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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.


July BoatBid Auction - Catalogue Live

July BoatBid Auction - Catalogue Live

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The next auction runs from Friday 14th July 2017 until Tuesday 18th July 2017.

14th - 18th July Boatbid - Entry Opens Today!

14th - 18th July Boatbid - Entry Opens Today!

Monday, 15 May 2017

When? - 14th to 18th July

April BoatBid - Auction Starts Today

April BoatBid - Auction Starts Today

Friday, 14 April 2017

BoatBid Auction - 12th to 18th April - Bidding has begun!

Festival to open the 2017 season

Festival to open the 2017 season

Tuesday, 04 April 2017

Boatshed Bourgogne is pleased to be a partner of the Official opening ceremony of the 2017 cruising season organised by “l’Entente des Canaux de Centre France” to be held at Decize on Friday 7th April. With stands, boat trips, exhibitions and an official boat “cavalcade” the canal will be opened with a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony. The festivities will continue in the evening with live music and festive fayre at the Port of Decize restaurant. The Boatshed Bourgogne team will be on hand with a stand and boats for sale and we look forward to welcoming old friends and meeting new.

April Boat Auction -  Catalogue Preview Live Today!

April Boat Auction - Catalogue Preview Live Today!

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Find Your Dream Boat!

April Boatbid - Enter Now!

April Boatbid - Enter Now!

Thursday, 02 March 2017

Entries Close 4th March.

Boatbid Auction - Now Open

Boatbid Auction - Now Open

Friday, 10 February 2017

BoatBid Auction 10th to 14th February - Bidding has begun!

French Boatshed teams embrace VR technology

French Boatshed teams embrace VR technology

Tuesday, 07 February 2017

At the end of January brokers from Boatshed Bourgogne, Boatshed Midi Canals & Boatshed Paris got together for a seminar concentrating on the year ahead and a training session in the use of our new Virtual Reality technology. The Port of Decize is an ideal location with its comfortable hotel and chalet accommodation, a good restaurant and most important of all (for us) first class, modern conference facilities. Oh! and an excellent central heating system! It’s -9° outside but in spite of the cold in the air and the ice on the water our intrepid brokers all turned up for our 2 day event. 100% turn out .... Bravo! By enabling the use of VR on the Boatshed platform it is now possible to make a virtual visit of boats from “the comfort of your own home”. With a click of your mouse grab and turn the image up, down and around and "visit" the boat just as if you were there. For an even more immersive experience try looking at the images through VR viewers on your smartphone. It’s just like being on board!

Spotlight on Aqua Fluvial

Spotlight on Aqua Fluvial

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The Canal du Nivernais is much appreciated for it’s rural charm and a great place to discover it from is the Etang de Baye. A huge reservoir surrounded by rolling countryside where the Canal du Nivernais perforates the hillside with the Voûtes de la Collancelle tunnel. It's a harmonious mix of rural France and early canal architecture and one that we at Boatshed Bourgogne enjoy visiting. Michel & Martine SICARD decided to drop anchor here almost thirty years ago and set up their waterways business Aqua Fluvial. An exceptional site Michel & Martine have a number of moorings for private craft. A repair yard with lift out facilities for boats up to 12 tons and a fleet of 10 hire boats available for a weeks hire or more and even short breaks if you’re really pushed for time. They also operate a 65 passenger, trip and restaurant boat which is solar electric powered. Michel is particularly proud of contribution to "green" cruising in the area. It is typical of his dedicated enthusiasm and professional approach. Perhaps as a result of this he enjoys an enviable reputation for quality work. His stainless steel guardrails and stern platforms are “signature” works. Bimini and cockpit tents as well as interior upholstery are another of his preferred domains as is fitting “Flexiteek” synthetic teak deck finishing.

