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Monday, April 22, 2013

ABC Boat Share's new website looks good

When we went to ABC's open day recently, we were given a full insight into the new Members' Area, which looks very comprehensive and useful.

Pippa admires the solid wood
worktops and 'magic' cupboard
system being installed on
Harmonia,
ABC's new
shared ownership boat that
is expected to be completed
in time for the Crick Show.
 
Each syndicate has its own Members' area, and every owner has a distinct secure log in. This means that all the syndicate documentation can be made available to owners on line - technical details, AGM minutes, accounts and - perhaps most important - the holiday booking chart.

On line bookings can be made for syndicates using the list system.  ABC are very well aware of the variations between syndicates, so this works with a combination of user input and office management to ensure the syndicate rules are followed.  It's a practical and common sense solution to what would be a very complex problem if done entirely by computer.

For syndicates using the draw system for bookings, a virtual draw is done instead of physically drawing slips of paper from a hat.

The new site has been produced for ABC by 'Get Me' of Worcester in about three months - a very impressive performance!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ownashare has a successful Easter event

Ownashare had boats on show at Fradley junction over the Easter weekend.  MD Phil Capp tells me that 5 shares found new owners.
The sun shone on last year's Ownashare event.

Although it was still cold, the weather was a definite improvement on the previous weekend's snowy BCBM show at Braunston, although even under those conditions several shares changed hands - including several in new boats.  

Boat share shows continue to provide prospective owners with the best opportunities to compare what's available.  You can find details of upcoming shows here.

New website for ABC Boat Management

ABC Boat Management has a new dedicated website at abcboatshare.com.  The site provides lots of useful information on the company's shared ownership facilities, with links to available shares and other details.


Home page of the new site
The most significant development, though, is a secure Members' area, which, I'm told, contains information exclusive to each syndicate and will provide for making holiday bookings on line.

I haven't been able to see the details of this yet - as I don't own a share in a boat managed by ABC - but ABC's MD, Edward Helps, has offered to show me how it all works when I go down to Alvechurch for the company's next open day, this coming Sunday 14th April.

I'll be particularly interested in the online booking arrangements for ex-Ownerships boats - with so many variations from syndicate to syndicate, this poses quite a challenge!