There is a share for sale on
|Type of scheme||Private|
|Number of sharers||10|
|Year of construction||2001|
|Home mooring (2017)||
Thames & Kennet Marina, Caversham Lakes, Henley Rd Reading.
|Type||Piper Built Dutch Barge|
|Length||49' x 12'|
|Engine Type||Barrus Shire|
|Berths||2 x doubles in
separate cabins, each en-suite,
1 x double in saloon utilising bed/settee.
|Change over day each week||Friday|
|Are pets allowed||Allowed|
|Is smoking allowed INSIDE the boat||NOT Allowed|
system where pairs of owners move two rungs up the ladder and rotate
each year, going from bottom to top in five years.
Over a period of ten years, every owner will occupy every position.
No. 1 gets first choice of two weeks, going down to no. 10, then it reverses and no. 10 gets first choice of second two weeks, going up to no. 1.
Any spare weeks can be booked with priority given in reverse order
|Priority for school holidays||No such scheme in place.|
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|Reason for selling|
|Holiday entitlement with share offered here.|
|Pre-booked weeks included|
|School Holiday Possible?|
|Running costs for 2017|
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General Comments by vendor
Dorchester is one of very few replica barges on the non tidal Thames and the only one known to have the availability of shared ownership. It is not a time share - the boat is actually owned entirely by the shareholders and there is considerable pride in ownership reflected in its well kept appearance. The lock keepers probably regard it as one of their most regular clients and often comment on the friendliness and good humour of its crews.
This scheme makes barging on the Thames financially viable instead of the burden of sole ownership.
She is very well maintained and has been regularly upgraded in recent years. Recent works have included replacement of the wheelhouse, a bare metal repaint, renewal of galley white goods and replacement of the tv and radio systems. All works to date have been carried out within the annual subscriptions with no necessity to call on extra funding.
The cruising area extends from Lechlade at the head of navigation to Limehouse on the tidal waterway with access to the broadbeam canal system at Reading by means of the Kennet and Avon canal to Bristol and at Limehouse to the Grand Union canal. The variety of urban and rural landscapes is unlimited. Some of England's most famous eating places lie close to the river.
Thames and Kennet Marina provides excellent facilities including a pontoon berth with easy access to the river, mains water and electricity on the pontoon, adequate secure car parking, toilet and shower facilities and a pleasant cafe/licensed bar. Free pump out facilities and reduced fuel costs are available to berth holders.
Some boating experience is required but the basic techniques for barge sailing can be quickly learned by those used to sailing boats, cruisers and narrow boats.