This page last updated 15th November, 2020 

Andante 'Sharing' Practice


Hopefully, all members will look after ‘their’ boat with the same proud, caring approach that they would have for one they owned in its entirety. Experience has shown however, that what is particularly important to one person may seem trivial to another. This 'sharing' practice attempts to identify practices that we can all adopt in a uniform manner. It will no doubt develop and evolve with the club.

It should be remembered that the substantial cost saving we experience compared to other schemes results from our avoidance, wherever possible, of professional fees, charges, wages etc. as well as mooring fees. This inevitably demands a slightly more hands-on  approach from us, along with a need for cooperation, flexibility, patience and tolerance.

N.B. Although this is written in simple, hopefully user-friendly language it is a mandatory code that forms part of the member’s agreement with the club.

User ‘Check’ Routines:-

These must be carried out as detailed on the checklist and instruction sheets provided on board.


A basic toolkit is provided on board and members are encouraged, within their capability and skills, to undertake minor repairs as they become necessary either as a result of wear and tear or accidental damage. Care should of course be taken to avoid temporary or improvised repairs that cause further damage or necessitate more extensive repair in due course.

Paint, brushes, white spirit etc. are also provided on board to enable members to make good those inevitable chips and scratches when time and the weather allow.

No one should undertake work that is beyond their skills and experience.

Routine Servicing:-

This will be organised by the maintenance coordinator.

Where this becomes due during a members time on board cooperation with the maintenance coordinator as regards access may be required if that member is unable to do the service themselves.

Those members that are able and willing to carry out simple servicing routines are encouraged to do so, in consultation with the maintenance coordinator. See D.I.Y. notes above.


Members are responsible for the safe and responsible operation of the boat during their ‘time’, including the supervision of any members of their party that are controlling the boat.

Normally, the member is expected to accompany any party using the boat during his/her ‘time’. In exceptional circumstances, members may nominate a suitably experienced person to take charge in their absence, with the approval of both the Manager and the Chairperson.

Loss, Damage & Breakages:-

Members are responsible for any losses, damage and breakages that occur during their time on board except where they can be reasonably regarded as normal wear and tear.

Breakdown or damage caused by incorrect use or negligence cannot be regarded as normal wear and tear.

Members should rectify any losses, damage and breakages before they leave the boat or hand over to another member, so as not to cause inconvenience to other members.

Crockery and glassware should be disposed of and replaced once it is chipped or cracked.

Any expenditure incurred in rectifying breakage or breakdown, that does result from normal wear and tear, will be reimbursed by the Manager against legitimate receipts.


Andante is strictly No-Smoking inside the boat. The well-deck should be regarded as 'inside' unless both side panels are rolled up and the doors to the cabin are closed.


Pets should be fully house trained and sleep in their own basket and/or bedding, and must not be allowed on seating or beds without the use of suitable covers, though laps are O.K. by consent.  


At the end of your trip the vessel should be cleaned thoroughly to ensure that, as far as is practicable, all pets hairs are removed.


Much of the time, handovers will be ‘attended’ and will involve personal contact with the member taking over. Liaison in advance is encouraged and members will often find it useful to assist each other with vehicle movements.

Where Andante is left unattended it is particularly important to adhere to the guidelines provided here:

Boat should be cleaned throughout. It takes a while so please allow adequate time.

Diesel and water tanks should be at least ¾ full (use dipstick for diesel tank). When this is impractical, adequate funds should be left on board to enable the next user to top up. Please measure the fuel required with the dipstick and check current price in the locality.

There should be one full gas cylinder (in addition to the cylinder that is in use).

There should be both engine oil and grease available for topping up.

The toilets should be empty and re-charged, ready for use.

Pass on appropriate information to the next user, especially if you have had problems, however minor, and even though you believe you have resolved them. Make a note for yourself so that you can report the same information to the other members, after you get home.

Please enter the above information in the log, even if you've been able to chat to the next users in person.

& additionally for ‘unattended’ handovers:-

Choose your mooring carefully. Somewhere in plain sight from houses, boats, boatyards etc. is usually safer than secluded spots, unless you are well away from towns.

Mooring arrangements are sometimes possible at Boat Clubs if YOU are a member of a Boat Club affiliated to the Association of Waterways Cruising Clubs, which includes the Cutweb Internet Boating Club. These moorings usually need to be arranged in advance.

If possible, moor where there are rings, bollards or piling rather than against soft banks where mooring pins will be required.

Leaving a couple of hopper windows open for ventilation (such as the two toilet compartments), close curtains and make boat fully secure before leaving.