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.
Where to find the Boatshed crew during summer 2015
Back in the glory days, before the last recession, when the world was awash with cash and boat shows were held at Earls Court, I first came across Boatshed holding one of their famous Fizz at Five sessions. Their stand was near my Canal Experience Training stand and at the end of a hard day exhibiting, a glass of Fizz (in a plastic glass) was very welcome.
Boatshed is one of the largest international yacht brokerages in the world, specialising in the sale and purchase of second-hand sail and motor boats. The original business, set up in Milford Haven Marina some 15 years ago, by seasoned sailors Neil and Mandy Chapman, after years of adventures offshore, has grown into a major international business and is a cornerstone of the yacht brokerage industry in the UK and overseas.
Welcome to Boatsheds Newsletter, in it we round-up what Boatshed has been up to in the boat sales market and report on major events and trends in the sector. We are also introducing new and exciting Boatshed products and initiatives to support our customers, and give advance notice of future Boatshed events. With inciteful contributions from customers, brokers in the field and industry experts, its designed to bring together information that we think our customers - sellers and buyers - will find useful and interesting.
Events, Boat Shows and Regattas in which Boatshed plan to participate, or which are of interest to our customers, during 2015.
This end-of-year review focuses on the VAT 'hot topics' of 2014 and offers a few ideas for boat buyers and sellers to consider for the next year.
At Boatshed we encourage feedback from our customers, as a way of monitoring and improving the services we offer. Here are some recent comments we have received:
This is the twenty thousandth boat for sale with Boatshed.com. Thats a shed load of boats which have been advertised through the Boatshed.com Website...
According to the latest figures published by Yachtworld it now takes 350 to 450 days to sell a boat. These are average time periods based on 132,000 boats for sale by 2525 Yacht Brokers using Yachtworld.
The Boatshed 2014 Conference was held at the Excel exhibition centre during the London boat show. Boatshed offices travelled to London to share best practice, discuss ideas and develop new strategy for 2014/15.
Boatshed Scotland won the trophy for "Yacht Broker of the year" at the 2014 Boatshed Conference and Awards ceremony.
There are various ways you can now search using different criteria.
Just listed, this Seaway "K one 45" power cat looks to be in excellent condition, She is very economical achieving fuel consumption figures of just 50L per hour at 17 Knots on twin Volvo drive IPS engines that have recorded only 500 Hrs each, and of course the IPS system with joystick control makes maneuvering a breeze. She is well equipped and has four double cabins, air conditioning generator and inverter, plus a new dinghy and outboard. Ready for High Season !
OK she will need a little work, she was built by Scandi Yachts Ltd in Finland, under the supervision of a foreman previously employed by Swan Nautor and constructed using all the same quality fixtures & fittings.
Just reduced by 20,000 US$ this is a must see for anybody looking for a well cared for well equipped ocean capable yacht. First launched in June 1991 this Robert Dufour designed double ender is a proven, strong, cruising yacht with Airex composite construction ( Just look at the core samples ) and over sized rigging, she has visited 35 countries and covered 60,000 nautical miles. Well equipped and surprisingly roomy below her pilot house design provides for steering in the dry ( 2 x independent steering systems ) when conditions become unpleasant . 3 coats of epoxy were applied before launch in 1991 she spends 6 months each year on the hard. Neige d’ete is a first generation Corbin, what is probably referred to as MK1, but it was modified to correct the known weather helm by adding a half meter bow sprit that did not need a bob stay (the MK 2 has a one meter bow sprit). Also, the keel was extended to join the rudder skeg (about 20 years ago in Florida, USA). The double modification gave the correction needed for a better windward performance and reduced the weather helm found in the first generation. It also reinforced the rudder skeg and as a benefit eliminated the problem of catching fishing lines in the prop.
Boatshed now in Russian....(Boatshed теперь на русском)
Boatshed Brixham are delighted to offer for sale an exceptional Redbay Stormforce 11.
If you love Moody, Bavaria, Jeanneau or Beneteau sail boats then this love affair could be doing the world an ecological favour. If your boat is powered by wind energy you can be proud that your boating is an earth-friendly eco-activity. You will of course use fuel when there is no wind, when heading into the wind or when navigating narrow channels but your sail boat will use far less fuel than a powerboat.
A new year and new challenges.
Back in 1946 boat builders J&G Forbes of Sandhaven in Scotland built a sturdy 53’ fishing vessel named Capella. She was taken south to work the fishing grounds off the Devon and Cornish coasts. Many years later she was converted to a SCUBA diving vessel but when the business fell on hard times she was purchased by a new owner in 1994 who fell in love with her and decided to spend the next few years and quite a few pennies restoring and converting her to a lovely live-aboard motor cruiser, now named McAlister.