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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Getting ready for the Boat Share Show

Most of the boats taking part in the Boat Share Show this coming weekend (Sat 21st & Sun 22nd) at Braunston Marina are now well on their way.

There will be at least 16 boats on view plus information on others from syndicates using display space in the marquee and from the boat management companies - BCBM, Carefree Cruising, J D Boat Services and Ownashare

Rowington is a 58ft semi-trad boat originally commissioned
by Ownerships and launched in 2000.  She has a
conventional forward saloon and dinette but with
a rear galley.  Shares are available from £1,950.
Shares on offer range in price from just £500 for a 1/24th share in the 58ft semi-trad Spellbound (BCBM) - celebrating her 21st birthday this year - to a 1/12th peak time share in Happy Days (Carefree Cruising), launched at the Boat Share Show in 2016.
Kallista is a 58ft boat commissioned by Carefree Cruisingand launched in 2012.  She has the 'reverse layout,
with the main bedroom near the bow and saloon at the stern.
Shares are on offer from £1,750

Most of the boats in the Show have semi-trad sterns but Minuet (Ownashare, 2011) has a cruiser stern and, at 54ft, is a little shorter than most of the others on view, which are between 58ft and 62ft.

Forget Me Knot is managed for her owners by Ownashare.
She is 58ft long with a semi-trad stern and forward saloon.
A share is available at £3,750.
There is also a full range of layouts to see and compare, from the 'conventional' Forward saloon/dinette/galley/bathroom/bedroom/ensuite to what is commonly referred to as 'reverse layout' of Forward bedroom/bathroom/galley/dinette and stern saloon.  There are also some stern galley boats to see. 


All of the syndicates with boats in the Show do not allow smoking inside their boats.  Most allow pets to go on holiday with their owners but there is one pet free boat in the Show - Jenny Wren (Carefree Cruising, 2008).

Heron is the only boat in the Show to offer a
fixed week share scheme.  She is managed for her
owners by
J D Boat Services.  She is a 59ft long
semi-trad boat with a forward saloon and two bedrooms.
Shares are available at £6,499.
There is also a full range of holiday booking schemes on offer, including the 'fixed week' scheme (Heron, J D Boat Services), the red (premium time) and yellow share scheme offered by Carefree Cruising, the list system available on all the Ownashare-managed boats and some boats managed by BCBM and the draw system also offered on other BCBM-managed boats.  A fuller explanation of these systems is available here (under 'How are the holiday weeks chosen) - and, of course, from the management companies at the Show.

You are welcome to go on to any of the boats in the Show and you will get a welcome from either existing share owners or a member of staff of the relevant management company.  Please remember, though, that these are private boats owned by a group of enthusiastic boaters - so please arrange to leave dogs and rucksacks on shore if possible.

There's a full list of shares available in boats on view at the Show here.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

I need help!

I have problem for the Boat Share Show on the weekend of 21st & 22nd April at Braunston Marina.  The field that the Marina usually lets us use for car parking is simply too wet to drive on.

I'm trying to locate some alternative car parking nearby, but I will need some help during the Show to direct visitors to what's available.

Please can you help?

Monday, April 2, 2018

Cruiser stern boat to view at Boat Share Show

Only about 1 in 10 shared ownership narrowboats have cruiser sterns, most being semi-trads, so shares in cruiser stern boats come on to the market less often.

The only cruiser stern boat so far booked in to attend the National Boat Share Show at Braunston Marina on 21st & 22nd April is Minuet, managed for her owners by Ownashare Cruising.


Launched in 2011, Minuet is a 54ft boat offering comfortable 4-berth accommodation and powered by a Nanni diesel engine.  She is currently based at Dunchurch Pools Marina.

If you want to get on board Minuet and talk to owners and the management company, then be sure to come to the Show on Saturday 21st - she will only be at the Show for the one day, as the owners on board are keen to start their holiday cruise.