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.
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.
It may be a 2009 North Pacific 39 Pilothouse Trawler for sale, but her sparkling condition could lead you to believe it is a 2012 model!
H.R.H. Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh K.G. K.T. hosts Royal Southern Yacht Club 175th. Anniversary Luncheon at Buckingham PalaceThursday, 23 February 2012
In formal recognition of the Royal Southern Yacht Club's 175th. Anniversary being celebrated this year, a private luncheon was hosted on Tuesday the 21st February for 150 members of the Hamble-based Club at the invitation of its Patron, H.R.H. Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh K.G. K.T. In an interesting and happy coincidence, Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns for 175 years.
When you are choosing your galley equipment, we have several choices of cookers that you can choose from depending upon the type of cruising you are going to do.
When you are finalising your interior upholstery, we have a wide selection of fabrics to choose from to personalise your new Helmsman Trawler.
The Cummins QSB Series....
Following my earlier blog about How to Sell a Boat on the Inland Waterways I thought I’d share a bit more about who we are at Boatshed Grand Union.
If you’re looking for your Spring ride to get you out on the water, then the forthcoming BoatBid.com online auction could be just the place to bag yourself an unbelievable bargain.
Check out these quality boats in the next BoatBid.com boat auction. The Auction starts in less than 9 days from today.