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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.


Fast Fisher Frenzy at Boatshed Port Solent!

Fast Fisher Frenzy at Boatshed Port Solent!

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Now that the good weather is back it may be time to hang that sign on the shed door... “Gone Fishin”

Boat of the Moment: Snapdragon 24

Boat of the Moment: Snapdragon 24

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Our boat of the moment is this Snapdragon 24. She has been very well cared for, and is in commission ready to use.

Over 70 USED RIBS for sale with Boatshed.com

Over 70 USED RIBS for sale with Boatshed.com

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Boatshed.com International boat & yacht brokers have over 70 RIBS for sale, from 2.85 meters to 10.5 meters.

Linslade Canal Festival 2012

Linslade Canal Festival 2012

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Could this be the first sunny canal festival of the year? This Saturday is the 10th Linslade Canal Festival, a free community event promoting rural arts and crafts, conservation, canal life and the heritage of the town's green spaces. It is organised by Leighton-Linslade Town Council and supported by Central Bedfordshire Council and The Canal and River Trust. You will find Linslade on the Grand Union Canal, on the Bedfordshire-Buckinghamshire border.

Marked Down, Price Cut, Recently Reduced!

Marked Down, Price Cut, Recently Reduced!

Saturday, 21 July 2012

However you say it, this is the perfect time for boat shoppers to buy! Our sellers are motivated and it shows with many recent price reductions in our inventory.

Boatshed Inland Launches Free ebook: Living on a Boat

Boatshed Inland Launches Free ebook: Living on a Boat

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Over the years that Boatshed Grand Union has been selling boats on the inland waterways, several questions have recurred time and time again.

'Push the Boat Out' day: 21st July

'Push the Boat Out' day: 21st July

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

To celebrate London 2012 there’s a special day to get lots of British boats out on to the water.

Take a bow....

Take a bow....

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Boatshed North Wales have some cracking bowriders for sale on brokerage, all waiting to put in a good performance for their new owners.

Hot Boat at a Hot Price!

Hot Boat at a Hot Price!

Monday, 16 July 2012

Ranger Tugs R-29 — a hot boat at a hot price. Recently-reduced and the best-priced, most well-equipped R-29 anywhere. Waterline Boats took this boat on trade, has it in in its inventory and needs it sold. If you’re in the market for a trailerable trawler then don’t miss this rare opportunity. Available with or without its trailer. Need it delivered to Florida or Texas or New York? Talk with us. 206 282 0110 Ranger Tugs R-29

RIBs - any which way  you like them

RIBs - any which way you like them

Monday, 16 July 2012

Having fun on the water is about getting the right boat for the job – which is why so many people consider buying a RIB as a cost-effective and relatively hassle-free way to securing that big grin that just says YES!!! Easy launching and shoreline handling together with good sea-keeping ability make purchasing a RIB a popular choice.

More on Tall Ships Newport RI

More on Tall Ships Newport RI

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Samantha Gauld of Boatshed Newport with an update on the Tall Ships of 2012. After some research, I have been able to identify several other ships from my photos.

Les voiliers de la Loire et les vins de la Côte Roannaise

Les voiliers de la Loire et les vins de la Côte Roannaise

Friday, 13 July 2012

La Loire est le Fleuve le plus long de la France avec une riche histoire de navigation. Elle a servi de transport d’hommes comme de marchandises et est étroitement liée à la vie des communes riveraines. Malgré ce rôle de transport incontournable elle ne fut jamais commode avec ses crues, ses sécheresse et ses bancs de sable qui se déplacent au fur et à mesure des saisons. Ses difficultés ont donné naissance à toute une gamme de bateaux avec et sans voiles adaptés aux particularités de la navigation Ligérienne et nous connaissons un intérêt resurgissant dans cette navigation d’autrefois, avec la construction de répliques et la naissance d’associations et d'évènements culturels. Deux répliques se sont joins à l’association des vignerons de la Côte Roannaise et se sont retrouvés dans le Port de Roanne pour la promotion de leur vin et la navigation. Les fûts de vins ont été longtemps transportés par le fleuve et il est naturel que les voiliers de la Loire se joignent aux vignerons de Roanne pour faire un petit bout de navigation ensemble. Lors d’une belle soirée avec dégustation et convivialité, les deux organisateurs ont été convaincu du succès de l’évènement et parlent déjà de l’année prochaine. Un expert de péniche à voile Stefan Fritz, a été ravis de sa visite et fasciné par l’évolution de ces Toués: Gabarres et Fûteraux si spécifiques à leur lieu de navigation. “J’aimerais bien voir un rassemblement de ces bateaux avec ceux de la Tamise et des Pays Bas et pourquoi pas faire quelques courses ensemble ? ‘’.

River Loire sailing barges promote wine from the Côte Roannaise

River Loire sailing barges promote wine from the Côte Roannaise

Friday, 13 July 2012

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.

BoatBid Summer Auction Count Down!

BoatBid Summer Auction Count Down!

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

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.

New Blog on the Block

New Blog on the Block

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

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.

Boat of the Moment: Regal 1900

Boat of the Moment: Regal 1900

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

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!

Dibitu s’envole!

Dibitu s’envole!

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

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.

Dibitu goes home

Dibitu goes home

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

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.

Tall Ships In Newport RI

Tall Ships In Newport RI

Monday, 09 July 2012

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 Mariner 35 for a good new home.

Oyster Mariner 35 for a good new home.

Saturday, 07 July 2012

Oyster 35 Mariner - 25 years on.