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.
Abersoch Keelboat Week kicks of this Sunday and Boatshed North Wales is delighted to be sponsoring this prestigious sailing event for the third year. This year is promising to be bigger and better than ever and the Regatta will also be the North West IRC Championships and will be raced under the burgee of South Caernarfonshire Yacht Club (SCYC).
Over the past year Boatshed Grand Union has sold several Dutch Barges and a Humber barge. These vessels make wonderful homes.
A while ago I was googling something boaty and up came Amazon Japan with a book by canal journalist Steve Haywood. I dashed off an email to Steve asking him if he sold well in Japan. Here is his response:
Rib trip to France
We are pleased to announce that another new member has recently joined the Boatshed Grand Union team. Peggy Melmoth will be handling some of the administration and email enquiries, welcoming new clients, liaising with vendors, and updating the Boatshed Grand Union blog.
As part of the Cob 200 celebrations in 2011, The Madoc Rowing Club held a race that was a re-enactment of the historic requirement to provide a Pilot to the ships coming into Porthmadog Harbour. The Pilots and their crews lived in Borth y Gest and on the sight of an incoming ship would 'race' against other Pilots to get to the ship first and thus gain the service fee. Madoc Yacht Club rowers held a similar 'race' to a ship in the channel and it was very well supported by residents and holiday makers. Celtic Longboats from all over North Wales took part in the event with many participants and members of the public donning period costumes.
It's Regatta time! Salcombe Town Regatta starts this Sunday 14th August with 7 days of fun for all the family. The first day gets underway with a Fun Run and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Monday is the day to get in the mud with the Mud Race and the start of rowing and for those who like swimming, the Harbour Swim.
Many people who buy narrowboats have their first experience of boating in Hire Boats. These are available in many shapes and sizes, all around the canal system.
Due to an exceptionally busy summer, we urgently require central London live-aboards in the £30-£60,000 price range. Such boats are highly desirable and Boatshed's unique marketing approach means that they get snapped up quickly. Wooden boats, steel boats, GRP boats, narrowboats, barges, motor cruisers, sailing yachts . . . if she has a residential mooring, we can sell her!
No matter what your “phase”.......fishing.....or yachting........ this Eclipse 40 Sportfish Yacht could be the boat for you!
Fri 5 August Solar Heritage Trip: Smugglers 4pm / 1 hour Are you brave enough to join our trip and hear about the dastardly deeds of days gone by? Stories and fun activities aimed at younger ones and their families. One hour boat trip departing from the public jetty at Emsworth. £6 adults, £3 children. No pre-booking – tickets will be sold on the boat during departure.
I have always been a great lover of maps. I like to know where I am - and where everything else is. A great site for planning your route, and seeing it on Google maps as well as getting a printable itinerary is . You can even get a virtual cruise, courtesy of the many geo-located photographs on line. Go to Canalpan AC
Built in 2007-8, this Euroships design Luxemotor lies on a residential mooring in a small, private marina just off the Thames in West London. She represents a great combination of traditional and contemporary design and fit-out and still has that ‘new boat’ feel.
When we waved goodbye to Simon Daglish's boat as it started it's trek to Corfu, a letter dropped through our letter box from him. The content of this is below:-
South Devon College Marine Academy has been presented with a gift of a 22foot long sailing yacht – for students to restore and sail on the River Dart.
SaveKEMP is an East-End action group whose call is to protect the only large, safe green space between Tower Bridge and the Isle of Dogs. And Boatshed London is right behind the campaign (after all, we do live in Wapping!).
The Ao Chalong Yacht Club (ACYC) began in the early 1990's as the Ao Chalong Cruising Yacht Club (ACCYC). Established by several locals to get people together for cruising purposes, its first 'home' was Pan's Lighthouse with Horst Lakits serving as its commodore for a year.
Perhaps it’s no great shock to hear that marine crime is on the increase, but particularly worrying is the shear scale of current thefts from boats in Devon and Cornwall. All too often boat crime is seen as ‘a minor inconvenience that the insurance will cover’ but its clear that what is going on in many cases is well organised, well thought out mass theft of outboards in particular. In some cases some yards have been targeted not once, but twice within a matter of weeks and its likely outboards were all but being stolen to order.
The legendary Fastnet Race starts on the 14th August 2011 in Cowes and finishes in Plymouth from the 16th onwards. The finishing fleet will be hosted at Sutton Harbour Marina which is where Stephen from BoatshedPlymouth keeps his own yacht. It will be an exciting time for all yachting enthusiasts and spectators as they watch the race fleet make their way across the finishing line at the Plymouth breakwater and then enter the Marina. Live music will be playing, the British Fireworks Championship will take place and all the usual Barbican hospitality will be available. BoatshedPlymouth looks forward to meeting the locals and visitors alike as they watch the events.