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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.
The third SEA Property International Phuket Multihull Championship will take place July 16, 17 and 18 in the Chalong Bay area. This increasingly popular event is expected to attract over 20 entries this year and is a perfect feeder event for Six Senses Phuket Raceweek.
On Boatshed.com we have one of the largest collection of Westerly boats for sale. Westerly boats are timeless classic, never dating and easily recognisable. If you're ever sitting on your boat in a busy haerbour like Portsmouth, check out how many Westerly boats you can spot. We have lots for sale, but still are missing quite a few models. The Westerly Oceanlord, we've sold a few, check out the size of their cockpit lockers!
I was a little jealous last weekend when some of my Yottie Boatshed colleagues took place in the annual race around the Isle of Wight (along with a notorious character from BP). Now I am doing it myself, on a slightly larger boat than any of them.
Ever started out on a weekend boat trip, only to have your plans scuppered by a misbehaving engine? What do you do if you’re en route to your favourite spot for a little R&R on your beloved boat and the engine or the pump packs up? On a recent visit to the Newtown Creek on the Isle of Wight, exactly this happened to me and my husband, sadly it was his birthday and we were planning a nice evening away. The water pump on our lifting keel sloop suddenly decided to stop working and instead of cooling water pumping out of the stern in its usual rhythmic tune, it started pumping into the cabin! Deciding it would be best to turn around and head for Cowes where we could get the problem fixed we changed our course. The tide had turned and was now on our nose and the wind had died. As a result of not wanting to push the engine too hard causing it to overheat and pump faster than I could bail out the cabin, we discovered that we were making no headway at all!
Well, the season of Inland Waterways festivals is off to a cracking start. So far Boatshed Grand Union has attended three this year with great results.
In the early hours of Saturday 19th June 2010 when most normal people are still in the arms of Morpheus, the intrepid guys from Boatshed Cowes past and present, were up and preparing the boat for the J.P Morgan 2010 Round The Island race.
It was that time of the year on most yachties calander, the 79th edition of the Round the Island Race. Saturday 19th 2010 started for Peter Delbridge of Boatshed Hamble aboard "Blustery Day" a 38.5 at 0400hrs and a swift cast off from the RSrnYC pontoon and a motor out of the Hamble and across to the start line of Cowes.