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Boatshare | Shared Narrow Boat Oakmere


General information

Type of schemeManaged
Nominal number of sharers16%
Year of build2011
Home mooring (2018)Braunston Marina
Engine Type (last knownBeta Marine JD3
Berths2 + 2 (both doubles)
Change over daySaturday
Are pets allowedYes
Is smoking allowed insideNo
Booking systemTwo owners have "special" shares that allow them to
 PICK their four weeks (one in each season) after that
there is a ballot for the remaining weeks for the other
10 owners.

After the ballot owners are free to exchange weeks
with each other as they prefer.
Priority for school holidaysThere are two shares that pay a premium each year
on the running costs and are allowed to PICK
their four weeks ahead of the other 10 owners.

These two owners are NOT restricted to picking ONLY
school holiday weeks but can select from any weeks available.

(The owners having this status pay around £200 per
annum more on running costs than the other shareholders.)

General Comments About the Boat

Oakmere is a replica tug with Josher style bow and a traditional stern. The metalwork by Tyler Wilson includes recessed panels and other traditional style detailing. Exterior paintwork includes a large area of traditional scumble on the roof. 

Entering from the stern there is a storage cupboard on either side, one of which also houses the bow thruster controls, engine controls and the Webasto central heating system. The traditional style steps contain a coal box. There is storage under the bottom step for windlasses etc. There are traditional speed wheel controls which are easily accessible to the steerer over the steps.

The rear day cabin (which is a modern take on a traditional boatman's cabin) has a small Faversham solid fuel stove with kindling drawer under. There is a small seating area with storage under and a large cupboard housing the guest double bed with storage above. On the other side there is a narrow seating area. There is a window into the engine room with privacy blind for night time.

The engine room has a Beta Marine JD3 engine with traditional controls. There are two sets of side doors. There is a full height cupboard for electrical, inverter and remote engine controls and this also houses a small washing machine. There is a further small storage cupboard and a bespoke shelf for the chimneys. The engine room has a bespoke copper radiator and copper piping on the engine. A drying rail is located above the engine allowing for quick drying of wet clothing in the residual heat generated by the engine.

Moving forward the "cross over" bathroom has a large 900mm quadrant shower, black granite worktop with a white porcelain bowl type washbasin with a cupboard and shelves under and a mirror above. The toilet is a macerating pump out type toilet and there is a chrome heated towel rail over. Karndene flooring.

The galley has black granite work tops with a 12 volt fridge with freezer compartment, bespoke cupboards and drawers under. There is a gas hob and gas oven/grill. There are bespoke high level "over port hole" cupboards over the sink. There is a microwave oven and toaster. On the port side there is a set of side doors and a Houdini hatch in the ceiling. Kanrndene flooring and central heating radiator.

The main saloon has a solid fuel stove, two Wilsons "captain" type cream leather reclining chairs with footstools, Side cabinet with cupboards and shelving and housing TV with DVD, radio with CD to a Bose 2.1 sound system. Sliding out from under the tug deck is a cantilevered dining table (to seat 5). Concealed cupboards at the sides house four dining chairs. The fifth seat is formed by the multi use "piano style" front steps which convert to use as a seat or a small coffee table.

Also sliding out from under the tug deck is a full double berth (4ft 6ins wide and 6ft 6ins in length. For night use there are two small bedside tables which fold away during the day and these have individual reading lights. There are two clothes storage cupboards above at the sides of the front doors. The saloon has another set of side doors, three portholes, central heating radiator and Karndene flooring.

Double doors at the front (with sliding hatch above) lead onto the large tug deck. There is a large front storage locker and a further bow locker houses the gas bottles. A traditional copper tunnel light (removable and stored on a bespoke fitting in the engine room) sits on a pillar between these lockers.

Pictures of the boat

Boatshare | Shared Narrow Boat Oakmere
Shared narrow boat Oakmere
Shared narrow boat Oakmere
Shared narrow boat Oakmere
Shared narrow boat Oakmere
Shared narrow boat Oakmere
Shared narrow boat Oakmere
Shared narrow boat Oakmere
Shared narrow boat Oakmere
Shared narrow boat Oakmere

Specific details for the share offered

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Price in UK Pounds
Reason for selling
Pre-booked weeks included
Holiday entitlement with share offered here.
School holiday option possible?
Running costs for 2019

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General comments by vendor

Oakmere is a most unusual boat to find in a shared ownership scheme. We first saw her at the Crick show in 2013 and were struck by the rare and wonderful opportunity of being able to own such a boat.

She had initially been commissioned by a private individual who wanted a unique boat with a contemporary and easy to use interior but with a truly traditional feel and look about her. No expense was spared in her construction and fit out. 

In June 2011 she was featured in Waterways World and later that same year she won the Lionel Munk Award for her builders, the Navigation Narrowboat Company of Nantwich. The quality of the work and detailing that went into Oakmere is still evident for all to see today. 

She attracts many favourable comments from casual passers by as we cruise along the various waterways of Britain, and also from people such as lock keepers and CRT staff who appreciate her sleek lines and many traditional features. We have felt very proud to be at the tiller of this beautiful craft.

The large tug deck is a wonderful space. We have spent many a happy sunny evening moored up in open countryside and sitting out there feeling totally at one with the water and our surroundings. And the space is most certainly well used from the point of view of the interior too. Because the bed and the dining table both pull out from underneath the tug deck and can be stowed away when not in use, it allows for a large, airy and uncluttered saloon area.

With regards to the way the shares are drawn, we have always in the past been able to swap weeks in order to get our two weeks per season together. We have not done this for 2019 as it leaves options for any prospective purchaser. You will see that in October 2018 we have three weeks together and one year we managed to get four weeks together so more extended cruising is possible if desired with this system. Many people who only have an 8% share are keen to get two weeks together so swapping is quite easy and we have always found it to work out to most people's advantage. Also, if an owner is unable to use their week for whatever reason, it will be offered to the rest of the syndicate to take up at short notice if they wish and are able. Unused weeks are never "sold" to other syndicates or any other individuals.

We are selling a 16% share but would consider splitting it to 2 x 8%.

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