The aim of - the independent source of information on shared ownership narrowboats

The aim of this site is to answer the question

Is boat share for you?

by providing an independent source of information on shared ownership of narrowboats

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With over 200 shared ownership narrowboats on the English canals and rivers, representing around 2,500 boating families, we believe there is a need for independent information on what shared ownership has to offer, how and where to buy and sell shares, where to moor, where to get training and where to discuss shared ownership boating on the internet.

Information on the site is gleaned from many years experience of shared ownerships, understanding the issues that can arise and by drawing on a range of sources. The site is completely independent of any boat management or share sales company, and we do not offer shares for sale - we simply help you identify where shares may be offered.

The mention of any company on the site does not mean that it is endorsed by us - simply that we know about it. We will not, however, mention or list any companies that we know to be unhelpful to shared ownership boats and their owners.

The site is run by Andrew and Pippa Cooley. We will be continually adding to the site, so please do contact us with any new information or suggestions for improvements. We hope you find useful.

If you have any information that you think could be included on this site, please let Andrew know. You may know of another base that welcomes shared ownership boats, have experience of a boat handling trainer or have a picture that might make a good page heading.

Boatshare - the shared ownership of a narrowboat - is a cost effective way of enjoying a narrow boat holiday cruising the canals. For around the price of a week's narrowboat hire, you can own a share of a quality narrowboat and cruise for three or more weeks each year. Shared ownership means shared costs. If you own a twelfthshare in a narrowboat, then you pay only a twelfth of the cost of maintaining the narrowboat. Narrowboat boatshare has been growing in popularity for more than 20 years. There are now more than 200 shared ownership narrowboats on the English and Welsh canals. Buying a narrowboat boat share can cost from around 2,500 to 10,000 for a twelfth or 8% share. Boatshare is not timeshare. The boat is owned by a syndicate, and the syndicate has arrangements for choosing weeks on board the narrowboat. Narrowboats are sometimes incorrectly called barges. Canal cruising holidays are one of the best ways to slow down and relax, while enjoying the English and Welsh countryside and its wildlife as well as seeing a significant part of Britain's industrial heritage. Boatshare of a narrowboat means that you own a share of the boat and it is yours for as long as you wnat to keep it. You can offer your narrowboat share whenever you choose to do so. This site provides independent information about narrowboat boatshare and what is involved in shared ownership of a narrowboat. The site also provides links to sites that have narrowboat boatshare shares for sale. If you see this text about shared ownership of narrowboats, your browser either doesn't support frames or the support it has is disabled. Modern browsers all support frames so you should be able to see the information about narrowboat boat share as intended.