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Dartmouth RNLI Life Jacket Safety Check Day

Dartmouth RNLI Life Jacket Safety Check Day

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Dartmouth branch of the RNLI will be holding a life jacket ‘clinic’ on Saturday 16th April 2011. The team from Ocean Safety will be on hand to inflate and examine the life jackets. Any faults that can be easily remedied can be repaired on the spot and spare parts supplied. More major faults can be dealt with at Ocean Safety’s base in Plymouth. Chris Robinson, from Shipmates the Chandlers, will also be on hand to give advice and sell lifejackets and buoyancy aids for all ages. There is no limit to the number of lifejackets you can bring and it is open to all. Last year's event proved very popular so please allow plenty of time.

Thames Sailing Barge - our 'boat of the month'

Thames Sailing Barge - our 'boat of the month'

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Built in Paglesham in Essex by the Shuttlewood brothers in 1903, this is one of the few remaining Thames Sailing Barges. Pagelsham Creek was the final resting place of HMS Beagle and local legend has it that this vessel is partly constructed from the timbers of Darwin’s famous ship.

New boat season checks: Lift out, scrub off, all in under 1 hour

New boat season checks: Lift out, scrub off, all in under 1 hour

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Its come round to this time of year, your boats hull is weedy, she is sluggish under power and takes time to respond, plus urgently needs to be scrubbed off and anodes all checked for the new seasons sailing.

Americas Cup Announces Plymouth Venue

Americas Cup Announces Plymouth Venue

Monday, 11 April 2011

Plymouth (Devon) was unveiled as the second stop in the inaugural Americas Cup World Series (AC World Series) . The event will be held September 10-18th, 2011 and will feature both fleet and match racing.

Dartmouth RNLI Life Jacket Safety Check Day

Dartmouth RNLI Life Jacket Safety Check Day

Monday, 11 April 2011

Dartmouth branch of the RNLI will be holding a life jacket ‘clinic’ on Saturday 16th April 2011. The team from Ocean Safety will be on hand to inflate and examine the life jackets. Any faults that can be easily remedied can be repaired on the spot and spare parts supplied. More major faults can be dealt with at Ocean Safety’s base in Plymouth. Chris Robinson, from Shipmates the Chandlers, will also be on hand to give advice and sell lifejackets and buoyancy aids for all ages. There is no limit to the number of lifejackets you can bring and it is open to all. Last year's event proved very popular so please allow plenty of time. The checks will be held at the Dartmouth RNLI station in Coronation Park, Dartmouth.

America's Cup coming to Plymouth

America's Cup coming to Plymouth

Monday, 11 April 2011

Plymouth, Devon is to host a stage of the America’s Cup World Series 2011

Featured Boat of the Week - Pacific Seacraft Sloop!

Featured Boat of the Week - Pacific Seacraft Sloop!

Friday, 08 April 2011

Pacific Seacraft is well known and highly regarded for their sturdy, heavily-built, sea-worthy, offshore cruising sailboats, designed by Bill Crealock. In fact, Fortune Magazine identified Pacific Seacraft as a producer of America’s 100 best products, not just once.....but twice! Here’s an opportunity to own a vessel of such stature at a great price. I’m talking about our 31’ 1990 Pacific Seacraft Sloop!

2nd April, 2011 The King & Queen Pursuit Race.

2nd April, 2011 The King & Queen Pursuit Race.

