Bon Viveur

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Shared French cruiser Bon Viveur


General information

Type of schemePrivate
Nominal number of sharers13
Year of build2004
Home mooring (2019)BV has no permanent mooring.

She spends the spring and autumn in the South of France
and the summer around Burgundy.
Length50' X 13'
Engine Type (last known)Diesel engine Beta/Ford/Bowman Marine,
5 litres, 4 cylinder, 85 HP with Vetus hydraulic pump.
(Rebuilt 2016)
Berths4 + 4
Change over dayMonday
Are pets allowedNo
Is smoking allowed insideNo
Booking system
Fixed weeks
Priority for school holidaysNo such scheme on this boat

General Comments About the Boat

Built 2004 from tough fibre-reinforced epoxy composite, extremely well insulated and panelled throughout in both solid oak and oak veneer, the boat was repainted in 2018, every winter the hull was treated with antifouling. 

On the rear fly bridge there is seating for 6-8 for dining and a stainless steel wheel. Steps down each side to wheelhouse cabin.

This offers dining for 6-8, an inside steering position and access to engine.

Steps down to "first class" appointed double berth 'owner's' cabin aft of the wheelhouse with en suite shower and WC.

Steps down to saloon which offers sofa bed and galley. walk through to separate WC and shower on left and double cabin on right.

Walkout through bow door to bow front which has seating with storage and access to gas bottles.

A second double-berth 'guest' cabin is provided at the front of the boat with separate shower and WC rooms adjacent. The saloon/kitchen is provided with a sofa that converts to a third double bed, if required, and the seating in the wheelhouse - normally arranged as an 'L'-shaped dinette on a raised plinth for maximum visibility through the panoramic windows - can also be arranged to provide sleeping accommodation for two. 

This is an ideal boat for two - four people who like to have occasional guests. Although it is able to take eight we would not recommend this for extended cruising.

The wheelhouse has a large sliding sunroof and a second 'fly bridge' helm position is situated on the aft sun deck. The aft sun deck comfortable seats 6-8 people for meals.
Access to engine.
Diesel engine Beta/Ford/Bowman Marine,
5 litres, 4 cylinder, 85 HP with Vetus hydraulic pump.

In lieu of conventional marine gearbox, a variable Vetus hydraulic pump is installed which drives the main prop together with a bow thruster and a stern thruster. Very easy to manoeuver, even sideways. 


Length overall: 50 ft approx
Beam: 13 ft approx


Fuel tank approx 350L, Fresh water tank Holding tank approx 800L
Starter battery 
Service / inverter batteries 2 x 240 Ah
Alternator 2 x 150A
Inverter 230 V
DC Charger 50 A
Shore power 230V
Automatic and manual bilge pumps

Deck Equipment

aft boarding ladder
stern navigation light
rails around aft deck 
external helm with ship's wheel, s/s
engine controls and instruments
thruster controls
sliding roof, wheelhouse
port and s/b navigation lights
2 Houdini roof hatches, 1 in fwd cabin 1 in saloon
1 x manual anchor winch
30m chain, 30m warp
6 s/s mooring bollards
6 mooring lines
4 mooring spikes
1 4lb hammer
8 s/s fender eyes
2-4 'balloon' fenders medium and large
6-7 finger fenders assorted sizes
6 ladder fenders
1 step fender
1 fold-down navigation and anchor lights
1 gang plank
2 poles with hooks
flags and staff + securing device
1 shore power lead
2 13kg propane bottles (Europe) + regulators

2 regular bikes (replaced when deteriorate)
All spares for bikes and tool kits

4 adult slim-line life jackets (new in 2016) and four regular style 

1 x sun umbrella for upper steering position

2 solar panels
Smart gauge for battery management

Electric cable and assorted connectors
2 x water hoses and assorted connectors

Bow and stern thrusters -Vetus  hydraulic


Aft Cabin - trimmed and panelled in oak

5ft wide bed with good quality foam mattresses
storage below for tools and accessories
cupboards, drawers, wardrobe, large open shelved storage area (takes cases)
Bedside tables with storage 
3 pairs curtains with tie-backs 
Central heating radiator
LED lights and reading lights
Electrical Sockets (UK)

