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Ribex 2010 was once again held at Cowes Yacht Haven over the weekend of 7th,8th, 9th of May. This international RIB show was sponsored this year by Suzuki outboards.
The Plymouth Sail and Power Show held at the MDL marina Queen Anne's Battery (QAB) on the 8th and 9th May 2010, experienced a variety of displays and boat demonstrations.
Seattle¹s boating season is now officially open, so its time to look for your next boat.
The Gibraltar Yacht Registry is part of the Red Ensign Group (see link below) and carries with it all the advantages of the standard Red Ensign and a few more. Like MCA Part 1 registration the Gibraltar Yacht Registry issues Part 1 registration allowing a mortgage to be registered on a yacht. However, unlike the MCA Part 1 Registry the Gibraltar Registry is not only open to all British citizens and British bodies corporate but also to citizens of the European Union (EU) and the citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA). EU and EEA citizens need to have a local representative; a function that Boatshed Gibraltar can fulfill for a nominal fee. This can be of value especially for EU and EEA citizens who for any reason want to keep their boat out of their own national register. This arises when a national register has very onerous regulation or bureaucracy.
There are some boats that are so distinctive that to the average yachts person, it is difficult to be mistaken. The Fisher range of boats are of this ‘ilk’. Eventhough they fall within the standard lengths and proportions of most modern yachts, the designer’s pen came up with a different and yet eye catching design that is hard to better. The designer’s instructions were of course for a particular style of vessel and indeed, you won’t be lining up on anything other than a fun race at your local club, but when it comes to seaworthy designs and solid construction then these boats are at the head of the fleet. At Boatshed Medway we have a Fisher 34’ which is for sale. This Fisher 34’ is for sale at a price of £127,500 Fisher 34 . Log onto the website and you will find all the specification and 46 colour photos.
The sixth annual Plymouth Sail and Power Show is set to take place on Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th May 2010. www.boatshedplymouth.com are pleased to be associated with the Plymouth Sail and Power Show again this year, and will be exhibiting throughout the weekend.
After all the training and all the organising the day of the race arrived rather too quickly. We met at St Katherine’s Dock at 06.00 to load the last remaining bits of kit and had a final briefing before rowing back towards Westminster Bridge for the start. The bridge was busy with friends and families and it was a great send off. The race stated at 09.00 and for the first 2 minutes we were in the lead! No doubt you can guess the rest!
Beat the Trawler Fest rush! This Dealer¹s Demonstrator Camano 41 is at our docks and ready for viewing now.
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Waterline Boats/Boatshed Seattle is again participating in Trawler Fest Anacortes, sponsored by Passage Maker Magazine. We are displaying two new trawlers, a Mariner 42 Classic Trawler and the new Bracewell Camano 41. We are also exhibiting three pre-owned trawlers, a 1988 Lord Nelson Victory Tug 49, a 2000 Great Harbour GH37, and a 2008 Mariner 37 Pilothouse. And we¹ll have a Boatshed Seattle display featuring all the trawlers and motor yachts in our inventory.
Boatshed Seattle and Waterline Boats are pleased to announce the addition of Mike Wiesner to our crew of certified Boatshed System yacht brokers. Mike is a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Master, 100 tons, and has skippered a wide variety of commercial vessels. Mike lives aboard his 53 foot Tatoosh ketch in Port Angeles, and provides Boatshed brokerage services for recreational boats on the northern Olympic peninsula. He brings specialized knowledge to our ability to market and sell commercial vessels throughout the Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Washington Pacific Coast!
Have you had your rigging checked recently? Are you looking to buy a yacht? If so it’s very wise to consider a rigging check from a specialist rigging company. Maybe it’s just a case of not looking up, but somehow the mast and rigging seems to get forgotten by many owners or purchasers which can be an expensive and dangerous mistake.
Memorial Day is just around the corner it¹s a great time to buy a boat! Take a close look at this 1996 Bayliner 3255 Avanti moored at our docks. First you¹ll notice that it¹s clean, the interior is immaculate and the exterior has just been washed, buffed, and waxed. Second, notice the impressive equipment list West Marine RIB with Honda 5HP, Furuno Color Chartplotter/GPS/Fishfinder, Sunpad, extra large stainless steel BBQ mounted on the transom, and a nice cockpit canvas enclosure. Third, notice the thoughtful design of this 32¹ express cruiser. The cockpit has plenty of seating and snap-out carpet. The interior is bright, open and airy with plenty of natural light from large windows. This 32¹ Express Cruiser is great for day boating and can sleep up to six people. She¹s a clean boat and is ready to cruise to the San Juans today!
Has your Yacht Broker seen the boat he is trying to sell you ?
Saturday 17th of April dawned on one of the most glorious days of the year so far. The 2010 JOG " Nab Tower Race" was due to start from the Gurnard buoy and the start line from the shore on the Isle of Wight.
There was a time when sailing yachts were hand made. But Mass-production, GRP and rising costs changed the boat building industry irreversibly. So, as the Boatshed Kent Yacht brokers it is always a lovely surprise to be asked to market a yacht that dates from these earlier times and it was a real treat to find an example that still retained its original charm. The boat in question is a Morgan Giles 43’ and this is a boat for sale with Boatshed Kent
Boatshed Seattle has listed a unique and fascinating vessel for sale - a 1984 Gulf Craft 56 Aluminium Trawler Boat constructed from 0.1875-0.25 inch marine-grade aluminum.
Without wishing to tempt fate it appears that summer may well be finally on its way. Not only are the fields starting to green up but the boat yards are rather buzzing with activity as everyone rushes to get out on the water. With my office conveniently located at the entrance to Baltic Wharf in Totnes I can quite easily conduct a poll of activity just be counting the number of cars going in and out. I can almost smell the anti-fouling from here…
Saturday 10th April dawned clear and still for the 2010 King & Queen Pursuit Race. With 25 local boats and crews entered across four different classes this race is always interesting, the monies raised by entry fees and the party later in the day back at the King & Queen pub with charity auction raising money for the Hamble Inshore Lifeboat.
I am taking some time away from the Medway area of Kent and have ventured on my annual pilgrimage to Avoriaz in the French Alps. I have a couple of budding young skiers who can’t get enough of the white stuff! This year, the end of season snow falls have been very good and there is plenty of snow. Easter skiing allows for the best of both worlds. At this time of year the seasons are changing and the weather systems fight for supremacy. So, on some days it can be very cold and ‘wintry’ and on other days the spring weather wins over and you can find yourselves skiing in ‘T-shirts’ and getting a good sun-tan. On reflection, the weather in the UK can be similar although our island climate means that things change far more quickly and perhaps it is less predictable. It always surprises me how accurate the mountain forecasts can be and I have often wondered ‘what is their secret’. I have written before about mountain folk, as I see a lot of similarities between people who venture out to sea and those that head out and up mountains. It must be something about challenging yourselves against the elements.