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.
What ever your next dinghy is, its always a compromise, but getting the balance right for practicality, cost and usability is really important. We look at various types of used dinghies.
Avast me hearties! Didn't mean to hornswaggle ye ......but......It's International Talk Like A Pirate Day celebratin' public pirattitude around the world. Come and talk like a pirate on the Boatshed.com stand BO53 at the Southampton boat show.
Europe’s largest festival of boating sails into Southampton and Boatshed.com are on their regular stand BO53 enjoying the fun. The Southampton Boat Show is now Europe’s largest outdoor festival of boating with over 2km of pontoons . Now in its 47th year, the Southampton Boat Show offers a host of attractions for the whole family to experience, from exploring rock pools, corals and anemones in the Show’s purpose built Aquarium, through to the largest number of ‘on-the-water’ activities ever offered at the Show This includes the tall ship Earl of Pembroke, straight from the completion of its full restoration and refit.
Look insurance Services today announce it has entered into a strategic partnership with Boatshed. The partnership scheme will see Look insurance Services providing yacht insurance quotations for Boatshed UK clients and allows a special discount for Boatshed UK customers. The agreement allows the discount to be continued throughout the life of the policy.
We are delighted to announce that Look Insurance Services has joined Boatshed's Preferred Partners scheme, offering marine and boating insurance to UK based and registered pleasure boats. As one of the leading marine insurers,Look is ideally placed to offer insurance products to Boatshed's customers and will offer 10% discounts for products purchased though Boatshed.com.
Plymouths Ocean City Festival kicks off on the 5th of September and runs right through to the 27th. A series of events, aimed at the whole community, will be run from the Barbican, Royal William Yard and other areas focusing on marine science / technology, marine education / exploration & of course seafood!
If like the Boatshed crew, you like visiting regattas, then you will love the Dartmouth Regatta. We love the sailing and racing but we also love the shore-side stuff and the air show. -For aircraft nerds you are gonna love it! Here is a list of what you can see flying at the event; Squirrel helicopter, T6 Texan, Hurricane, Spitfire, Swordfish, Sea King, The Red Arrows, Raiders Parachute Team, Strkemaster, Pitts S2S and the coolest of them all the RAF Typhoon !
Mylor Yacht Harbour, a hidden gem that’s worth checking out. This week on a visit to Falmouth we decided to call in at the Mylor Yacht Harbour facility. Mylor has always been a location on our regular dog walks when we are staying in the main Falmouth Harbour but we’ve never visited specifically by boat, so we decided to pop round and see what the marine facilities were like. It’s clear that a tremendous amount of money and effort has been invested at Mylor with very smart and up to date facilities https://www.mylor.com/. We ended up on a mooring off the Mylor Yacht Harbour itself but this is well served by some very smart water taxis or indeed you can use your tender, like we do, to go ashore. The quality of the mooring tackle and the amount of space around the moorings is worthy of mention, it’s certainly a place if I wanted to leave the boat I wouldn’t be concerned about the occasional passing storm and bad weather keeping me awake while I was away from my boat worrying about it.
Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 will begin in Cowes on August 16th at 12 noon and culminate at Plymouth Yacht Haven between 18th & 22nd August 2015.
The British Firework Championships 2015 is set to be held in Plymouth, Devon on the 18th & 19th of August. Plymouth, Britain's Ocean City, has become a regular host to the event and where better to witness it than out on the water in your own boat.
Now that the kids are home for the school summer holidays are you wondering how to keep them entertained without spending a fortune? These low-cost ideas will make an unusual family day out and keep the grown-ups happy too – that is if you’re canal-loving parents!
The America's Cup World Series drew a mixed response from a huge crowd after last weekend at Southsea, an exciting event, but with only 1 hour of proper racing, for some the value for money element may be hard to see after spending £100 on a seat. Whether an 'evacuation' order made on the Sunday from the Fanzone was the right wording to use will be judged by others. At least the home team won, and cutting edge boats and designs were showcased just off the shore, inspiring many...even the non sailors! These boats are as similar to what mere mortals sail as a Formula 1 car is to a road car, hence there are limitations as the designs are so extreme. Mind you, I'm sure Spandau Ballet or Wet Wet Wet didn't mind the chance to strut the stage in the apres sail entertainments. Enjoy the photos, a great event for the south coast and Portsmouth.
Open to professional and amateur sailors, Plymouth Regatta on Friday 17th - Sunday 19th July 2015 promises to be an exciting event.
This Colvic Majestic 48 with quality craftsmanship & fittings is only part built and needs completing. Currently stored in a purpose built warehouse with further parts, fixtures & fittings, including a large quantity of teak faced marine plywood, this stunning blue water yacht ‘in the making’ is waiting patiently to be completed.
Gosport, the home of ocean racing, the birth place of camper & Nicholson's where Velsheda was built, at 10.00 the festival was officially opened by Alex Thomson, Gosport's very own round the World Solo Skipper. The weather started off grey and cool and windy, but then the sun came out and the crowds poured in. The sunny, blustery day didn't dampen the day, over 1100 newbies to boating, got out onto the water in one way or another on dinghies, RIBS, tall ships, harbour tours, canoes, paddleboards, 70ft racing yachts, Gypsy Moth IV, Wet wheels, wheel chair friendly motor boat charity run by Geoff Holt MBE, and historic boats.
The first time I came across BoatBid boat auction website I was really unsure about making a bid. There were a couple of boats I was really interested in and wanted to be happy before I dived right in. I'd got lots of questions like: Can I have a survey? Will I have any time to see the boat before I finally buy? When, Where do I need to transfer the money?
Boatshed Newsletter Summer 2015 - we have news and articles including - WIN a PADDLEBOARD Competition - How does Boatshed sell boats twice as fast? - News from America - The Truth about the used boat market - Life on a canal boat - 56 Point Boat checks - Join Planet Boatshed - plus why you absolutely need to SUP!
The Plymouth RNLI are holding a fundraising event on Saturday 31st October 2015 at 7.30pm. It is a Halloween Monsters Ball at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth, Devon. Fancy dress is a must!
Many of the conditions and trends in the international used boat market that I reported upon in November 2014 continue and remain highly relevant to boat sales today. Overall, the market can be summarised as follow:
We are delighted to announce our new relationship with BWML. BWML is part of the UK’s Canal & River Trust (formally, British Waterways) a national charity whose primary role is the custodian and navigation authority for around 2,000 miles of canals and rivers across England and Wales. Boatshed is now the exclusive external broker in most of BWML’s 20 locations, available to assist our customers with the sale and purchase of Narrowboats and other inland waterway vessels. Our brokers in these locations are experts in these specialist craft and familiar with the unique pleasures of inland boating.