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Type of scheme Private
Number of sharers 4
Year of construction 2008
Home mooring (2017) Meppel, Netherlands (winter only)
Otherwise on-the-move in
France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany
Length 15m x 4.5m
Engine Type Yanmar
Berths 6
Change over day each week Not defined yet
Are pets allowed NOT Allowed
Is smoking allowed INSIDE the boat NOT Allowed
Booking System
Not defined yet
Priority for school holidays


General comments about the boat

Built: 2008 by Vroegh & Alblas, Aalst, Netherlands in steel to RCD Category C

Dimensions: 14.5 m x 4.5 m x 1.1 m. No restrictions to cruising anywhere in EU by ICC holders

Air Draft: With radar arch and bimini lowered (a 10 second job!) 3.2 m*
With the all-weather canopy (good in NL but not France) 3.8 m
All up, to top of VHF aerial (OK for nearly all NL fixed bridges) 5.0 m
* Could be further reduced by folding the screen - never needed

Inside: Saloon, dining area and galley, all on one level with panoramic views
- fridge, freezer, combi microwave oven, electric hob, etc
Aft owner’s double cabin (5’ king-size bed), huge storage space
- with ensuite WC and separate shower room
Forward twin singles cabin (3’3” beds), plenty of storage space
Forward (port side) bunks cabin (3’ beds) limited storage space
Forward (starboard) WC / shower room - very spacious
TV (no digibox) with DVD player
3 radio CD pl
ayers in saloon and main cabins with many ceiling speakers
Double-glazed windows throughout with mosquito screens and blinds or curtains
Cutlery, crockery, kitchen equipment, duvets, bed linen, towels, etc. all included

Equipment: Yanmar 6LPA-DTP 4.2 l 210 hp main engine ­ 1300 hours (Oct 2016) - wet exhaust
Mastervolt Whisper 8 - 8 kVA generator ­ approx 100 hours (Oct 2016)
Electric bow and stern thrusters, electric windlass, bow and stern anchors
Hot air central heating ­ not suitable for winter live-aboard use
Air conditioning - not guaranteed and not used
Washing machine / tumble dryer

Electrical: 12 V domestic supply ­ 660 Ah from 6 sealed “marine leisure” batteries (2014)
Mastervolt 12/2500-100 Combi inverter / charger
Solar panels ­ 720 watt with MPPT controller
Alternators ­ 160 amp and 75 amp

Tanks: 1200 l fuel in 2 tanks
1025 l water in 2 tanks
490 l waste tank
80 l hot water tank with colorifier and immersion heater

Navigation: Raym
arine C200 chart plotter 10” screen
Raymarine depth, speed, water temperature
Raymarine auto pilot, heading, rudder indicator
Raymarine VHF radio
Raymarine radar, AIS, Navtex - never tested or used

Outside: Fully enclosed canvas canopy over helm station ­ good in NL, but not in France
Canvas bimimi, easily lowered (with radar arch) to 3.2 m air draft
Swimming platform with boarding ladder and H&C shower, deck-wash hose
Folding dining table, deck chairs, gas BBQ, boarding gangway, 2 bikes, etc. etc.
Rubber dinghy (3-4 person) with electric outboard motor and oars

Condition: Generally very good, but not quite “showroom condition”.
Some small chips or scratches in paintwork and fender scuffs, etc
One or two non-essential gauges not working
A few small marks on leather upholstery and carpets, etc
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General Comments by vendor

The Concept

I’ve owned Levana, a fine and spacious 15 m 3-cabin steel motor cruiser based on the inland waterways of Europe for the last 5 years. I’d now like to reduce my commitment of cruising.

I could simply sell the boat and rent one from time to time, but I love the boat as it’s much more comfortable for 3 or 4 people than any rental boat. It occurs to me that there may be other like-minded people who’d like to spend several weeks on “their own boat” each year - but at a much lower cost than is normal to buy and maintain (or to rent) a comfortable and well-equipped modern motor cruiser.

I’d like to find 2 or 3 other similarly minded people with some boating experience to share the capital and running costs so that we can all benefit and minimise costly idle time - unused in costly marinas.

With just 3 or 4 co-owners, I would hope we could agree on where the boat goes and mutually agreed changeover locations. Perhaps Germany (Berlin and the Mecklenburg Lakes) could be included our cruising area in the future?

I’ve been very content having no regular base and have travelled extensively in France, Belgium and the Netherlands, leaving the boat between my several trips at suitable secure marinas or boatyards where a car can be parked safely while I’m cruising. If the boat remains nomadic, we’d have the advantage of much more varied
cruising with no “return to base” commitments.

So, how about paying just one third or maybe one quarter of its capital value and a similar fraction of the normal running and wintering costs?

Assuming a May to September “high season” of about 21 weeks we could each use the boat for about 7 weeks (3-person) or 5+ weeks (4-person) in the summer, plus 3 or 4 weeks each in the quieter and cooler months of March, April and October.

The boat is currently laid up at Meppel, Netherlands for the winter. It can be inspected at any time by arrangement.

The Costs

The boat has a value of about €240,000 (broker suggests €299,000 asking price), but I’d consider it less for share distribution purposes:

Capital outlay: €75.000 (3-person) or €57,000 (4-person) for each share

Based on estimated running costs (engine service, winter storage, insurance, R&M, etc):

About €1200 (3-person) or €900 (4-person) per year for each owner ­ maybe more

Fuel, summer mooring costs, waterway
licences, tolls, etc are not included ­ to be paid by users

Buy Back Offer**

If you bought into the scheme and for some reason you wanted to sell after a couple of years, I’d offer to buy back your share (as long as I hold my own share) at what you paid less 10% for each full or part year you had owned it. By my estimation, even with this 10% capital loss, you’d be paying somewhere in the region of half the cost of renting a comparable vessel for your 7 or 5+ weeks - and much less if you also used it for extra “mid season” weeks.

(**Please note this web site (boatshare) cannot confirm or underwrite this offer)

Alternatively you could of course sell your share to another suitable and acceptable party - maybe at little or no loss.


Please contact me with your scheme preference (3 or 4 person) and what you feel about cruising areas, administration, costs, or any other matters. I’m flexible regarding how the scheme may work (but it will eventually have to have a few mutually agreed rules), or where the boat goes.

I’d expect this may be a particularly attractive proposition to long-distance boaters (from US, NZ, Aus, etc) as they could use the boat perhaps for one long trip with a minimum of travel costs and not worry about it the rest of the time - with a big saving compared with renting and avoiding “return to base”.

I’ve started work on a proposed Rules document, but this really needs to be compiled by all those involved in the scheme, but I’d happily forward where I’ve got to so far.


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