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.
It’s back!!! The Famous King & Queen Pursuit race on 10th April 2010
As the Spanish tax authorities tighten the noose on UK and other foreign resident boat owners a berth in Gibraltar becomes an even more attractive option. The tax authorities define tax residency as spending more than 183 day in the country or owning a property in Spain. If you fall in this category then you face a 12% registration or matriculation tax and the insistence that you re-flag your vessel in Spain with all the attendant bureaucracy. The situation is even worse for boat owners who cannot furnish proof that VAT has been paid on their vessel. They face a further 16% VAT bill on the assessed value of the boat.
Rachel Fass has joined Waterline Boats and Boatshed Seattle in the role of Seller Relations. She maintains contact with the sellers who trust us to market and sell their boats, providing regular updates on viewing statistics and working with our agents to ensure that we're better than anyone else at keeping our valued sellers involved and informed.
Steve from Boatshed Falmouth reports that the International 6 Metre class have chosen Falmouth as their venue for their 2010 Open Championship under the auspices of the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club. The racing takes place 20 -23rd May on upwind downwind courses, meaning plenty of tactical racing, picking the wind shifts in the Carrick roads. It’s a 10 race series with up to four races per day.
Nigel Fletcher has joined the team at Boatshed Plymouth. He will be taking over the day to day operation from Tony and Amina Cleal who will be concentrating on their roles within Boatshed HQ whilst cruising this summer in their Sigma 33.
Class 40 Event NORMANDY CHANNEL RACE is on
The Mary Rose, one of the most famous ships in the world, is soon to be “listed” by Boatshed Port Solent! Not only will she be the oldest ship to appear on our recently updated website, but she will be the most valuable – we are looking for a figure of £35 million, YES £35 MILLION!
Weil’s Disease (Leptospirosis) – As the boatshedkent.com yacht broker I am selling all sorts of different boats including barges, narrow boats and cruisers that are mostly for canals, rivers and inland waterways. During my travels in and around boatyards and clubs I have occasionally heard comment about Weil’s disease but recently I received some slightly more official advice on the subject whilst canoeing in Kent. This was merely general advice given nationally but it did cause me to pause and think how this could impact upon other water based activities such as dinghy sailing and general boating. So I thought it might be worth looking into the subject more closely because, after all, I personally spend a fair amount of time looking at boats along inland waterways such as the Medway and Swale, and across the country as a whole, there are many recreational areas that we all enjoy where we could come into close contact with the rat’s habitat. This should not stop you from having fun on inland waterways or lakes and as the boatshedkent.com yacht broker this doesn’t put me off my travels, but it does make you think about how we should all consider taking precautions when in and around boating areas. So here are my findings and thoughts on the subject.
JULES VERNE TROPHY Groupama (CREWED ROUND THE WORLD VIA THE THREE CAPES)
After a grueling few days at the coal face of computer technology Neil & Mandy Chapman along with David Fryer & Jon Dyer have completed the first stages of training and set up of BoatshedViareggio.com . David and Jon have a long history in the field of boats, David runs a super yacht finishing company and Jon has restored and skippered yachts here in Viareggio, Tuscany.
The recently published April issue of “Sailing Today” magazine includes a full boat test on the actual “Seadog 30 Ketch” that is currently listed for sale by “Boatshed Hayling Island”.
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale the Van de Stadt designed ‘Admirals Tender’ that was the finalist in the Motor Boat of the Year Awards 2010 (Traditional and Retro category). The Admirals Launch is perfect for anyone looking for a classic boat with retro design without all the maintenance of an old classic wooden boat. What you get is still the great looks, lots of teak decks but all the advantages of a GRP hull and the latest engine technology. But unlike some classic boats of old this one is no slouch. There is a conventional shaft drive and three bladed propeller coupled with a semi displacement hull and a 110hp Yanmar engine will whip her along at a swift 20+ knots.
Since moving to our new premises in Cowes high street, Boatshed Cowes is the talk of the town. With Cowes on the Isle of Wight being the centre of world sailing, it was obvious we needed to be associated with a reputable Charter sailing centre. Pelican Racing is a dedicated Laser SB3 charter and RYA training centre.
The array of electronic goodies and gadgets available for boats is mind blowing and the advertising for them seems to insist you’d be foolish to venture out without all of them so Boatshed Plymouth called by “Just Right” one of this year’s Jester Challenge entrants to see what electronics Gus Davidson will be using to get him and his 20’ Golant Gaffer safely across the pond. Gus has a keen eye on the budget as he’s raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support so he weighs the cost of each piece of equipment carefully to ensure as much money as possible goes to the charity.
Valentines day holds the interests of many people but this year the 33rd Americas cup was won by BMW Oracle Racing. This is the first time an American Team has won the event since 1992 when America3 was all powerful in San Diego.
At this time of year we do have to venture out on many a cold day and Boatyards can be somewhat. The Boatshedmedway area is based along the River Medway in Kent and the wind is locally known for being somewhat viscious. As the River Medway passes down across North Kent it cuts into the chalk hills and as it meanders towards the sea, the prevailing wind is funnelled along where it gains speed until when it passes Chatham and the Medway towns it can practically cut through anything. Or at least that is what I think when the car door opens on another viewing or seatrial.
Win a free 12-month berth at Plymouth’s boutique Sutton Harbour Marina
The Portugal News reported on the 23rd January 2010 that foreign residents are expected to number 200,000 by 2030.
The vacancy of Manager has come up with Boatshed BVI’s Team on the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands which will also involve helping out the Yacht Charter team when required BVI Yacht Charters.