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Boatshare | Shared Narrow Boat Somnia


General information

Type of schemeManaged
Nominal number of sharers12
Year of build1999
Home mooring (2019)Hilperton Marina
Hammond Way
Trowbridge BA14 8RS
Kennet and Avon Canal
May move in 2020
Engine Type (last knownNanni
Berths2 + 4
Change over daySunday
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. 

The 4th weeks holiday is booked after the other weeks are agreed, b
ut the list goes in reverse order.

Weeks can be swapped by mutual agreement
Priority for school holidaysTwo owners have shares that have guaranteed school holidays

General Comments About the Boat

The Semi-Trad stern allows space for at least two people to accompany the steerer (without needing to perch on the gunwales and hold on tight) and there is raised level seating on the port side, this being storage for the gas bottles and engine coolant header tank. For those who need to sit at the helm, there is room for a folding ‘bar’ type stool opposite the control lever. 

The engine is below the rear deck, along with a horizontal calorifier situated on the port swim and battery banks on the starboard swim. There are four domestic and one starter battery. 

You enter the galley through the hatch/doorway and down the steps.

Immediately on the left is an L-shaped worktop with a Vanette four ring hob in white, under worktop oven and a microwave oven at high level above. There is also stainless steel sink and long worktop length in this area.

There is a generous length of work surface with cupboards and fridge under and a wall cupboard above. Opposite the sink unit is a fold-down worktop, which provides even more workspace when required. The kitchen is well equipped with a full range of saucepans, utensils, cutlery and crockery.

Moving forwards again there are opening side doors and large hatch in the port side, where the doors fold flat against the cabin side so can be left open when cruising. There is a solid fuel Squirrel stove opposite, where it is ideally situated for heating the daytime living space.

The dinette table and seating is next. It can accommodate six utilising two stools and also converts to a ‘make-up’ double bed. There is locker space under the seating and a wall shelves above with inset reading lights underneath. There is also a second small table which can be used inseat of the larger "dining" one if required. 

Through a door, the corridor towards the bow is on the port side, passing the bathroom. This has a wash basin with cupboard under, toilet and corner bath with shower over. There is a radiator, airing cupboard and shaver socket.

Continuing along the corridor through another door, there is the main cabin with a full-length wardrobe, a cupboard housing the Alde central heating boiler, under-bed storage, high level cupboards and a radiator. The fixed double bed extends to king size utilising an extra cushion. 

Through another door is the saloon with a full-length wardrobe immediately to starboard followed by a toilet and washbasin. There is a cupboard unit to starboard incorporating electric and aerial sockets with space for the TV, and then a fixed bench sofa/single bed either side of the central walkway. Both make full length berths, in one case utilising a lift-up flap and additional cushion. There is locker space under these benches and they can be combined to create a Super Kingsize double berth.

Beyond the benches is the front double glazed door and window unit, which has two doors and which will completely fold out when the weather permits. The well deck has storage lockers on each side which double as seats. There is a cratch and cover enclosing the well deck, which, unusually, has full headroom in the centre.

Pictures of the boat

Shared narrow boat Somnia
Shared narrow boat Somnia
Shared narrow boat Somnia
Shared narrow boat Somnia
Shared narrow boat Somnia
Shared narrow boat Somnia
Shared narrow boat Orchid
Shared narrow boat Orchid
Shared narrow boat Somnia
Shared narrow boat Somnia

Specific details for the share offered

Size of share as a percentage or fraction1/12th
Price in UK Pounds£1,000
Reason for sellingSince my husband died in 2015 I have
found it difficult to find crew on pre booked 
dates and have had to forgo some of my holidays
Pre-booked weeks included
1st December 2019
15th March 2020
31st May 2020
7th June 2020
15th November 2020

Holiday entitlement with share offered here.Our share entitles us to two "high season" weeks
and one "low season" week plus options to
bid for additional weeks
School holiday option possible?No
Running costs for 2018/9

(How do these figures compare? 
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The running costs for 2019 are £136.95 including
management fees.

(The runing cost buget for 2019 is £14,400 which
includes a contingency fee of £1,959.06  forward
planing to cover cost of repainting and major repairs.

£20 of the £100 (boat costs) we pay monthly is put in
a different acount.

The newest share holder told me that this forward planing
was a factor in making their decision to choose Somnia.)

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 01767 317193

General comments by vendor

We have an annual meeting with our management company, usually between October and Christmas. Recently these have been held at Ashton Marina just south of Birmingham. The schedule for the boat maintenance and budget for the following year are agreed. Whether the boat stays (sometimes if there are more than a couple of canals within reach of a particular marina) or moves on is voted upon and any other issues are discussed and agreed.

We have had our share for 10 years and have lovely memories of holidays with our grandchildren. There are some  during school holidays not taken by special shares which we have been able to take without the additional cost of specials shares.

Once we bought out share in Somnia we have had no wish to go traveling by another means. Its so hassel free and relaxing, lots of fresh air and excerise.

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