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Our boat of the moment is a new listing. She is a 57ft narrowboat built by Colecraft and has a mooring in Uxbridge.
The sun is out and the new boating season has begun and the Boatshed Norfolk team are out and about listing and undertaking viewings on the wide range of brokerage boats currently available.
What an awesome sight for the residents of Ipswich Haven Marina to wake up to this Thursday morning. So many tall ships they're rafted 3 deep against the quayside at Ipswich.
That’s right; you know you enjoy those long bank holiday weekends, sailing or boating with friends, but have you ever thought what you’re really buying in to?
Cast your mind back to New Zealand 2002, after an absence of 16 Years, a Great Britain team re-entered the cauldron that is the America’s Cup.
Boatshed Dartmouth are pleased to offer for sale a beautifully crafted, UK built, performance, gaff-rigged Heir Island Sloop day boat. 23 boats have been built and most are sailed in SW Ireland and raced in Baltimore Harbour. When asked by the owner and co-builder to come and see this yacht for the first time I was struck by her good looks and attention to detail in the building of her. The Heir Island Sloop is unquestionably the finest designed and built gaff-rigged daysailer available – she is very pretty, sails like a dream and is beautifully finished. The hull is grp; deck, seats, coamings, spars are all hardwood timber (Iroko or Utile) and the fittings are all bronze or stainless steel. A more detailed brochure is available on request along with a review from Bill Mayher of Wooden Boat Magazine. This boat is in mint condition having been sailed for about an hour and the engine for about 15 minutes! The asking price is some £5000 under the intended UK new price.
Boatshed Dartmouth are pleased to offer for sale what is really a nearly new Beneteau Antares 750HB. As you can see from the detailed photos at Boatsheddartmouth.com some of the boats inventory has not been used – the covers are still on both the interior and exterior upholstery! Also, as a result of a theft a new Suzuki outboard was installed in July 2011 and it has run for approximately 4 (four) hours! In short, this is the opportunity to purchase a boat that was £50,000 new just over a year and a bit old at a huge discount. The engine of course is still in warranty.
Boatshed Dartmouth are pleased to offer for sale a Trophy 2052. The boat is presented in very clean and tidy condition and of greatest importance is the fact that the engine and outdrive was replaced in 2008. The engine has only done about 150 hours and as can be seen from my photos looks to be well maintained. I have also included photos of the outdrive to show just how well presented this boat is. Overall this is a really superb boat for pure leisure of for sports fishing. The deep safe cockpit is great for children and the cabin provides as least enough room for overnight trips.
I love the charm and history of the old working boats, even though I know that the reality of life for a working narrowboat family was a perpetual struggle of hard graft and making ends meet. Not to mention the accidents at work and the short life expectancy!
Starting with two weeks of school holidays, we have an event packed month ahead. As well as annual favourites such as the Egg and Shell Hunt and Early Morning Beach Walk, this year we have added in a Marine Creature Shadow Puppet workshop and a special Solar Heritage trip to learn about navigation in Chichester Harbour.
Waterline Boats / Boatshed Seattle has several select wooden-hulled boats in its brokerage inventory. Would you consider wood? Don’t be so quick to say “no.” The fact is that you can get a lot of boat for your dollar when purchasing wood. Today’s market finds many wooden vessels being offered at astounding prices — in many cases these boats have been thoroughly and lovingly upgraded and are offered at a fraction of their recent cost to upgrade. Sure, a wooden boat will require an attentive maintenance program to maintain its condition. But with a huge savings on the purchase side that commitment to maintenance can be more easily tolerated. The right wooden boat can provide a long, happy and successful boating future!
As we wake our precious craft from their winter slumber, ready to take on the new boating season with zest, their can be nothing more infuriating than a flat battery!
Pourquoi un Trophée Double à St Malo ?
At Boatshed Essex we love boats. We love the way you can stay in a different place each night without needing to unpack. The way that you can keep your favourite home comforts with you on board. The way that we’re always learning and improving our boat handling skills. If friends or family are up for pitching in then it can even improve your relationships. Yet if you feel a little too close to your family on board you can get some ‘space’ by heading off to the bow deck to read a book! If you need to put even more space between yourself and your nearest and dearest you can volunteer to take the dinghy to the shore to explore, or replenish supplies. People love boating and sailing because of the sense of freedom it brings, and the exhilaration of being close to nature. Being on the water can awaken and stimulate your senses; and yet at the same time it is relaxing to be free from your daily life ashore. If you’re into powerboats you’ll enjoy a quick getaway, leave at any time, head off in any direction and be able to plan what time you’ll arrive. Power boats have shallower drafts, which means you can access shallower water and get closer to the shore if you want to. If you like fishing you can trawl on a powerboat. Your power is at the touch of a button, so there’s less physical effort than with sailing. However, as a sail boat depends on the power of the wind it is more environmentally friendly. Your distance travelled won’t depend so much on fuel consumption. You can quietly cross oceans feeling at one with the forces of nature. It’s cheaper to run a sailboat engine than a powerboat engine and the further you travel the more cost effective it becomes. If you’re adventurous and like the physical side of life then sailing could be for you. People often fall into one of these two camps. Which kind of boater are you? Join us on Facebook and let us know what you love about boating and sailing.
RYDE OR BUST?
A long time ago, when I sold my beloved first ever boat, a 45 foot red narrowboat with a cruiser stern, the boat broker told me that she was a little “tired looking” and labelled her as a project boat for sale.
Many people dream of a life afloat funded by charter work or sailing instruction. This is perfectly possible but for British flagged vessels or foreign flagged vessels operating from UK ports the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) lays down a set of regulations that spell out all aspects from construction, equipment and manning through to safety, training and operational procedures. So make sure you comply with the regulations.
…and other questions that I asked Steve Booth, motor boat and yacht broker.
If you’re considering living aboard you may enjoy this series of blog posts about living on a boat. Whilst they were written with canal boats and narrowboats in mind, a lot of the information will be helpful to anyone considering living aboard. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for more tips and information about living on a boat.
This gullet type yacht is one of the biggest motor sailors on the Adriatic,modern, comfortable and equipped for long cruises. Her dimensions and hull lines ensure enough space for 5 comfortable cabins a spacious salon with a bar, big roofed afterdeck and a sunny foredeck. She has also a modern equipped kitchen and a bar.The Yacht is navigated by an experienced and friendly crew.