Heron

59ft 6in Semi-Trad Narrowboat 4 + 2 Berth

4 weeks holiday per year

Summer Special £4,695 for 1/12th share

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Refurbishments / Replacements Jan 2016

New Shire 40 base-engine & drive plate
New Victron 3000VA inverter/charger
Hull grit blasted & repainted
Full cabin repaint
Engine compartment repaint
Rear deckboards replaced & soundproofed

Front seat boards replaced
New bow fender
New Saniflo macerator toilet
New 230V fridge
New sprung double mattress
New curtains throughout

59ft 6in Semi-Trad Narrowboat 4 & 2 berth

Steelwork & Fit-out – Steel by G&J Reeves. 10mm Baseplate, 6mm Hull sides, 4mm Cabin sides and roof. Fit out By J. D. Boat Services (Gailey) Ltd.

Gas Locker & Well-deck – A gas locker mounted in the foredeck contains 2 cylinders. The well deck has fixed seats on both sides. A 100+ gallon Stainless Steel water tank is under the deck. There are glazed doors in the glazed steel bulkhead.

Saloon – The Saloon includes a Solid Fuel stove, a good sized TV cabinet with shelving, a raised height L-shaped dinette/settee for improved vision – which converts to a double berth bed with storage.

Galley – The Galley is a walk through type with good storage, 230V Refrigerator, LPG 4 burner hob, grill and oven. A 230V Microwave, toaster and coffee maker are provided.

Main bedroom – Has a 6ft 5ins long fixed double bed with a shelf mounted over the bed head with reading lights mounted under, a good sized wardrobe and under bed storage. A pair of wood lined steel cabin side doors are fitted in the opposite cabin side for ventilation.

Toilet compartment and shower – The enclosed Toilet Compartment has a full size Domestic Shower with a glass door, a wash basin with storage above and below, a Saniflo Macerator toilet with a 100 Gallon tank. A nest of shelves beside the shower gives useful storage. Surfaces are laminated for ease of cleaning. Privacy doors are set at each end of the passage.

Stern Bedroom – This bedroom has a flexible layout which can be either a double berth or two single berths. The fabric covered mattresses are 6ft 6ins long. A shelf over the bed head has reading lights mounted underneath, under bed storage and a wardrobe are provided.

Steps, Wet locker and Airing cupboard – The electrical services are above the heated wet locker on the port side. An Airing cupboard is located on the starboard side, with hot water tank and shelves above, A central door with three internal steps leads up to the inner rear deck, a roof hatch over provides easy access.

Rear Decks – The stern is Semi-Trad style with seats both sides and the engine underneath. A tonneau cover covers the inner deck. An additional pair of outer doors separates the inner deck and the stern deck. There is a hinged access panel for the weed hatch in the stern deck.

Hot Water & Central Heating – Both the engine and the Eberspächer Central heating boiler can provide hot water. The heating for the panel radiators throughout the boat is from the Eberspächer boiler

Engine – A four cylinder Shire 40 water cooled diesel engine and a PRM 150 gearbox with Python Drive are located under the inner rear deck.

Electrical Systems – 3 separate battery banks are provided for engine start, cabin services and the Eberspächer boiler. The 230V A/C system includes a 3000w Victron inverter/charger which also has a shore line installed.

Holidays onboard Narrowboat "Heron"

Shared ownership allows you to take four weeks holiday every year onboard your narrowboat , whilst sharing the costs with other like-minded owners.

These weeks are allocated as 2 weeks during the season (Mid Apr – Mid Oct), which have the same dates each year (see the chart below), and 2 floating winter weeks.

Share Allocation & Availability

ShareDateAvailability
Share 1Two weeks April / May£4,695
Share 2Two weeks May£4,695
Share 3Two weeks May / June£4,695
Share 4Two weeks Early JuneSOLD
Share 5Two weeks Late JuneSOLD
Share 6Two weeks Early JulySOLD
Share 7Two weeks Late JulySOLD
Share 8Two weeks Early AugSOLD
Share 9Two weeks Late AugSOLD
Share 10Two weeks Early Sept£4,695
Share 11Two weeks Late SeptSOLD
Share 12Two weeks Early Oct£4,695

Your 2 floating winter weeks (Mid Oct to mid April) are allocated by a bidding process, each owner submits bids for the weeks they would prefer and after a little “Horse Trading”, an amicable result is usually achieved quite quickly. This bidding process will normally take place in the Shareowners AGM.

Although Heron’s contract states that owners can pick her up on Sunday mornings and return her on Saturday mornings, invariably we usually have her ready to pick up late Saturday afternoon.

Owning a Narrowboat

Management & Routine Servicing – £255.49 Inc. VAT per Quarter year, per share.

We provide the infrastructure of office work necessary to co-ordinate the smooth running of your shared ownership scheme, e.g.: issuing invoices and collecting moneys due, organising moorings, C&RT licence, boat insurance, providing facilities for boat servicing & maintenance, and any other matters that may arise from time to time.
This also includes fix cost items such as your share of the Insurance, Licence, Moorings at Gailey, working hours breakdown service and 24 hour Emergency breakdown cover.
Routine servicing and check over is carried out at the end of each holiday.

Holiday Costs –

The costs of replenishing fuel used and emptying the Sewage tank at the end of your holiday will be charged to each owner by invoice. A cleaning service is available after each period of use at an additional charge.

Owners group – Ongoing Maintenance Fund.

(Cost decided by the group, currently £50 per month per share)
As it is impossible to predict maintenance costs accurately, we advise each Consortium to appoint a Treasurer who will control a fund into which the owners contribute payments to cover future expenditure. This is usually discussed at the owners AGM.
This fund is managed, collected & distributed by the Owners group. This is to cover wear & tear as it occurs, from small items such as replacement bedding to major purchases such as replacement engine or full repaint.

Gas cylinders are replenished when the boat is serviced and the cost charged to this fund.
Money paid into the Maintenance fund is left behind if your shares are sold, new owners take over the contributions, but can rest assured that some funds are already in place to cover wear & tear sustained prior to their ownership.

What happens at the end of the share contract?

At the end of the 10 year contract the share owners have a choice of renewing the contract for another period of time (which a lot of our previous share schemes over the last 24 years have done), or selling the boat and splitting the proceeds between themselves. Heron’s contract expires Feb 2026. During the 10 year period it is possible to sell your share if you should need to.