Thursday, 07 April 2011

Saturday the 2nd of April, 2011 saw a fleet of yachts and dinghies with very strangely dressed crews heading down the river Hamble and out to a start line in the Solent. Most of this gathering had just enjoyed a King or Queen cooked breakfast (depending how hungry you were) at the King & Queen pub in Hamble otherwise known as the "Rum Pub" The reason for the gathering was the annual King & Queen pursuit race which is in aid of the independent Hamble River Lifeboat, with all entry fees, monies from a charity auction and collections go to. With prizes for the best dressed crew, the boat having the most fun, the best rounding of one of the marks, 2nd to last boat across the line etc etc you can start to understand what a strange looking race it is. That said it is still one of the most enjoyable local races around, with many tales and stories of races over the years going down in local folk law. Twenty five boats in all entered this year ranging from a Mirror dinghy, RS600 through to J boats & Dehler's, basically whatever you wanted to enter. With two time served race officers on hand the handicaps where quickly sorted out and five separate courses set with the same start and finish lines. Handicaps did seem to be open to bribery and corruption, be it all in a good cause. The first start was at 1030hrs and most boats had finished by 1215hrs in perfect sailing conditions of dry and sometimes sunny with a force three wind slightly gusting. Peter Delbridge of Boatshed Hamble was racing with friends on board "Amigo's" a Dehler 34 which was heavily handicapped because it was deemed to have a bunch of BANDITS on board (See Photos). "Amigos" did win a prize though, a bottle of Mount Gay rum, be it for being the second from last boat across the finish, something to do with having to much fun and the drag effect of wearing Sombreros & Ponchos was mentioned afterwards in respect to their poor performance. It was then back to the King & Queen Pub for a BBQ and even a gorgeous Paella. This was then followed by an auction of prizes donated by local companies such as Hamble Estate Agency and Boatshed Hamble.Com etc. The auction raised over £2,800 along with about another £500 from entries, and the funniest amount of £230 was raised by the male band members agreeing to play with their tops off ! After the auction it was time for the prize giving. 1st place went to "Never Give Up" the Mirror dinghy sailed by Martin Moody, 2nd place was won by "Tom" in the RS600 and third went to "Cejenica" an Achillies 24. All in all a great day was had by all with nearly £3,500 being raised for the Hamble River Lifeboat. Ps. By the time the dancing started there was not much of the Rum left ! See you there next year.

New Director at Chichester Harbour

New Director at Chichester Harbour

Thursday, 07 April 2011

Keen sailor, Siun Cranny, has been appointed to head Chichester Harbour Conservancy. Siun, will take on this newly created role to lead the well established team at the Harbour Office.

Sailing Today Magazine reviews Etap 26i Listed at Boatshed Port Solent

Sailing Today Magazine reviews Etap 26i Listed at Boatshed Port Solent

Tuesday, 05 April 2011

By Ian Dawes, Boatshed Port Solent

Price Reduced On A Sweet Boat - Camano 41 Performance Trawler

Price Reduced On A Sweet Boat - Camano 41 Performance Trawler

Sunday, 03 April 2011

So you’ve probably heard about the 19th annual Camano Rendezvous scheduled for the Lopez Islander Resort at Fishermen’s Bay? Disappointed because you’re not invited? Here’s the perfect opportunity to earn an invitation and attend the rendezvous ....... in STYLE! Cruise to Lopez Island in this classy, cruise-ready, price-reduced 2006 Dealer Demo Camano 41 Performance Trawler!

