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.
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.
Discovery Yachts has announced that the new Discovery 57 will be the largest resin-infused sailing yacht to be produced in Great Britain. T
We are pleased to announce that Peggy Melmoth has recently joined the Boatshed Essex team. Peggy will be writing our blogs and handling some of our social media networking on Twitter and Facebook.
Over the weekend of 10-11 March Hamble River Sailing Club hosted the 50th Anniversary Hamble Warming Pan regatta. This year’s invited classes were the Firefly and National 12 fleets, the local Foxer dinghy fleet, the Merlin fleet who’ve attended the event since it started in 1962, together with a new addition for 2012, the Enterprise class. A total of 60 boats competed over the weekend.
What's happening on the English canals and rivers at the moment? There were grim findings in the Regents Canal in London last week. We've also had water shortages and CRT council elections argy bargy so I thought I'd write a cheerful story for the blog. As Spring approaches, here are some watery ways to have fun with the kids.
Waterline Boats / Boatshed Seattle is in the midst of our first North American application of Boatshed.com’s BoatBid online auction, with 14 of our boats included in the current auction catalog.
The 20th Dubai International Boatshow is now officially open and the Boatshed team were on hand to see the opening ceremony first hand. Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum officially opened the show.
Bluewater 40 Pilothouse Trawler
The Echo has recently reported that two brothers are planning a 2,000 mile voyage, sailing around the coast of Britain for charity. Dean Osler, from Eastwood and his brother Craig, from Hullbridge, will be starting their journey aboard their 33ft yacht Nebula on 2nd June and expect to be sailing for two or three months. They will be raising money for Havens Hospices and their fundraising target is £2,000. Havens Hospices cares for children and adults with life-limiting illnesses. Craig, 39 said, “When I was younger I spent a lot of time at Great Ormond Street Hospital with a friend so I know how serious illnesses can affect young children. “I wanted to make a difference to my own community and support Little Havens for the care they offer to local families. This is the longest either of us will have been away from our families and that is going to be really hard for us, but our dad is hoping to join us for a few days when we get down to the south coast.” Dean and Craig have spent the past year practicing their sailing, including some night sailing to prepare themselves for their challenge. We are happy to have sold two of Craig's boats for him over the last few years and look forward to following them on their adventure. Their current boat Nebula is a Moody 33. Check out this Moody 33 for sale at Boatshed Essex (price reduced!) Read the full story here: Echo News
My winter mooring this year is very close to the Tring Reservoirs, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and an incredibly beautiful area for boating, walking, angling and cycling. It’s also a major feature of the southern Grand Union Canal, and therefore covered by our narrowboat brokerage. We have a selection of narrowboats for sale on the Grand Union and work closely with Cowroast Marina, among others. However, the water levels across the Tring summit are currently being kept at a lower operating level than usual to allow seepage losses to be minimised. The ground in the Tring cutting has always been wet, and so was not sealed when the canal was first built. The recent dry spell allowed the ground to dry out, the water table dropped and so the canal water began to leak out. The Friends of Tring Reservoirs website reported that an “emergency fish rescue operation took place over the weekend from Friday 20th January in the 'Reservoir Pound' locks 39-40, following a larger than expected fall in water levels in the canal.” Following recent consultations with local boating and trade representatives British Waterways have now reviewed the existing restrictions currently in place on the Tring summit. The navigation between Lock 46 (Cowroast) and Lock 39 (Startops) is to remain closed until Monday 26th March to allow the local reservoir levels to recover before the main boating season. But from Monday 26th March the navigation will be reopened, although only between 10.00am and 3.00pm. BW reports that navigation down the centre of the canal will then be possible for normally draughted boats. There will also be two specific opening periods to enable boats to cross the summit during restricted hours on specified days during March. The major reason for these openings in March is to get boats to Cowroast and Bulbourne for the two boatyards on the summit, and for us to get boats that we have sold to the right side of the summit for their new owners. There was a proposal at the last meeting with BW that the locks would also close for an hour at lunch to allow enough to gather to run pairs up and down the locks alternately and thus use the water efficiently. The Aylesbury arm remains closed for dredging but will be opened about one weekend per month to allow locally based boats to move around on the arm. Boatshed Grand Union are holding regular meetings with BW to review the situation We hope that these restrictions will conserve the water in these stunning reservoirs so that we can continue with our used narrowboat sales and enjoy canal boat cruising in the Spring and Summer this year. You may also like Phil’s previous article on theTring Summit Closure
There are almost 35,000 canal boats on Britain’s inland waterways*, but it’s quite difficult to estimate how many of those are floating homes. I was recently interviewed by a journalist who seemed to want to find out what ‘type’ of people are living within the boating community. The truth is that we are just as diverse as the community living ashore. Live-aboard boaters include middle-aged divorcees, retired couples, young professionals, people on low incomes, people ‘down on their luck’ and canal heritage enthusiasts. It can include people seeking an alternative lifestyle, or people seeking a cheaper lifestyle. Some boaters are foreign tourists discovering England and some people are able to choose a nomadic lifestyle because they work from home.