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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Boat Share Showcase

Towpath Talk features the National Boat Share Show in it's 'What's On' section this month.  On page 63 it says:

"The National Boat Share Show over the weekend of april 22-23 is the shop window for the shared ownership sector. This enables around 2,500 families to take canal holidays on their own boat at less than the cost of hiring.  The Show offers an opportunity to get on board a wide range of shared ownership narrowboats and talk to existing owners and management companies. It is organised by, the independent information website for everything to do with shared ownership narrowboats, where there is more information about the show.  The venue is Braunston Marina and the Show opens at 10am each day, closing at 5pm on the Saturday and 4pm on the Sunday.  Admission and car parking are free."

The advert for the Show is also on page 62.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Black Watch will be on show

The 62ft semi-trad narrowboat Black Watch will be on view at the National Boat Share Show at Braunston Marina on 22nd & 23rd April.

Black Watch is managed by BCBM and
has an 8% share on offer at £3,000.

Originally commissioned by Challenger Syndicateships, Black Watch was launched in 2004 and is now managed for the owners by BCBM.  Currently moored at Gayton Marina, she is powered by a Nanni Diesel engine and has gas-fired central heating. An 8% share is currently being offered for £3,000.

The owning syndicate has agreed that gas is paid for from its funds rather than by individual onwers, so the annual running costs allow £1,000 for this, bringing the total to budget to £16,500 so an owner of an 8% share would pay £147 a month  including the management fee.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Halcyon will be at Braunston Show

Carefree Cruising will be bringing Halcyon to the National Boat Share Show at Braunston Marina on 22nd & 23rd April 2017.

Halcyon, managed for the owners by Carefree Cruising
Halcyon was launched in 2007 and is a 58ft semi-trad narrowboat with up to 6 berths currently moored at Aston Marina, just south of Stone on the Trent & Mersey Canal. She is a pet-free boat.

There is a 1/12th red (peak) share avaialble for £2,250.  You could also pick up a 1/12th yellow (off peak) share for £2,000 or a 1/24th yellow share for £995.  Carefree Cruising manage 17 boats on behalf of their owners' syndicates and have launched new boats at the last two National Boat Share Shows. A full explanation of the share scheme with red and yellow shares can be found here.


Friday, February 3, 2017

22 years old and still going strong

Shadow is the oldest boat so far booked in for this year's National Boat Share Show 0n 22nd & 23rd April at Braunston Marina.  Originally built for Ownerships in 1995, she is now managed for the owner's syndicate by BCBM.

Shadow, pictured when she was moored at
Tattenhall.  Shared ownership narrowboats
tend to move bases every couple of
years or so - depending on the decision
of owners at their AGM.
Shadow was a 12 share boat but over the years two of the shares that became available have been absorded by the syndicate, which now represents 10 full shares, and a 1/10th share is now on offer from £1,000.  This gives more flexibility for extra weeks holiday but an owner would be contributing 1/10th of the running costs rather than 1/12th.

At 58ft, she is similar in length to many other shared ownership narrowboats.and is powered by a BMC 1.8 engine, replaced in 2009.  She is currently moored at Hilperton on the Kennet & Avon canal.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

First boat built for BCBM will be at Braunston

The first boat commissioned and built for BCBM will be making a welcome return to Braunston.

First Dawn at last year's National Boat Share Show
First Dawn established the style and specification standards for all the boats built for the company and any boats acquired for shared ownership.

Launched in 2010, this 61ft semi-trad narrowboat now has an 8% share on offer for £5,000 and another 4-week 'school holiday' share at £6,500.  She was fitted out by Nantwich Canal Centre and was awarded the Lionel Monk Trophy for the best new boat at the IWA Festival in 2010.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

First Cruiser stern boat booked in

Cruiser stern boats are less common in shared ownership than semi-trad ones, so having Minuet - managed by Ownashare - booked in for the National Boat Share Show at Braunston on 22nd & 23rd April is welcome news.

Minuet is a 54ft cruiser stern, 4-berth boat
managed by
Minuet is also slightly shorter than most shared ownership narrowboats at 54ft.  She is a 4 berth boat and was built for Ownashare in 2011. A 1/12th share is on offer for £3,500.  Minuet is currently moored at Nantwich Canal Centre on the Shropshire Union Canal.

One of the great advantages of the Boat Share Show for prospective owners is the chance to see a wide variety of shared ownership narrowboats with a wide range of types, ages and share prices.  The only comprehensive list of currently available shares is here on this site.  The list is updated daily and compiled by monitoring 5 different sites offering shares for sale.

Monday, January 30, 2017

First two boats booked in for Braunston

Firefly, managed by BCBM
The first two boats have now been booked in for the National Boat Share Show at Braunston Marina on 22nd & 23rd April 2017.  The show is the largest event in the UK entirely focussed on shared ownership and has been proved over the years to be the best place to find a share and to sell one - over 30 shares changed hands as a result of last year's event.

BCBM will be bringing Firefly, a semi-trad 58ft 6-berth narrowboat launched in 2007.  She had a new Canalline engine in 2011 and she's currently moored at Aston Marina.  A 2-week off-peak share is available for as little as £750, while the asking price for a 6-week off-peak share is £3,000.

Heron, managed by J D Boat Services
Also booked in is Heron, built and managed by J D Boat Services - and 2017 will be the first year that this long-established shared ownership company has been represented at the Braunston Boat Share Show.  Heron is a 59ft 6in semi-trad 6 berth narrowboat.  She was originally launched in 2010 as part of the company's hire fleet, but she has since been fully re-furbished to come into shared ownership with a brand new syndicate.  Some 1/12th shares are available at £6,499.

The show is open for any shared ownership narrowboat to attend and information about bringing a boat can be found here.