8
Berths2 + 2 + 2
Change over dayFriday 
Are pets allowedYes
Is smoking allowed insideNo
Booking system
A booking chart for the following calendar year is 
circulated in agreed priority order before the owners’ 
annual meeting, where the bookings for the next year 
are confirmed. Each owner has a priority for that year, 
and moves up a couple of places each year: after a year 
at the top of the list, the owner then starts at the bottom, 
and after six years the cycle begins again.

Each owner can choose two weeks (separately or as a fortnight) 
in the ‘high season’ (April to September inclusive), and one week 
in the remainder of the year. By this route, thirty-six weeks are 
firmly booked before the year begins.

Allowing for time for winter maintenance, the remaining fourteen 
weeks are booked with priority in reverse order to the original chart, 
so having last choice originally does have its compensations. 
These extra bookings are confirmed on the first day of the month
before the month of the booking. 
Priority for school holidaysA maximum of ONE owner may have a "Special" 
share which gives them priority over others. 

They may choose their first three weeks ahead of the others, and 
choose any two weeks in high season and any one week in low season.

This owner pays 25% more towards the running costs each 
year for having this "privilege".

They can relinquish the special status in any year as 
long as the booking chart for the subsequent year has not been 

General Comments About the Boat
Please see the video below for an internal tour of Cookley

Cookely is a 58' narrow boat built on steel by Graham Reeves (on a 10/6/4 spec.) and fitted out by John Milburn (Milburn Boats)  and was initially commissioned and managed by OwnerShips but she is now run by her owners.

She is “cruiser” style, with all the main seating areas at the stern, close to the person on the tiller, and leading forward to the galley.

She has a generous 100 gallon fresh water tank, and a 65 gallon fuel tank.

A spacious and well-fitted out bathroom with corner bath and shower and fresh-water WC, and a second similar en suite WC and hand-basin for the master bedroom.

12-volt lighting and 240-volt AC supplied by inverter (2.5kw Phoenix) or by land-line hook up (via Centaur charger).

Carpet tiles to all areas except wood block floor in the kitchen and bathroom. Light ash T&G timber and maple veneered panels. Blinds on some windows where appropriate, and curtains on all other windows. Cookley is light and airy with good use of both recessed and spot lighting.

Starting from the stern and working forward:

-Rear deck with space for seats. Inside steps down to ...

-Saloon. L-shaped dinette which converts to double bed, with storage beneath. Flat-screen TV (15”); DVD/CD player radio (all can be relayed to the master bedroom if wished); Villager Puffin solid fuel stove. Two lounge chairs that convert to single beds (suitable for children). 

Then dining area, separable with curtain if wished. Dining area has an L-shaped settee which converts to a double bed, with storage beneath. There is a stool and a small pull out table which can be stored securely against the wall of the boat.  A low pull-out guest wardrobe with shelves, and a see-through glass storage cabinet above, lead to:-

-Galley: with sink/drainer, eye-level microwave, oven & grill; gas 4-ring hob; larder fridge (Ranger RIR403) under the work surface, plenty of large storage cupboards and drawers. A very good range of crockery and cooking utensils are provided, plenty for a crew of 6, plus cleaning materials. Large side-hatch off galley to the outside, with removable perspex screen as an alternative.

-Corridor with bathroom off: corner bath with shower over, basin with cupboard under and wall mirrors over, WC (Sealand Traveller), a further built-in cupboard, and extractor fan. Heated towel rail.

-Door to the master bedroom, which has a double bed extendable to king-size (5’) with storage beneath. Small cupboards above bed. Full-height wardrobe with mirror. There is a door in the corridor that can be closed for privacy, and an en suite cloakroom with second similar WC and wash-basin. Access to locker stretching out under foredeck, plus storage within steps leading up to ...

-Foredeck, with fixed bench seating for say four people and several lockers for two gas bottles, mooring pins, windlasses etc, water hose, river anchor and chain, and other items.

The comprehensive inventory includes duvets and pillows, vacuum cleaner, carbon monoxide detector, and a full set of Nicholson guides, toolbox, land-line cable, etc etc.

Pictures of the boat

Please note the internal shots are of Castleber, a very simialr boat inside.

Shared narrow boat Cookley
Shared narrow boat Cookley
Shared narrow boat Cookley
Shared narrow boat Cookley
Shared narrow boat Cookley
Shared narrow boat Castleber
Shared narrow boat Castleber
Shared narrow boat Castleber
Shared narrow boat Castleber
Shared narrow boat Castleber


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Pre-booked weeks included
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.
School holiday option possible?
Running costs for 2020/21

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