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.
This week sees Boatshed.com pass the 400,000 registered customer mark.
Recently I sold a Sea Otter Narrow boat to a customer (James Smith) who is a retired dentist. The boat was surveyed and there were a couple of minor issues to be resolved prior to completion.
James had said he would be away for a few weeks so there was no rush to get the work done. I asked if he was going "anywhere nice" as one does, the reply I got was not what I would have ever imagined.
James was going to Nicaragua for 2 weeks to perform basic dental care, pain relief and dental health education. In order to visit the villages the main form of transport (now here's the nautical link !!) is a small narrow boat called a "Panger" that has a 200 hp engine hung on the back!!....
Below is a brief and interesting report from James along with pictures of this work he regularly provides at his own cost................
It is difficult to explain why we here in Norfolk have had the best year by far since taking over the Boatshed Norfolk franchise in September 2006.
Boatshed.com were on the water this afternoon for the start this legendary single-handed transatlantic race.
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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Here in Norfolk we don’t tend to find ourselves with that many sailing boats, I often ask myself if that is because
Gary and Will of Boatshed Norfolk took over the franchise in September 2006 both having come from completely different backgrounds.
Boatshed were the 1st RNLI Ambassadors a few years ago which means that if you are a boat seller or buyer through Boatshed.com you can receive a complimentary 1 year Offshore membership with the RNLI.
Boatshed Yacht Brokers are a social bunch so they seize upon any opportunity to get together. The Boatshed European annual Conference for 2010 was held over looking sailing boats and motor boats in Albufeira Marina at the offices of Boatshed Algarve.
We love hearing your feedback from our customers and many of you requested extra detailed photos to be included in our photo template. Great news we have just completed work too our website so that you can now view an extra 15 NEW photos to view for each boat listed on Boatshed.com giving you a total of 80 photos.
Firstly Congratulations to Ian Welsh and his team of Boatshed Poole for winning the 2010 Boatshed.com "Broker of the year award"
The array of electronic goodies and gadgets available for boats is mind blowing and the advertising for them seems to insist you’d be foolish to venture out without all of them so Boatshed Plymouth called by “Just Right” one of this year’s Jester Challenge entrants to see what electronics Gus Davidson will be using to get him and his 20’ Golant Gaffer safely across the pond. Gus has a keen eye on the budget as he’s raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support so he weighs the cost of each piece of equipment carefully to ensure as much money as possible goes to the charity.
Boatshed has devised a new way of allowing people to join their winning team through the launch of Boatshed Agents.
The Jester Challenge has its supporters and critics, but whatever you think about it it’s certainly becoming a firm fixture on the sailing calendar. The 2010 event which leaves from off Plymouth Breakwater at 13:00 BST on 23rd May already has 93 entries. Boats are less than 30 feet but the current list is an incredibly fascinating and varied mix of boats and people.
One such sailor is Gus Davidson who are taking part in the challenge in his boat Just Right in order to raise money and awareness for Macmillan Cancer support. Raising money is their main aim although there will undoubtedly be some adventure along the way .
T MINUS 0 HOURS TILL LAUNCH, ALL SYSTEMS ARE GOOD TO GO!!
THE NEW LOOK BOATSHED.COM WEBSITE LAUNCH CELEBRATES OVER 2,000 HAPPY BOAT SALE CUSTOMERS SO FAR IN 2009!
The Southampton Boat Show drew to a close today and Boatshed.com along with many other exhibitors can report that it has been another very successful and enjoyable event. Our stand this year which was an actual shed was incredibly busy and as always was manned by members of the Boatshed team throughout the show so we were able to explain all the fantastic Boatshed features to visitors and demonstrate how best to use the site. Business was brisk in both the buying and selling of used boats and we also had great interest from those wanting to join the Boatshed team and open new Boatshed offices to expand the business further.
The PSP Southampton Boatshow is underway and visitors numbers look healthy.