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.
Each year the London Canal Museum celebrates Halloween in partnership with three community boating organisations: Camden Canals and Narrowboat Association, The Pirate Castle and Angel Islington, who offer a trip through the 193 year old Islington Tunnel in a spooky decorated boat. Kids on board receive sweets and a glow-stick and an opportunity to meet a witch!
Back in March we chatted to Jeanne Socrates. Jeanne holds the Guinness World Record as the Oldest Person to sail single-handedly around the world and later this month will be attempting her third solo non-stop circumnavigation of the World. (Jeanne is 74 years young!)
If you are thinking of entering your boat into December's BoatBid online boat auction, the time to do that is now so that she will appear in the BoatBid catalogue that is published on November 9th.
One of our Brokers, ANDREA DREW, helps out with Thundercat Racing in her spare time and has recently been awarded the following by the RYA:
Bidding has just begun for the September 2016 European Boatbid.
A trip to the Azores 1000nM away from Gibraltar has been on my bucket list for the last three years. Every yachtsman who has ever been there tell me of the natural beauty of the islands and the friendliness of the islanders so on the 1st Aug Citadel with a crew of five (including my brave daughter Kim) slipped out of her berth at Queensway Quay Marina and headed west out of the Straits into a freshening SW breeze. With short tacks off the northern side of the Straits to keep clear of the Traffic Separation Zone we were soon heading out past Barbate and a first comfortable night at sea. The following afternoon we picked up the NE trade winds and headed out towards and beyond Cape St. VIncent. This was to be the worst night of all the 15 nights that in total we spent at sea. The wind increased to 25 and sometimes 30 knots and the seas were very confused with waves of up to 4/5 metres in height. We were getting wet and the boat was slamming with such force into the seas that at times I feared she would come apart. The following day conditions improved and we were once again moving in reducing wind and seas. A late breakfast with bacon butties banished that green feeling and no one was ever sick again all the way to Ponta Delgada.
At Boatshed we are all getting excited to meet you at Southampton Boat Show from this Friday 16th until Sunday 26th September 2016.
With over 50 lots, the September Boatbid boat auction has something for everyone. If you haven't taken a look at the online catalogue, you should do so now.
Owning and maintaining a boat can be costly. One way to reduce this cost is to share the responsibility through joint ownership or a yacht share scheme.
The Canal and River Trust has now published its winter stoppage programmewhich means that many narrowboats will soon be mooring up for the winter months. But not before the last floating market of 2016!
Boatshed have again teamed up with Red Paddle Co to give you the opportunity to win one of their fabulous Inflatable Paddle boards.
The countdown is on to the 48th Southampton Boat Show which starts at 10am on Friday September 16th. The show is heralded as 'Britain's greatest boating festival'. The show is open daily till Sunday the 26th September.
Boatshed are now listing and selling new boats. Character Boats, Helmsman Trawlers and Rib-X can all be viewed through the Boatshed.com website.
Come along and chat to the Boatshed team face to face, when we will be returning to the annual Southampton Boat Show at Mayflower Park from September 16-25th.
Boatshed are committed to reducing the cost of boat ownership and we are please to announce that Portsmouth Marine Training have joined Boatshed's Preferred Partners Scheme.
Bidding has just begun for the July 2016 Boatbid!
It's summer, and you may be getting to drop a line into the water when out sailing. Even if you aren't, the ingredients for this recipe can all be bought from the supermarket.
We have been fans of Mr D's thermal cooker for as long as we can remember. Simple, easy and perfect when on the water (or when camping!) so we thought we'd offer you a chance to win a brand new 3L Thermal Cooker by simply submitting a recipe for us to try.
Alex Luddington's mission is to sail round "Britain to Starboard" in his Contessa 33 to raise money to make awareness of Hodgkin Lymphomas. Alex has now reached the north of the Outer Hebrides and Stornoway and plans now to do the passage back over to the main land of Scotland.