At 58 feet length, TQ (as we call her) is a steel hull narrow boat built by Colecraft and fitted out by Elton Moss Boatbuilders. Currently based at Aqueduct Marina in Cheshire we're able to cruise some of the most popular waterways in Britain. The Shropshire Union, The Trent and Mersey, The Llangollen Canal, The Four Counties Ring and Cheshire Ring and more.

Our friendly Syndicate decided to go down the Self Management route on 1st March 2012 and so far it has been very successful. Please visit the other pages in this blog to see the new Web Site and if shares are available for sale. (There'll not be many).

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Saturday, 12 November 2011

Change of management. A New Beginning...

Its AGM day today and some radical decisions have been made. Firstly we had a meeting at Olympus Narrowboats to check out the new paint job. Its not finished yet, but progress is being made and should be finished by Wednesday. So far it all looks good and the paint has a deep lustre and thickness which makes it look rich. All that's left to do is the black gunwales, red handrails and panel coachlines.

The green is a shade darker

Looks good here, even better to touch it

Name plates ready for "Tranquility" and "No. 8" with the Swan insignia

The cream is non slip

Then we had the AGM where the big decision is that we're going "self management". The meeting lasted more than two and a half hours, and I think most people are happy, although the voting was not unanimous.  It all seems a little bit daunting at this stage but Artie from Carefree says he will help us all he can with the transfer and if it all goes belly up, he'll have us back in an instant. I think he didn't want us to feel that we'd burned our bridges. The transition will take several months and Artie says he'll guide us all the way. There is one thing we're going to learn about from this and that's all the wheeling and dealing that goes on in the background and the planning, finance and maintenance. One thing on our side is that we have all the skills in the syndicate to do it. So here we go head long into a new era with TQ.