Ownerships used to have a scheme whereby 'spare weeks' on most of the boats they managed could be used to cope with such emergencies and allow owners to have their holiday even if their own boat was out of commission. When this possibility was raised at syndicate meetings following the collapse of Ownerships, most of the ones I attended did not support the continuation of such an arrangement. Some boat insurance policies may provide for the cost of a hire boat in such circumstances.
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Changing the planned trip may well be easier for shared ownership boats, as a 'remote exchange' - handing over the boat to the next owners somewhere other than at their base mooring - is quite a common occurrence anyway. It's one of the ways share owners can extend their trips and avoid having to turn round and come back over the same stretch in order to reach their base. It involves reaching an agreement with the owners on board immediately before and after and it requires moving cars from base to base, but it is not difficult to find a boatyard or marina that's used to doing turnround checks on shared boats. It's always best to arrange this in advance - and it may be necessary to do the handover on a different day, especially if the marina is already helping to facilitate turnrounds for hire boat fleets affected by the breach, as we know some are.
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