February BoatBid Auction - Catalogue Preview

February BoatBid Auction - Catalogue Preview

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

The next auction runs from Friday 10th February 2017 until Tuesday 14th February 2017

Strolling through Paris

Strolling through Paris

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

I had just stepped off a magnificent péniche Luxemotor Dutch barge, moored right in the heart of Paris and was still under it’s charm! Perhaps more accurately described as a luxury motor yacht this residential barge was once owned by the artist Christo and the interior is a feast of taste, style and charm. With my senses overflowing I walked out into the Paris sunshine and decided it was a good day for a walk by the Seine.

 What our customers say about using Boatshed to sell and buy a boat

What our customers say about using Boatshed to sell and buy a boat

Friday, 23 December 2016

We love it when we receive feedback from buyers or sellers as it helps us to ensure that we are offering the best service that we can, below are some of the comments we have received recently.

Selling your boat in winter?

Selling your boat in winter?

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Many owners think that their boat will not sell in winter. Many more think it will be difficult to get decent photos with their boat winterised and gear all over the place. Well here at Boatshed Midi Canals we are used to the challenges of listing and selling boats 12 months a year. Where humanly possible we will move items that are incongruously stored in the saloon (or on the king size centre island double of your superb master cabin) whilst we take our photos. No need to mask or fake. Just set up as well as possible and of course emphasising the fact that it is evidence of the pains you take to winterise your pride and joy correctly. Summer or winter we will do whatever we can to make sure that your boat is represented in the best possible way. Photos, videos & virtual reality images showing her as she really is with good points brought to the fore and bad ones put into context. Our slogan, “what you see on our website is what you will see in the water” is rigorously protected and we are proud to hear our buyers comment, “It’s just like the photos on your site.” After our listing visit we will put everything back exactly as we found it. Winter is not a block to sales or listings at Boatshed Midi Canals and we work year round to present your boat to the widest possible market in the best possible way. We already have a number of sales visits booked for the rest of December and for next January. January this year was one of our record sales months. So don’t miss out. Call us now and lets have a chat about the advantages of marketing your boat with us.

BoatBid Auction NOW OPEN!

BoatBid Auction NOW OPEN!

Friday, 09 December 2016

Bidding has just begun for the December 2016 European Boatbid.

Why not view the Boatbid auction catalogue today?

Why not view the Boatbid auction catalogue today?

Friday, 02 December 2016

You can now see all 61 boats that are available to bid on in the next Boatbid auction which starts on Friday December 9th 2016.

Decize Boatshow....Roundup

Decize Boatshow....Roundup

Thursday, 06 October 2016

The last day of the SINUO show at Decize started in bright sunshine and finished in fine form. A great turn-out for a first event and a credit to the organisers. Lots of interest in our displayed boats, lots of listing enquiries from which five listings confirmed to date. All the team were busy from start to finish. A big, “thank you” to everyone who took part. To all our brokers for their support and hard work. To the Boatshed HQ team Neil, Mandy and Chrissie for tireless help and endless encouragement. And a very special thank you for the enthusiastic support of our Boatshed Bourgogne Ambassadors who travelled from far and wide to join us. “Felicitations” to the Decize port management who laid on a very professional first event. We look forward to participating in the next edition.

Decize Boat show...First Impressions

Decize Boat show...First Impressions

Sunday, 02 October 2016

Pleased to report an excellent start to the Decize weekend. Which the sun coming out to warm us all! A great presence here on the first day with Boatshed HQ team present and brokers from Boatshed Bourgogne, Boatshed Midi Canals and the new Boatshed Paris office all helping out on the stand and the show boats......More to come soon!

BoatBid auction NOW OPEN!

BoatBid auction NOW OPEN!

Friday, 16 September 2016

Bidding has just begun for the September 2016 European Boatbid.

BoatBid auction starts this Friday September 16th 2016.

BoatBid auction starts this Friday September 16th 2016.

Monday, 12 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.

How do you see your boat broker?

How do you see your boat broker?

Sunday, 21 August 2016

From an original article by Cathy Bouguereau