Sharing boats today
As I write (early 2020) there is it seems a spirit of cooperation between the two main players in shared ownership. BCBM and Carefree Cruising/Ownashare, together, have been putting on an annual show. This was initally at Braunston but more recently at Dunchurch Marina near Rugby.
For another general view on boat sharing do have a look at boatshare4u an excellent site offering lots of boat sharing information and resources. I would stress that boatshare4u is NOT a share sales site, shares for sale are on the boatshare web site, the management company web sites including, of course, the BCBM, Carefree (sorry link not possible) and Ownashare web sites and places such as E-Bay. You may also find shares offered as a brokerage item at the yards where a shared boat might be moored.
The boatshare web site seems to do well in selling shares in boats where the owners elect not to employ the services of a management company selling around 50 shares each year. (It should be noted boatshare is a sister website to this one)
The only real down side is that whilst there are still over 180 boats is shared ownership overall the rate of them coming on the the water is perhaps less than them being sold off by their owners, so overall the trend is very slight a reducing number of such craft.
Buying a share in a boat is a great way to save money against the cost of hiring, it is not a way to make money and as long as you go in to it with the view that you will have to spend out each year on your share even if you do not use your boat as much as you can per the booking system then you can not go far wrong.
The sales market is in general good order...but there will always be shares that stick, sometimes for no good reason.
Where to find shares
If you are looking to buy or sell a share, or just want to see what is available, then please visit our sister site here