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I’ve blogged several times this year about not having enough water in the canal, and now that it’s June I can barely face venturing onto the front deck because the rain is relentless! (I’m writing this on Monday but anything could happen in the next few days!)
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a truly superb Sovereign 32. The presentation and specification of this yacht is truly outstanding and I challenge anyone stepping onboard not to feel both impressed but also immediately comfortable in the spacious saloon. The vendors have spent a lot of time and money on improvements and updates – all to a very high standard. Most importantly the engine has been replaced with a Nanni (2005) and the teak decks were replaced in 2006. At the same time she was re-wired as well. Please note that this yacht is offered very well equipped and complete with a lot of inventory. The sprayhood shown in the photos is the ‘second sprayhood’ there is also available a No1 included in the sale. Early viewing is recommended. Appointments to view can be booked in advance 6-days a week directly with Paul Singer your Boatshed Dartmouth broker.
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a Jeanneau Voyage 12.5. This yacht comes from a time when wood was used extensively throughout the interior and the result is a warm and pleasing saloon, with ample light. To aft are two twin berth cabins with their own washbasin. To port is the main heads (with holding tank). All the cabins are large and well appointed making her suitable for long passage making or even a live aboard. She is easy to handle both under power and sail and has plenty of stowage. The standing rigging was renewed by Graeme Harris in 2012 and Garmin GPS 4008 radar chart plotter was installed in 2011/12 Appointments to view can be booked in advance with Paul Singer your Boatshed Dartmouth broker. The yacht is currently at sea so advance bookings to view are being taken for her return.
Despite the early spring and a (so far) non-existent 'summer', Boatshed London has had an incredibly busy year.
Over 340 people made the most of the British Marine Federation South West’s “On the Water” ‘Try A Boat Free!’ event which took place in Dartmouth over the Diamond Jubilee weekend. With the holiday celebrations adding to the feel of jubilation, even the weather co-operated, helping to make the two-day event a huge success. In the six hours available each day, the organisers reported up to up to 28 people an hour were getting out on the water, choosing to try lots of different boats from RIBS to sailing yachts, powerboats to classic craft.
Waterline Boats / Boatshed Seattle invites you to a Camano 31 open house!
Everyone turned out in great British spirit to watch the celebrations of the day. With historic and modern yachts from sail to steam, RNLI boats to Ambulance boats from Guernsey, Narrowboats, Barges and the fast modern day Clipper ferries, rowing power, rain and many umbrellas.
St Katherines Dock in London looked like an outdoor historic boat museum during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations for the Queen in London were on.
Sat 2 June Farm Walk - 2pm / 2 hours Meet the dairy farmers Mary and Stan Pike and learn all about how they manage their land in the protected landscape adjacent to the harbour. See the cows being milked. Afterwards you can visit their café for refreshments and to enjoy their home produced ice cream which will be on sale. All attendees must attend safety briefing at 2pm. Fee: £3 (all ages 2 and over), BOOKING ESSENTIAL ON 01243 513275. Meet: Northney Farm, Hayling Island PO11 0RX. From the road onto Hayling, take first left to Northney and follow for ¾ mile, farm is on the left. Parking on the farm.
Do you like boating in Essex? Do you really know what is so great about boating in Essex? How to choose a boat? How to find a marina? Whether you’re new to boating or sailing, have been boating for years, or are new to Essex, there’s something for everyone in this mini introduction to boating in Essex.
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a really very well presented Nicholson 31. The current owner has attended to her with meticulous detail and I would urge you please to look at the photos closely – like all classic beauties she does not look her age. She is wintered ashore every year and this last winter all the anti fouling was removed, hull checked and then copper coated. Early viewing is recommended of this fine example. Appointments to view can be booked in advance 6-days a week directly with Paul Singer your Boatshed Dartmouth broker.
I’ve never been there before but 2012 was the 13th year of the Crick Boat Show. I went with my husband and two young daughters so we left our boat and just went up for the day in the car. We picked Sunday for our visit and looked forward to watching her Majesty’s Royal Pageant on the big screen. Sadly it rained the whole time we were there, but we managed to make the best of it.
Good old British weather they call it !
Many parts of the UK are currently subject to a hose-pipe ban as of midnight on April 4th, 2012. Effectively this prohibits the use of a hose-pipe for the purposes of washing your boat (or car or watering your garden).
1: This weekend myself, Neil Chapman from Boatshed and Jan Knox from Canal Experience Training are all heading to the Crick Boat Show in Northamptonshire 2nd - 5th June. If you’re going there too then come along to the Boatshed stand to talk about boats!
Colin Stracey recently bought a Beneteau Oceanis 351 which was for sale with us at Boatshed Essex.
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It always surprises me that when I speak to people with boats on the River Hamble and those that live close to it, how many have never travelled further up-river than Bursledon bridge or at most the M27 bridge. Ok, if you have a yacht or sailing dinghy that you can not step the mast you are not going to get past Bursledon bridge, but for all others, navigation is possible especially on a rising spring tide. How far can you go? Well for canoes and dinghies you can get as far as the Horse and Jockey pub and the bridge on the A3051 at Curbridge on the Eastern branch of the river, and the village of Botley on the Western branch. These two creeks are only accessible on high tides and it is best to travel up about an hour before first high and then the moment you see the water level start to drop, head back down river asap because its like a giant plug being pulled out and you don’t want to be sitting at the pub for another twelve hours, or do you! There are plenty of places to land and pick nick as well as dropping the hook for larger vessels. Look out for deer and other wildlife along the banks as well as King Fishers, Herons and Egrets. The kids are still trying to spot the legendry “Hippocrocadonk” that is reported to live in the reeds in the upper reaches of the Hamble!!!
As promised we're pleased to announce the winner of the Boatshed Suffolk Sunday Lunch competition draw run at last Sunday’s Suffolk Boat Jumble in Trinity Park Ipswich is........... Sheila Barnes, winning a 3 course Sunday Lunch for two at our local pub – The Butt & Oyster.
The astonishing view which will leave one quite breathless is undoubtedly the view of the Bay of Rijeka streaked with a myriad of white sails. Yachtsmen from across the world gather once a year at the Great Fiumanka regatta, which follows the route between Rijeka to Omisalj and back, and takes every ounce of strength from even the most experienced. This is regatta which gather so many positive people and good energy, there can be nothing but happy, and that none of their significance can not be reduced. Like last year Fiumanka sail into three categories and three routes. Traditional build regatta is sailing up to the mark in front of Porto Baros, family cruisers to the mark near Kostrena while regatta cruisers after the mark near Kostrena continues to sail to the mark in front of Omisalj ... and they all meat back at the finnish line in the port of Rijeka. Day before, Press Fiumanka sailing in the Triangle course in front of the port of Rijeka and Liburnijska regatta this year sail on the new route from Mali Losinj to Rijeka. See you in Rijeka, from 07 - 10 June on the 13th Fiumanka! For more information about regatta event please check: www.fiumanka.hr and for more information about some previous successful participants of Fiumanka available for sale: www.boatshedcroatia.com