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.
December BoatBid Catalogue
Winter is almost here...
December Boatbid - Entries Close 29/10
Entries Close 29th October.
Boatshed are launching a beta version of the Boatshed Archive, essentially a back catalogue of the 24,000+ boats we’ve been involved in selling. This is a great resource for people looking for boats, with each boat containing up to 100 photos, full boat spec and videos. This useful resource is like a boat bible for us all to use.
November 2017 sees the Boatshed technology team travel to Lisbon for 5 days at Web Summit Exhibition. Boatshed have been invited to feature their leading boat sales technology platform alongside the likes of Facebook Uber and Amazon. Chosen out of thousands of companies and after a difficult selection process, Boatshed has been chosen because of its international growth, innovative business model and widespread use of technology to sell boats.
Jeanne Socrates - Injured in fall
Boatshed is attending Grand Pavois boat show in La Rochelle, France - a 6 day event running from the 27th September to 2nd October 2017. It is the most important event of its type in France and will showcase a huge range of equipment and services ranging from water sports through surfing and water-skiing, to charter, motorboats, and yachts.
It's the final weekend of the Southampton Boatshow....
BoatBid Auction - 15th to 19th September - Bidding has begun!
Boatshed offices in the Caribbean are currently experiencing very difficult circumstances. Our thoughts are with the families and members of the boatshed team caught up in the very challenging circumstances.
September Boatbid Auction Open's Soon!
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.