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 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.
In October members of the Boatshed team traveled to Paris for Paris Fashion Week, as guests of Dato' Nancy Yeoh, the well-known international public relations guru. Fashion and boating enjoy a close association, and Boatshed is working with a number of agent representatives developing ideas to roll-out more Boatshed offices across Asia.
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:
Two times in this season one of our lower shrouds has broke. The first time it happened, we were at anchor in St. Barth. One morning we heard a bump on the deck, and it turned out that the rig fitting that is placed on the wire in the mast had snapped. Henrik changed it in St. Martin and planned to change the rest, when we got to the US. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to get there, before another one broke. And this time almost 200 nm from shore!
This weekend saw two happy customers collect the keys for their new boats sold through Boatshed Chichester. Richard Martin, the local broker was kept on his toes as he completed the handovers.
After almost 9 days at sea we made it to Bermuda last Saturday. We didn't move very fast (we averaged under a 100 nm a day), but it was one of the most comfortable offshore passages we've yet had.
The Boatshed ketch Supertaff was en route from Alderney in the Channel Islands back towards Portsmouth UK when a mayday relay was heard over the radio. This concerned the case of a missing seaman on a bulk carrier, the M/V Julia. The skipper had relayed a mayday having found that a crew member had gone missing.
After one week at sea, we still have nearly 200 nautical miles left to Bermuda. At the moment it looks like we'll arrive in Bermuda Saturday – just in time for the Champions League Final (If they care about that in Bermuda).
The season in the Caribbean is about to end. Many cruisers are on their way back to Europe after a one year Atlantic Circuit, and we will also leave the Caribbean in a week sailing with the Salty Dawg organisation – a free of charge gathering of sailing vessels heading north together.
Some months have passed since our last newsletter and, whilst we haven’t covered a lot of sea miles, we have fulfilled our goal to cruise the northern Caribbean islands slowly, taking time to really get to know them, rather than ‘pass through’ as we did in dear old Penmar, on our previous voyage to these parts.
Richard Martin is a Boatshed brokerage agent covering Chichester and Brighton. Ever since he can remember he has been fascinated with all things that float. I got in touch with Richard to find out how he manages to spend his days chatting about boats, whilst also earning an income.
Henrik and I often describe ourselves as marina animals. We always love being in a marina, and I’m the first to suggest going into a marina instead of anchoring up outside.
I've never given racing a lot thought. Some times I encourage Henrik to trim the sails in order to get to shore faster, but besides that I don’t have much interest in yacht racing.
Having never really visited lancashire inland before, we were winding our way down country lanes in bright sunshine dodging the showers and following canals heading towards Glasson basin Marina to interview a new yacht brokerage business which is really making a difference.
I’ve always thought it is fun to be at a busy anchorage, because something is always going on. Since you can’t sit at home and watch television, you can instead keep an eye on the other boats.
It is common knowledge that cruising life is the same as fixing boats in exotic places. There’s always work to do on a boat! In Martinique we met a young couple in the marina, who were working on their boat.
This Cranchi Perla 25 has just come onto the market for sale. She is in showroom condition and ready for a new family, Lying south coast. UK.
Perfect for short handed cruising, plus you can adjust all sails without leaving the helm. Electronic controlled transom lowers to create a swim platform, a small refrigerator is integrated in the cockpit table-handy to use while underway, just a few of the great details that Beneteau has designed.
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.
If you're looking to get onto the OPEN 60 racing circuit, this slightly older OPEN 60 carbon fibre CNB racing boat, with great pedigree at a sensible price, then don't overlook this boat.