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.
How quickly can you organise a RIB RALLY in the Solent? Well it only took a few days, dedicated friends and the sun to shine to convince everyone it was a good idea.
We had a great day being towed around the Solent by our Rib-X eXplorer 600, with my mates and some cool toys, a two person Ringo, my Wakeboard and my GoPro camera to record some cool shots.
The first "first of the season" impromptu BBQ was held at Hamstead Point Beach by Newtown Creek on the Isle of Wight. Amazing fun, great turn out with 7 boats, over 25 people, children and dogs. With the first great weekend weather, sunshine and a light breeze from the east, and tides perfect for a lunchtime BBQ with High water around lunchtime, we jumped at the chance for this social with the team from Rib-X and Boatshed.
Another thing we are committed to at Boatshed is reducing the costs of boat ownership for our customers. Boat buyers will, typically, spend about 20% of the price of a boat on necessary equipment, products and services within the first 12 months of ownership. This expenditure can be considerable and is often overlooked by other brokers. Our Preferred Partners Scheme is aimed at reducing this expenditure and thereby the overall cost of boat ownership for Boatshed customers.
A Pursuit, as its name implies, is not a race. It is an opportunity to test the mettle of your boat against others. This is achieved by boats starting in groups, smallest first, with the aim of finishing at about the same time. The course starts at Gilkicker and goes round the Nab Tower and back, 20 miles.
The next BoatBid Boat Auction is on 15 - 19 July 2016. This time there's specialist categories for various types of boats including Narrowboats, Barges, sail, Power and Commercial Boats and many more.
We met Ben around 20 years ago and even then I never thought of him as having a disability, whilst he couldn't get around as quickly as his siblings it never slowed him down. Ben has Cerebral Palsy which commonly affects muscular coordination, mobility and speech among other things and he is embarking on kayaking the Welsh coastline with a friend.
Boatshed Wales are proud to announce their support of Alex Luddington, who has been involved and helped out in the past at our Cardiff Office. He is sailing round Britain singlehandedly in aid of www.Francescasresearchfund.co.uk This is a charity that Alex’s family friend Francesca , who he describes as “like my little sister”, was inspired to create with the aim of raising money to support research and awareness into Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Sadly Francesca lost her battle with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma a few days before her 10th birthday. She had asked Alex if he would sail around the world but he thought it was a bit ambitious for his first big voyage and they agreed to compromise on him sailing round Britain to raise money for her charity.
Here are a handful of what our customers think of buying or selling a boat through Boatshed...
We want our customers to feel valued, informed and, well…… loved. Instead of us keeping all the useful information about boat sales to ourselves, we have developed some tools to allow our customers to keep themselves informed whilst selling a boat and when looking for a new boat.
"Ken, listen to me carefully...because this is the best advice you will ever get. Concentrate on the big money boats as these cause the least hassle, have generally good paperwork and offer an all round easier experience and higher reward for the same amount of work".
The Boatshed HQ Support team has plenty of experience within the brokerage and marine industry and is able to provide constant support to all Boatshed Brokers.
Last year Edward Kay joined the Boatshed Team, setting up Boatshed Riviera in the South of France as a new franchisee broker. A second broker, Solenne Vaudin d’Imecourt, now assists him. Edward has had a lifetime love affair with boating and the South of France, owning a classic power boat himself, and Boatshed Riviera is fast becoming a go-to brokerage for, in particular, large, luxury power boats.
Over the past year Boatshed has been involved in various community projects.
From August 2016 changes in Consumer Insurance law will affect anyone who buys pleasure boat or charter boat insurance which is subject to English law.
Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) was established by Great Britain sailing legend Sir Ben Ainslie in June 2014 with the ambitious aim of winning for Britain the 35th America’s Cup.
As one of the world’s largest and most forward looking brokerages, Boatshed has been working in the newer Far East and Asian pleasure boat markets for some years.
From March 10th it will be even easier to find your ideal boat through Boatshed's new 'Saved Searches' tool. Quite simply, when looking for a boat on any Boatshed website, you can save your search and then receive a e-mail when a new boat/s matches your requirements.
This was the first real spring weather weekend with blue skies, sunshine and a chilly north-easterly wind. Perfect weather for the Rib and Motorboat show held at Premier Marinas, Gosport.
We are shining the spotlight today on a Ribeye Rib 1050GT which has twin Yamaha 350 engines and a double berth - she is currently kept in dry storage in North Devon and Boatshed broker Steve thinks she is pretty unusual.