THE SHARED OWNER’S VIEW
Having loved the experience of narrowboating in the past, but not the price of school holiday hiring, and not being in a position to buy a boat outright at this time, my husband Nigel and I decided to buy a special share in Rowington in the summer of 2014.
We have two children, Grace who’s nine and seven-year-old Matthew, who love their boating as much as we do, so the thought of a guaranteed three weeks of boating in school holidays for the cost of about one appealed.
Two years later, we don’t regret our decision. We’ve had some great cruising on the Oxford, Ashby, Trent & Mersey and Shroppie among others.
We’ve enjoyed evenings of board games next to the wood-burning stove in February and early morning bird-watching through the
side hatch on Tixall Wide in August. This is the stuff of family memories! When we’re aboard Rowington she feels like our boat (the children affectionately call her Rowey). She has more home comforts than many hire boats and we’ve found that many people on the cut treat us differently when we’re on Rowington from when we were on a hire boat.
Yes, we have to hope that all the syndicate members get on in order to make decisions and that they treat the boat with the same respect that we do – but that’s why we opted for a boat with a managed syndicate (by BCBM) and so far, we’ve had no issues. Yes, we have to be responsible for the pump-out and refuelling at the end of a trip (not to mention the brass cleaning) but that’s what makes her feel like our boat.
No doubt three weeks will not seem enough one day and the plunge into boat ownership proper will have to be taken – but for now, owning a piece of Rowington suits us just fine.