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The river Loire longest river in France and known as the Royal highway was once a main artery for transporting goods and people in central France. Always a difficult river with many shallows and shifting channels it gave rise to a series of very particular sailing barges or flats. There has been a huge resurgence of interest in these old sailing craft recently and many replicas built. Two such vessels have been enlisted to help promote local navigations and local wine in the Roanne region. Built on the banks of the Loire the town of Roanne gives its name to the increasingly popular wines of the district know as Côte Roannaise. The Loire itself is now only navigable by canoe for most of its length but the Roanne à Digoin canal runs along side in the Loire Valley as does the Canal Lateral à la Loire. Both these navigations offer pretty and tranquil cruising grounds with quaint villages tempting markets and fascinating architecture (Particularly well known are the Roman churches ) The Côte Roannaise wines were transported by the Loire sailing barges for centuries, with so much history and tradition in common it is natural that they should join forces to promote interest in historical navigation and these increasingly popular wines. Visiting Sailing Barge expert Stefan FRITZ was present for the occasion and was fascinated by the way Loire sailing barges had evolved in response to their particular sailing conditions. “Wonder what they’d sail like down the Thames” he mused later, with a glass of Cote Roannaise in hand.
It’s not too late to join in the summer fun! Waterline Boats / Boatshed Seattle is nearing the end of the Summer Season Auction. Bidding concludes 10:00 AM 12 July. View the catalog, read the process and start bidding! Go to BoatBid.com and look for the US$ to view our Pacific Northwest listings.
Phil and Boatshed Grand Union are long-time supporters of the National Community Boats Association which promotes community boating for young people and all kinds of disadvantaged groups. Phil is an ex-chairman of our local community boat, Dicks Folly and an ex-director of the NCBA. Boatshed Grand union sponsored the last AGM of the NCBA, which was attended by the Vice Chair of the Canal & River Trust, and the Waterways Minister.
Our boat of the moment is this immaculate Regal 1900LE with a Fastrac Hull. She is a superb bow rider with just 20 hours of use from new. The engine incidentally is the 225Hp version capable of a top speed of 55mph. When tested by boattest they found that it will plane in 3.2 seconds and reach 30mph in 6.5 seconds - not bad!
La flûte Britannique (appellé Narrowboat) Dibitu a pris des ailes pour rentrer à la maison. Après 10 ans de vacances en France Dibitu a été vendu par Boatshed Bourgogne et ses nouveaux propriétaires vont s’en servir comme résidence principale sur le réseau Britannique. Ni le vendeur ni les acquéreurs pouvaient être présents pour le grutage mais Graham de Boatshed Bourgogne s’est occupé de tout et a préparé le bateau pour son voyage alors que Steph. Et Morris Abbott attendaient l’arrivée de leur nouvelle acquisition dans le port de Milton Keynes en Angleterre. La manutention a été effectué par la société Lavenir de La Pacaudière et le transport par CPL d’Angleterre, tous deux rodés et qui ont travaillé comme deux pièces d’une belle mécanique horlogère suisse. Boatshed Bourgogne tient à les en remercier ainsi qu’au capitaine du port de Roanne pour son aimable accord et souhaite toute bonheur à Steph. Et Morris à bord du Dibitu.
59ft Pat Buckle Narrowboat Dibitu is going home. After more than ten years exploring the waterways of France NB Dibitu has been sold by Boatshed Bourgogne and is returning to the UK. Excited new owners Steph. & Morris Abbott eagerly awaited the arrival of their new acquisition due to arrive in the Milton Keynes Marina just one day after being lifted out in Roanne central France. Neither the vendor nor the new owners could be present for the lift out so Boatshed Bourgogne organised it and Graham attended the operation and prepared the boat for her journey. The lift out was done by the society Lavenir of La Paccaudière and transport assured by CPL of both of whom worked together like parts in a Swiss watch. Our thanks to them for their professionalism and to the marina manager for his kind assistance. Both Magali and Graham of Boatshed Bourgogne wish Steph and Morris every happiness and many years of happy cruising with Dibitu.
