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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.


Applications are now closed - Could you be the Boatshed Blogger?

Applications are now closed - Could you be the Boatshed Blogger?

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Thank you applications now closed

We have a Winner of the Paddle Board!!

We have a Winner of the Paddle Board!!

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Congratulations go to Richard Slape. We had thousands of entries to the competition. Ian Dawes Yacht Broker from Boatshed Port Solent, Wendy Barker from Boatshed HQ and Chrissie Capel from Boatshed HQ met Richard and his son Peter at Trafalgar Wharf near Port Solent, UK to present the prize. Richard was picked from the entries having correctly answered the following questions:

Boatbid Auction - Have you entered?

Boatbid Auction - Have you entered?

Friday, 23 October 2015

It's an online auction site for used boats where potential customers can bid to purchase the boat of their dreams. BoatBid.com's process means you can bid with confidence, each boat can be surveyed and sea trialled before you make the final decision to purchase.

Are These the Five Spookiest #Canals This #Halloween?

Are These the Five Spookiest #Canals This #Halloween?

Friday, 23 October 2015

Boating charities and waterways attractions offer a variety of eerie entertainment choices around this time of year, for those who love narrowboats and canals.

Discounts for Boatshed Customers!

Discounts for Boatshed Customers!

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Boatshed are now working with a series of Local, National and International companies to offer you discounts on equipment and services for your boat.

Fowey: A Nautical Destination

Fowey: A Nautical Destination

Monday, 19 October 2015

A few weeks ago the Boatshed team decided to pull into Fowey. We didn’t quite realise that it was also the Fowey Regatta, so this made things a little busier than normal. If you have never visited Fowey, I can strongly recommend it. It seems to be a completely boat mad place. In fact, salt seems to be wired into the population’s DNA as I think you would be hard pressed to find a more nautically keen location in the UK. Everything about it says boats and boating. What we really liked was the very practical traditional approach to sailing and motor boating.

Island Harbour lift out facilities up to 50 tonnes

Island Harbour lift out facilities up to 50 tonnes

Friday, 16 October 2015

Island Harbour Marina is one of the Solent's best-kept secrets. Situated two miles south of Cowes on the River Medina. Its a peaceful marina with over 200 berths for annual moorings and visiting yachts and great facilities including...

Fancy a snack?

Fancy a snack?

Friday, 16 October 2015

Every year Boatshed exhibit at the Southampton International Boat Show and when I wander around I see so many things that I think would be useful to buy, however is it something I really need and will it just sit in the cupboard? Should I buy another waterproof coat or pair of deck shoes or succumb to the many gadgets that are on offer…

Island Harbour mooring info

Island Harbour mooring info

Friday, 16 October 2015

Island harbour Marina have 222 berths, the maximum draught we can take is 2.5 meters. maximum length 20 meters and maximum beam (due to the lock) is 7.5 meters. Lock keepers are always on hand to help you dock, and offer a friendly, personal and efficient service to all visitors and berth holders.

Island Harbour Marina entry

Island Harbour Marina entry

Friday, 16 October 2015

Island Harbour marina on the Isle of Wight is accessed through a lock. For a boat with a six foot draft access is from 3 hours either side of High water. Please do contact the Lock Control Tower when you are entering the Folly Reach just up river from Cowes.

Strictly Boatshed

Strictly Boatshed

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

My colleagues at Boatshed HQ (Click Here to checkout Boatshed.com – one of the largest international Yacht Brokerage groups in the world with 50+ branches worldwide) weren’t the least bit surprised when they saw the title of my latest Boatshed Blog – I had bored them all to death with the highlights of my Strictly Experience to the extent that on the first day of our HQ Strategy meeting Neil Chapman (Co Founder of Boatshed.com) had to draw a line when every one was arriving and said I had 15 mins after which the word Strictly would be banned as we had some serious stuff to get through!!

Do people say nice things about yacht brokers?

Do people say nice things about yacht brokers?

Monday, 12 October 2015

This month we have been looking at ideas that surround review sites and generally getting reviews for our Boatshed businesses. If you consider the success of Trip Advisor for the hotel industry, why not extent this customer focussed review principle to yacht brokers?

Dinghy Dilema - Choosing your next Inflatable dinghy

Dinghy Dilema - Choosing your next Inflatable dinghy

Saturday, 10 October 2015

What ever your next dinghy is, its always a compromise, but getting the balance right for practicality, cost and usability is really important. We look at various types of used dinghies.

Rib Day - Definitely!

Rib Day - Definitely!

Friday, 09 October 2015

Is it just me or is everyone else starting to pack away their shorts and flip flops and slip into something a little warmer? The summer seems to have been and gone in a blur and now everyone is talking about autumn but it certainly didn’t seem like that in the Solent last Saturday!

SOLD: 2002 Grand Banks 52 - full asking price

SOLD: 2002 Grand Banks 52 - full asking price

Friday, 09 October 2015

We love at Boatshed.com helping Owners sell their boats and matching potential buyers to boats that suit and match their dreams. One of our latest sales was this 2002 Grand Banks 52 Europa, Lying in Italy, which sold for full asking price.

Yacht Brokers interesting experience  at the Canet boat show in France

Yacht Brokers interesting experience at the Canet boat show in France

Friday, 02 October 2015

October the first; official launch day of Boatshed SudMed and a dramatic start for Jill Roach. Beautiful blue skies, not too windy and several dozen stunning boats to view at the very 1st second hand multihull boat show taking place at Canet en Roussillon here in the Languedoc Roussillon, close to Perpignan.

Floating Canal Market Returns to Birmingham

Floating Canal Market Returns to Birmingham

Monday, 28 September 2015

This weekend was my first visit to a canal traders market, and Birmingham’s event is reported to be Britain’s biggest floating market. The three day event, beginning on Friday 25th September, welcomed 24 trade boats to a stretch of towpath near the National Indoor Arena. Colourful narrowboats were decorated with bunting and they sold books, handicrafts and gifts,fenders and ropes, plants and seeds, woollen fashion garments, painted plates, art prints, photographs, antiques and more.

Gosport's youth sailing ambassadors with Gosport Marine Scene

Gosport's youth sailing ambassadors with Gosport Marine Scene

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Gosport Marine Scene meets at Southampton Boat show to celebrate all things Gosport.

Signe Storr - finishes single handed Silverrudder Challenge 134 miles

Signe Storr - finishes single handed Silverrudder Challenge 134 miles

Monday, 21 September 2015

As you know I had quite a chaotic start. Just before the race started, I gybed and the sheet for the mainsail got caught around the GPS console and ripped it off. I was SO confused, sad and worried, when it happened, thinking that I had ruined someone else property and that I had to go back to the marina right away - and with all the work I had put into it.

Silverrudder Challenge 2015 - Signe 10 miles from the finish line

Silverrudder Challenge 2015 - Signe 10 miles from the finish line

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Latest news from Boatshed re, Signe Storr sailing the Silverrudder Challenge, a single handed race, 134 miles, around the island of Fyn in Denmark. An accidental gybe 2 minutes before the race start took out her chart plotter/navigation stainless steel console. She recovered to continue the race (after a delay) clearing up the damage. Now 10 miles from the finish after racing throughout the night.