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.
We recently helped Vanessa Ward to sell her Snapdragon 24, “Sandel.”
If you are looking for your first canal boat for sale or perhaps a narrowboat in Hertfordshire or London you may have questions about technology and it’s place in canal boat life. Whether you’re thinking of living on a wide beam, going on an extended cruise or simply looking for a leisure boat for sale you may be wondering how many mod-cons are suited to boating?
Last week a mother and her daughter (aged 10) died of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning. Three people were on board the boat on Windermere and early enquiries suggested a faulty generator could have been to blame.
The Bracewell Pacesetter 540 is a spacious, comfortable three stateroom yacht. It’s a design that exhibits an excellent use of space and provides more liveable volume than most 58 – 60 foot vessels. When operated in trawler-like fashion (10 knots) it performs extremely economically. But it can get up and go when needed — 21 knots or more.
Cyprus after the banking crisis is still alive and kicking as people turned out in their thousands to attend a charity concert. Admission to the day-long event in Nicosia- organised by Cyprus Aid - was free but revellers were asked to donate items, such as food and clothing, which could be distributed to the city's poor and unemployed. Volunteers were overwhelmed with hundreds of boxes of donations. One said: "We are doing this to help people and we want to send a message to people abroad that if we are united we can make things happen," Concert organiser, Nicko Zavallis, said the response from local people to the event had been "amazing". "We did not expect this outcome," he said. "People have been coming with trucks. Instead of a bag, they have been filling up trucks of goods and they have been bringing it to us."
Keith Winchester recently bought a Sealine S25 called Sailfree. He’s been interested in sailing for fifty years.
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a stunning Shakespeare 620 Sport. Finished in dark blue hypalon tubes, white and piped blue upholstery and equipped with a 150hp outboard this RIB is both attractive and fast! She has been dry stored and launched as required so she has never been antifouled – I could only find one tiny mark on the hull (that will probably polish off anyway). Ample cockpit seating makes this RIB ideal for families or plenty of space for water skis etc. Appointments to view can be booked in advance 6-days a week directly with Paul Singer your Boatshed Dartmouth broker.
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a Fairline Corniche 31. This Corniche has been well cared for and comes with a complete service record. The engines (Volvo KAD43) were installed in just 2003. The three cabin layout is the most useful layout with the two berth cabin to starboard opposite the galley. She is clean, tidy and well presented throughout. Appointments to view can be booked in advance 6-days a week directly with Paul Singer your Boatshed Dartmouth broker.
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a lovingly maintained Beneteau Oceanis 311 Clipper. This one owner from new 311 has the benefit of the lifting keel reducing her draft to just over 2’ with the keel up but over 7’ when lowered. The 311 is based on the Figaro racing class hull and therefore offers some quite impressive performance. The Clipper version of the 311 added extra features including the wheel helm and lazy jacks. The current owners have certainly used and enjoyed their 311 and she is very well presented, equipped with a good inventory and is now ready to launch. Appointments to view can be booked in advance 6-days a week directly with Paul Singer your Boatshed Dartmouth broker.
An Easter egg is a secret message or hidden feature in a film, book or in computer software. The idea is that once you know there is one to be found, you may hunt for it the way you would look for eggs in an Easter egg hunt.
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a Marine Trader Europa 40. Imported into the UK by the current owner (VAT was paid on import) this trawler yacht offers plenty of living space, a large fly bridge and recently refurbished and installed Ford Lehman engines. Stepping onboard is like boarding a mini ship with a large main saloon and equally large galley to port. Overall she would provide a very comfortable long-range cruising yacht or equally comfortable live aboard. The owner has upgraded a lot of equipment (including a 240v circuit) though there are still some finishing touches required to her refurbishment. Appointments to view can be booked in advance 6-days a week directly with Paul Singer your Boatshed Dartmouth broker.
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a Hardy Family Pilot 20. These are really great boats for fishing, weekending or just enjoying a day out. This example is well presented, clean and tidy and equipped with nice Honda outboard and road trailer. Appointments to view can be booked in advance 6-days a week directly with Paul Singer your Boatshed Dartmouth broker.
Steve Booth is a broker at Boatshed Essex. He has always liked water based sports including sailing and canoeing. He started off dinghy sailing, and his first ‘proper’ boat was a Hurley 22. Steve’s been a Boatshed broker for six years and loves the people you meet through boats and boating. He also loves being his own boss.
Between flurries of snow and cheeky bouts of sunshine I’m trying to persuade myself that the boating season has started. If you’re feeling it too, if you’re dreaming about sunny days out on the sparkling water, then check out our latest boats for sale that have been reduced in price.
If you have a long lazy weekend on the boat coming up, or simply feel like a nautical read, you could pick up For Better, For Worse, For Richer, For Poorer by Damian and Siobhan Horner. This husband and wife team have written a travelogue and memoir about leaving their careers and lives ashore in England, to travel the French canals with their two children, both younger than three.
Last weekend Paralympic gold medallist Helena Lucas officially launched RYA Push the Boat Out 2013 at the RYA Dinghy Show.
Boatshed Cowes wish the wight crew a safe crossing on june the 22nd why not give them your support.
Tomorrow is the beginning of March and the sailing and boating season is marching towards us.
If you have arranged your finances and have a good idea of the size and style of boat you are looking for the next step is to begin viewing boats. Because we have so many photographs (and some videos) online here at Boatshed Grand Union, you should have a good idea of whether a particular boat would suit you, before making your journey.
Last week we registered our 500,000th customer, and the growth of our international group continues with a new office opening in Cyprus this month.