It was a fine day along the channel at Ocean Cliff Resort in Newport where you could find me having lunch at the Safari Room whilst watching the Tall Ship parade of sails. What a spectacular sight.
Oyster 35 Mariner - 25 years on.
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a rare Super Seal 26. Designed by Ron Holland and built originally by John Baker just 100 were built before the rights were sold to Parkers. They then continued the design as the Parker 27, after various interior layout changes going on to become the Parker 27. They are known for being fast little yachts with the distinct advantage of a very shallow draft (just over a foot) and a good interior layout. This example appears to have been very well looked after and the Yanmar engine install in 1997 looks particularly impressive. In December 2000 "Sailing Today" magazine listed the Super Seal as one of the "top five used boats of the year", along with some old favourites such as the Contessa 32 and Elizabethan 30. Their review gave it five stars for performance, and four for accommodation, which they described as ".... much better than you would expect in such a fast boat." Incidentally, the RYA quote a Portsmouth Number of 976, making her faster than a Contessa 32, and also faster than many 34 foot cruising yachts!
4th July in the year 2000 was Independence Day – for me. As a young twenty something I became a proud home owner for the very first time, and that home was a 45 foot red narrowboat called Emily Rose. I knew very little about boats but I’d met some friendly boaters on the towpath and they introduced me to their mates, and they were all glad to share their boating wisdom and advice with me. I learned to steer a boat, tie knots, check the oil and recognise the sound of a loose fan belt. And yet other things beneath the deck-boards remain a mystery to this day; some things are better left to the experts!
The ships from the P&O fleet sailed into their home port before dawn yesterday.
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a Ocqueteau 775. This is a very well laid out boat with a large cockpit and spacious wheelhouse. Although dated 2004 the boat was used as a demonstrator and not actually wetted until 2008. The cockpit can be fully enclosed with a cockpit enclosure to create additional space and cockpit cushions ensure plenty of comfortable seating. Below, the heads are to starboard and a large double berth to port under the cockpit. The boat has been cleaned and polished throughout. Please note that the sink and gas hob need to re-connected by a qualified gas installer. Included with the sale is a Selva 4-stroke auxiliary outboard. Appointments to view can be booked in advance 6-days a week directly with Paul Singer your Boatshed Dartmouth broker.
Boatshed Newport was in the house for the final day of racing at the America's Cup World Series. It was yet again a fantastic day although the winds a bit calmer. The first race featured Oracle Teams USA Spithill and Coutts in a final heat with Coutts the triumphant winner. He claims the title for the most America's Cup victories.
Alaska residents Eric and Katie purchased their 1984 47’ CHB Tri-Cabin Trawler from Waterline Boats / Boatshed Seattle last year. After outfitting their “new” boat at our Seattle, Lake Union docks Eric and Katie cruised KRAKEN north to Alaska and then crossed the Gulf of Alaska to Valdez where she is now homeported. Waterline Boats recently received this report from Eric.
“The Cornish Shrimper 19 is the most popular model in the Cornish Crabbers range. She has a classic styling that appeals to sailors from any generation and a build quality that will match her reputation as the best British production Gaffer of all time. Cornish Crabbers have built over 1000 Cornish Shrimpers since 1979 with the original boats still sailing all over the world. The self draining cockpit in the Cornish Shrimper 19 is vast compared to other boats of her size and the companionway leads down to a classic 2 berth arrangement with space for a sea toilet if required” says Cornish Crabbers.
This Saturday 30th June Pin Mill Sailing Club are hosting the 2012 Barge Match
Lee Baynes from Boatshed Palma International Yacht Brokers, was interview by La Gaceta Nautica newspaper in Spain.
Boatshed Newport reporting in with today's update of the America's Cup World Series race from Fort Adams. It was yet another fabulously gorgeous day with blue skies and fair winds.
Get into this like-new 2000 Nordic Tugs 37 at half the price and become half owner! This rare opportunity to share interest in an existing partnership is now being offered for only $149,500!
Choices, choices: There is such a diversity of choice when it comes to rivers and coastal cruising in Essex: Whether you’re looking for a Jeanneau, Bavaria, Oyster boat for sale or a Bermudan Sloop Classic Yacht you still also have to decide where to go boating.