Soulbury 2

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Shared narrow boat


General information

Type of schemePrivate
Nominal number of sharers10
Year of build1997
Home mooring (2019)Aqueduct Marina, Church Minshall, Cheshire
Engine Type (last knownBeta (new Feb 2016)
Berths2 + 4
Change over dayFriday
Are pets allowedYes
Is smoking allowed insideNo
Booking system
A booking chart for the following calendar year is circulated
in agreed priority order during the autumn and before the
owners’ annual meeting in November, where the bookings for
the next year are confirmed. 

Each owner has a priority for that year, and moves up a couple
of places each year: after a year at the top of the list, the
owner then starts at the bottom, and after six years the
cycle begins again. 

Each owner can choose two weeks (separately or as a fortnight)
in the ‘high season’ (April to October inclusive), and one week
in the remainder of the year. By this route, thirty-six weeks
are firmly booked before the year begins. 

Allowing time for winter maintenance, the remaining 14 weeks
are booked with priority in reverse order to the original chart,
so having last choice originally does have it's compensations.

Further weeks may be available but cannot be guarenteed. 
Priority for school holidaysA maximum of two shares may elect to take
a school holiday preference.

The share on offer on this advert IS a school holiday share

General Comments About the Boat

Soulbury is a 58’ narrowboat built in 1997 with a semi traditional stern. The boat has gas central heating throughout via an Alde boiler in addition to a solid fuel stove. The engine also provides hot water. In the last 3 years, it has had a new engine and gearbox. The boat is carpeted throughout with vinyl in the bathroom and galley. LED lighting and curtains/blinds throughout. 

In February 2019 it was re-painted from bare metal for £12K. 

Rear Deck: Gas bottles and equipment under side compartments. Sliding hatch and steps down into into the rear galley and dinette area full size sink and drainer, fridge with freezer. Opposite the hob is a table that can be propped up for extra space. The dinette area has a side hatch with optional Perspex window, a solid fuel stove with chimney and a dinette which converts to a double bed. Two stools and more storage space. 

Main bathroom has a shower over a good size corner bath, shower curtain, full size mirror, and a pump out toilet and hand basin. Cubby hole for storage and shelves above basin and cupboard below basin. In the corridor by the bathroom is an Alde central heating boiler.

Main Bedroom: In the centre of the boat is a fixed double bed that extends to a full 5' king size. Storage is provided in the wardrobes, under-bed drawers and cubby holes.

En-suite Bedroom/lounge area: Further forward is a second pump-out toilet and hand-basin and then into the front lounge area with flat screen TV/DVD combo, you can also have music playing to speakers throughout the boat. This space has 2 benches that can be used as single beds, or be converted into a king-size bed. Storage area. Wide opening French windows which lead to

Front Deck: without change of floor level. This area also has a lovely recently purchased cratch cover, useful in bad weather. Storage for BBQs, fuel, rope, hose. And also bespoke swing out board seats.

Pictures of the boat

Shared narrow boat Soulbury
Shared narrow boat
Shared narrow boat
Shared narrow boat Soulbury
Shared narrow boat Soulbury
Shared narrow boat
Shared narrow boat
Shared narrow boat
Shared narrow boat
Shared narrow boat Soulbury

Specific details for the share offered

Size of share as a percentage or fraction1/10th
Price in UK Pounds£2,250
Reason for sellingOur two older boys want to move on from holidays
on the boat and do other things now.

While we have considered just leaving them behind,
as we still enjoy our time on the narrow boat,
we only have so many weeks of holiday together each
year so would prefer to spend the time together
until they leave home.
Pre-booked weeks included
Two weeks in August, 16th-30th 2019
and a week in October, 18th-25th 2019.
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.Four weeks a year (two in high season and two other) 
School holiday option possible?This is a school holiday share
Running costs for 2019

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 £1000 plus £250 for school holiday share priority
How are the running costs to be apportionedIf the pre-booked weeks can be taken by the new owners,
then we would ask for £500 towards running costs already paid.

If pre-booked weeks cannot be taken please discuss.
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General comments by vendor

There are only 10 sharers, therefore you can get four weeks of holiday in the year. 

The boat is currently moored at Aqueduct Marina which is perfectly placed to explore the Llangollen, the Cheshire Ring or the Four-Counties Ring.

For this holiday share option, an additional £250 is added. The Holiday entitlement can be dropped at any time. 

We have loved our time on the boat, and have many fond memories. The other owners are very friendly and welcoming.

Some of the sharers have the expertise in dealing with small/particular maintenance issues, therefore costs have been low.  Several owners have owned a share on Soulbury since she was launched. There is an annual meeting in September/October where we talk through the arrangements for the following year. Everyone gets the chance to chip in and decisions are made on a majority vote.

We (or one of the other sharers) would be delighted to show you around the boat if you are interested. The ideal day is a Friday as this is change-over day but other times may be possible. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch.

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