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JD Boats offers the traditional type of Share Boat, where the boat can only be used by the share owners. The boat is wholly owned by the share owners JD do not retain any ownership of the boat once all the shares are sold. 

 

New Share Scheme starting for 2016 with the narrow boat 'Heron' follow link for more info.

 

Our strong background in building both private and hire boats originally caused us to explore the share boat market. Knowing that we had the background skills to build, operate and maintain such craft, we entered the market with our first Share Boat, "Pieces of Eight" completed Easter 1994. This boat together with her sister ships "Eightsome Reel" and "Eight Lords"were all built for Eight owners.

 

We responded to the needs of those owners who, whilst liking our boats, felt unable to take all the six weeks holiday offered on our first three boats. These later boats each catered for up to Twelve owners enjoying Four weeks holiday every year. These boats were named "Twelfth of Never", "Twelfth Night", "Zodiac", "Alexandrine" & "Maximus", all the names have a connection with the word Twelve owners.

 

In 1999 the Gailey Marine hire fleet was taken under our wings, this is now run in conjunction with ABC Boat Hire, an arrangement that works to the benefit of both companies. The combination of our activities means that we are well able to look after the slightly different needs of Share Owners who require some (but not all) of the services provided by Hire companies but also want the individuality of a privately owned boat and the individual service that should go with it.

 

The company aim has always been to build boats to last, without making compromises in construction methods or materials which would be detrimental to this policy. All our boats have been CE Marked since 1997.

 

The following specifications should indicate the importance we attach to the "unseen" structure of the boat - the durability of a boat depends on its foundations.

 

"This takes a little longer to build and costs a little more money but we want you to be proud of your boat for many years".

 

We have been making the same claims for over 20 years now regarding our Share boats and feel that we can easily prove our claims.