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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.


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

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: