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.
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.
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.
It all started with a phone call from a gentleman who told me that he had just succeeded in an eBay auction for a yacht with a bid of just over £35,000. He had noticed, the morning after his euphoric night, that the same yacht was for sale with Boatshed Gibraltar at £110,000. He was beginning to think that maybe there was something amiss. I thought it interesting that when he wanted to reassure himself that he was not being defrauded he turned to the broker! My first inclination was to let him sink as he was now trying to get a brokerage service but had earlier opted for an auction process that dispensed with the broker. However I reconsidered.
The auction has just started and you can now start bidding! Auction ends on Tuesday 21st Jan 2014, so get bidding.
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.
Boatshed.com will be on Stand E163 for the next 9 days.
There are various ways you can now search using different criteria.
If you are leaving your boat on a mooring for long periods of time, using this chain and warp line prevents chafe and gives you peace of mind that in rough weather your boat wont wear through its mooring line.
Boatshed goes Responsive! Today, nearly 30% of Boatshed's traffic is mobile. By the end of next year, this may exceed 50% Tablet sales are expected to exceed 100 million this year. Smartphones, of course, are also a hot commodity, with the majority of people now owning a smartphone. The shift to mobile is happening at an extraordinary speed. For those of us who create the Boatshed websites and services, all this leads to a singular conclusion: A million screens have bloomed, and we need to build websites that work better on all of them.
Summer is on the way and anyone who loves boats can look forward to the usual line-up of boat festivals. If you enjoy real ale, painted canalware, live music, boats and bunting we hope to see you at a festival this year. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about buying or selling a boat and will be sponsoring the Canalway Cavalcade and Rickmansworth Canal Festival. We will also definitely be at Crick and IWA National. We’ll do our best to get to a few more if we can.
Before you travel to view a boat, check out all pictures and video of every boat for sale. Our brokers take all their own pictures so you can see the up to date information and full inventory of each boat.
If you are thinking of selling your boat, then have a chat to one of our Boatshed Brokers and they will explain how Boatshed can help sell your boat and what they will do for you.
Battlebridge basin is perhaps the most sought after mooring in London - secluded, secure and private, but within easy reach of the West End and the City. Kings Cross and St. Pancras are just a few minutes walk away. There are plenty of shops and restaurants in the immediate vicinity.
If you are looking for your first canal boat for sale or perhaps a narrowboat in Hertfordshire or London you may have questions about technology and it’s place in canal boat life. Whether you’re thinking of living on a wide beam, going on an extended cruise or simply looking for a leisure boat for sale you may be wondering how many mod-cons are suited to boating?
Last week a mother and her daughter (aged 10) died of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning. Three people were on board the boat on Windermere and early enquiries suggested a faulty generator could have been to blame.
It’s nearly Easter and the daffodils outside my boat are looking decidedly miserable, having been crushed by the snow. Our Bubble diesel stove is struggling to battle against the temperatures outside because it is waiting for a new component. With this in mind I thought I’d give you the ‘low-down’ on diesel stoves, for those considering living on a narrowboat all year round.
If you’re looking for a narrowboat, barge or wide beam for sale in London or Hertfordshire it can feel like a struggle trawling the internet for your ideal boat. We like to make the process as enjoyable as possible for the customer, with cutting edge technology and a friendly, professional service.
This was Tony Farrow’s boat, which was for sale with Boatshed Grand Union. It’s a 50ft cruiser stern narrowboat with wheelhouse and has an unusual and very attractive fit-out in cherry, chestnut and sycamore. Tony is a professional carpenter and refurbished the interior himself. He’s pictured here after painting the boat and blacking the hull. The boat is open plan with a separate bedroom cabin at the front.
If you have arranged your finances and have a good idea of the size and style of boat you are looking for the next step is to begin viewing boats. Because we have so many photographs (and some videos) online here at Boatshed Grand Union, you should have a good idea of whether a particular boat would suit you, before making your journey.