Boat Share in France | Amethyst

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Shared narrow boat Amethyst


General information

Type of schemePrivate
Nominal number of sharers7
Year of build1996
Home mooring (2019)Castelnaudary until end March
then base should be Carcassonne Port
Engine Type (last known42hp Vetus (Mitsubishi) 2006
Berths2 + 2
Change over dayMonday
Are pets allowedNo
Is smoking allowed insideNo
Booking system
Ladder system. Summer weeks from begin April
2 weekly down set list + 2 weeks up set list then
2 names top of list go to bottom for following year.

There is a Schedule in the Agreement.

Winter weeks same schedule but tied up in Port at
Carcassonne normally when canal closed from
1st Nov to 15 March each year.
Priority for school holidaysNo. Members may work round such
requirements on an informal basis.

General Comments About the Boat

Amethyst is a comfortable cruiser stern narrowboat built originally by the well known Bonikowski in Wigan as his own personal boat originally. It has a stern deck with side entries and steps down into the cabin. There is a new last year Bimini cover plus umbrellas and casual chairs, gas locker, mooring pins etc.

The engine, gearbox batteries, weed hatch etc are all easily accessible under the stern deck. There is a fixed double 4' bed with mattress 4 years old below and double wardrobe and storage and storage under. There is a full bathroom with bath, shower, toilet, wash hand basin and storage. Passing the bathroom leads to the main kitchen/lounge cabin with fully fitted kitchen, gas cooker with electric ignition 3 years old, fridge with freezer compartment, sink, cupboards etc..

There is a new pot bellied woodburner fire, 2 year old settee bed, put you up tables chairs etc. and 2nd wardrobe.

There is a 3 year old TV with integrated DVD etc but no aerial.

Amethyst had a full set of new curtains last year (2018).

There are 2 steps up to the front deck with S/S water tank and electric pump etc under. On the front deck is room for small seating, wood box and front storage locker with Anchor, ropes, spare fenders, BBQ etc..

She is due for dry docking in March 2019 for bottom and external painting. At the same time she is due to have the existing wooden floor replaced with new laminate flooring.

Pictures of the boat

Shared narrow boat Amethyst
Shared narrow boat Amethyst
Shared narrow boat Amethyst
Shared narrow boat Amethyst
Shared narrow boat Amethyst
Shared narrow boat Amethyst
Shared narrow boat Amethyst
Shared narrow boat Amethyst
Shared narrow boat Amethyst
Shared narrow boat Amethyst

Specific details for the share offered

Size of share as a percentage or fraction1/7th
Price in UK Pounds£5,500
Reason for sellingWe are in our 70's now and it is time for a change. 
Pre-booked weeks included
2 weeks from 22/4/19 and
2 weeks from 23/9/19

with no winter booking.
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.4 weeks summer season and 4 weeks winter season.
In addition other member weeks not being used are
offered to all the Group and she is hardly used in the
winter and lots of time is usually available.

She is on mains water and electric when moored in
Carcassonne in the winter.
School holiday option possible?No
Running costs for 2018/9Approx £3000 which includes VNF fees,
winter mooring, Insurance, general running costs etc.

This last year has included new Bimini, Wood burning stove,
all new curtains, new battery, working flights.

Most work is done by the members on a voluntary basis when needed.

(There is a fully funded Bank account
with large current surplus which is included in the sale)

How are the running costs to be apportionedI would ask the incoming owner to take over the
monthly contribution from purchase. 
Contact details for vendor or 07771 891118

General comments by vendor

AMETHYST sails the World Heritage Canal du Midi and all linked canals from near Bordeaux on the Atlantic to Agen, Toulouse, Carcassonne, Beziers, Narbonne, Montpellier and beyond on the Mediterranee. This will require co-operation with other owners and different change over places!

The canals are operated by the French VNF and all Owners are required to hold an International Certificate For Operators of Pleasure Craft from the RYA which can be obtained after a 1-2 day course at a local Marina at a cost of about £250 and £50 certificate cost for 5 years. The Canal closes for the Winter period 1st Nov to 15th March when the VNF do maintenance work on the canal system.

We have owned our share since 2006 and thoroughly enjoyed all our time in the group and on the canal. There are still 2 of the original members from 2003.

All canal locks are operated by VNF Lock-keepers or fully automated and electric operation.

We are a well organised Group formed in 2003 when AMETHYST was transported from the UK to the Canal du Midi. We have Chair, Treasurer, Engineer, Holiday Sec, etc and an AGM in January each year in Lancashire and we are always updating and improving the boat.

Amethyst is fully equipped with everything you need to enjoy the beautiful Canal du Midi and associated canals including lots of spares, chairs, 2 fold up bikes etc. The Canals and Languedoc region have great villages, canal side restaurants, vineyards etc..

Access to the area is by Ryanair flights into Carcassonne from 5 UK airports, Belgium, Ireland and Portugal plus the usual road and rail. There are other flights into nearby Toulouse and Beziers depending on changeover arrangements.

The boat carries 4 x 100amp leisure batteries, 1 Starter battery and  Invertor allowing plenty of leisure power.

Dry docking is every 4 years ( due March 2019), Oil changes approx. every 150hrs and there are full service records and Log Books from 2003

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