Winthorpe is a 58 foot Semi-Traditional narrowboat owned and managed by a syndicate of 12. Each owner is guaranteed a minimum usage of 3 weeks per year, 2 in high season (April through September) and 1 in the low season. January is set aside for maintenance. These weeks are selected by the rotating share system, whereby members pick their three weeks in order of their priority on the syndicate list. Members move incrementally up the list annually until they reach the top and then start again at the bottom.
By this method 36 weeks are allocated, plus 4 weeks which are set aside for maintenance. The remaining weeks are bid for in reverse priority order, giving a possible total of 4 weeks cruising per year if required. Members can also bid for the occasional unused week that may occur.