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|Type of scheme||Private|
|Number of sharers||12|
|Year of construction||1999|
|Home mooring (2018)||Welton Hythe Marina Nr. Daventry|
|Engine Type||Beta Marine V1903-EU1 B43KC|
|Berths||2 + 4|
|Change over day each week||Friday|
|Are pets allowed||Allowed|
|Is smoking allowed INSIDE the boat||NOT Allowed|
A booking chart for the following calendar year is circulated in agreed priority order before the owners’ annual meeting, 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 for time for winter maintenance, the remaining fourteen weeks are booked with priority in reverse order to the original chart, so having last choice originally does have its compensations. These extra bookings are confirmed on the first day of the month before the month of the booking.
|Priority for school holidays||
Two designated "special" shares have priority booking of school holiday weeks.
|General comments about the boat|
Starting at the rear is the cruiser stern, under which the engine is located.
Entering the rear saloon cabin, either side of the steps there storage lockers and TV/DVD/radio. There are two single armchairs which convert to single beds. There then follows wardrobe storage and a solid fuel burner before reaching the dinette, which converts to a double bed (seating cushions refurbished 2017).
Next is the galley, which has: fridge with ice box; full sink and draining board with running hot water and filtered drinking water; gas hob, grill and oven; new microwave 2016; fully equipped with pots, pans, cutlery and crockery for which there is ample storage.
A corridor then leads to a shower room with sink, razor socket and cassette toilet.
A second pump-out toilet and sink is situated in the next room adjacent, which in night-time configures to an en-suite to the front cabin bedroom.
The front cabin has a large double bed and wardrobe.
Double doors lead to outside seating area at the front, where gas bottle storage lockers are also located.
Modern LED ceiling lights throughout.
CO2 and smoke alarms.
There is gas central heating throughout. All radiators new and boiler stripped and fully refurbished in 2017.
Toilet system, including pump-out tank, completely new in 2017.
New engine control panel and wiring harness in 2017.
Bathroom and kitchen blinds replaced 2017.
New floor covering in kitchen and bathroom areas 2017.
Bedding is provided - replaced annually (usually) from funds.
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|Reason for selling|
|Pre-booked weeks included|
|School holiday option possible?|
|Holiday entitlement with share offered here.|
|Running costs for 2018|
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General Comments by vendor
Sapphire Cut is well maintained and kept in good order.
Share owners elected to move from using a paid management company to become privately managed. This has proved to be highly successful and enables increased funds for the boat to be kept to a higher standard.
Locating the boat at Welton Hythe enables a wide choice of cruising destinations. The Marina itself is an extremely pleasant and relaxed location to begin your holiday.
Share owners have an informal meeting in March and a formal AGM in November of each year.
There is an appointed chairman, treasurer and person(s) in charge of maintenance. Monthly balance sheets are sent out by the treasurer, to enable full transparency of money coming in and going out.
Individual share owners pay for pump-out (if pump-out toilet used as well as or instead of cassette toilet), refilling of diesel fuel, coal and replacement of gas bottle (if runs out) during each holiday.
We have had great
pleasure and enjoyment during our time on the canal
with Sapphire Cut, at times of year spread across
spring, summer, autumn and winter. Share ownership
has proved to be a very cost effective way of
sampling and enjoying life on the canal.
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