|Tax Status:||Tax Exempt|
Leeds & Liverpool Canal Lancashire UK|
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The front bow deck is wide and open for plenty of outside seating at the very front is the gas locker (two gas bottles) and the gas testing unit.
Entering through the bow double doors and down 3 steps you enter the 'living room' with two large windows allowing light in.
Immediately to your left there is a Morso Squirrel multifuel stove with a backboiler (overhauled professionally in 2020) with twin lined flue (replaced in 2020) which feeds two radiators toward the stern of the boat using an efficient gravity system with no pumps required. There is also a stove fan ontop of the stove to circulate air around the boat to keep all areas warm through the cooler months. To the right there is a coal cupboard that can store 8 x 20kg bags of smokeless solid fuel.
Above the cupboard is a book shelf and just behind the book shelf is a handy set of coat hooks right by the door. Infront of the coal cupboard is a movable footstool which can seat one and also stores the firelighting and kindling.
A double sofa which folds out into a slim double bed at night. Moving past the sofa there is the dining area with a fold out free standing IKEA table and 4 stacked chairs on oneside with a former church pew bench on the otherside - meaning the table when fulled extended can seat 6 people. The fold out table has 6 draws with in it.
Moving through into the galley space there are work counters on boths sides with a pull out draw, storage unit and workcounter. Three cupboards, with blue and white mess tin sets of side plates, bowls and pie dishes (for mains) for 6 people. 3 draws including a cutlery set. A stainless sink and draining board with a cupboard underneath, semi-automatic twin tub washing machine, and a 12v shoreline fridge with freezer compartment. There is a spinflo gas oven with grill and a 4 ring gas hob, with pots, pans, and other cooking utensils hanging above it.
Moving down the corridor to your right is a spacious shower-room, with a pressurised shower in the centre allowing 6ft 6in of standing room, a Thetford cassette toilet, IKEA square sink and mirrored vanity unit, plus undersink cupboard storage. Next to the shower there is a washing basket.
Moving through the door in to the bedroom, there is a double bed with overhead and underbed storage (4 deep drawers) and a double full length wardrobe at the end of the room, next to the door through to the engine room. Just infront of the door inside the main cabin is a step for shoe storage.
The engine room is enclosed as it is a traditional stern narrowboat. It houses the Issuzu Marine 35 engine. Four domestic batteries, one starter battery, powered by 4 110W solar panels and two alternators connected to an alternator to battery inverter charger; and a separate 2kw inverter for running the 240v plugs in the living and kitchen areas of the cabin. The stern tube is an automatic water sealed system so no having to grease up after each cruise.
We are on a continuous cruising basis, which means that we have no home base to return to. Simply pick the boat up from where it currently is (usually by a bridge/mooring/train station) and continue as long or as short as you wish (stay still even - great option in the winter) and then if the next owners are due on the day you depart its common for people to help each other get back to vehicles or stations where possible.
In 2021 Jamaica Farewell cruised: Staffs and Worcs, Macclesfield, Peak Forest, Bridgewater, Trent & Mersey, Leeds & Liverpool. Llangollen, Chester,
In 2022 Jamaica Farewell cruised: Shropshire Union, Grand Union - Leicester Branch, Trent & Mersey, Trent River, Worsc and Staffs, Shopshire Union, River Weaver.
Running costs for 2022/3
Each share is required to put in £89 per month to the boat's own
bank account by direct debit for the ongoing running costs.
The exact sum will be agreed upon each year at the annual meeting.
A maximum of 2 shares can be held by a shareholder.
You can name upto 4 people on your share (over the age of 21), meaning that so long as one of them is on board they can operate the boat and enjoy it. Great for sharing with family and friends.
The original owner of the boat will retain two shares
and run the scheme on behalf of the other owners.
There is a charge of £17 per month made for administrating
the scheme for the other 10 owners.
Pre-booked weeks included
Each share guaranteed 4 weeks per year - one in each season
If you need to, for example you live far away, we can arrange for your weeks to back each other across seasons so you can take two weeks together. eg the last week of spring and the first week of summer. They are the weeks either side of the 21st of March, June, September, December.
So if you hold two shares you can get 2 weeks per season and with mutual exchange you can have them together or spread across the season.
it will be one week per quarter by ballot and then mutual exchange. Eg 1 week between 22nd December 2022 and 21st March 2023, 1 week between 22nd March and 21st June, 1 week between 22nd June and 21st September, 1 week between 22nd September and 21st December.
Additional time where available can be booked at £50 for a weekend and £100 for a week paid in to the boat's bank account. Additional free opportunities to move the boat to comply with continuous cruising if you wish to make use of them when they occur.
New Shareholders get 1 free day of driving tuition including on how to use and operate and handle the boat safely - gaining a certificate at the end if you wish. Most of our shareholders had never driven a canal boat before they joined up. This has been invaluable.
The boat is fully insured with Circle Marine
We have Retainer Cover with River Canal Rescue
Built in 2006 the boat has been in private hands and was my home until this year. I have now moved to dry land but would still like to use the boat but now share it with like-minded others.
I plan to hold an annual meeting in January each year to draw a week for each of the 4 seasons, be presented with an overview of the finances and recommendations for work to be done on the boat during the coming year. Owners are, of course, not obliged to attend and the weeks can be drawn on their behalf.
Four weeks a year are reserved for maintenance on the boat - typically two weeks in the winter season between 19 Dec and 19 March, with a week held aside in spring and autumn as a 'buffer'. If these are not needed they can be offered up to the syndicate for a fee to book as additional weeks.
Repainted late 2022.
If you are still thinking about whether a boat share is right for you, you can acccess the boatcamp resources, which takes you through a series of workshops to help you figure this out. You can access for free here: https://boatshare.bridgingthegap.tips/boat-co-owners-boatcamp
Please feel free to contact me with any questions
|No. of engines:||1|
|Engine model:||Isuzu Marine 35|
|Drive type:||Shaft drive|
|Length over all:||58'|
|Maximum draft:||2' 4"|
|Hull type:||Flat bottomed|
|Fuel capacity:||220 Litres|
|Water capacity:||200 Litres|
Tour of the accomodation can best be seen here:
New Solar Panels - 575W system fitted March 2023
New 4 x Deep Cycle Lead Carbon batteries fitted March 2023
New Viktron Inverter fitted March 2023
New Wiring upgrade completed March 2023
New high capacity 5G wifi router and PUK antennae fitted March 2023
All works carried out by professional qualified and certified installers, all paperwork available.
Isuzu Marine 35 Engine, gearbox with acceissble oil change. Stern gear shown. Accessible weed hatch.
Fire extinguishers, life jackets, fire blankets, gas cut off, and all required safety equipment. Boat Safety Certificate through to August 2023. Always passes first time.
Note: Indicated location is approximate general area only.