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Mandarin

   
Type of scheme Private
Number of sharers 11
Year of construction 1993
Home mooring (2017) Aston Marina, Stone on the Trent & Mersey
Length 65'
Engine Type Isuzu four-cylinder 42hp diesel
Berths 4 + 2
Change over day each week Sunday
Are pets allowed Allowed
Is smoking allowed INSIDE the boat Allowed
Booking System 11 members own 2 or 3 week shares. A couple of weeks before the AGM in November members provide their preferred weeks cruising to the booking secretary who then compiles and distributes a provisional list.

This is discussed at the AGM and any holiday clashes are negotiated until the final booking schedule is agreed.
Priority for school holidays There are no formal arrangements for school holidays, but there is an informal agreement that means that anyone not achieving their first preference one year gets priority the next.
 
General comments about the boat

Mandarin is an extremely well appointed 65ft semi-traditional narrow boat built by Alvechurch Boat Centre in 1993 to an exceedingly high specification and lovingly maintained. The hull is of 15/6mm steel and the superstructure of 4mm steel. The engine, newly fitted in 2006, is an Isuzu four-cylinder 42hp diesel with closed circuit cooling system. As well as doors from the spacious bow and stern decks, there is a useful entrance in the port side amidships.


The interior is light and airy, finished in ash T&G panelling. The windows are of stylish rounded 'top hopper' design with lined curtains. The boat is insulated and centrally heated throughout by an Alde gas boiler. Hot water is from a calorifier heated by engine, boiler or an immersion heater which may be used where a landline mains supply is available. The solid fuel stove in the forward cabin makes a delightfully cosy environment on chilly evenings and there is a fireguard to protect younger crew members.

The boat is conveniently wired for 240V electricity derived either from an onboard Rediline rotary converter or from a landline where available. 12 volt sockets are also provided throughout.

Mandarin can comfortably sleep up to six. The double bed has a sumptuous, interior sprung mattress and the two fixed single berths are of comfortable high quality foam. The lounge / dining area has a flexible arrangement, two arm chairs convert to a settee, double or single beds. The dining chairs are stored within the folding dining table that can either be used in the forward cabin or set up on the towpath! Some comfortable folding occasional chairs complete the seating.

The spacious bathroom has a step in shower / hipbath with integral seat and thermostatic shower, a hand basin and Microphor flush toilet with remote holding tank.

The galley area has a 1Ĺ-bowl sink and drainer, tiled worktop , an electric refrigerator and four-ring gas hob and cooker. Drinking water is filtered. There is a full complement of crockery.

There are ample storage cupboards throughout the boat. The comfortable, high quality floor coverings were completely renewed in 2006.

The syndicate is entirely private and non profit making. It has run since 1993 when Mandarin was built. Each member owns a share in the boat until such time as they choose to sell. A comprehensive syndicate agreement is signed on joining. An Annual General Meeting is held at a hotel over a weekend out of season. A Chairman, Secretary, Engineer, Treasurer and Bookings Secretary are elected and the formal business of the Syndicate is agreed. This is also a great social event, meeting up with fellow owners who might otherwise meet only at handovers.

Cruising allocations are flexible, requested in advance of and finally agreed at the AGM. Additional use of Mandarin is generally available outside the season for a nominal sum. Each member is entitled to nominate up to two Associate Members who may use the member's allocation but with some restrictions.
 
 
Pictures of the boat

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Specific details for the share offered
 
Size of share as a percentage or fraction Three week share
Price in UK pounds £3,000 for all three weeks
Reason for selling I bought my shares 10 years ago in order to have holidays with my teenage children and to be able to take their and my friends. Children are now grown up, both they and I now want to do different things.
Pre-booked weeks included 7th May 17,
2nd July 17,
22nd October 17 (Half Term)
Holiday entitlement with share offered here. Our share entitles us to three weeks with the option of further weeks if members cannot take their weeks and also weeks in the closed season at a nominal cost.
Running costs for 2016 Maintenance costs for my three week share is £99 per month which covers mooring fees/ repairs/insurance/servicing/gas bottles etc for the year, in the 10 years I have been with the syndicate this maintenance payment has been enough to cover the cost of painting and blacking mandarin every four/five years and still have money in the pot for repairs etc.

From point of share sale direct debit would transfer to new owner for these monthly payments.
Contact details for vendor lizramsdale@btinternet.com
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General Comments by vendor
 
Our 10 years with our boating family of the Mandarin Syndicate has been a great way to take family and friends on holiday at exceptionally low cost.

We have moved marina every 3/4 years so have seen lots of different interesting places that we would never have seen otherwise. From the contrast of inner city to the peace and quiet of being alone in the middle of nowhere on the canal is something I have found to be extraordinary.

The Syndicate is a very friendly group made up of couples and singles from different parts of the country. We all meet once a year at our AGM in November, having dinner on the Saturday evening & AGM on the Sunday morning.

One of our members look after Mandarinís maintenance issues organising all servicing, and spending many hours fixing and updating equipment etc. every season.

Mandarin was repainted and blacked winter 2014/15 and this last winter 2015/16 the bathroom radiator was replaced with a heated towel rail and a smaller radiator. Mandarin now has a new diesel fired boiler which starts and stops on the press of a single button, heats both water and radiators very quickly. The boiler is capable of a future upgrade to add a frost-stat and another which would enable control over the mobile phone network from a Smartphone app. A new inverter has also installed the new unit charges mobile and cameras like proper mains at home!

Chair beds have also been replaced with very comfortable new ones in the saloon area ≠ not shown on photos.

I will be very sad to leave but time is up for me to try new things, Mandarin is perfect for families or couples alike.

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