Soudley Share For Sale

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Shared narrow boat Soudley

General information

Type of schemePrivate
Nominal number of sharers8
Year of build2005
Home mooring (2022)Aston Marina, Lichfield Road, Stone ST15 8QU
Engine Type (last known)Nanni
Berths2 + 4
Change over dayFriday 
Are pets allowedYes
Is smoking allowed insideNo
Booking system
A booking chart for the following calendar year is circulated 
each September, in established owner priority order, where
the bookings for the next year are confirmed.

Each owner has a position 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, so over a period of 8 years an owner’s positions would run 8, 6, 4, 2, 7, 5, 3, 1.

Each owner can choose two weeks (separately or as a fortnight) in the ‘high season’
(April to October inclusive), and one week in the remainder of the year.
The list is then circulated a 2nd time for owners to book a 4th week,
and this circulation starts from the bottom of the priority order, so being
at the bottom of the list has its compensations.

Under this system thirty-two weeks are booked before the year begins.

Allowing 2 weeks for winter maintenance this leaves 18 available weeks
to bid for, on average an extra two weeks per owner.
These remaining weeks are booked as the year progresses on
a first come first served basis with the Booking Secretary
ensuring that the bookings are fair.
Priority for school holidaysNo such scheme on this boat

General Comments About the Boat

Soudley is a reverse layout narrow boat with a rear saloon and central galley.

It has a semi-trad stern where the gas bottles and mooring equipment are stored in separate lockers.

Upon entering the boat down steps between two large cupboards, with a wall mounted TV, you enter the rear cabin with seating and Desmo sockets for either single or double tables. The seating is convertible into two single beds or one large double. Adjacent is a solid fuel stove and forward of this the Galley and cupboards which are all fully equipped with utensils and crockery. There is a fridge and separate freezer. There is a free standing gas oven, with microwave oven above, which may be run from an inverter that can also provide 240 volt mains to sockets throughout the boat.

A side corridor runs forward to the bathroom with corner bath and shower, wash basin and pump-out toilet. There are clip-back doors on either side of the bathroom.

Next forward is the double bedroom with clothes storage cupboards.

Another clip-back door provides access to the forward Saloon, with a wardrobe, and a door to the right for a second toilet with wash-basin. In the saloon there is a cupboard with TV and radio. The seating is convertible to two single beds or one large double. There are two Desmo sockets to allow the single or double table to be used here.

Double doors which fold back again to provide a wide forward access to the front cockpit which has a cratch with cover for weatherproof protection, and a mount for a single table.

Lighting is by 12 volt supply from domestic batteries. Water is stored in a large tank in the bow of the boat. The Diesel fuel tank is in the stern. There are two separate pump out toilet tanks. Heating is by radiators & calorifier supplied by heat from the engine running, or a Webasto diesel-fired heater when stationary. The solid fuel stove can be used to heat the galley & saloon, if preferred.

A hydraulic bow thruster is fitted internally across the front to aid manoeuvring the boat. This runs off of a pump driven by the engine, and so this does not affect the batteries.

Pictures of the boat

Shared narrow boat Soudley
Shared narrow boat Soudley
Shared narrow boat Soudley bath
Shared narrow boat Soudley
Shared narrow boat Soudley
Shared narrow boat Soudley
Shared narrow boat Soudley
Shared narrow boat Soudley
Shared narrow boat Soudley
Shared narrow boat Soudley

Specific details for the share offered

Size of share as a percentage or fraction8th
Price in UK Pounds£3,950
Reason for sellingFamily bereavement has led to reluctant sale.
Pre-booked weeks includedAugust 12th - August 19th 2022


August 26th - September 2nd 2022


October 21st - 28th 2022
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.Four weeks in main season.

Options to have additional weeks out of season.
School holiday option possible?No such scheme on this boat
Running costs for 2022

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Around £800 per annum

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How are the running costs to be apportionedI would ask the incoming owner to take over the 
contributions as called for from purchase. 
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General comments by vendor

Comments on costs

This is a variable amount as bills are paid as and when they come in. The boat benefits from a treasurer who apportions costs as and when required. Costs include mooring, insurance, license, service and maintenance. It is a self managed boat but the owners are all invited to an annual meeting to discuss any issues arising. The meeting also addresses where the boat is moored. Periodically the boat is moved to a different area to allow a moor varied cruising experience.

General Comments

Our family has had many enjoyable trips on Soudley over the past 14 years.

Our grand children have grown up enjoying the waterways and the element of outdoor life that boating allows.

The boat has a flexible layout, a fixed double bed in the centre with either a double or 2 x singles at the rear. Additionally, there is a double or 2 x single beds at the front of the boat. There is the ability to partition off so that the bedrooms turn into individual cabins

There is a bathroom (toilet and sink) at the front of the boat. The main bathroom is at the centre of the boat and is equipped with toilet, sink, bath (with shower) and storage facilities.

There is additional storage areas throughout the boat internally and externally.

The boat benefits from a well structured maintenance schedule. It is equipped with a very useful bow thruster, diesel central heating, solid fuel stove, fridge, freezer, microwave, 240v electricity provision.

Pets are allowed at the discretion of the other owners.

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