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When I was about 7 years old my parents built narrowboats and my job was to break up the concrete and re arrange in the narrowboats bilge for ballast. I remember working in any temperature and used to love getting as much concrete to fit in the gap as possible. Growing up with Narrowboats I’ve always had a love of the Inland Waterways, the people and the lifestyle, its a different world.
For those of you who love fast and furious water sports combined with a Rock Festival then Wakestock has got it all.
In March of this year and still amidst the very severe winter we experienced, my husband Steve and I had a conversation about whether it would be the right time to sell our beloved boat. She was our first sailing boat, the boat we pretty much learned ‘all the ropes’ so to speak and the boat we'd had since our children were considerably smaller. We are both qualified to Day Skipper standard now, but when we bought her we were considered novices, only having completed a couple of sailing holidays and I think our sailing experience was mostly with dinghies at that time.
The first time I stepped onboard a Sunseeker was at the London boat show hosted at Earls Court back years ago.
The organisers of the RNLI Open Day and Boat Jumble on Saturday 17th July at Baltic Wharf, Totnes are pleased to announce that fresh from another bronze medal in the world rowing championships in Lucerne, local boy Bill Lucas has promised to make a guest appearance on the day. Bill Lucas, originally from Kingswear, is former U23 world rowing champion and now competes in the highly coveted men’s quadruple scull alongside Stephen Rowbotham, Charles Cousins and Sam Townsend.
www.boatshedhamble.com owned and managed by brothers Peter & Michael Delbridge are pleased to announce the new partnership with Marine Mega Store, the online chandlery, and the opening of the combined office on Hamble High Street in Capstan House.
Wednesday 7July, saw Peter and Michael Delbridge of www.boatshedhamble.com out to catch a quick glimpse of the racing off Cowes as four of the most beautiful Big Class classic yachts Eleonora, Mariette, Twiga and Mariquita were racing against each other competing to win the inaugural Westward Cup. The Regatta has been organised by three of the most prestigious yacht clubs in the world, the Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS) and two partner clubs, the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) and Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM).
Peter & Michael Delbridge of www.boatshedhamble.com have just sponsored a good friend of theirs Steve Sault and his crew in the 2010 J80 European championships out on Lake Garda.
Baltic Wharf Boatyard are pleased to be holding an Open Day and Boat Jumble in aid of the Dart RNLI on Saturday 17th July from 10am. The day promises to be busy with plenty of activity both on and off the water as well as a chance to sell those surplus bits of boating gear that we all have in our garages and stores!
Dubbed the most sociable yacht rally in the world this year’s event set off at 13:00 on Friday 18th June with virtually no wind. The starting line was set between the RAF runway centreline buoy and a Royal Navy vessel. This year the Navy sent a RIB instead of a gunboat so someone at the MOD is already taking the budget cuts seriously!
Waterline Boats / Boatshed Seattle welcomes Gary Buck to the crew! Gary is our most recent certified Boatshed System agent and will focus on customer service and sales in the Tacoma and South Sound areas.
The third SEA Property International Phuket Multihull Championship will take place July 16, 17 and 18 in the Chalong Bay area. This increasingly popular event is expected to attract over 20 entries this year and is a perfect feeder event for Six Senses Phuket Raceweek.
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.