Why bring your boat to the Show?
The Boat Share Shows provide the opportunity for prospective owners to get on board
and compare more shared ownership narrowboats than at anyt other events in the country. They can talk to
owners and - for managed boats - to the management companies. At this year's National Boat Share Show, 28 shares were sold
over the weekend.
If you are an owner of a share in a boat managed by one of the four management companies
J D Boat Services or
then you need to arrange attendance at the show through them. They are the biggest exhibitors at the show, they will make arrangements
for any signage, negotiate share sales with prospective new owners and take a deposit when the sale is agreed.
The Boat Share Shows are now open to self-managed boats, and they will be welcome at the Autumn Show. Just
email email@example.com to let us know you want to come.
The cost for any boat attending the show is £125, whether it stays for the whole show
or just one day. There is no VAT. A stand space will be provided in the welcome marquee where information about
self-managed boats can be displayed and owners can be there to answer questions. This will be next to
the Welcome Desk (which we man throughout the show).
Payment needs to be made at the time of booking the boat in and we will send you
an invoice when we hear from you that you want to bring your boat. It is not possible to refund the
payment if the shares are sold before the show, as the charge for attending the show has to cover the
various costs, including the major one of advertising the event, which we also have to pay in advance.
The show is advertised extensively and is also publicised on a number of
websites including the management companies and boatshare.co.uk and, of course, on this
The show is also in the C&RT and IWA event listings.
We produce a short show guide for visitors, and all boats booked in will be listed in that.
We display a plan of the site identifying where the boats on view can be found and there is extensive
signage around the show site to direct visitors to the boats they can see. As boats are booked in,
we often mention it on Twitter and include information on our website. Our
share listing also highlights boats attending the show.
We also prepare a boat risk assessment and various other documentation for each boat.
We will need a copy of your boat's insurance certificate including the public liability cover before
the show - an emailed copy is fine.
Obviously the management companies provide promotional material and ensure their
boats are manned during the show but, for self-managed boats, it will be down to the syndicate or the owners with shares
for sale to provide the necessary information and to have people on board
to show visitors round - and, we hope, agree share sales! You may want to give some thought to the
way you might accept an offer for a share, whether you would take a deposit, etc. We would suggest
you have a copy of the syndicate agreement on board together with information about running costs
and recent maintenance.
If you have any questions not answered here, please just email
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07961 574231.