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The season in the Caribbean is about to end. Many cruisers are on their way back to Europe after a one year Atlantic Circuit, and we will also leave the Caribbean in a week sailing with the Salty Dawg organisation – a free of charge gathering of sailing vessels heading north together.
Some months have passed since our last newsletter and, whilst we haven’t covered a lot of sea miles, we have fulfilled our goal to cruise the northern Caribbean islands slowly, taking time to really get to know them, rather than ‘pass through’ as we did in dear old Penmar, on our previous voyage to these parts.
Richard Martin is a Boatshed brokerage agent covering Chichester and Brighton. Ever since he can remember he has been fascinated with all things that float. I got in touch with Richard to find out how he manages to spend his days chatting about boats, whilst also earning an income.
Henrik and I often describe ourselves as marina animals. We always love being in a marina, and I’m the first to suggest going into a marina instead of anchoring up outside.
I've never given racing a lot thought. Some times I encourage Henrik to trim the sails in order to get to shore faster, but besides that I don’t have much interest in yacht racing.
Having never really visited lancashire inland before, we were winding our way down country lanes in bright sunshine dodging the showers and following canals heading towards Glasson basin Marina to interview a new yacht brokerage business which is really making a difference.
I’ve always thought it is fun to be at a busy anchorage, because something is always going on. Since you can’t sit at home and watch television, you can instead keep an eye on the other boats.
It is common knowledge that cruising life is the same as fixing boats in exotic places. There’s always work to do on a boat! In Martinique we met a young couple in the marina, who were working on their boat.
This Cranchi Perla 25 has just come onto the market for sale. She is in showroom condition and ready for a new family, Lying south coast. UK.
Perfect for short handed cruising, plus you can adjust all sails without leaving the helm. Electronic controlled transom lowers to create a swim platform, a small refrigerator is integrated in the cockpit table-handy to use while underway, just a few of the great details that Beneteau has designed.
According to the latest figures published by Yachtworld it now takes 350 to 450 days to sell a boat. These are average time periods based on 132,000 boats for sale by 2525 Yacht Brokers using Yachtworld.
If you're looking to get onto the OPEN 60 racing circuit, this slightly older OPEN 60 carbon fibre CNB racing boat, with great pedigree at a sensible price, then don't overlook this boat.
Barbados is everything we thought back home the Caribbean would be! There are beautiful sandy beaches, nice restaurants and shops, and the most friendly, smiling, and courteous people we have met in the Caribbean.
Originally posted on the Dutch Barge Association’s website forum by Ian & Lyn Lones and reproduced here with their permission.
We have now arrived in Barbados, and we have arrived by boat! In Martinique we discussed the possibilities of flying to Barbados and staying at a hotel instead of sailing the 100 nautical miles against the wind, current, and waves.
“This is why I love Miami!” I heard a guy say to his friends, looking at two girls wearing only a bikini passing him on the street. Even though I don’t care much for other women’s clothing or lack of it, I must admit that I think Miami is fantastic!
This week the Boatshed crew are at The Miami Boatshow. Boatshed are among 14 companies chosen to promote British Excellence at the popular US Boatshow. Described by many as " The Greatest Boat Show in the World", this event is pretty huge and spans three locations—the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Yacht & Power Boat Show and the Strictly Sail Show—and features more than 3,000 boats on show and over 2,000 exhibitors.
Boatshed is a British company that sells thousands of used boats a year. Boatshed has now developed 3 new exciting products for 2014.
We've always had difficulties leaving a place, whether we’re at anchor or in a marina. There’s always something we ought to do, or another restaurant or boat to visit. We arrange to leave in the morning, and before the boat is ready to leave, another day has gone by.
This week has been a very emotional week for us. Saturday morning, we were contacted by our good friend, Margaret, who told us that she and husband had been attacked on their boat the previous evening, and that her husband, Roger, had died. We were shocked by the news, and it still seems very surreal to us.