April 2021 Share issue
Your holidays sorted; start adventuring, slowly -
7-56 nights a year from £39.25 per month
The affordable and enjoyable way of co-owning your own narrowboat and holiday all year round. With the comfort of returning to your cosy home so you can explore 2000 miles of England and Wales at your leisure
Only 2 shares remaining!
--------- Shares offer open from 10/4/21 --------
Share sold to Jan & Mike 11/4/21 @15:42
Share sold to Dean & Garry 11/4/21 @19:03
Share sold to Sally & Martin 21/4/21 @20:04
Share sold to Ian & Sheila 2/6/21 @17:35
Share sold to Sarah & Richard 24/08/2021 @22:15
Share sold to Tim & Louise 17/10/2021 @ 12:26
Share sold to Ann & Howard 21/01/2022 @ 16:13
Share sold to James 14/11/2022 @ 15:00
Weeks available to pick in 2022 - 2023, you could be enjoying this life part-time in just weeks from now!
Check out the video tour of Jamaica Farewell!
See down the page for the layout and photos of the engine and engine room
In October 2022, we completed 5 week investment programme of improvements and maintenance, including a new paint job by renowned boat painter Ely Brown. The video shows the quality of work. Don't worry, if you are new to boating we will show you how to drive!
Do you want affordable holidays enjoying the countryside and cities at a pace you can actually enjoy? Do you want a narrowboat life but without having to do it permanently?
Enjoy narrowboat holidays all year round with the comfort of returning to your cosy home so you can explore 2000miles of England and Wales at your pleasure.
This had become my dream after 9 years of living full time aboard Jamaica Farewell. Having moved in with my partner during lockdown I am making a new place my home and we want to continue to explore the canals. Here’s the thing, Narrowboats love to be used. With only so many weekends and day off a year we just won’t be able to make full use of the boat i love.
So after extensive research i have found a way to make sure Jamaica Farewell is loved and gives joy all year round and makes sure she gets the financial love long term to keep making memories for decades to come.
Almost 2 years in, I have been blown away by what has happened. It has gone far beyond what I was expecting. I hadn't fully anticipated what a community would form around this idea, and how each person's story brings something interesting to the group and the boat. The thing in common is we are all passionate about exploring the water ways, whether you have had years of experience on boats or walking towpaths, the connection is powerful.
Jamaica Farewell Shared Ownership is a syndicate, like a timeshare BUT better as you actually own part of the asset (not just use of a week) and can be sold again on a flourishing market of people looking to buy just a slice of boat life.
A one week holiday for up to 4 people on a holiday hire boat this summer is retailing for £1700!!! And hire boats are nice enough but they are very functional and not as homely or well thought out as a boat that has been a home for its whole life.
What if I told you that for £89 a month you could have 4 WEEKS a year all to your self on Jamaica Farewell. With a double bed and a spare bed you could be hosting your friends for summer BBQs with glorious views and intimate post-hike hot pot dinners by the fire in winter.
That prices includes all the maintenance (done for you don’t worry) upgrades and long term work (like paint jobs and getting the bottom protected) insurance, licenses are included as well as full oversight of what is spent and control over changes to that amount in future years as it’s agreed by the other members of the syndicate - share holders (not me)
To get access to that all you’d have to do is buy a share in the boat - groups of friends or families can also split the cost of a share between them, guaranteeing weeks across the year and making it even more affordable to be a boat owner. I know that some people may be nervous about being an owner of a boat and unsure if they can drive. So I am going to take care of that. The boat will be fully insured, with breakdown cover and a budget to cover repairs. All shares come with a super clear agreement and certificate of ownership along with a simple and fun way of choosing your weeks of use. The joy of being in a syndicate is you get to split the monthly budget by up to 11 other people.
I’ll also give to people who want it, a full days tuition on driving the boat, handling locks and rope work so you can stop and tie up anywhere you fancy.
Does this sound pretty good?
Want to see yourself in these scenes?
Specifications of Jamaica Farewell
Plan layout of Jamaica Farewell
Photos of the Suzuki Marine engine and engine room.
Don't worry if engines aren't your thing, you only have to check the oil at the start of your week and we show you how to do that. Everything is looked after by regular maintenance.
The board goes down over the engine, combined with a quiet engine gives a pleasant and peaceful cruising experience.
Because Jamaica Farewell is a traditional stern, at the end of the day, you just have to slide the hatch over and everything in the back is all safely locked away.
Could this be you? It's closer than you think
Frequently Asked Questions
Be part of a diverse, supportive and friendly bunch connected by an unstoppable passion to explore the network and make Jamaica Farewell your home from home too.
What is Shared boat ownership?
Why shouldn't I buy a boat for myself?
What advantages are there in shared ownership?
How are the weeks chosen?
What day of the week does my 'week' start on.
Are there special arrangements to fit in with school holidays?
Can my family or friends use the boat?
Is there a charge to add / remove someone to/from my share certificate?
Can the boat be hired out, lent to friends or offered for hire or AirBnB?
Where will the boat be moored?
Do I need training before using a shared ownership boat?
What happens if the boat has a breakdown?
What if we break down a long way from our base?
Do RCR have a central help-line?
For how long would I own the share?
How long will the syndicate be in existence?
How much will my share be worth if I want to sell it?
How can I sell a share?
Each syndicate member pays:
Lets break down each of those 3 elements
What is the management charge?
What will my annual contribution to the boat's operation and upkeep be?
How much does it cost to buy a share?
STOP AND DO THE SUMS A SEC........
More detailed money questions
Can we see if someone isn't paying their fair share?
What happens if someone doesn't pay up?
How do we know our money is safe?
How do we know you'll do a good job of management?
Do you get everything right all the time?
How can I buy a share?
In review.... 10 Reasons to say: sign me up!
Enjoy a fixed number of weeks a year for as long as you own your share
You just pay once for your share
You pay low monthly contributions to the upkeep and management costs which are agreed by members each year
All the maintenance and "hastle" is taken care of meaning you can enjoy the boat
You can leave it in your will or sell your share (you may be able to sell your share for the same, more or less than what you paid for it, depending on the market when you wish to sell)
Full training and orientation of both the boat and driving on your first trip
Easy booking app on your phone, you can always see which weeks you have and where your boat is!
In control, you get a monthly email with the latest bank statement, income and expenses and any maintenance that has been done
Super friendly group of co-owners who want to help each other out to have the best possible experience
The boat is always on the move, meaning you get to see more of the network!
Don't take my word for it, check out the testimonials from existing shared owners and free advice and tips to make the most of shared ownership in our co-owners boatcamp.
Photos from our members of their time aboard!
Buy your share today and if you are not loving your new part-time life afloat by the time I finish your full day of training on your first day aboard Jamaica Farewell. You can leave the boat and syndicate and I will refund you your money in full - no questions asked.