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The 2019 edition of the Cruising Association’s guide Cruising the Inland Waterways of France and Belgium has been published.Described as their ‘Bible’ by regular users and yacht skippers planning routes to and from the Mediterranean, the guide contains a wealth of information on cruising routes, cruising preparations, supplies, equipment, licences and documents, useful addresses, books and websites as well as listing around 250 mooring places throughout France and Belgium. The listings include comments on facilities, depths, prices, closest shops, restaurants and nearby attractions. The latest edition also includes details of fuel locations, either alongside or within easy jerrycan distance. Produced by the CA’s European Inland Waterways Section, the Guide is updated annually from reports contributed by CA members who are actively cruising the waterways, over 150 of which were submitted for the latest edition alone. Priced at £25 plus p&p, the Guide includes a 25% discount offer on first year membership to purchasers applying online for CA membership during the year. CA members have access to the online edition of the guide, which is updated up to three times a year and contains hyperlinks to the CA’s proprietary CAptain’s Mate app, enabling users to access the most up to date information on mooring locations. In addition to the France and Belgium guide, the CA’s European Inland Waterways Section also produces full colour mini-guides to several of the French inland waterways, a German Rhine Guide and a range of information sheets on all aspects of inland waterways cruising. This authoritative 204-page guide, edited by Gordon Knight and Dr Roger Edgar, is now in its 23rd edition and available directly from the CA’s online shop at https://www.theca.org.uk/catalog as well as from the Lulu.com bookstore, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.
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Neil Chapman founder and CEO of Boatshed.com is doing the double-handed ARC crossing from Las Palmas to St Lucia 2018 with Curt Mundy from Boatshed Ireland.
The September Boatbid Auction has a lot to offer with almost 50 boats available!
Boatshed HQ team members are on location at the race Village in Les Sables-d'Olonne for the start of the Golden Globe Race on Sunday.
Boatshed are proud to be sponsors of the GGR and have sold several boats to race competitors
The July BoatBid auction will run from the 13th to the 17th July 2018 .
The last racing day for the Antigua Classic Regatta had lighter winds with intervals of squally blustery conditions and heavy down pours. With a mixture of weather conditions throughout the race made interesting results for the last day.
Skippers breifing for the single handed race was held at the Antigua Yacht Club. Basic rules include no autopilots to be used, all boats will have observers who will be situated on each boat to help in case of emergency.
Boatshed sponsor The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, its got to be the No1 classic sailing event in the Caribbean.
At the end of 2017 we were approached by Chris Woods on behalf of the Keith Black Will Trust who wanted to donate his Colvic Countess 33 to Sail 4 Cancer. After considering whether to use her for our family sailing days it was eventually decided that the charity would get more benefit is she was sold and the funds used to give breaks to the many families on the waiting list.
Just a quick reminder that this is the last chance to bid in the April Boatbid Auction. The Auction will end at 1900 this evening.
The auction will run from 0900 on Friday the 13th to 1700 on Tuesday the 17th of April.
Enda o'Coineen from Galway arrived in Sables d'Olonne on his open 60 Le Souffle de Nord Team Ireland, non stop from New Zealand after his Vendéeboat was dismasted 300km south of New Zealand during the Vendée Globe. Enda finally completed the Vendée Race with having around 6 severe storms on the trip from New Zealand back to Sables d'Olonne, he had a much rougher weather passage than the Vendée entrants 17 months ago.
The Boatshed French team have been busy at the used boat show in Sables D'Olonne Hissez'o (Heave Ho (water)). This show is in it's first year and runs over the Easter Weekend from Saturday 31 to Monday 2nd of April. It's a cross between a boat jumble, classic boat regatta, water festival and a Vendée Globe race meeting, all wrapped up into one.
The Boatshed France team are at Les Sables d'Olonne this weekend. We are in exhibition mode for the Vendée secondhand boat show. Hissez'o which is on from March 31 to April 2 at the Quai Garnier, in the French city of boating.
The next BoatBid auction will run from the 13th (at 0900) to the 17th (at 1900) of April.
Neil Chapman, CEO and Founder of Boatshed.com awards the top prize of "Broker of the Year Award" to Angus Rose of Boatshed London. Angus and his team are Houseboat Specialists based in London, but he also operates Boatshed Thames and Boatshed Grand Union, which specialise in narrowboats and wide beam barges, and also sell yachts and motor cruisers.
The April auction is busier than ever with over 75 boats on offer.
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 Program is aimed at reducing this expenditure and thereby the overall cost of boat ownership for Boatshed customers.
Steve Black Boatshed Texas: “My 16’ Old Town Canoe with a Lean Green Lehr
propane gas outboard motor, perfect for Boatshed Texas media crew to go shoot photos & video of prospective listings (my favourite part of the business ;)
We could not find a good list of 2018 Boatshows, Regattas and Events, so we have built one for everyone to use. It is a work in progress! so if you know of any boating events that are not featured here, then please contact us and we would love to feature it :)