An exciting new way of buying and selling boats has arrived on the canals with the launch of the first ever Boatshed Brokerage serving the Inland Waterways. The highly innovative and personal approach of Boatshed internationally has made it the largest and fastest growing boat brokerage in the world. Phil Bassett the proprietor of Boatshed Grand Union saw the potential to bring this “traditional style brokerage, with cutting-edge technology” to inland boaters. The new office is based near Watford and will serve the Grand Union, including the London canals and the River Lee navigation.

Now local boaters looking to buy a boat can visit web site and access the company’s unique online database for accurate, up-to-date information on thousands of boats of all types. Boatshed is unique in that every boat offered for sale is viewed, photographed and evaluated in person by knowledgeable staff. This information, together with up to 70 digital photographs, is available to all on the website, so that clients can make a well- informed decision on whether to travel to see a boat that has caught their interest. There’s a huge variety of boats online as Boatshed has over 70 locations world-wide, in Europe, Asia and America.

Clients wishing to sell their boat will be delighted by Boatshed’s “No Sale, No Fee” approach, together with access to over 250,000 pre-registered potential clients through the company website. All boats are also automatically listed on the main Internet boat sales websites, offering massive coverage as part of the Boatshed service.

Phil, is a long time canal enthusiast, Principle of Canal Experience Training, Chairman of The South West Herts Narrowboat Project, and involved with the National Community Boats Association. He came across the Boatshed concept while helping a training client find a boat to buy and was immediately impressed by the company’s fresh approach, a shared enthusiasm for all things afloat and outstanding customer service.

Boatshed Grand Union is already hard at work finding listings, helping clients to source the perfect boat. But it is not all hard work: “We are already talking to organisers of local canal events to see how we can sponsor some enjoyable activities during the festival season in May” Phil points out.

“We are thrilled to have Phil Bassett onboard in the Boatshed Yacht Brokerage Group, as a new business owner for Boatshed Grand Union area, plus his experience with narrow boats, wide beam barges, Dutch barges and other canal boats will be invaluable to the group and if you need to know anything about narrow boats, talk to Phil....” added Neil Chapman, CEO and Founder of