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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.


BoatBid Auction - NOW ON

BoatBid Auction - NOW ON

Friday, 15 July 2016

Bidding has just begun for the July 2016 Boatbid!

New Boatshed brokers for France

New Boatshed brokers for France

Saturday, 04 June 2016

Your Boatshed France Team in Gosport for their HQ training course

Preferred Partners Scheme  ‘Bringing down the cost of boat ownership’

Preferred Partners Scheme ‘Bringing down the cost of boat ownership’

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Another thing we are committed to at Boatshed is reducing the costs of boat ownership for our customers. Boat buyers will, typically, spend about 20% of the price of a boat on necessary equipment, products and services within the first 12 months of ownership. This expenditure can be considerable and is often overlooked by other brokers. Our Preferred Partners Scheme is aimed at reducing this expenditure and thereby the overall cost of boat ownership for Boatshed customers.

May 1st of 2016 Port festival on the Saône in PONT DE VAUX

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

LE PORT EN FÊTE LE DIMANCHE 1ER MAI 2016 En rive droite, côté Pont-de-Vaux, Marché aux Puces organisé par Anime Joubert.

The River Loire

The River Loire

Friday, 15 April 2016

The Loire River is considered to be the last natural (as in un modified by man) river in Europe. Always a difficult river to navigate, it was once the main highway of France but is now only considered navigable for a short distance from the sea. Happily, boaters on the French waterways can follow it’s path on the Canal Lateral à la Loire and access the river on foot in many places to enjoy a wonderful nature ramble full of secret lives to discover. Amongst the many beautiful and sometimes rare animals to see is the beaver. Once threatened by extinction they are now protected and can be seen at dusk as they come out of their burrows to swim and feed. Unlike their Canadian cousins who build dams the European beaver lives in burrows and cuts down trees for food not for construction. He is a digger not a builder but they still use razor sharp teeth to cut down small trees by the waters edge leaving the tell tale "pencil" shaped ends. The European beaver fells trees for food causing them to fall into the river making their youngest juiciest parts accessible for a banquet. Cute as can be they lead monogamous lives raising a brood of two or three young per year and living together as a family until the young set out to start lives of their own.

Boatbid auction starts this Friday 15th April at 9am

Boatbid auction starts this Friday 15th April at 9am

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

The next auction commences on Friday 15th April at 9am and runs until Tuesday 19th April at 7pm. There are 55 boats for sale in sail, power, river and inland boats.

Pénichettes®, inland waterways adventure & innovating technology

Pénichettes®, inland waterways adventure & innovating technology

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Everybody interested in French waterways knows about the famous Pénichettes® hire boats from LOCABOAT but what about the man behind the creation?

Boatbid Auction - APRIL 2016 - Boats Preview

Boatbid Auction - APRIL 2016 - Boats Preview

Monday, 04 April 2016

The next auction takes place between 15th to 19th April 2016, here's a preview of some of the boats entered into the auction:

Spring is here.  Time to buy your next boat?

Spring is here. Time to buy your next boat?

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Some of you will be polishing cleaning and dewinterising whilst others will be getting the itch to buy their next (or their first) boat. After a few seasons spent renting a hire cruiser or just talking to the boaters whilst strolling the towpaths and marinas now is the time to take the plunge. Whether you’re buying for the first time or not many of the same problems will be facing you. What type of boat for what type of navigation? Blue water or coastal? Canal and river cruising? A mix of all the above? What style? Motor cruiser, barge, steel hull versus GRP? Once you’ve eliminated a number of options other worries will commence, like, " Will the boat I’ve seen in the adverts match up to the boats I will see when I visit? This is one aspect you can be sure of when drawing up a short list of boats for sale on Boatshed Bourgogne.com. or Boatshed Midi Canals.com. All our photos & videos are taken by our brokers so not only are they a true representation of current condition but having “crawled through, over and under” the boat, the broker knows it well enough to advise on condition and suitability for your particular project. Live-aboard or weekender it is not only the quality of our information that counts but our ability to listen and respond to individual needs and personal requirements. Our goal is not to sell you a boat but to help you find the boat you will want to buy.

