Boat Share | Firefly

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Shared narrow boat Firefly


General information

Type of schemeManaged
Nominal number of sharers12
Year of build2007
Home mooring (2020)Overwater Marina (Shropshire Union) CW5 8AY
Engine Type (last knownCanalline (New 2019)
Berths2 + 4
Change over daySaturday
Are pets allowedNo
Is smoking allowed insideNo
Booking systemList rotation system.

A booking chart for the following year is circulated in late summer/early autumn.
The list is split into blocks which are booked in order: school holiday, 
then red summer shares, then yellow spring/autumn shares, then blue shares.

Those at the top of the list chose their slots first, then 2nd on the list etc.

Each year everyone moves up the list until they reach the top, after which 
they re-join the bottom of the list.
Priority for school holidaysThree owners have special (school holiday priority) shares and they get to choose first
(in rotation) for the summer and Easter/autumn half term school holiday weeks.

General Comments About the Boat

Starting at the semi-trad rear of the boat, there is a locker with seating either side. 

Steps lead down past built in wardrobe/cupboards to a fixed double bed with additional storage under. 

Next there is an off-coridor shower room with good size shower, pump out toilet with level gauge and basin fitted into cupboard unit.  Towel radiator and plenty of storage.

Continuing down the coridor you reach the kitchen with eye level gas cooker/grill, microwave, 4 burner gas hob, fridge, sink and side doors opposite with pull out shelf below.  Freezer located under dinette.

Next comes an L-shaped dinette with a free standing table which can be collapsed down to convert the dinette to a double bed.  There is a big storage space under the dinette seating for bedding etc.

After this is a curtain which can be pulled across the cabin to divide off the dinette when sleeping.

The lounge area with a sofa is towards the front of the boat which pulls out to form a double bed with large storage space underneath for bedding etc.  There is a solid fuel bubble stove at the front of the boat.

Opposite the sofa bed are built in cubpoards and shelving and there are further wardrobes and shelved cupboards at the front of the boat.  Double front doors with windows lead out to the front deck with seating either side and further storage.

Bedroom and lounge area carpeted.  Wooden flooring in kitchen.

Diesel central heating throughout the boat and an additional radiator in the back cabin. 

Pictures of the boat

Shared narrow boat Firefly
Shared narrow boat Firefly
Shared narrow boat Firefly
Shared narrow boat Firefly
Shared narrow boat Firefly
Shared narrow boat Firefly
Shared narrow boat Firefly
Shared narrow boat Firefly
Shared narrow boat Firefly
Shared narrow boat Firefly

Specific details for the share offered

Size of share as a percentage or fraction12th School Holiday Share
Price in UK Pounds£2,400
Reason for sellingUnable to make full use of weeks due to
other commitments in holidays.
Pre-booked weeks includedSaturday 19th July - Saturday 2nd August (2 weeks)
Saturday 24th October - Saturday 31st October (1 week)
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.Guaranteed:
2 school summer holiday weeks,
1 Easter or autumn half term week
plus 1 winter week *

* The latter is not guaranteed to be a school holiday,
but we have had school holiday weeks even being
low on the rota in recent years as most owners prefer other weeks.  
School holiday option possible?This is a school holiday share
Running costs for 2020

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£107 pm running costs
Plus £28 pm towards budgeted winter maintenance
Plus £15 pm towards savings for future major expenditure items
Total £150 per month 

There is no premium applied for having school holiday status.
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 01905 641488

General comments by vendor

This is actually 2 x 24th shares and we would consider splitting it. Please ask for details as to how the bookings would work if this interests you.

Firefly is a well looked after boat and we have thoroughly enjoyed our 6 years in the syndicate.  The syndicate ensures that sufficient funds are spent to keep the boat in a very good state, without excessive expenditure (eg. in purchasing a new carpet in 2018, the chairman circulated a variety of cost options and colours on which we all voted and chose the middle option).

New items purchased in 2019:
Boat wiring & batteries
In addition, the stove and carpets have been replaced in the last 3 years.

New paint job booked for 2022 with Andy Russell at Overwater (boat's base).  Full cost already saved in boat savings account.

Monthly cost includes ALL budgeted costs (including winter maintenance) and a monthly contribution into the savings account towards major purchases. 

We have very much valued the input provided by the current Chairman and have felt very lucky to have his skills and time in leading our syndicate.  He does online questionnaires/votes on all major expenditure/decisions and so our preferences have felt very democratically and fairly represented. 

We will miss Firefly and will keep in touch with several syndicate members who have become friends.

It should be noted that Firefly has greater than usual internal headroom, my husband is 6' 5" and can walk around without any problems.

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