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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.


Plymouth Yacht Haven Finish to Rolex Fastnet Race 2015

Plymouth Yacht Haven Finish to Rolex Fastnet Race 2015

Friday, 14 August 2015

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.

Enjoy Fireworks On The Water

Enjoy Fireworks On The Water

Wednesday, 12 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.

7 Low-Cost Ideas to Beat the Summer Holidays Boredom

7 Low-Cost Ideas to Beat the Summer Holidays Boredom

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

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!

America's Cup World Series photos

America's Cup World Series photos

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

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.

Plymouth Regatta 17th-19th July 2015

Plymouth Regatta 17th-19th July 2015

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Open to professional and amateur sailors, Plymouth Regatta on Friday 17th - Sunday 19th July 2015 promises to be an exciting event.

Looking for a project boat? Stunning Majestic 48 needs completing.

Looking for a project boat? Stunning Majestic 48 needs completing.

Wednesday, 08 July 2015

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 Marine Festival - Over 1100 out on the water

Gosport Marine Festival - Over 1100 out on the water

Sunday, 14 June 2015

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.

Worried about bidding on a boat in an online  boat auction?

Worried about bidding on a boat in an online boat auction?

Friday, 12 June 2015

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

Boatshed Newsletter Summer 2015

Friday, 05 June 2015

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!

Plymouth RNLI Fundraising Event

Plymouth RNLI Fundraising Event

Thursday, 04 June 2015

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!

Market Report Summer 2015

Market Report Summer 2015

Thursday, 04 June 2015

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:

BWML (British Waterways Marinas) and Boatshed

BWML (British Waterways Marinas) and Boatshed

Thursday, 04 June 2015

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.

MTA - the Maritime Training Academy’s Diploma in Yacht Brokerage

MTA - the Maritime Training Academy’s Diploma in Yacht Brokerage

Thursday, 04 June 2015

Boatshed is delighted to announce its endorsement of the Maritime Training Academy's Diploma in Yacht Brokerage, the leading distance learning course to train and prepare new brokers for the used boat industry. Boatshed is working with the MTA to offer graduate brokers effective routes into the industry using Boatshed's market leading sales platform.

IPAs - Independent Pre-Sale Assessments

IPAs - Independent Pre-Sale Assessments

Thursday, 04 June 2015

At the Southampton Boat Show last year, Boatshed, together with the Marine Inspection Association of leading marine surveyors, introduced the use of IPAs when selling used sail and motor boats. An IPA is a further tool to increase the transparency of a used boat offered for sale. Boats we sell can be physically inspected, assessed and reported upon by an experienced, independent, marine surveyor before, or whilst they are listed. Up to 55 critical areas of a second-hand boat are assessed and the IPA report can be viewed by an interested buyer alongside the boat’s details.

New Boatshed Offices and Brokers

New Boatshed Offices and Brokers

Thursday, 04 June 2015

The Boatshed Network continues to grow: We are delighted to welcome to the group: Paul Diffin at Boatshed Lancashire in UK, Rolv Reissiger at Boatshed Penang in Malaysia, Edward Kay at Boatshed Riviera in France, Billy and Jo Hallam at Boatshed Plymouth. Also, we are in the process of welcoming new brokers for Boatshed South of France and Cumbria and Brixham.

Diary of Upcoming Events

Diary of Upcoming Events

Thursday, 04 June 2015

Where to find the Boatshed crew during summer 2015

How are we doing?

How are we doing?

Thursday, 04 June 2015

At Boatshed we encourage feedback from our customers, as a way of monitoring and improving the services we offer. Here are some recent comments we have received:

Inland Boating & Great Canal Journeys

Inland Boating & Great Canal Journeys

Thursday, 04 June 2015

Back in the glory days, before the last recession, when the world was awash with cash and boat shows were held at Earls Court, I first came across Boatshed holding one of their famous Fizz at Five sessions. Their stand was near my Canal Experience Training stand and at the end of a hard day exhibiting, a glass of Fizz (in a plastic glass) was very welcome.

Insurance Law Update

Insurance Law Update

Thursday, 04 June 2015

The English Court of Appeal has for the first time, recently established an absolute rule that an assured who tells a lie or relies upon false evidence to support an otherwise valid insurance claim, will forfeit the claim entirely. In other words, even if the lie or false evidence is immaterial to the insurance claim, an underwriter or insurance company will be able to successfully deny cover.

Notes From the US Pacific Northwest

Notes From the US Pacific Northwest

Thursday, 04 June 2015

News from the US Pacific Northwest – Boatshed Seattle