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Southsea Marina Sea School – Coastal and Day Skippers all in the same boat!

Southsea Marina Sea School – Coastal and Day Skippers all in the same boat!

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Boatshed Port Solent owner Ian Dawes recently teamed up with Gibsea 33 owner and friend Martin Crapper to complete the RYA Coastal Skipper course, under the expert tuition of Steve Dimmer, the Southsea Marina Sea School Chief Instructor.

#BoatsThatTweet in the #MajPaj

#BoatsThatTweet in the #MajPaj

Thursday, 24 May 2012

I noticed a bit of banter on Twitter this week about Her Majesty The Queen’s Jubilee Pageant plans.

Choosing a Boat – Part 1 Dinghies and Cruisers

Choosing a Boat – Part 1 Dinghies and Cruisers

Thursday, 24 May 2012

At Boatshed Essex we have dinghies, traditional cruisers, trailer sailers, production cruisers, long-distance cruisers, cruiser-racers and multihull boats and catamarans for sale.

Latest news – Try A Boat Free Dartmouth June 2-3

Latest news – Try A Boat Free Dartmouth June 2-3

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

At Try A Boat Free in Dartmouth June 2-3rd we are offering the chance to win a ride on the Banana Shark Racing 34’ Marathon race boat! We are giving away six places to go out for a thrilling exhilarating ride on this 70mph race boat. Enter online at Heart FM to win two places plus the chance to win a digital camera!

A Great Day Out for the Boatshed Suffolk Team

A Great Day Out for the Boatshed Suffolk Team

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Sunday’s Suffolk Boat Jumble saw a great turn out at Trinity Park despite a bracing breeze, the rain stayed away and even the sun made an appearance in the mid afternoon. The Boat Jumble organisers were blown away with the number of stall holders and visitors that came through the gate.

New Instructions – Nauticat 43 for sale

New Instructions – Nauticat 43 for sale

Monday, 21 May 2012

Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a Nauticat 43. What more can I say about these fine Sparkman & Stephens designed, Finnish built yachts? Every time I go onboard I am still amazed at the volume inside – there is just so much room! On deck everything has been made as easy as possible with behind mast furling and lines led aft (two electric capstans make this even easier). Teak decks look great, engine was rebuilt in 2003, standing rigging by Graeme Harris in 2005 – it has all been done. She is well equipped with Westerbeke generator, two fridges and even a washing machine. The port cabin can be used as a workshop / bosuns locker. Early viewing is recommended as these Nauticats rarely come onto the market and they make comfortable long distance cruising such a pleasure. Appointments to view can be booked in advance 6-days a week directly with Paul Singer your Boatshed Dartmouth broker.

New Instructions – Gibsea 284 for sale

New Instructions – Gibsea 284 for sale

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a Gibsea 284 described by PBO as ‘A wolf in sheeps clothing’. This is also described as a potent performer and a lively coastal cruiser for a family. This model is fitted with the (a simple) lifting keel and twin bilge keels/plates. With her twin rudders she sits quite comfortably on good ground. I first viewed this yacht afloat and was struck by a well thought-out layout, clean tidy well presented condition and overall condition of the boat. Her shallow draft makes her ideal for shallow waters or those who like to take advantage of quieter backwaters. In summary, a really nice boat and one to be viewed soon. She is currently ashore and ‘ready to go’. Appointments to view can be booked in advance 6-days a week directly with Paul Singer your Boatshed Dartmouth broker.

TODAY: Come to Suffolk Boat Jumble and WIN a Sunday Lunch for two at the Butt and Oyster

TODAY: Come to Suffolk Boat Jumble and WIN a Sunday Lunch for two at the Butt and Oyster

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Come and meet the Boatshed Suffolk Team at Ipswich boat jumble TODAY. From 10.00 onwards.

Meet Boatshed Suffolk at The Suffolk Boat Jumble

Meet Boatshed Suffolk at The Suffolk Boat Jumble

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Sunday May 20th 2012 will see the return of that Great Event: The Suffolk Boat Jumble

Fletcher Arrowsport 16 as a First Boat

Fletcher Arrowsport 16 as a First Boat

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Noel and Jayne recently bought a great value sports boat; a Fletcher Arrowsport 16 which was for sale with Boatshed Essex and kindly agreed to be interviewed for our blog.

Classic boat for sale - A piece of history for sale.

Classic boat for sale - A piece of history for sale.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Just after the end of World War II the White Fish Authority were keen to re-start the cockle fishing industry. They designed and commissioned the building of 100 decked fishing boats with small aft wheel house, capable of collecting up to 6 tons of cockles. These vessels were made of mahogany planking on heavy steamed oak timbers by shipwrights at the Dauntless Boat Building Company at Canvey Island in Essex.

