This is where we publish our boat related stories and articles, which range from world circumnavigation to rescue missions, humour and much, much more. So make yourself a coffee and settle yourself down to a good read.
This week sees Boatshed.com pass the 400,000 registered customer mark.
The Adventures Of a Bavaria 37 Sailing Boat, from her owners!
Boatshed.com were on the water this afternoon for the start this legendary single-handed transatlantic race.
Sometimes, I come to the conclusion you just get too many emails. Anyhow, whilst poring through Friday’s delivery of the odd two or three hundred emails in my inbox, I noticed one titled Rib Raid; nothing to do with technical redundancy on servers. When I opened it, I found it was an invitation to go and join the guys at Boatshed, Hamble for a brief soiree around the Solent.
UK is one of the new countries to introduce a professional boat sales qualification which has been championed by the Boat Retailers and Brokers Association (BRBA) and the Association of Brokers and Yacht Agents (ABYA) to promote a proper code of conduct and best practice in the industry.
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Boatshed were the 1st RNLI Ambassadors a few years ago which means that if you are a boat seller or buyer through Boatshed.com you can receive a complimentary 1 year Offshore membership with the RNLI.
There are some boats that are so distinctive that to the average yachts person, it is difficult to be mistaken. The Fisher range of boats are of this ‘ilk’. Eventhough they fall within the standard lengths and proportions of most modern yachts, the designer’s pen came up with a different and yet eye catching design that is hard to better. The designer’s instructions were of course for a particular style of vessel and indeed, you won’t be lining up on anything other than a fun race at your local club, but when it comes to seaworthy designs and solid construction then these boats are at the head of the fleet. At Boatshed Medway we have a Fisher 34’ which is for sale. This Fisher 34’ is for sale at a price of £127,500 Fisher 34 . Log onto the website and you will find all the specification and 46 colour photos.
There was a time when sailing yachts were hand made. But Mass-production, GRP and rising costs changed the boat building industry irreversibly. So, as the Boatshed Kent Yacht brokers it is always a lovely surprise to be asked to market a yacht that dates from these earlier times and it was a real treat to find an example that still retained its original charm. The boat in question is a Morgan Giles 43’ and this is a boat for sale with Boatshed Kent
I am taking some time away from the Medway area of Kent and have ventured on my annual pilgrimage to Avoriaz in the French Alps. I have a couple of budding young skiers who can’t get enough of the white stuff! This year, the end of season snow falls have been very good and there is plenty of snow. Easter skiing allows for the best of both worlds. At this time of year the seasons are changing and the weather systems fight for supremacy. So, on some days it can be very cold and ‘wintry’ and on other days the spring weather wins over and you can find yourselves skiing in ‘T-shirts’ and getting a good sun-tan. On reflection, the weather in the UK can be similar although our island climate means that things change far more quickly and perhaps it is less predictable. It always surprises me how accurate the mountain forecasts can be and I have often wondered ‘what is their secret’. I have written before about mountain folk, as I see a lot of similarities between people who venture out to sea and those that head out and up mountains. It must be something about challenging yourselves against the elements.
Boatshed Yacht Brokers are a social bunch so they seize upon any opportunity to get together. The Boatshed European annual Conference for 2010 was held over looking sailing boats and motor boats in Albufeira Marina at the offices of Boatshed Algarve.
We love hearing your feedback from our customers and many of you requested extra detailed photos to be included in our photo template. Great news we have just completed work too our website so that you can now view an extra 15 NEW photos to view for each boat listed on Boatshed.com giving you a total of 80 photos.
Firstly Congratulations to Ian Welsh and his team of Boatshed Poole for winning the 2010 Boatshed.com "Broker of the year award"
I am always in and around boats. My business is all about selling second hand boats. These range from small motor cruisers like the Bayliner Range to larger craft such as Fairline’s or a Pearl 55
The array of electronic goodies and gadgets available for boats is mind blowing and the advertising for them seems to insist you’d be foolish to venture out without all of them so Boatshed Plymouth called by “Just Right” one of this year’s Jester Challenge entrants to see what electronics Gus Davidson will be using to get him and his 20’ Golant Gaffer safely across the pond. Gus has a keen eye on the budget as he’s raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support so he weighs the cost of each piece of equipment carefully to ensure as much money as possible goes to the charity.
At this time of year we do have to venture out on many a cold day and Boatyards can be somewhat. The Boatshedmedway area is based along the River Medway in Kent and the wind is locally known for being somewhat viscious. As the River Medway passes down across North Kent it cuts into the chalk hills and as it meanders towards the sea, the prevailing wind is funnelled along where it gains speed until when it passes Chatham and the Medway towns it can practically cut through anything. Or at least that is what I think when the car door opens on another viewing or seatrial.
When people try and explain the science behind how a yacht sails, comparison is invariably made to an aeroplane wing. The principle behind the wing is that differences in pressure between both sides creates lift and as the plane moves forwards thus it will take off etc...
As the Boatshedmedway Broker I have been delighted to market this Rival 32’.
Boatshed has devised a new way of allowing people to join their winning team through the launch of Boatshed Agents.
When I am not working or boating my other interest lies on the ski slopes. My family have always enjoyed a winter holiday in the alps. I would ponder on the probability that mountain people are very similar to those that live along the coast or venture over the horizon in boats. I think it must be something about a pastime in the open where you can challenge yourselves against the environment. Many a good ‘yarn’ can be spun of an evening in a mountain chalet as well as a yacht club or saloon and I would speculate that they are probably very similar stories based upon being caught out when the weather changed or hitting something or somebody when you (or they) were out of control.