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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

How long will the engine last?

One of the questions we are often asked by prospective owners is how long an engine can be expected to last.  There's no simple answer - apart from the proverbial 'piece of string.'  It's a sensible question, though, as a new owner does not really want to be immediately confronted with the need to replace the engine, particularly if the syndicate has not built up a fund to pay for it.

Because we hold details of 240 shared ownership narrowboats on the inland waterways of the UK, we can get some information from our database.  We know that at least 53 of those boats have had an engine replacement, and the chart below plots the number of engines that have been replaced against the number of years since the boat was launched. 

About half the replacements were made between 10 and 14 years into the life of the boats.  The very long 'lives' to the right of the chart should be treated with some caution, as there may have been more than one replacement in that time - our database only holds the most recent replacement date. 

We also have information about the numbers of various makes of engine used as replacements, and these are listed here:  

Engine make
Barrus/Shire 4
Beta Marine 22
Canaline 6
Gardner 1
Isuzu 5
Mermaid 1
Nanni 7
Thorneycroft 2

Some makes of engine have not been available for the whole period for which we have replacement data.  These numbers simply reflect the choices made by owners and should not be taken as endorsement or otherwise of any particular make of engine by

Sunday, February 11, 2018

First boat booked in for National Boat Share Show

The first boat has been booked in to attend the National Boat Share Show at Braunston Marina on 21st & 22nd of April.

She is Heron, originally built in 2010 by J D Boat Services.  She has been fully refurbished for shared ownership and a new syndicate is being formed.

Heron at the 2017 National Boat Share Show
Heron has a less common arrangement for allocating holiday times in which the shares are linked to fixed weeks in the year, which some owners find helps their forward holiday planning.

A 59ft semi-trad narrowboat with a forward saloon, Heron is also unusual in having two dedicated bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with two singles that can be configured as a double if required.  The saloon seating can also be re-arranged to provide an additional double bed.

Powered by a Shire 40 engine, Heron is currently based at Gailey on the Staffs and Worcester Canal just south of Stafford.  A few 1/12th shares are still available at £6,499.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Happy Christmas

A Happy Christmas and great cruising in 2018 to all users of this site and everyone involved in shared ownership narrowboats.

We hope to see you at the National Boat Share Show at Braunston on 21st & 22nd April.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

National Boat Share Show advertising campaign starts

The advertising campaign for the 2018 National Boat Share Show is now starting.  The Show is at Braunston Marina on Sat 21st and Sun 22nd April.

Advert on the Towpath Talk website
The first adverts to appear are those on the website and on the Towpath Talk website.

This will be followed by an advert on the Towpath Talk year planner - included in the December issue.  The planner itself also carries the dates of the National Show and the Autumn Show at Overwater on 8th & 9th September.

Advert on the Towpath Talk Year Planner
As usual, the Shows will be advertised in the "What's on" section of Towpath Talk, and the first of these will appear in the January issue. 

One of two banner adverts running on the
website, where a number of different ads are displayed at random


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Towpath Talk makes a splash of Autumn Boat Share Show

There is a full page of coverage of the Autumn Boat Share Show and RNLI Festival in the latest edition of Towpath Talk - you can read it here - on page 16.

The dates of the 2018 Boat Share Shows have now been confirmed:

The National Boat Share Show will be on 21st and 2nd April 2018 at Braunston Marina and the Autumn Boat Share Show - in conjunction with the RNLI Festival - will be on 8th & 9th September at Overwater Marina.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thanks for making it such a successful show

Thanks to everyone who made the Autumn Boat Share Show such a success - Overwater Marina for hosting the event, RNLI for having the Show alongside its Festival, all the owners and companies who supported it and, last but certainly not least, the visitors who came along.

Yes, the weather could have been better and we could have done without the wind that damaged the Welcome Tent. But we all came through in good spirits, shares found new owners and many questions were answered about the workings of shared narrowboat ownership.

In all, 12 boats took part in the Show including self-managed craft and boats managed by three of the companies represented.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Watch the webcam

We'll be preparing for the Boat Share Show at Overwater Marina tomorrow (Friday) and you can catch some of the action on the marina's webcam.  We're getting the boats in place in the afternoon - despite the forecast wind - and the location for the boats on view is right in front of the webcam.