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.
40,000 miles of ocean racing and around 450 people facing the challenge of a lifetime. When the starting gun goes off for the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race in August 2011 the fleet of ten sleek, stripped down 68-foot yachts will embark on a full circumnavigation of the globe. It’s not easy and only those with a firm desire to live life to the full apply. They come from all walks of life, all backgrounds and from all corners of the globe. It’s the only race in the world where the organisers supply the fleet of ten identical, 68-foot, stripped down racing yachts – each sponsored by a city, a region or a country – and man them with ten fully trained skippers, employed to lead the crews safely around the planet. It’s the only race in the world where taxi drivers rub shoulders with chief executives, vicars mix with housewives, students work alongside bankers, nurses work with vets and doctors team up with rugby players. It’s an experience that will change people’s lives and while the crew members may be amateur, no one has told the ocean that. The sea does not distinguish between Olympians or novices and if the Southern Ocean, the Pacific or the South Atlantic decides to throw down its gauntlet, the Clipper crews need to be ready to face exactly the same challenges as those experienced by the professional racer.
East Anglia is fast becoming a favourite location for leisure sailors. The River Yare boasts beautiful rural countryside and deep water moorings from the coast right into the heart of Norwich. The sea is about a two hour cruise away from Eastwoods. You can choose to enter the sea from Gt.Yarmouth or Lowestoft via the River Waveney.
Eastwood Marina on the River Yare at Brundall has been awarded two prestigious awards recognising the contribution the company is making within the Broadland Holiday Industry.
There are boats and then there are yachts with interesting histories.
Many years ago I bought myself a Moody 31 at the London Boat Show. It was during a period in my career when I was based in London. "Shamal" was kept at Swanwick Marina on the Hamble a 2 hour drive from London. The Solent is a great place to sail and I spent many happy days exploring the creeks and rivers of the Solent. Soon I progressed to passages to the West Country and across the English Channel to Cherbourg and the Channel Islands.
Pick up the March Issue of Nor’westing Magazine to read the NW Classics article about our 2000 Great Harbour 37 Trawler. Can’t get your hands on a Nor'westing? Click here to connect with our Waterline Boats Blog to download a PDF of the article!
So, you’ve decided to buy the boat of your dreams and now you need a survey. You phone up a number of surveyors to find out the cost. You read up on forums about people grumbling about what a survey costs. So what do you get with your survey and why does it cost what it costs?
Spring is upon us...and that means that the height of the NW boating season is just around the corner! Check out these recently reduced vessels or give us a call! We are ready to arrange a viewing or answer any questions you may have about these or any of our listings.
Electronically-tagged pebbles have been scattered on the shore at Hayling Island, Hampshire, to track the movement of beach material. The 2,600 flint pebbles along the 4.9 miles (8km) of coast will be tracked by scientists using GPS scanners. The pebbles have been cut with a water jet and filled with ID chips similar to those used to tag pets. The tracer pebble study aims to follow the stones to help prevent flooding to the island's seafront properties. Clive Moon, coastal engineer, said: "The pebbles move rapidly - around 120m to 150m in just one tidal cycle - but they don't always move in the same direction. "One day they may go west and another they may go east." Beach 'nourished' The technology inside the pebbles is expected to last for several decades. The greatest distance travelled by a single pebble along the shore is currently 1.7 miles (2.8km). The island's coast loses between 25,000 and 50,000 cubic metres of sand, single and pebbles each year. The shingle on the boot-shaped island's beach is topped up annually by dumper trucks. Every five years the area is "nourished", whereby material dredged from the seabed is sprayed directly back onto the beach.
If yachts were people Mr. Mustang and Joanine should really get together. He is strong, full of character, a man about the world who has seen and done everything, a sort of Bernie Ecclestone of the boating world. Mr. Mustang is a Renown offshore cruiser Westerly who has navigated everywhere and is still not ready for a pair of warm slippers as there are still many coves to explore and ports to visit. Mr Mustang is lonely despite being one of the best value blue water boats (£16,500) that Boatshed Gibraltar has listed; he is still to get an offer that he can't refuse.
Join us for a great 10 mile walk on Saturday 12th right across the top of the harbour. This would be a good warm up walk if you are planning on booking the Festival of Harbour Walks in May. For more leisurely ways to learn about the harbour, try the Harbour Creekies talk on Wednesday 16th or one of the Solar Heritage trips.
Boatshed Dartmouth successfully sold a Moody 425 just before Christmas and her new owner decided that the cockpit seating and sole were really in need of attention as part of his refurbishment of the yacht. The curved nature of the seating had caused water to lay in certain places on the seating area especially aft by the drain holes which tend to block easily. Over a period of time this had resulted in the original plywood faced imitation decking fitted by Moody completely rotting out and it was starting to lift in other areas.
Bavaria Yachts has been building yachts of high quality and value for more than three decades, earning their reputation as one of the top-ranked and largest state-of-the-art yacht builders in Europe.
For anyone wavering about work, thinking about employment or just inquisitive about a new income - then joining Boatshed Essex could be just the thing.
Préparation pour la saison.
This Bayliner 4518 Flybridge Motoryacht is on the hard and ready to launch following its recent hull cleaning and painting! It’s a vessel that has a lot to offer...
Fred & Lard de Vos of Boatshed Holland part of the Boatshed Yacht Brokerage Group have recently finished the Boot Holland boat show.
Finngulf 41 – Uncompromised Beauty and Speed
This 19th Annual Camano Rendezvous will be held at the Lopez Islander Resort, Fishermen's Bay, Lopez Island, Washington.
Recently I sold a Sea Otter Narrow boat to a customer (James Smith) who is a retired dentist. The boat was surveyed and there were a couple of minor issues to be resolved prior to completion. James had said he would be away for a few weeks so there was no rush to get the work done. I asked if he was going "anywhere nice" as one does, the reply I got was not what I would have ever imagined. James was going to Nicaragua for 2 weeks to perform basic dental care, pain relief and dental health education. In order to visit the villages the main form of transport (now here's the nautical link !!) is a small narrow boat called a "Panger" that has a 200 hp engine hung on the back!!.... Below is a brief and interesting report from James along with pictures of this work he regularly provides at his own cost................