Aft WC/shower

sea toilet with hand pump
basin with tiled vanity unit
mirror and shaving mirror
towel rail
tiled shower cubicle with curtain
electric shower pump-out
Central heating radiator
fire extinguisher 

Wheelhouse - trimmed and panelled in oak

L-shaped dinette with removable/washable upholstered (new in 2018) foam cushions for conversion to double bed
Demountable table
Two helmsman's stools
Ship's wheel, mahogany
Engine controls and instruments
Thruster controls
Double USB socket and 'cigarette lighter' style power socket
Curtains to make seating area private (one set)
Central heating radiator
fire extinguisher 
LED lights
Access to all fuses

Forward Cabin - trimmed and panelled in oak

4ft 6" wide bed with sprung mattresses
Three storage units below for duvets, pillows, and 'stuff' (duvets provided and regularly replaced but bring own linen)
Drawers, wardrobe, bed side unit and shelves
2 pairs curtains with tie-backs
Large mirror
Central heating radiator
Fire extinguisher
LED lighting

Forward WC

sea toilet with hand pump
basin with tiled vanity unit
towel rail
Central heating radiator

Forward shower

tiled shower cubicle with curtain
towel rail
electric shower pump-out
Central heating radiator

Saloon - trimmed and panelled in oak

Slide-out sofa-bed with removable/washable upholstered (new in 2018) foam cushions
Vacuum cleaner (stored under sofa bed)
Storage cupboards
Radiator, carpet
Fold away table
Storage/bedside unit on wheels


2 fridges: with small freezer compartment
1 propane cooker with 4 burners, grill and oven
Tiled worktop
Drawers and cupboards
All kitchen equipment - cutlery and crockery
fire extinguisher, fire blanket 


1 kit engine spares - fan belts, impellers, oil filters, alternators - constantly updated
1 tool kit which allows for most on the go repairs and servicing 
2 small sanders
1 kit toilet spares
1 instruction manual and one folder of manuals for all equipment
1 ship's log
1 SSR certificate

(Please note there are two almost identical craft, Bon Viveur and Bon Viveur II and the exact spec varies very little. The above list is meant as a general guide and if there is something there that you conside essential please check with the vendor that the item is on the boat)

Pictures of the boat

Shared French cruiser Bon Viveur
Shared French cruiser Bon Viveur
Shared French cruiser Bon Viveur
Shared French cruiser Bon Viveur
Shared French cruiser Bon Viveur
Shared French cruiser Bon Viveur
Shared French cruiser Bon Viveur
Shared French cruiser Bon Viveur
Shared French cruiser Bon Viveur
Shared French cruiser Bon Viveur

Specific details for the share offered

Size of share as a percentage or fraction3/36th (1/12th)
Price in UK Pounds£7,500
Reason for sellingAfter 20 seasons cruising the french waterways we want to try something else
Pre-booked weeks included
September 2 to September 23, 2019 (Three weeks)
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.Three weeks. Sometimes, additional weeks
become available on an ad hoc basis
School holiday option possible?No
Running costs for 2018/9It is normally between £375 and £425 per share per week owned.

This includes maintenance of whole boat including interior furnishing;
canal fees; repairs and insurance.

The only usual exclusions are fuel and any mooring fees during our weeks
How are the running costs to be apportioned£375 per week maintenance fee to be paid to the vendor
by the buyer assuming the weeks in 2019 are being used.
Contact details for vendor or 0041763802428 (Switzerland)

General comments by vendor

We were looking to buy a boat exactly like this, when we discovered this boat on the Saone river back in 2011.

There are 36 shares for 36 weeks starting end of February until November. Each share entitles the owner to use the boat one week.
The owners agree among each other where to hand over.

Every year it is in the Midi for maintenance during the winter, in spring it is navigated or transported by truck up the Rhone to Burgundy, in autumn back to the Midi.

There is around £7,200 (correct 2019) in the Contigency Fund for any unexpected expediture, this equates to around £200 per week owned.

Although a little out of date now there is an interesting article from Waterways World about shared boating in France that includes Bon Viveur and Bon Viveur II . Read it here and here .

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