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.
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.
The Boatshed Business Development Team have had a busy first half of the year with new business owner brokers joining the group in Sud Med, Riviera, Penang, Lancashire, Isle of Wight, Brighton, Plymouth and North Wales and it doesn't stop there! We are currently in discussions across locations worldwide with potential new business owners/brokers to introduce additional Boatshed businesses and further territorial coverage during the second half of 2015.
It was a blustery, sunny day giving perfect weather for The "Round the Island Race 2015". 1584 boats racing around the Isle of Wight, approximately 60 miles. Neap tides were 3 days prior to the start of the race, with high water at Cowes being around 08.30. Racing started at 07.00 with the large boats, and the smallest boats started last.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Where to find the Boatshed crew during summer 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:
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.
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.
News from the US Pacific Northwest – Boatshed Seattle
After a couple of days of hard work to get Capibara ready to be left in the potential hurricane stricken Florida, we’ve now left the boat hoping that it will look the same when we return in the fall.
Red Paddle Co – the worlds leading inflatable SUP manufacturer have teamed up with Boatshed.com – International Yacht Brokers to offer you the chance to WIN a 10’6″ Ride board.
We have now arrived at our final destination for the summer. In the middle of Florida near Lake Okeechobee there’s a marina that claims to be a hurricane hole. There is some debate whether or not this is at all possible, but nevertheless we are now preparing the boat to be left here for the summer.
In the middle of March, when we arrived in Bimini, we thought we would only be in the Bahamas for 4-5 weeks, and because of that we only got 50 days on our visa. But we hadn’t been there for long, before we agreed that there of course wasn’t any reason for rushing home! Last week we were therefore suddenly in a hurry, when we realised that we only had a few days left on our visas!