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Type of scheme Private
Number of sharers 12 shares, but several owners have multiple shares
Year of construction 2001
Home mooring (2017) Cropredy Marina

(This may now be Crick - ask the vendor)

Length 52'
Engine Type BMC 1.8
(Refurbished 2012)
Berths One fixed double + 1 make up double
Change over day each week Saturday
Are pets allowed Yes
Is smoking allowed INSIDE the boat Yes
Booking System Order rotates annually, everyone moves FIVE places each year so 1->6->11->4 etc. 3 weeks allocated in priority order and 1 allocated in reverse order (bottom of list to top) so all weeks are confirmed before the start of the season
Priority for school holidays Two special shares for school holidays bookings, 10% premium on running costs
General comments about the boat

Starting at the rear is the cruiser stern with hinged engine access on damper struts where all daily checks are performed.

Central double doors and sliding hatch leads down steps to the saloon; TV/DVD and radio/CD cupboard to port and the starboard cupboard gives access to mains double output battery charger. The saloon includes a settee which easily converts to a double bed, a double drop-leaf table with stowage for four folding dining chairs and a wheeled box in which is stored the "Henry" vacuum cleaner and attachments.

The multi fuel stove is on the starboard side before the U-shaped galley which is equipped with built-in fridge (with freezer compartment), Vanette oven and separate grill, four burner hob and sink + drainer. Ample cupboard and drawer space is complemented by two glass fronted overhead cupboards. Opposite the galley is a side hatch with plastic screen.

Next is the bathroom comprising tiled bath with shower and screen, pump-out toilet and vanity unit with inbuilt hand basin and illuminated mirror. The extractor fan is remotely switched.

Lastly is the fwd bedroom with extendable fixed double bed, wardrobe, under bed drawers and a concealed en-suite vanity unit.

Central double doors lead via an internal step to the bow area where 2 gas bottles are separately stowed and the 200gallon freshwater tank fwd of the well. Below deck (with internal access) is storage for spare chandlery, anchor chain + warp and a very useful reserve portaloo.

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Price in UK pounds  
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Holiday entitlement with share offered here  
Pre-booked weeks included  
School holiday option possible?  
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General Comments by vendor
If a potential purchaser requires a "School holiday" share this could well be possible for bookings from 2018 and you are invited to contact me.

Orchid was commissioned by the then owners of Orchid 2 with Ownerships. Upon the demise of Ownerships Orchid became a self-managed syndicate.

We have a chairman, secretary, bookings secretary and treasurer who is the responsible person for C & RT purposes.

Two owners have more than one share. All sharers take an active part in the running of Orchid, contributing in the ways they are most suited for. We have two meetings a year to tie in with boat handover and held near to our current marina. It usually includes lunch (to encourage attendance!) and are usually lively and informative. Attendance is not obligatory.

Orchid is an ideal boat for couples though she can accommodate four adults with ease. Conversely she is easy to venture out singlehandedly. The reverse open layout is ideal for summer cruising whilst the gas central heating and stove (wood or coal) is cosy in winter.

Our current mooring on the South Oxford Canal is perfectly placed for The Grand Circle or more local excursions. Cropredy is only a couple of days from the Thames so making the Royal River a possible holiday venue when only out for a week. We had a super 3 weeks on the River Thames in April.

The BMC1800 engine was replaced by a reconditioned one in 2012 and the hull had a full repaint professionally carried out in 2014.

A very friendly group of owners who self manage the boat and have two yearly meetings to discuss any matters (lunch included ). Boat is maintained by our own engineer on a regular basis. Had new sofa bed and carpet tiles beginning of 2016.

A Gold C & RT licence is complemented by Gold membership of RCR.


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