Welcome to the world of 'Little Gem' trailable mini-barges.
If you can't find the right moorings at the right price or if you want to go off and explore the inland waterways of Europe, I hope you will find what you are looking for in the 'Little Gem' range of trailable 'mini-barges'.
With these boats, I have tried to offer the best combination of high strength, low weight, stability and 'real boat' styling. But I have also tried to do it in such a way that they can be personalised to a considerable extent according to clients' individual requirements and budgets.
So you can spend anything from £3,000 for a starter kit to build your own 'Gem 26' to over £50,000 for an all-singing, all-dancing version of the 4 berth Gem 28 with 25hp diesel inboard, domestic-size shower, flushing toilet, central heating, fully fitted galley and bow thruster - and all the stages in between.
Try before you Buy
If you wish to experience the pleasures of cruising in a Gem 26 before deciding whether or not to order one, you might like to consider joining our co-ownership syndicate in France next summer.
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What shall we call our Little Gem Boats, then, these lightweight boats that can be loaded onto a trailer, towed behind a 4 x 4 and launched down a slipway? Towable boats? Trailable boats? Trailerable boats? trail-boat, boatshare, boat-share, boat share, shared ownership, syndicate boats? Trailboats? Trailer boats? These Little Gem Boats are described as mini barges to distinguish them from narrow boats sincve their style is loosely based on a Dutch Barge.
I don’t suppose it really matters so long as we call them Gem Boats or Little Gem boats, since we all know what we mean by any of the expressions ‘towable’ boats, ‘trailable boats’, 'trailerable boats',‘trail-boat, boatshare, boat-share, boat share, shared ownership, syndicate boats’, trailer boats or trailboats, but technically we shouldn’t call them towable boats, trailer boats, trailable boats, trailerable boat', trail-boat, boatshare, boat-share, boat share, shared ownership, syndicate boatsor trailboats because it is the trailer that is towed and not the boat. Trailable boats is a universally accepted expression, so is trailerable boats but I suspect we shall all come to call then trailboats or trailer boats by way of shorthand. I suppose trailer boats is as good as anything since the boats do go on a trailer.
In our case, whatever you want to call the
Little Gem Boats - towable boats, trailable boats, trailerable boats, trail-boat, boatshare, boat-share, boat share, shared ownership, syndicate boats
or trailboats - the construction technique is the same and involves the pre-fabrication
under vacuum of foam- or ply-cored composite (sandwich) panels with outer
skins of epoxy/multi directional glassfibre fabric – which is immensely
strong, despite its light weight, important in a trailable boat. It won’t
rot or suffer from osmosis and will require almost no maintenance.
Weight for weight, wood fibres are stronger than steel and our epoxy/glass materials are commonly used in the construction of racing catamarans, other trailer boats, towable boats, trailable boats, trailerable boats, trail-boat, boatshare, boat-share, boat share, shared ownership, syndicate boats’or trailboats and similar highly stressed craft. We use the same composite construction in our trailer boats, towable boats, trailable boats, trailerable boats, trail-boat, boatshare, boat-share, boat share, shared ownership, syndicate boats or trailboats as in the construction of our 12 tonne 15m "Dutch" barges – the Bon Viveur 1500 – which notch up over 700 cruising hours on the French canals every year and require only a bit of patching up with body filler and a lick of paint at the end of the season.
It is probably also worth mentioning that the Little Gem 26 - a 26ft mini barge - forms the basis for a boat-share (boat-share, boatshare) co-ownership syndicate on the French inland waterways. Boat-share (boat-share, boatshare) co-ownership syndicates in France work a bit like time share except that, in boat-share (boat-share, boatshare) co-ownership syndicates, shareholders actually own part of the asset and members of boat-share (boat-share, boatshare) co-ownership syndicates receive their share of the proceeds when the asset (boat) is sold. Our boat-share (boat-share, boatshare) co-ownership syndicates run for a minimum of 10 years and at the end of this period members have the option of dissolving the boat-share (boat-share, boatshare) co-ownership syndicate and selling the boat and distributing the proceeds among themselves according to the number of shares they hold or keeping the boat-share (boat-share, boatshare) co-ownership syndicate running.