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.
I met Steve and Kaz at the Southampton Boatshow 2015 during 'fizz@five' when Jeanne Socrates (oldest woman to sail solo around the world non-stop) popped over to see us and bring her inspiring friends along to our stand. Steve Pointon a Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer is setting sail to circumnavigate the UK in his boat 'Tikka' with the aim to raise £10,000 and awareness of the work of Action for Children, a charity which works in local communities across the UK to make disadvantaged children's lives better.
If you are looking for a boat to race around and have serious fun on the water, take a peek at this Hull No 1 Corby 25.
This recipe uses raw beetroot which is in season now - for a crunchy crisp coleslaw which is such a vibrant colour, perfect for boating BBQ's.
How quickly can you organise a RIB RALLY in the Solent? Well it only took a few days, dedicated friends and the sun to shine to convince everyone it was a good idea.
We had a great day being towed around the Solent by our Rib-X eXplorer 600, with my mates and some cool toys, a two person Ringo, my Wakeboard and my GoPro camera to record some cool shots.
The first "first of the season" impromptu BBQ was held at Hamstead Point Beach by Newtown Creek on the Isle of Wight. Amazing fun, great turn out with 7 boats, over 25 people, children and dogs. With the first great weekend weather, sunshine and a light breeze from the east, and tides perfect for a lunchtime BBQ with High water around lunchtime, we jumped at the chance for this social with the team from Rib-X and Boatshed.
Another thing we are committed to at Boatshed is reducing the costs of boat ownership for our customers. Boat buyers will, typically, spend about 20% of the price of a boat on necessary equipment, products and services within the first 12 months of ownership. This expenditure can be considerable and is often overlooked by other brokers. Our Preferred Partners Scheme is aimed at reducing this expenditure and thereby the overall cost of boat ownership for Boatshed customers.
A Pursuit, as its name implies, is not a race. It is an opportunity to test the mettle of your boat against others. This is achieved by boats starting in groups, smallest first, with the aim of finishing at about the same time. The course starts at Gilkicker and goes round the Nab Tower and back, 20 miles.
The next BoatBid Boat Auction is on 15 - 19 July 2016. This time there's specialist categories for various types of boats including Narrowboats, Barges, sail, Power and Commercial Boats and many more.
We met Ben around 20 years ago and even then I never thought of him as having a disability, whilst he couldn't get around as quickly as his siblings it never slowed him down. Ben has Cerebral Palsy which commonly affects muscular coordination, mobility and speech among other things and he is embarking on kayaking the Welsh coastline with a friend.
Boatshed Wales are proud to announce their support of Alex Luddington, who has been involved and helped out in the past at our Cardiff Office. He is sailing round Britain singlehandedly in aid of www.Francescasresearchfund.co.uk This is a charity that Alex’s family friend Francesca , who he describes as “like my little sister”, was inspired to create with the aim of raising money to support research and awareness into Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Sadly Francesca lost her battle with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma a few days before her 10th birthday. She had asked Alex if he would sail around the world but he thought it was a bit ambitious for his first big voyage and they agreed to compromise on him sailing round Britain to raise money for her charity.
Here are a handful of what our customers think of buying or selling a boat through Boatshed...
Come and see the Home, Craft, Food & Garden Fair on the 14th May 10.00 - 16.00, with over 60 stalls at the prestigious Royal Clarence Yard, the old victualling yard for the Navy, Weevil Lane, Gosport, Hampshire.
On May Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd, Boatshed Suffolk would like you to join them to 'Push the boat out' at Shotley Marina.
With over 1800 boats for sale on Boatshed.com last week we thought you'd be interested to know what our Top 5, most viewed boats were.
Do you have a boathook on board and do you use it?
Are you using Boatshed's new 'Saved Searches' tool. Quite simply, when looking for a boat on any Boatshed website, you can save your search and then receive a e-mail when a new boat/s matches your requirements.
Are you looking to run your own business with the backing, training and support of a global organisation? Then why not look into ownership of a Boatshed franchise?
The next auction commences on Friday 15th April at 9am and runs until Tuesday 19th April at 7pm. There are 55 boats for sale in sail, power, river and inland boats.
The next auction takes place between 15th to 19th April 2016, here's a preview of some of the boats entered into the auction: