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Friday, May 29, 2015

Autumn show becomes two-day event

Following the outstanding success of the Braunston Boat Share Show, the autumn shared ownership event is being extended to two days - Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September.

Kings Lock proved a popular venue for
last years' autumn boat share event

Like last year's autumn event, the Middlewich Boat Share Show will be held at Kings Lock, Middlewich, CW10 0JJ and will be sponsored by the three shared ownership management companies, BCBM Boat Share, Carefree Cruising and Ownashare Cruising.  It proved a popular location last year, and many visitors took advantage of the excellent bar food provided by the Kings Lock pub on the site.

The final tally of shares with new owners following the Braunston Boat Share Show was 36.  Most of these new part-owners will be enjoying their first cruises on board their own boats during the summer.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Boat Share Show exceeds expectations

It was a stunning weekend.  The weather held, the flags flew, the boat brasses sparkled – and around 200 visitors came to Braunston with shared ownership boating in sharp focus.

Around 15 shares found new owners while the show was open, but the tally of shares sold as a direct result of the show has risen as follow-up enquiries came in and is has now reach 25.

That is an amazing result. As most visitors came as families, it means that around a quarter of them made a decision to join the shared ownership community on the basis of seeing the boats and getting information from the management companies at the show.

Shares were on offer at prices ranging from £950 to £10,950 in boats with launch dates from 1994 to 23rd April 2015 and lengths from 40ft to 61ft.

All three of the management companies who sponsor the event – BCBM, Carefree Cruising and Ownashare – reported share sales.  The only disappointment was that Ownashare had been unable to attend because key members of their team had illness problems.  They received lots of good wishes from visitors, the material they had prepared was available in the marquee, and they were able to report share sales directly linked to the show.

The show was held at Braunston Marina thanks to the generosity of owner Tim Coghlan, to whom the sponsors and organisers are most grateful.  In recognition of this, The Boat Share Show is making a £1,000 donation to Tim's favoured charity, the Friends of Raymond, who also had stand space in the marquee and brought both the unpowered Raymond and the towing boat Nutfield to the show.

The next Boat Share Show will be held on 5th September  2015.  The venue – around the northern end of the four counties ring – has yet to be confirmed.  Full details will be posted here.