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N B BITTERN

Name of craft

Bittern

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Type of scheme Managed
No of sharers 12
Year of construction 2007
Home mooring (2008) Near Middlewich on the Trent & Mersey
Change over day each week Saturday. The practise is that you are contacted before to give you a pick-up time, this can be as early as 1 pm unless some attention is needed then it will be later.
Length 58' semi-trad stern. Base plate is full width. Often a 2m or 6'6" plate is used. Bittern has a 6'10" base plate - gives a little more floor space.
Engine Beta Greenline 43
Berths 2 on a fixed double bed (4'6" wide) There are 4 more berths, 2 on a L - shaped dinette and 2 on a bespoke fold out futon-type sofa
Pets Allowed
Smoking Allowed
Booking arrangements See below but in a nutshell "Fixed weeks in each "boat-year" but selectable each year"
Special holiday arrangements See below
E-mail address of one owner See below
Share for sale via this site? If a share is available the details will be towards the foot of this page

 

 

 

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From the stern forward:
 
REAR DECK: a semi-trad format means that steerage can be either on the rear quarter deck or inside the rear doors. There is access to the engine and weed-hatch; there is no greased stern gland so daily maintenance is restricted to engine oil and water. The bilge pump is automatic. There is a conventional fwd/reverse throttle control and the bow-thruster control on a control pedestal as well as various dials relating to the engine. The engine is equipped with a 230V generator and two alternators, one for start batteries and one for domestic. Thus 230v is available when the engine is running or from a 1800w inverter when not. There is also a shore-line socket. A second set of doors under a sliding roof panel leads to:-
 
REAR CABIN: With wardrobes either side of steps down to floor level where there is a full-size fixed double bed. Port-hole window.The full-size washer/dryer is in this cabin behind a matching wooden door. All the system isolating switches are here together with the mains selector switch. A small shelf over the bedhead contains reading lights and there is an additional corner cupboard at the foot of the bed. The underbed storage accommodates the mains vacuum cleaner. A skirting board radiator is heated by the diesel fuelled unit that is in the engine compartment. A wall mounted programmer allows timed on-off. A door leads to a side passage and the -
 
BATHROOM: This contains a water-flushed dual-tank pump-out toilet, a hand basin, a 900 x 760mm shower with domestic thermostatic mixer head and some small storage shelves. A small radiator provides warmth and a heated towel rail. There is a wall mounted mirror and a shaver point. Continuing along the side passage, there are two cupboards before reaching the -
 
U-SHAPED GALLEY: A one-piece granite worktop covers storage cupboards and it has a set-in stainless steel sink with a domestic mixer tap over. A full-size domestic gas oven/grill is set above the compact dishwasher and some wine bottle storage. To the right are crockery shelves and a microwave cooker. A 4-burner gas hob is fitted in the worktop with a larder fridge below behind a decorative wooden door. Opposite the sink is a pair of steel doors set into the side of the boat and underneath this, at gunwale level, is a small folding table for food preparation. Moving forward to the -
 
DINETTE: An L-shaped seating arrangement with table converts to double bed. Under the seating is storage and a roll-out 12v chest freezer. The seating has an angled back and seat base for more comfortable seating. Skirting radiator. This area adjoins the -
 
SALOON: The sofa converts to a double bed and a brass rail supports a dividing curtain with tie-backs for daytime use. Skirting radiator and solid fuel stove. Opposite the sofa is a bookshelf and corner unit housing the CD/radio with a flat-screen TV and DVD player on top. There are two full-height wardrobes at the front either side of storage steps to the double-doors to the -
 
FRONT DECK: With storage lockers, water filling point and gas bottle locker.
 
GENERAL: Bittern is carpeted throughout except the galley which is boarded. She is spray-foam lined under ash diagonal internal panelling. Externally there are mooring ropes fore and aft with a centre eye on the roof also with a rope. The roof is covered in cream coloured non-slip paint and there are the usual plank, pole, hook and life-belt here too.

BOOKINGS:

There is a picking order for all shares in the syndicate. You move up one place each year, when at the top you revert to last place.  For Bittern, the booking year is May to April. Later, you will be asked to choose your second, low-season week. Depending how high in the picking order you are. This process repeats each year so you do not have to have same weeks each year but if a share has school holiday priority you stand a good chance of getting near your first choice.

 
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Booking system - in detail

The booking system....

The booking scheme is unique. It has been designed for those people who know what time of year that they want to take their main holidays in, but who don't want to, or can't take, the same fixed weeks holidays each and every year. It also allows those dependent upon school holidays to also use their boat when they need to.

