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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 program 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.
Retiring Lifeboat sold in just 23 days!
BWML Brokerage services working in partnership with Boatshed.com to provide a specialist brokerage service for Narrowboats and all that float on the canals. 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.
Lots of visiting boats are packed into the harbour to attend this years busy event. The Boatshed ketch and crew are in attendance this year, even Poppet and Gimble got involved with the Dog-agility. Many of the family favourites – such as the Daft Raft Race, the Manpowered Flight and the Wednesday Night Gala Spectacular and the dramatic Torchlight Procession, are firm fixtures on the calendar of events, as are many other regular happenings. We love the manned flight and pig racing below....
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.