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.
The Eastbound North Atlantic sailing record has fallen. Pascal Bidegorry, skipper of the enormous maxi-trimaran Banque Populaire V, is now not only the fastest man under sail over 24 hours, covering an amazing 907.9 miles, he has also become the fastest man across the pond, smashing Groupama 3's previous sailing record by a whopping 12 hours 32 minutes and 6 seconds.
The team at Boatshed.com are considering rewriting the words to a certain song as they really do like Mondays especially last Monday July 20th when the Boatshed.com Yacht Brokerage Group posted a record 24 boat sales in just one day! The boats included a wide range of boats from a 16.5m Bruce Roberts Euro 1600 motor boat to a Hunter Duette sailing boat.
Neil and Mandy Chapman were invited to celebrate the retirement of Dan O'dwyer, Coxswain of the Courtmacsherry Lifeboat. Dan and the crew of the Courtmacsherry lifeboat received a bronze medal for the rescue of Neil and Mandy and their cousin Deni aboard the 42' ketch Supertaff in storm conditions 25 miles south of the Old Head of Kinsale in October 1998. The Bronze medal for bravery was the highlight of a career that spanned 30 years with the Lifeboats. Over a 100 people attended a presentation at the Lifeboat Station in Courtmacsherry followed by a big party in the popular Lifeboat Inn.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is the charity that provides a 24-hour lifesaving service around the UK and Republic of Ireland. Last year RNLI lifeboats rescued almost 8,000 people, an average of 21 people a day.
Church Stretton is probably as far from the sea as you can get in England. Mandy Chapman from Boatshed.com HQ office in Gosport was visiting the area for the day and was asked to help with the RNLI fund raising the local town.
Phew what a week that was! The fourth BoatBid online boat auction has just ended. We’ve had 32 used motor and sailing boats being auctioned online over the past 5 days and we’ve been busy answering all your questions and helping everyone to find out as much information about the boats in the catalogue before bidding and making sure you all knew exactly how to bid and what happens next.
Interest in the fourth BoatBid.com online boat auction is really hotting up. All our Boatshed.com brokers, who are handling the individual sales for the used boats in the auction, have been really busy answering questions and arranging viewings on the boats.
There’s just over a week to go before the next BoatBid.com boat auction which has almost 40 used boats of all types going under the virtual hammer. We have everything from pretty little wooden yachts to big powerful motor cruisers and all types of craft in between. We have a couple of completely unique boats, The Zafferano 45 sports fisher and a Gary Mull designed half tonner. There are sailing boats to suit all tastes from a 18 foot Sunstar to a Bavaria 350and all types of power boats including an Aquaflyte 7m RIB, a Sunrunner 235 weekender and a Sealine S38.
At BoatBid we have all kinds of used boats for sale in our auctions. We have used power boats and used sailing boats ranging from dainty little yachts to very stylish sports cruiser. Craft suitable to water ski behind and ones for yacht racing, with just about every kind of used boat you could want. Take a look at the catalogue I'm sure there's something you'll like.
At 1230 BST H.R.H. The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, fired the start gun for this years Original Single Handed Trans-Atlantic Race (OSTAR).
I write this with a westerly gale raging outside but summer is only just around the corner. The Boat Bid team have been working hard selecting a fantastic range of used motor and sailing boats for the summer auction. There’s just a week to go before the catalogue is launched but we still managed time to sit out in glorious sunshine yesterday lunch time and we’ve also sneaked in some fantastic sailing already this year.
To find out just what it’s like to buy or sell a boat through BoatBid I caught up with Steve Booth of Boatshed Essex who is now in the process of finalising the sale of the Stewart 24 Quarter Tonner from the last BoatBid auction.
The Pre Summer BoatBid has just finished with another flurry of bidding and boat sales. Yet again we sold some of the boats through Boatshed before the bidding even started but with nearly 3,000 used boats on the Boatshed website BoatBid will always have plenty more to take their place.
BoatshedBVI www.boatshedbvi.com was once again privileged to race on the beautiful 1962 57’ Abeking & Rasmussen ketch at this year’s Antigua Classic.
The fifth annual Plymouth Sail and Power Show in the UK is set to take place on Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th April 2009.
Using the new Sealift 2 to lift your boat out of the water, is simple, stress free, and really quick and easy. How does it work, all you do is motor your boat between two arms, which then will close on your topsides. Then a platform is raised until it meets your keel tie off fore and aft lines tightly and sit back and relax whilst Ralph and his team raise you out of the water. Its easy to do single handed as they tell you when you need to stop and they will straighten you so that your boat is in the right position.
Boatshedespaña.com asiste a la primera Feria Internacional del Barco de Gibraltar, del 9 al 12 de abril de 2009. La feria tuvo un gran éxito gracias también a que los organizadores contaron con el puente de Semana Santa y disfrutaron de una gran concurrencia de entusiastas náuticos. La presencia de Boatshedgibraltar.com fue fantástica, vendiendo un Benita Oceanic Clipper 331 y consiguiendo muchos interesados en el Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 35, el cual sirvió también de stand en la feria para Boatshedgibraltar.com durante los cuatro días del evento.
The Easter holidays are now over and many boats have returned to their moorings. Some will have just been launched and their owners may well have spent the holidays putting the final touches to the winter works before she went back in. Others will have been lucky enough to get a few days away over the holidays; many harbours were surprised by the number of visiting boats over Easter here on the South Coast of England where the weather was much more conducive to boating than it has been for the last few Easters. But there were also people who spent part of their Easter break looking for a used boat to buy. If you are one of those people and didn’t find your dream boat then the Pre Summer BoatBid auction may be able to help. There’s no need to go traipsing round boatyards and marinas, as our qualified Boatshed broker has done this for you. For each boat in the catalogue we have a detailed description and inventory and up to 70 pictures of each boat so that you can get a really good idea of the boat and her condition, if you need to know more you can call the broker who has been onboard the boat and spoken with her owner. We have used boats in all shapes and sizes in the auction. There is a Quarter Tonner, a class of sailing yacht which is undergoing something of a revival lately and providing some very close and competitive racing but as the rules of these yachts specified the need for some creature comforts for longer races they also make fantastic fast economical cruising boats for two. If you like small power boats then we have several to chose from, a Raider 18 Fisherman for the anglers or a Sea Fox 197 for those who prefer flat out speed for instance. But we also have larger boats, from a Mirage 28, a still popular cruising boat, friends spent 5 years cruising theirs all round the Med; and a good clean example of a Princess 415, another fantastic cruising boat for those who prefer power over sail, this one brings back memories of cruising round France with my family for me. But your dream boat might be something completely different so take a look at the catalogue, perhaps it will be the Formula 40 sailing catamaran or the Sunseeker Mohawk 29 which will catch your eye but which ever boat it is you fancy you know that these boats all have owners who are keen to sell and reserve prices set to match. You can also bid in confidence as you know that you’ll be able to have a full inspection and professional survey after the auction to make sure there are no hidden problems with your dream boat and you’ll be able to use our qualified Boatshed brokers help and expertise to guide you through the purchase, they’ll even be able to help you find companies to transport your new boat home.
Easter always seems to mark the start of the boating season with families leaving their berths for the Easter hols and heading off for their new adventures.