It is based upon buying "blocks" of time, either two weeks (1/24th share), four weeks (1/12th share), six weeks (1/8th share) or eight weeks (1/6th share).

Many people want to use their boat during the busy summer months of June, July and August. Others prefer to cruise when it's quieter, April, May, September and October. The scheme allows you to choose if you want to cruise in the busy summer period (the weeks shown "Red" on the calendar below), or the quieter months (the weeks shown "Yellow" on the calendar below) - and then you will continue with this choice throughout your ownership of the boat.

The "Blue" weeks are for winter cruising and maintenance.

If you own a 4 week (1/12th) share, our scheme will allow you to use your boat for 2 weeks together (3 weeks for a 6 week (1/8th) share and 4 weeks for a 8 week (1/6th) share) without having to swap weeks with your co-owners.

The calendar below shows the colour allocated to each week of 2004, with each week starting on a Sunday. The actual week commencing date (or change-over) day may vary depending upon which marina the boat is based at. The number and seasonality of the "Red", "Yellow" and "Blue" weeks will be the same each and every year.

And if you own a 4 week (1/12th) share, you will be able to cruise for THREE WEEKS in the season EVERY YEAR - GUARANTEED!

What weeks are designated "Red", "Yellow" and "Blue"?

Based upon the 2006 calendar, with the co-owner changeover day being a Saturday the weeks designated as “Red”, “Yellow” and “Blue” are:

 

Month

Week
Starting

Week
Starting

Week
Starting

Week
Starting

Week
Starting

January
Week 1
w/c 7th Jan
Blue
Week 2
w/c 14th Jan
Blue
Week 3
w/c 21st Jan
Blue
Week 4
w/c 28th Jan
Blue
 
February
Week 5
w/c 4th Feb
Blue
Week 6
w/c 11th Feb
Blue
Week 7
w/c 18th Feb
Blue
Week 8
w/c 25th Feb
Blue
 
March
Week 9
w/c 4th Mar
Blue
Week 10
w/c 11th Mar
Yellow
Week 11
w/c 18th Mar
Yellow
Week 12
w/c 25th Mar
Yellow
 
April
Week 13
w/c 1st Apr
Yellow
Week 14
w/c 8th Apr
Yellow
Week 15
w/c 15th Apr
Yellow
Week 16
w/c 22nd Apr
Yellow
Week 17
w/c 29th Apr
Yellow
May
Week 18
w/c 6th May
Yellow
Week 19
w/c 13th May
Yellow
Week 20
w/c 20th May
Yellow
Week 21
w/c 27th May
Red
 
June
Week 22
w/c 3rd Jun
Red
Week 23
w/c 10th Jun
Red
Week 24
w/c 17th Jun
Red
Week 25
w/c 24th Jun
Red
 
July
Week 26
w/c 1st Jul
Red
Week 27
w/c 9th Jul
Red
Week 28
w/c 15th Jul
Red
Week 29
w/c 22nd Jul
Red
Week 30
w/c 29th Jul
Red
August
Week 31
w/c 5th Aug
Red
Week 32
w/c 12th Aug
Red
Week 33
w/c 19th Aug
Red
Week 34
w/c 26th Aug
Red
 
September
Week 35
w/c 2nd Sep
Yellow
Week 36
w/c 9th Sep
Yellow
Week 37
w/c 16th Sep
Yellow
Week 38
w/c 23rd Sep
Yellow
Week 39
w/c 30th Sep
Yellow
October
Week 40
w/c 7th Oct
Yellow
Week 41
w/c 14th Oct
Yellow
Week 42
w/c 21st Oct
Yellow
Week 43
w/c 28th Oct
Blue
 
November
Week 44
w/c 4th Nov
Blue
Week 46
w/c 11th Nov
Blue
Week 47
w/c 18th Nov
Blue
Week 48
w/c 25th Nov
Blue
 
December
Week 49
w/c 2nd Dec
Blue
Week 50
w/c 9th Dec
Blue
Week 50
w/c 16th Dec
Blue
Week 51
w/c 23rd Dec
Red / Yellow
Week 52
w/c 30th Dec
Red / Yellow

 
If you want your "summer" holidays on your boat to be in the peak months of June, July or August, then you must buy a “RED” share.

If you would prefer your "summer" holidays on your boat to be in the quieter months of March, April, May, September or October then you must buy a “YELLOW” share.

A "RED" share is more expensive than an equivalent "YELLOW" one.

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