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Often referred to as one of London’s ‘best kept secrets’, St Katharine Docks must be one of the country’s most stunning marinas. Set against the backdrop of Tower Bridge and the modernist architecture of the City of London, the marina has plenty to offer visiting or resident sailors.
Built in Paglesham in Essex by the Shuttlewood brothers in 1903, this is one of the few remaining Thames Sailing Barges. Pagelsham Creek was the final resting place of HMS Beagle and local legend has it that this vessel is partly constructed from the timbers of Darwin’s famous ship.
So, you’ve decided to buy the boat of your dreams and now you need a survey. You phone up a number of surveyors to find out the cost. You read up on forums about people grumbling about what a survey costs. So what do you get with your survey and why does it cost what it costs?
The latest addition to London’s list of swish marinas, Imperial Wharf, opened its doors to London’s boating community late last year. Until now, nature’s tide has restricted access to berths in London's marinas, forcing owners to plan their trips around the high water access windows.
Well, it's that time of year again . . . the days are getting (ever so slightly) longer, we’ve started to read the sailing magazines again and our minds are turning to getting out onto the water. And, of course, it’s London International Boat Show time.
Boatshed.com were on the water this afternoon for the start this legendary single-handed transatlantic race.
With the summer now well and truly over, many boating enthusiasts are looking for a project to keep them amused over the winter months. And what better than a boat restoration project?
Sometimes, I come to the conclusion you just get too many emails. Anyhow, whilst poring through Friday’s delivery of the odd two or three hundred emails in my inbox, I noticed one titled Rib Raid; nothing to do with technical redundancy on servers. When I opened it, I found it was an invitation to go and join the guys at Boatshed, Hamble for a brief soiree around the Solent.
UK is one of the new countries to introduce a professional boat sales qualification which has been championed by the Boat Retailers and Brokers Association (BRBA) and the Association of Brokers and Yacht Agents (ABYA) to promote a proper code of conduct and best practice in the industry.
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The weekend of September 11-12th sees St Katherine’s Dock play host to the celebration of 100 years of Classic Sailing.
We’re happy to report that one of our favourite charities, Sail 4 Cancer, has received a substantial sum from retail entrepreneur and ‘King of the High Street’, George Davies, who has donated the proceeds from the sale of his superyacht to the charity.
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.
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.
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.