Moret Sur Loing

Moret Sur Loing

Friday, 25 March 2016

Worth a visit. Moret sur Loing has three small marinas to welcome passing pleasure boaters and a warm welcome it will be too. Marina "Capitaine" is Lorette Levis, formerly a bargee a mine of useful information. All services in the town and supplies can even be delivered to you boat.

Under the Bonnet - Are you using all the new features?

Under the Bonnet - Are you using all the new features?

Thursday, 24 March 2016

We want our customers to feel valued, informed and, well…… loved. Instead of us keeping all the useful information about boat sales to ourselves, we have developed some tools to allow our customers to keep themselves informed whilst selling a boat and when looking for a new boat.

Is restoration of the Canal de Berry possible?

Is restoration of the Canal de Berry possible?

Saturday, 12 March 2016

First lets decide on a name!! The Canal DE Berry or Canal DU Berry? Well, the old province of Berry was known as the Province DU Berry, so why not the canal the Canal Du Berry? Well, because it is named after the Duc DE Berry and therefore known as the Canal DE Berry. Now that’s settled,let’s look at the route and it’s future.

A rendez-vous with the wildlife on the Canal de Briare

A rendez-vous with the wildlife on the Canal de Briare

Sunday, 28 February 2016

The wildlife makes no distinction. Dutch barge, steel cruiser or hire boat, they all make a great landing place from time to time. A butterfly on the roof, a dragonfly on the bollards and yet as soon as you reach for the camera….. “pouf” GONE AGAIN. For most of us pleasure boaters the art of animal photography seems very frustrating!

Trying out a working barge

Trying out a working barge

Thursday, 25 February 2016

2015 saw a revival of commercial traffic on some “Freycinet”* canals in France. Traffic from the Paris region carrying building site debris passes up the Seine River via the Canal du Loing to a landfill site at Givry on the Canal Latéral à la Loire. For the return journey these péniches are loaded with 245 tonnes of sand from a nearby quarry to be used in the Paris building industry.

Boatshed meets...... Graham Wharmby

Boatshed meets...... Graham Wharmby

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Here at Boatshed we have some fabulous brokers and today we’d like to put the spotlight on Graham Wharmby who is the Boatshed broker for Bourgogne, Midi Canals, St Malo and France.

Spotlight on Franche Comté Nautic

Spotlight on Franche Comté Nautic

Tuesday, 09 February 2016

At 480 kilometers long the Saône river is one of the most important river navigations in France and the town of Port sur Saône is to be found on the upper reaches often referred to as the Petite Saône. The upper Saône river is a joy to navigate with French countryside and culture at every turn. Port sur Saône is also where you will find the boat yard and marina run by Franche Comté Nautic, a family team headed by José Salas and his partner Valerie.

Cruising France and the Long Stay Visa dilemma.  A boaters tale

Cruising France and the Long Stay Visa dilemma. A boaters tale

Monday, 01 February 2016

For none European nationals the 90 day stay rule can severely limit the appeal of buying a boat to cruise the French canals and rivers.

L’ENTENTE des CANAUX du CENTRE

L’ENTENTE des CANAUX du CENTRE

Monday, 01 February 2016

L’ENTENTE desCANAUX du CENTRE … c’est quoi et comment ça marche ?

How to buy a boat with BoatBid.com boat auctions

How to buy a boat with BoatBid.com boat auctions

Friday, 29 January 2016

BoatBid enables the boat buyer to bid with the confidence that any boat can be surveyed and sea trialed before you make the decision to purchase. The transaction is handled by one of Boatshed's brokers.

BOATSHED, la conférence annuelle de janvier 2016.

BOATSHED, la conférence annuelle de janvier 2016.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

De bonnes nouvelles pour Boatshed Bourgogne et Boatshed Midi Canals!