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I write this with a westerly gale raging outside but summer is only just around the corner. The Boat Bid team have been working hard selecting a fantastic range of used motor and sailing boats for the summer auction. There’s just a week to go before the catalogue is launched but we still managed time to sit out in glorious sunshine yesterday lunch time and we’ve also sneaked in some fantastic sailing already this year.
For all those Motorsport fans out there, lookout for a new race circuit, its here in the sunny Algarve, home territory of www.boatshedalgarve.com
Another year and another specialist boat show. This time it was RIBEX and Peter and Michael Delbridge of Boatshed Hamble International Yacht Brokers, along with a number of their Boatshed Hamble Brokers and Agents were there to catch up on what was new, and talk to old acquaintances.
VAT Free Sailing
To find out just what it’s like to buy or sell a boat through BoatBid I caught up with Steve Booth of Boatshed Essex who is now in the process of finalising the sale of the Stewart 24 Quarter Tonner from the last BoatBid auction.
April showers all around and April Euro buyers!
106 Boats Under Offer, awaiting surveys
The Pre Summer BoatBid has just finished with another flurry of bidding and boat sales. Yet again we sold some of the boats through Boatshed before the bidding even started but with nearly 3,000 used boats on the Boatshed website BoatBid will always have plenty more to take their place.
BoatshedBVI www.boatshedbvi.com was once again privileged to race on the beautiful 1962 57’ Abeking & Rasmussen ketch at this year’s Antigua Classic.
Andy of Boatshed Malaga (International Yacht Brokers) couldn’t believe his luck when he found a Dakar for sale (Range Rover based kit car) just an hour away from where he and his wife Heather are based on the Costa Del Sol, in Spain.
The boat show held at the MDL marina Queen Anne's Battery (QAB) on the 25 - 26 of April in Plymouth, experienced a variety of local displays and weather.
Boatshed Seattle welcomes Patrick McGillivary as its newest agent for the
west Puget Sound region. Patrick completed a 33 year career in plane
deliveries with Boeing, has led service operations for two Seattle-area new
boat dealers, and now brings his extensive experience with boats and in
customer service to the Boatshed Seattle team. Patrick lives aboard his 1949
classic Monk cruiser, moored at Pleasant Harbor Marina in Jefferson County.
The fifth annual Plymouth Sail and Power Show in the UK is set to take place on Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th April 2009.
Using the new Sealift 2 to lift your boat out of the water, is simple, stress free, and really quick and easy.
How does it work, all you do is motor your boat between two arms, which then will close on your topsides. Then a platform is raised until it meets your keel tie off fore and aft lines tightly and sit back and relax whilst Ralph and his team raise you out of the water. Its easy to do single handed as they tell you when you need to stop and they will straighten you so that your boat is in the right position.
The 2 day IMOCA AGM was hosted by F.N.O.B in Barcelona with skippers and designers from the open 60 racing world gathered together to improve through experience and discussion.
L'Assemblée Générale de l'IMOCA qui s'est tenue hier, vendredi 17 avril, à Barcelone a donné lieu à plusieurs décisions dans le but de garantir la fiabilité des bateaux, la sécurité des skippers et de conserver un niveau de compétition homogène au sein de la flotte actuelle. Jugées prioritaires pour la Classe IMOCA, ces questions ont bénéficié d'un consensus général.
Dominique Wavre, Président de la Classe précise: "les résolutions adoptées aujourd'hui sont très importantes et je peux vous assurer que cette Assemblée fut réellement extraordinaire". Dominique s'est montré satisfait du travail effectué par les membres de l'IMOCA lors de ces deux jours à Barcelone. Après un Vendée Globe éreintant, on attendait beaucoup de la nouvelle réglementation de la jauge IMOCA, Classe qui rassemble une grande partie des meilleurs skippers au monde. "Tous les membres s'accordent sur le fait que la Classe doit poursuivre son développement afin de pérenniser le succès du Vendée Globe et d'offrir à tous, skippers, sponsors et public, un bon programme de courses, comme nous l'avons fait jusqu'à présent. Dans le contexte de cri se économique actuel, nous devons également nous adapter afin de garantir le plus grand nombre de bateaux au départ des courses."
Mesures de sécurité et de fiabilité.
Boatshed Wales broker Alan Coy has teamed up with Fishguard sailor Jackie Williamson, yachting cartoonist Claudia Myatt and a crew of landlubber friends to launch their latest books. The event will take place in the Royal Oak, Fishguard on Thursday, April 23 2009.
Boatshedespaña.com asiste a la primera Feria Internacional del Barco de Gibraltar, del 9 al 12 de abril de 2009. La feria tuvo un gran éxito gracias también a que los organizadores contaron con el puente de Semana Santa y disfrutaron de una gran concurrencia de entusiastas náuticos.
La presencia de Boatshedgibraltar.com fue fantástica, vendiendo un Benita Oceanic Clipper 331 y consiguiendo muchos interesados en el Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 35, el cual sirvió también de stand en la feria para Boatshedgibraltar.com durante los cuatro días del evento.
The Easter holidays are now over and many boats have returned to their moorings. Some will have just been launched and their owners may well have spent the holidays putting the final touches to the winter works before she went back in. Others will have been lucky enough to get a few days away over the holidays; many harbours were surprised by the number of visiting boats over Easter here on the South Coast of England where the weather was much more conducive to boating than it has been for the last few Easters.
But there were also people who spent part of their Easter break looking for a used boat to buy. If you are one of those people and didn’t find your dream boat then the Pre Summer BoatBid auction may be able to help. There’s no need to go traipsing round boatyards and marinas, as our qualified Boatshed broker has done this for you. For each boat in the catalogue we have a detailed description and inventory and up to 70 pictures of each boat so that you can get a really good idea of the boat and her condition, if you need to know more you can call the broker who has been onboard the boat and spoken with her owner.
We have used boats in all shapes and sizes in the auction. There is a Quarter Tonner, a class of sailing yacht which is undergoing something of a revival lately and providing some very close and competitive racing but as the rules of these yachts specified the need for some creature comforts for longer races they also make fantastic fast economical cruising boats for two. If you like small power boats then we have several to chose from, a Raider 18 Fisherman for the anglers or a Sea Fox 197 for those who prefer flat out speed for instance.
But we also have larger boats, from a Mirage 28, a still popular cruising boat, friends spent 5 years cruising theirs all round the Med; and a good clean example of a Princess 415, another fantastic cruising boat for those who prefer power over sail, this one brings back memories of cruising round France with my family for me.
But your dream boat might be something completely different so take a look at the catalogue, perhaps it will be the Formula 40 sailing catamaran or the Sunseeker Mohawk 29 which will catch your eye but which ever boat it is you fancy you know that these boats all have owners who are keen to sell and reserve prices set to match.
You can also bid in confidence as you know that you’ll be able to have a full inspection and professional survey after the auction to make sure there are no hidden problems with your dream boat and you’ll be able to use our qualified Boatshed brokers help and expertise to guide you through the purchase, they’ll even be able to help you find companies to transport your new boat home.
Easter always seems to mark the start of the boating season with families leaving their berths for the Easter hols and heading off for their new adventures.