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September Boatbid Catalogue
For some years an original Bob Spalding speedboat has remained in a Suffolk barn. amazingly apart from requiring some renovation to her decks nonetheless she is in all respects complete. Bob himself needs no introduction of course, this charismatic driver dominated the formula one speedboating world throughout the eighties and was world champion. Full details of Bobs achievements can be found at http://www.fastonwater.co.uk/bob_spalding.html. Having won the 1985 World Championship at the season’s penultimate Grand Prix, Bob unfortunately suffered head injuries during a crash in practice for the Seville Grand Prix. Although he recovered, he was advised to give up racing, as another similar accident could be fatal. Bob died of a brain aneurysm in 1997. It is not clear whether this was caused by the accident at Seville. Bobs connections with Suffolk are familial and it is appropriate that IF this is indeed one of his boats that should be rediscovered within a few miles of his home. Those of us that are attracted to renovations and projects would be hard pushed to find a more satisfying project. The current owner is in effect donating her as her asking price is token. It is important that should her provenance be proved this barn find could be both historic and valuable.
You have the Egyptian Sun God Ra to thank for the mythical barge Solar In the 19th c its a fact that electric boats were very popular. From the 1880s right up to the 1920s, and thereafter the ICE took precedence but then in the flared 1970s along came the very reason to re ignite interest in them, the energy crisis and suddenly electric boating and vehicles were reborn. In 1975, the first all electric sailing yacht went global with the first all electric circumnavigation. With Carbon fuel prices doubling every 5 years and with Solar panels costing half of what they did in 2010 The payback period is less than 2 years with every 100 watt panel saving 55 litres of fuel per year endlessly and then some. So whilst global cruising might not be your thing, then a trip down the canal might just be and.........
When? - 14th to 18th July
Some of you may have seen the campaign that TheCA.org.uk are running and the petition that they are looking to put to parliament highlighting the serious issue of poorly marked lobster pots and how they should be made safer for the safety of smaller crafts.
When you think of your ideal boat, what do you think of? Isit James Bond 077 and his speedy, streamlined offerings like the Bayliner or maybe you want to slow down a notch or two and take to the broads on a narrowboat or live aboard a Dutch Barge.
Fancy a life on the canals and rivers of the UK, where you can wake up to be close to nature and have a river view like no other.
Entries Close 4th March.
Britain’s canals and waterways are thriving and not just with wildlife. There has been a steady rise in the amount of people living on houseboats.
The seaplane tender was a boat which was equipped to refuel,rearm, and repair seaplanes. They were stationed at any size-able body of protected water where sea planes could land and take off. They were also used to ferry crew and supplies for the seaplane. Often also used to tow the seaplane to a mooring or away from a mooring for take-off. They were particularly useful in the 1st and 2nd World Wars, when bases for traditional reconnaissance aircraft were rare. The seaplane tender not only carried the seaplanes, but can also facilitated all their needs for their operation; these boats are regarded by some as the first aircraft carriers and they started to be spotted just before the start of the First World War.
We are delighted that Nick Crook has recently joined the Boatshed team as a broker for Boatshed Suffolk.
We are delighted to announce that Phil Berkeley has recently joined the team as the new owner of Boatshed Suffolk.
If you are thinking of entering your boat into December's BoatBid online boat auction, the time to do that is now so that she will appear in the BoatBid catalogue that is published on November 9th.
Bidding has just begun for the September 2016 European Boatbid.
At Boatshed we are all getting excited to meet you at Southampton Boat Show from this Friday 16th until Sunday 26th September 2016.
With over 50 lots, the September Boatbid boat auction has something for everyone. If you haven't taken a look at the online catalogue, you should do so now.
Boatshed have again teamed up with Red Paddle Co to give you the opportunity to win one of their fabulous Inflatable Paddle boards.
Come along and chat to the Boatshed team face to face, when we will be returning to the annual Southampton Boat Show at Mayflower Park from September 16-25th.
Boatshed are committed to reducing the cost of boat ownership and we are please to announce that Portsmouth Marine Training have joined Boatshed's Preferred Partners Scheme.
Geoff Jaquest has recently joined the team at Boatshed Suffolk and we thought it would be a nice idea to find out a little more about him.