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.
The 2012 Olympics will bring millions of visitors to the UK - and most of them into central London. The transport implications of this will present a logistical nightmare for the organisers, who don't really seem to have got their heads around how to deal with water-borne visitors.
The Boatshed conference 2011 was a great success. Two days spent in and around Portsmouth Dockyard as well as Boatshed HQ in Gosport; with lots of lectures, group meetings and workshops. Approximately 30 Boatsheds came to the event, travelling from destinations across Europe and even as far as Phuket in the Far East.
Three words sprang to mind when I first saw this boat: huge, cool and wow! This is a truly delightful Dutch barge in a great location. She has it all - accommodation for eight, beautiful and well planned living space and bags of room for those who enjoy a bit of outdoor living. The living space is arranged on two levels and could be easily re-configured to the new owner's specification.
Here's a useful article by Marin Pittilo, yacht surveyor from Maple Marine . . .
Mad about boats? Live in the London area and fancy some interesting part-time work? Then joining Boatshed London as a self-employed broker / agent could be just the thing for you.
This week sees Boatshed.com pass the 400,000 registered customer mark.
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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.