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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thinking of buying a share

There are some recent postings on the Boats & Canals Forum on this topic - here.
 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Show success continues

We've now heard that a share was sold in the self-managed boat Nashira in the last half hour of the National Boat Share Show, bringing the tally of shares sold to 28.  Next year's Show at Braunston will be on 21st & 22nd April 2018. 

Owners of the self managed cruiser stern narrowboat Nashira
working hard at the Braunston Boat Share Show to sell their share.
The owners of Nashira commented: "What an interesting weekend it was.  We had a lovely time sitting in the sun, lots of interest and in the last half hour actually sold the share.  So thank you very much for all your help. We have said to the other members how well organised it was with everything provided.

The Autumn Boat Share Show is at Overwater Marina on 9th & 10th September 2017.  Any shared ownership narrowboat with shares on offer is very welcome at either show - more details here.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sunshine success for Boat Share Show

Business boomed in the spring sunshine at this year's National Boat Share Show held at Braunston Marina last weekend (22nd & 23rd April).

There were 15 boats for visitors to view and get on board.  Most were managed by one of the four shared ownership management companies - BCBM, Carefree Cruising, J D Boat Services and Ownashare - and there was also a self-managed boat, Nashira, on view.

Nashira owners take a break to enjoy
the spring sunshine in a lull between visitors
Around 250 visitors took advantage of the opportunity to see and compare a wide range of boats - from one launched the day before the show to an 'old-stager' still going strong after 22 years.  Share prices ranged from as little as £750 up to around £10,000 for the newest and highest specification boat.

Over the weekend, twenty seven families took advantage of the event to become new share owners.  They will join around 2,500 families who already own shares and go boating each year on their own boats for less than the cost of hiring.

 The National Boat Share Show takes place in April each year thanks to the generosity of Braunston Marina.  In recognition of this, the organisers – boatshare4u.co.uk – will be making a donation to the Friends of Raymond, the boat restoration charity that is supported by the marina.  The butty boat Raymond and the powered boat Nutfield were on view as usual at this year's event, alongside the shared ownership boats.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Great start to Boat Share Show

The sun shone all day on Braunston as prospective new owners viewed the 15 boats on show and talked to existing owners and management companies.


At least ten families left the show as new share owners - joining around 2,500 other families who go boating every year on their own boats at less than the cost of hiring.  It was a brilliant start to the show.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Otter craned in

 Carefree Cruising's new boat Otter has been craned into Braunston Marina ready for the start of the Boat Share Show at 10am tomorrow (Sat 22nd).


She has been joined today by 14 other boats that will be on show during the weekend - all with shares on offer.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Serendipity will be on show

The 58ft semi-trad narrowboat Serendipity will be on Show at the National Boat Share Show this weekend (22nd & 23rd April) at Braunston Marina.

Serendipity is managed by Carefree Cruising

Launched in 2008, Serendipity is managed for her owners by Carefree Cruising. She has the conventional rear bedroom layout which has proved sopopular over the years.  There are currently three shares on offer, with asking prices from £950.

The Show opens at 10am on both days, closing at 5pm on the Saturday and 4pm on the Sunday.  Details of how to get there are here, and a plan showing where to park when you arrive is here.  Admission and car parking is free, and there are refreshments on site.

When you arrive, call in and see us in the Welcome Marquee and pick up your free show guide.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Beautiful at Braunston

Her name means 'beautiful' - and she's coming to Braunston for the National Boat Share Show on 222nd & 23rd April.

Kallista - the name means beautiful - will be at theNational Boat Share Show at Braunston
on 22nd & 23rd April.  She is managed
for her owners by Carefree Cruising.
Kallista is a 58ft semi-trad narrowboat managed for her syndicate of owners by Carefree Cruising.  She was launched in 2012 and has what is known as 'reverse layout' with the main bedroom near the bow, a mid-galley and the saloon near the stern.  Shares are currently on the market with an asking price from £3,000.

Currently moored at Welton Haven Marina, near Daventry but Kallista is, like most shared ownership narrowboats,  likely to change her base mooring every couple of years or so, depending on what the owners decide.  She is a no-smoking boat, but pets are allowed.