Cheddington



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CHEDDINGTON

Boatshare | Shared Narrow Boat Cheddington


 


General information

Type of schemePrivate
Nominal number of sharers12
Year of build2000
Home mooring (2019)Aston Marina, Stone, Staffordshire on the 
Trent and Mersey Canal
Length58'
Engine Type (last knownBetaMarine 43 installed March 2014
Berths2 + 4
Change over dayFriday
Are pets allowedNo
Is smoking allowed insideNo
Booking system
The booking procedure is easier to operate than describe!

For booking purposes, the twelve shares are arranged as 
six pairs. A booking chart for the following calendar year is
circulated in agreed priority order in late summer before the 
owners’ annual meeting. Each owner in turn can choose up to
two weeks (separately or as a fortnight) in the ‘high season’ 
(mid-April to mid-October inclusive), and one week in the 
remainder of the year. 

After setting aside agreed weeks for winter maintenance 
(usually January), the remaining weeks are booked on
request with priority reversed from that used for the 
previously-booked weeks.Each pair of shares moves up
one place (each owner effectively moving up two places)
in each subsequent year and after a year at the top 
drops to the bottom; the order within the pair is then
reversed and the six year cycle begins again.
Priority for school holidaysUp to three shareholders may opt for "school holiday"
preference shares (referred to as ‘special’ shares), for 
which they pay a premium of 25% on the running costs
each year but get first choice of the school holiday weeks available. 

General Comments About the Boat

Cheddington has a Graham Reeves hull and a  John Milburn fit-out.Cheddington has a semi-trad rear deck with room for the steerer plus two and contains lockers with gas bottles, windlasses, mooring pins etc. Moveable deck boards give access to the engine bay, weed hatch and batteries.

Steps down (over the 240v inverter) lead to an en-suite (pump-out loo and wash basin) with useful hanging and cupboard storage and the master bedroom with double bed (extendable to 5’), storage beneath, cupboards above and a full height wardrobe.

Beyond the privacy door is the gas central heating boiler (concealed by the opened door) and the bathroom to the left with corner bath, shower and full width mirror, radiator, wash basin, pump-out loo, storage and extractor fan.

Next comes the galley which has a good area of worktop, numerous cupboards, oven/grill, fridge, microwave and ceiling extractor fan. A glass-fronted see-through cabinet is also fixed to the ceiling and an opening hatch prevents overheated cooks on fine days and has proved to be the best place to feed the ducks.

Moving further towards the sharp end is the dinette, an L-shaped settee around an extendable table which is easily convertible to a double bed with further storage beneath.

The saloon has 2 large comfortable armchairs which convert to beds and a ‘modesty’ curtain. There is a flat-screen Freeview TV with DVD (new in 2014), freesat box and dish, radio and, for additional heating, a solid fuel stove. This area also has a full height wardrobe and drawer space.

The folding French-window style doors lead to the well deck which has a large seating area and three lockers for hoses, coal, mops etc. and the brass water tank filler cap.

Pictures of the boat

Boatshare | Shared Narrow Boat Cheddington
Shared narrow boat Cheddington
Shared narrow boat Cheddington
Shared narrow boat Cheddington
Shared narrow boat Cheddington
Shared narrow boat Cheddington
Shared narrow boat Cheddington
Shared narrow boat Cheddington
Shared narrow boat Cheddington
Shared narrow boat Cheddington

Specific details for the share offered

Size of share as a percentage or fraction1/12th
Price in UK Pounds£1,500
Reason for sellingOld age
Pre-booked weeks included
One week starting 20th March 2020
Two weeks starting 8th May 2020
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.I get a guaranteed three weeks
plus options on a fourth.
School holiday option possible?No
Running costs for 2019

(How do these figures compare? 
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The running costs for 2020 are not available but usually
they work out around £800 per annum.
How are the running costs to be apportionedI would ask the incoming owner to repay to me
a sum of money equal to the part year I will probably
have already paid on taking over the share.
Contact details for vendor
fred@ransome.org.uk or 01202 696945

General comments by vendor

Cheddington is semi-trad narrow boat in fine order throughout. She was completely re-painted in January 2014 by Sally Tooze of Willow Boat Painting ( http://www.willowboats.co.uk  where you can see more pictures of Cheddington). In March of 2014 a new BetaMarine 43 engine with PRM150 D2 gearbox and Python drive were installed by the engineers at Swanley Bridge marina 
( http://www.swanleybridgemarina.com ) and the whole drive train and propeller assembly re-engineered for peak efficiency. This has resulted in an extremely smooth and manoeuvrable boat that is a pleasure to steer. The mechanical upgrades come with a five year warranty which should keep routine maintenance costs to a minimum.

The distinctive artwork on each side always invites comment and is a good conversation starter. The Buckinghamshire village of Cheddington was the scene of the Great Train Robbery, which is also sometimes referred to as the ‘Cheddington Mail Van Raid’. The picture (re-created after the original during last winter’s re-paint) certainly seems to stick in fellow boaters’ memories and ‘Ched’ is quite famous on the waterways as a result.

The syndicate of owners is self-managed and extremely friendly and efficient, the management is organised with a chairman, secretary, treasure and maintenance supervisor.

There is a dedicated website service for news and general discussion, and all owners gather in the autumn for lunch followed by an AGM. The AGM gives everyone a voice as to the running of the boat. There is a comprehensive Syndicate Agreement and procedure for transfer of share ownership.

We have owned our share since 2008 and have taken our 3 week holidays every year since then.

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