This year Boatshed are taking part in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. As many people will know, Boatshed was formed in 1999 by founders Neil and Mandy Chapman, specifically to help fund their love of sailing and living aboard. Neil and Mandy bought their existing boat, Supertaff – 42 foot Van De Stadt Ketch – in 1996 having refurbished her, sailed her and had lots of adventures, including being shipwrecked and undergoing a salvage claim and rebuilding the boat. They opened the first Boatshed business in 1999 and have cruised and set up more Boatsheds around the world since then.
Following the purchase of their headquarters in Gosport, Portsmouth UK, the boat has recently become less of a home but still is continuing its adventures. The boat now, still in its original format, Neil and Mandy favour a very simple kiss approach to sailing. The boat is GRP but has very classic lines but its sail handling, mechanical and electrical symbols are as simple as possible; manual windlass’, manually pumped water and a lack of water makers or generators makes it a simple and cost-effective cruising boat to keep at hand. It’s also kept ready to move at a moment’s notice.
The ARC takes around 200 boats from the Canaries over to St Lucia, across the Atlantic and the route will take anywhere from 19 to 24 days, as long as everything works to plan. Whilst on the cruise down to the Canaries, Boatshed has already opened discussions with potential partners in the Algarve, Portimao, as well as Lanzarote. The whole idea of Supertaff’s/Boatshed ARC’s mission is to carry the mission flag of the Boatshed organisation. This involves essentially recruiting more boats to sell and potentially people and individuals in those locations to help sell them.