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.
On Boatshed.com we have one of the largest collection of Westerly boats for sale. Westerly boats are timeless classic, never dating and easily recognisable. If you're ever sitting on your boat in a busy haerbour like Portsmouth, check out how many Westerly boats you can spot. We have lots for sale, but still are missing quite a few models. The Westerly Oceanlord, we've sold a few, check out the size of their cockpit lockers!
I was a little jealous last weekend when some of my Yottie Boatshed colleagues took place in the annual race around the Isle of Wight (along with a notorious character from BP). Now I am doing it myself, on a slightly larger boat than any of them.
Ever started out on a weekend boat trip, only to have your plans scuppered by a misbehaving engine? What do you do if you’re en route to your favourite spot for a little R&R on your beloved boat and the engine or the pump packs up? On a recent visit to the Newtown Creek on the Isle of Wight, exactly this happened to me and my husband, sadly it was his birthday and we were planning a nice evening away. The water pump on our lifting keel sloop suddenly decided to stop working and instead of cooling water pumping out of the stern in its usual rhythmic tune, it started pumping into the cabin! Deciding it would be best to turn around and head for Cowes where we could get the problem fixed we changed our course. The tide had turned and was now on our nose and the wind had died. As a result of not wanting to push the engine too hard causing it to overheat and pump faster than I could bail out the cabin, we discovered that we were making no headway at all!
Well, the season of Inland Waterways festivals is off to a cracking start. So far Boatshed Grand Union has attended three this year with great results.
In the early hours of Saturday 19th June 2010 when most normal people are still in the arms of Morpheus, the intrepid guys from Boatshed Cowes past and present, were up and preparing the boat for the J.P Morgan 2010 Round The Island race.
It was that time of the year on most yachties calander, the 79th edition of the Round the Island Race. Saturday 19th 2010 started for Peter Delbridge of Boatshed Hamble aboard "Blustery Day" a 38.5 at 0400hrs and a swift cast off from the RSrnYC pontoon and a motor out of the Hamble and across to the start line of Cowes.
There is a well established conviction amongst yacht brokers that there is no such thing as an owner improvement. One of the things I have learned whilst running Boatshed Yorkshire is the importance of maintaining a boat well inside and out if you want it to keep its value. Refurbishment may enhance its value, although the amount rarely equates to that spent, while not doing it will erode its value. Like many things in life you have to run in order to stand still. Having decided on a refit or other major boat renovations there is no substitute for getting it done professionally. All boat brokers will have seen bodged jobs done by owners which actually devalue the boat hence the belief that there no such thing as an owner improvement. It was with this in mind that I decided last year that our 1983 Broom 32, Yorkshire Belle, could do with an interior update as it still had the 1980s style patterned upholstery, blue carpet and orange curtains-see before photos. At first I had a local firm-our boat is kept in a wet shed in Horning on the Broads-go over her and come up with some ideas. I was surprised to receive a quote which was double what I had expected. And I was not exactly sold on the choice of materials. A few weeks later I was at Oulton Week talking to a surveyor I know who does business with Broom Boats in Brundall and he suggested that I at least talk to them as in his experience they offered good value money and were not as expensive as I might have thought. I arranged to visit them at the Southampton Boat Show to see at firsthand what they could do. I met Andrew Stone their Customer Services Manager on one of the exhibits and it soon became obvious that there was more that could be done than simply replacing fabrics. We discussed redesigning the saloon seating to be more like furniture as in their newer boats since it is never used for sleeping on anyway. In October we were on a week's holiday so we went South and called at the yard to discuss the detail. Fabrics and carpet were selected, new foam was to be included with memory foam in the master cabin, holly and teak flooring in the galley-much more practical than carpet, new light fittings and many other outstanding jobs. When the quote came it was 5 times what I had originally intended spending but the project had grown. I then decided it would be a good idea for Broom Boats to do the winter servicing and check the boat over generally since they had not seen her since building her 27 years ago. A number of other improvements rose from this-new automatic fire extinguisher, new bilge pumps, loose engine mounting nuts and so on. It was end January before we could take the boat to them due to weather and tides-it's a 6 hour journey by boat, 20 minutes by car-and during the next 4 months we called in to review progress from time to time. By the middle of May all was ready and we had a shake down cruise to ensue all was OK before we took her away, and of course it was, but then that’s what comes with using a professional boat builder. My surveyor friend happened to be at Oulton Broad that weekend and he and his wife were very impressed with our “new boat”. Three weeks later we called to take it back to its mooring and of course pay the bill- exactly 8 times my original budget but well worth it as you can see from the after shots. It's like a new Broom inside! Yorkshire Belle is now snug again in her shed and what was already a desirable boat must now be best in class. The moral of the story is that any work on a boat should be carried out in a professional manner and ideally by the original builder if possible in order to maintain or even enhance its value. Just by coincidence I also happen to have a nice Broom 35 for sale. Please feel free to contact me, Andrew Holmes of Boatshed Yorkshire about this or any of the other boats for sale.
