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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.


Navigators & General and River Canal Rescue highlight risks of reduced water levels

Navigators & General and River Canal Rescue highlight risks of reduced water levels

Thursday, 09 December 2010

With warnings of dropping water levels on lakes reservoirs and canals, (intended or otherwise) Navigators & General is urging caution on the part of with the increased risk of groundings.

Notorious submerged wall catches another boater out on the River Trent

Notorious submerged wall catches another boater out on the River Trent

Thursday, 09 December 2010

A 57ft narrow boat and its crew left Torksey lock to travel to Newark, however shortly after leaving Torksey, disaster struck and the crew found the engine lacked power. As a result they were not making headway but luckily a fellow boat managed to tow them to the pontoons at Dunham Br. After taking a break they decided to carry on and, having passed under the A57 bridge, they headed to a tight ‘s’ bend in the river. The boat navigated the first right hand bend successfully but as they reached the second bend they lost drive again and suddenly found themselves grounded.

That was cold - but enjoyable

That was cold - but enjoyable

Wednesday, 08 December 2010

It’s not often in the balmy south that we have to don gloves, hats, scarves as well scrape ice and snow off the boats. So it was with some surprise that I found myself treading very carefully over the decks of the 50’ Fleur de Lys just recently successfully sold by Boatshed Dartmouth, with scraper and deck brush in hand.

That was cold - but enjoyable

That was cold - but enjoyable

Wednesday, 08 December 2010

It’s not often in the balmy south that we have to don gloves, hats, scarves as well scrape ice and snow off the boats. So it was with some surprise that I found myself treading very carefully over the decks of the 50’ Fleur de Lys just recently successfully sold by Boatshed Dartmouth, with scraper and deck brush in hand.

Featured Boat of the Week - Mariner 37 Seville Pilothouse Trawler!

Featured Boat of the Week - Mariner 37 Seville Pilothouse Trawler!

Tuesday, 07 December 2010

The Mariner 37 Seville Pilothouse Trawler is fairly new to the US West Coast, but with their number growing they have attracted attention and growing interest. Compare the Mariner 37 with a Nordic Tug 37 or 39, or an American Tug 34, 365 or 395. You’ll see that the Mariner is more open and spacious and is also more finely-crafted in rich, beautiful teak and holly joinery — at a much more affordable price. The heavy, hand-laid fiberglass hull construction, integral grid structure, heavy stainless steel double-rung handrails, deep footwells, high bulwarks and wide port and starboard bridge access stairs provide for safe and easy cruising.

Boatshed Poole's New Driver

Boatshed Poole's New Driver

Tuesday, 07 December 2010

Thought you all might like to see our new driver hard at work...It's a dogs life!

Boatshed Essex welcomes our newest agent in West Mersea!

Boatshed Essex welcomes our newest agent in West Mersea!

Saturday, 04 December 2010

Here at Boatshed Essex we are delighted to welcome our newest member of the team David James, David (also known as “Chappie”) will be looking to focus on our ever growing, (and ever demanding need!) to offer a permanent brokerage on this quaint island of West Mersea. Boating and Yachting feature very highly on West Mersea's Agenda and with about a thousand moorings in the surrounding fleets; you can see why the demand for a permanent presence of a boatshed agent will be a much welcomed asset.

Endeavour is the Quay for the Survey fleet.

Endeavour is the Quay for the Survey fleet.

Friday, 03 December 2010

Endeavour Quay lifted out the third Survey vessel for refit in as many months. This time it was the Southampton based company EMU Limited’s offshore Research Vessel DISCOVERY

Velux 5 Oceans race preparation

Velux 5 Oceans race preparation

Friday, 03 December 2010

Endeavour Quay was pleased to be able to help Chris Stanmore Major (CSM) in his bid to get to the start line of the 2010-11 Velux 5 Oceans Race.

Historic Vessel visits Endeavour Quay

Historic Vessel visits Endeavour Quay

Friday, 03 December 2010

Endeavour Quay, in Gosport, recently lifted the historic Motor Gun Boat ‘81’. This iconic vessel is the only one of its kind left in the world. Built in 1942 she has been painstakingly restored and is the recent star attraction at this years Southampton Boat Show. She has made numerous TV appearances and can usually be found at Gunwharf Quay where she draws lots of attention from the crowds of visitors and shoppers.

You got snow? We got snow! De la neige? Ici beaucoup!

You got snow? We got snow! De la neige? Ici beaucoup!

Friday, 03 December 2010

Blog en anglais et francais – Blog in French & English.

Ffffffffroid.....

Ffffffffroid.....

Wednesday, 01 December 2010

De la neige a St Malo? C'est bien rare! Mais, voila, il y en a. Et, si vous traversez la Rance et continuez un peu vers l'ouest tout devient blanc.

50 YEARS OF FOLKBOATS

50 YEARS OF FOLKBOATS

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

50 YEARS OF FOLKBOATS:

Featured Boat of the Week - Bayliner 3270 Sedan With Dock Appeal!

Featured Boat of the Week - Bayliner 3270 Sedan With Dock Appeal!

Saturday, 27 November 2010

If a home for sale has curb appeal and makes a great first impression potential homebuyers are more likely to want to look inside. The same applies when selling a boat. The sellers of this 1983 Bayliner 3270 understand the importance of their boat’s dock appeal. They continue to attend to their boat’s appeal to increase their prospects for selling at this difficult time. They’ve

Gueule de Bois après le Rhum?

Gueule de Bois après le Rhum?

Friday, 26 November 2010

Gueule de Bois après le Rhum? Un Rhum de qualité extraordinaire !

A unique waterside lifestyle on IOW

A unique waterside lifestyle on IOW

Thursday, 25 November 2010

A UNIQUE WATERSIDE LIFESTYLE

Life of the Isle of Wight

Life of the Isle of Wight

Thursday, 25 November 2010

ISLAND LIFE Island Harbour is conveniently located near to many of the island's fantastic attractions and sites of interest. We've picked a few of our favourites, although any of our staff will be happy to advise on days out.

Island Harbour on Isle of Wight - Brief history tour

Island Harbour on Isle of Wight - Brief history tour

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Island Harbour began life as one of the great English tide mills, the East Medina Mill. The original building was built on the site of today’s lock entrance in 1790 by William Porter, a baker from nearby Newport. At this time the Medina River was a mooring place for convict transports, and a story related in Albin’s History of the Isle of Wight published in 1795 tells of an occasion when Mr Porter's workmen were rowing down to work from Newport they were taunted with being bound for Botany Bay. In this way, East Medina Mill became known as Botany Bay Mill. However, a more likely interpretation is that William Porter supplied ship's biscuits to the convict transports in the river. Just after 1790 the banks who had previously supported Mr. Porter withdrew their funding and the business was forced to close. Thomas Porter died a year later and the buildings were left empty.

Baby It's Cold Outside!

Baby It's Cold Outside!

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Seattle weather forecasters call it a Canadian weather system. Our friends in British Columbia, suffering similarly from the cold, call it an Alaskan weather system. Either way, the Northwest has been blasted with miserable weather -- strong winds, snow, ice & frigid record breaking temperatures. Though a fresh blanket of new fallen snow is beautiful, it can be a hassle if you’re a boat owner or a boat broker.