New Instruction- Westerly Griffin For Sale

New Instruction- Westerly Griffin For Sale

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Some nasty things occurred in 1980, like the assassination of John Lennon and Johnny Logan got to number 1 with “What`s another year”! On the upside though, GPS was introduced and this Westerly Griffon started out in life and it really is someones lucky day as it has come up for sale! Please form an orderly queue to view this fine specimen. She is very, very well kept & cared for and has an extensive inventory and is easy to sail single handed, as she is equipped with “ Sailtainer in boom reefing system” and all lines are led aft. The vessel is epoxy coated below the waterline, has removable davits, an Aerogen wind generator & heating. I could go on but with space at a premium, check out the specification data & photos listed here and also bear in mind the upgrading and attention that the present owner has undertaken. It is Westerly Griffon lottery ticket time! Take a look at her, it could be you! To arrange a viewing contact Andy Wood broker at Boatshed North Wales.

Rickmansworth Festival 2012

Rickmansworth Festival 2012

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

This weekend is the Rickmansworth Canal Festival 2012 and Boatshed Grand Union are sponsoring it. We will also have a stand to display information about our narrowboats, barges, project boats and widebeams for sale on or near the Grand Union Canal and London.

New Instructions – Westerly Fulmar For Sale

New Instructions – Westerly Fulmar For Sale

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a Westerly Fulmar which was widely regarded as one of the most successful designs (though not in numbers as only about 400 were built) as the performance and handling was, and still is today, regarded as just ‘near perfect’. To quote the WOA “One does not really have to sail a Fulmar, one just lays a hand on the tiller and lets the boat take care of everything else, which she does without appreciable effort.” This example is presented for sale very clean and tidy and benefits from a recently (2011) refurbished engine. The headlinings have been replaced already and a nice touch is the Eberspacer heating. She is currently ashore and ‘ready to go’. Appointments to view can be booked in advance 6-days a week directly with Paul Singer your Boatshed Dartmouth broker.

 RYA Active Marina Launch: This Weekend!

RYA Active Marina Launch: This Weekend!

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Fambridge Yacht Haven launches its RYA Active Marina programme together with the West Wick Yacht Club open day on Saturday the 19th May 2012 and we would love to see you there!

New Listing: Princess 42 for sale

New Listing: Princess 42 for sale

Monday, 14 May 2012

We have recently listed this lovely Princess 42. She comes with a very extensive inventory; equipped from new to the highest standards with over £45K worth of extras. Having only completed 160 hours running time; this superb motor yacht looks in great condition throughout.

Powerboat & Rib show 2012

Powerboat & Rib show 2012

Monday, 14 May 2012

RIBEX has been renamed The Powerboat and RIB Show , the event has been staged for the last 13 years in Weymouth, Southampton and, until this year, Cowes, under the name of RIBEX. As well as being held at prestigious Portsmouth venue, Gunwharf Quays, for the first time over the weekend of 12th and 13th May, the exhibition featured powerboats of every description, making it the only show representing the entire powerboat market under 45ft. It was also completely free for visitors, making it much more accessible and the only free outdoor, on the water boat show in the UK. The new venue was a great benefit to visitors, who were able to take advantage of Gunwharf Quays’ many shops, restaurant and entertainment venues while they were at the show. Among the attractions there was a wide selection of RIBs, powerboats and associated products for sale, and the opportunity to trial boats on the open water and free RIB rides. Michael Delbridge and his young son Justin (Broker in training) of www.boatshedhamble.com were on hand to check on any new boats and to talk to clients old and new. You can contact Peter or Michael Delbridge about buying or selling a Rib here :

Just Listed - Sea Ray 260 DA Sundancer

Just Listed - Sea Ray 260 DA Sundancer

Friday, 11 May 2012

Boatshed Plymouth is very pleased to have just listed this beautiful Sea Ray 260 DA Sundancer. Click here for all the details and photos

Brand new narrow boat coming!

Brand new narrow boat coming!

Friday, 11 May 2012

Arriving soon on Boatshed Thames listings will be a brand new 57ft Narrowboat for sale. The shell has been manufactured by Scanalcraft in Worcestershire and it has a Barrus Shanks 45 hp engine.

Get On the Water to try a boat for free!

Get On the Water to try a boat for free!

Friday, 11 May 2012

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at boating? Well now you can, for free! An exciting “On the Water” event called Try A Boat Free is taking place in Dartmouth to encourage non-boaters to find out what they are missing.