Gary and Will of Boatshed Norfolk took over the franchise in September 2006 both having come from completely different backgrounds.
While Bangkok was going through its worst spate of unrest in modern times, peaceful Phuket – 900 km south of Thailand’s troubled capital – received a well deserved accolade. Voted 'Best Asian Maritime Capital' in the annual Asian Boating Awards 2010, the island home of four annual regattas and four marinas was finally recognized for what it is: THE place in Asia to go boating. So it is fitting that one of Phuket’s most popular regattas, Six Senses Phuket Raceweek, should kick off the 2010/2011 Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championship, where Asia’s top racing yachtsmen and women compete over the course of several Asian regattas. Six Senses Phuket Raceweek, unique in the regional yacht racing calendar for its expectation of strong breezes, scenic race courses and its 5-star social scene, is held at the Evason Phuket & Six Senses Spa from 21-25 July. With 37days to go to the start, entries are looking strong in all classes, with a record number of first-time participants. “With Top of the Gulf and Koh Samui regattas now over, we usually get a flurry of entries over the next two or three weeks from sailors who have been focused on those events,” said Grenville Fordham, MD of organizers and rights owners, Image Asia Events, adding, “It looks as though we’ll have a strong Racing Class this year, although – as usual – we never really know the final line-up until shortly before the event. The logistics and costs of getting a boat and crew ready to take part in an event away from home are horrendous, so quite often boat owners are never sure if they can make it until all the pieces come together.” As usual Boatshedphuket.com will keep you updated and bring you all the results.
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Boatshed Seattle International Yacht Brokers Featured Boat of the Week! Chris-Craft 55 ConstellationMonday, 14 June 2010
As lovely a boat as you¹ll find classic Chris-Craft styling, quality and style showcased by attentive maintenance and loving ownership. The perfect live-aboard for those who also like to cast off the lines and cruise in comfort.
On a bright Saturday morning when most of us are still in bed (ok, ok, it was still dark at 4am) the intrepid band of yacht brokers from Boatshed Cowes on the Isle of Wight took up the challenge to sail around the island to raise money for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, the Isle of Wight’s only facility for end of life care. The event was organised by the East Cowes Sailing Club, in co-operation with the Westerly Owners association. The field, which numbered around 45, was split into various groups, the smaller craft sailing a shorter route in the Solent with the sports yachts, the Westerly’s and the larger cruisers sailing and setting off at varying intervals for the full-monty starting line at East Cowes.
I have taken part in this race three times before but not since 2007. This year being the 50th one our skipper decided it was time to have another go. The race itself covers 57 miles of the Northern rivers of the Broads, over the Rivers Bure, Ant and Thurne-hence the name of the event-and there are 4 turning marks-below Ludham Bridge, South Walsham Dyke, Hickling Broad and Lower Bure(this year Stokesby)-which you can do in any order.
For us the beginning of June means boat insurance day. It’s the sailing season, we normally have loads of other things on our minds and this year the weather was glorious but in contrast to previous years where I’ve just called up credit card at the ready and renewed with our existing insurers I took the time to look into our policy and realised we weren’t correctly covered so I had to do a quick bit of research and found out an awful lot about boat insurance in a short space of time.
Back to Boatshed Wales after an action packed and highly successful Fishguard Folk Festival
The season has only just started here in North Wales, and already it’s looking like the best ever. The new Boatshed Office in Pwllheli Marina is proving to be very popular with people who are buying boats in North Wales and also with people who want to sell their boats. In April alone we listed 25 boats for sale right across North Wales from Aberystwyth up to Conwy and including Aberdovey, Porthmadog and Anglesey.
One of the great aspects of being a yacht broker is the variety of boats we deal with. Two boats recently listed with Boatshed Dartmouth epitomise perfectly this variety and both, strangely, are actually on the same marina.
Blackness Marine, the boat storage and dry store boatyard on the banks of the beautiful River Dart are holding an open day event in support of the RNLI Dart Lifeboat on Sunday 20th June. The event starts at 2pm and everyone is invited to come along and join in the festivities.
This 36' Island Gypsy Quad Cabin was thoughtfully designed by Harvey Halvorsen who also designed many popular Grand Banks models. It has three staterooms plus a saloon a rare find in any 36' boat. Built with year-round use in mind, it has a flybridge helm and a lower helm which allows the captain and crew to stay comfortable in any weather. She has been stored under cover for the past fifteen years so the teak decks and brightwork are in great shape. The interior is clean throughout - it is apparent that the current owner has maintained the boat well. The saloon and galley area are well-lit with natural light from large windows so that you can see out even while seated at the saloon table.