About Carefree Cruising

The history of Carefree Cruising

Founded in 2002, we are proud to say that Carefree Cruising is the oldest and longest established of the major shared ownership schemes. We currently have 17 syndicates under management, all of which have been managed by us from their start. Our experience and approach set us out as being a cut above the rest.

Artie Chalmers

Position: Director with overall responsibility for shared ownership

Artie Chalmers is the Director with overall responsibility for shared ownership.

Artie founded Carefree Cruising with his wife Ruth in 2002. Artie and Ruth were boaters for many years before they set up Carefree Cruising. Today, their love of boating continues as proud owners of a share in one of our syndicates.

Their experience as boaters, Customers and Managers of our scheme has enabled us to develop a market leading management service that is second to none. In addition to Carefree Cruising, Artie and Ruth also own Elton Moss Boatbuilders and The Northwich Boat Company, Boatfinder Brokerage Services, and the Kings Lock Boatyard.

Jay Parry

Position: Syndicate Technical Manager

Jay Parry is the Syndicate Technical Manager. He has responsibility for liaising with the boat bases, scheduling and inspecting maintenance done to the boats and ensuring that from a technical perspective the boats run smoothly.

Jay supervises a team of maintenance staff and oversees the local managers at Carefree Cruising’s bases. He has spent the later part of is working life in the marine industry and has gained vast knowledge in all areas of boat fitting and engineering which complements his previous carpentry roles.


Jay worked as a senior member of the maintenance team for over 10 years and was promoted to Technical Manager at Carefree Cruising in 2017.

Recruiting Now

Position: Syndicate Liaison Administrator

We are currently recruiting for a new Syndicate Liaison Administrator. If you would like to apply for this role or would like further information then please email Ruth on ruth@carefreecruising.com.

Our Syndicate Members

Our Syndicate Members are what completes this team. Excellent customer service is at the heart of what we do, and we are rewarded by having syndicate members who take great pride in their boat and make invaluable contributions to their syndicate and Carefree Cruising as a whole.

Many of the images on this site have been taken by members whilst on board their boats and are used with their blessing, for which we are very grateful.

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