Chichester Harbour Events - April

Chichester Harbour Events - April

Saturday, 02 April 2011

April sees the return of an old favourite - the Cans, Cones & Cardinals boat trip (Sat 16) as well as a brand new event Wild Food on Sat 30. Sun 10 April Northney Explorer Walk 9:30am / 3 hours A 4½ mile (7.5 km) walk from Langstone over the Hayling Island bridge to explore the Northney countryside and shoreline. Refreshments at Northney Farm and an opportunity to hear about farming in an AONB with farmers Mary and Stan Pike. Some paths may be muddy. Meet: The Ship Inn, Langstone PO9 1RD. Free public car park Sun 10 April Harbour Discovery Solar Boat Trip 11am / 1.5 hours Departs from Itchenor. Onboard there will be a general commentary about Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Fee: £7.50 per adults / £3.50 children up to 16. Book on 01243 513275 Mon 11 April Beach Treasure Hunt and Lifeboat Station Visit 10am / 2 hours Explore the shoreline looking for nature’s treasures and then enjoy a tour around the lifeboat station, seeing the lifeboats and also the gear the crew have to wear when out on a ‘shout’. Bring a bucket. Meet: Hayling Island Lifeboat Station PO11 9SJ. Parking next to the Station by kind permission of the RNLI. Tue 12 April Harbour Discovery Solar Boat Trip 2pm / 1.5 hours Departs from Itchenor. Onboard there will be a general commentary about Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Fee: £7.50 per adults / £3.50 children up to 16. Book on 01243 513275 Sat 16 April Cans, Cones and Cardinals 10am / 1.5 hours The usual 1½ hour trip on our solar-powered boat, the Solar Heritage, but with a difference. Today we will be looking at the markers and buoys and hearing a bit about what navigation in the harbour involves. This is a fun introductory session and not intended as formal training in navigation. Departs from Itchenor. Fee: £7.50 per adults / £3.50 children up to 16. Book on 01243 513275. Thur 21 April Early Morning Beach Walk 7:30am / 1.5 hours Celebrate the arrival of spring with a 3 mile (5 km) early morning walk on the beach at the entrance to Chichester Harbour when the tide is especially low. Fee: reduced parking £3 per car, BOOKING ESSENTIAL on 01243 513275. Meet: next to Windsurfing Club, West Wittering Beach Car Park PO20 8AU Thur 21 April Harbour Discovery Solar Boat Trip 11am / 1.5 hours Departs from Itchenor. Onboard there will be a general commentary about Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Fee: £7.50 per adults / £3.50 children up to 16. Book on 01243 513275 Sat 23 April Walk and Solar Boat Trip 3pm / 2.5 hours Enjoy a 2½ mile (4km) walk led by our guide from Itchenor to Chichester Marina and then take a trip on our solar-powered boat to have a rest and the chance to view the harbour from the water, finishing back at Itchenor. Bring footwear for muddy paths and a picnic and warm clothes for the boat. Fee: £7.50 per adults / £3.50 children up to 16. Book on 01243 513275 Mon 25 April Chidham Shoreline Walk 10am / 2.5 hours A 5 mile (8km) walk of the Chidham peninsula shoreline taking in three splendid views: Nutbourne Bay, the main harbour channel, and to Bosham. The paths may be muddy and some are well worn. Bring a snack for a short break. Meet: Cobnor Amenity Car Park PO18 8TE. Sat 30 April Wild Food 10am / 2 hours With the guidance of local enthusiast Karen Berry, we will explore the harbour shoreline and hedgerows at Dell Quay, looking for and identifying edible plants, fruits and seeds. Fee: £3 to include refreshments, BOOKING ESSENTIAL on 01243 513275. Meet: Harbour Education Centre, Dell Quay PO20 7EE. Sun 1 May Earth, Air and Water: ‘Point and Shoot’ The Harbour - ONLY 6 PLACES LEFT 10am / 3 hours A session for those with a compact digital camera. After an introduction indoors, we will explore the shoreline. With local artist and photographer Barry Williams. Bring your own camera (check that you have enough battery power), outdoor gear and footwear for muddy conditions. Fee: £5 to include refreshments, BOOKING ESSENTIAL on 01243 513275. Harbour Education Centre, Dell Quay, PO20 7AW

Boatshed HQ moves offshore

Boatshed HQ moves offshore

Friday, 01 April 2011

After huge expansion of the group over the past few years the Boatshed.com team have opted for a new form of transport, with 15 luxuriously-appointed offices the new Boatshed Head Quarters is due to be commissioned this month.

World-Cruisers With Their Bracewell 41

World-Cruisers With Their Bracewell 41

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Rod and Becky Nowlin are pictured with Lance Bracewell aboard their new Bracewell 41 trawler, under construction at the Bracewell Boatworks yard in Richmond, BC.

camanotrawlers.com Introducing.....The Pacific Northwest Source for Camano Trawlers

camanotrawlers.com Introducing.....The Pacific Northwest Source for Camano Trawlers

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Built by Camano Yachts Ltd. and Bracewell Boatworks from 1990 through 2007, the remarkable Camano 31 trawler has remained in demand. Featuring consistently high quality, a proprietary, efficient hull design, and a practical, no-nonsense approach to comfortable cruising, nearly 270 Camano 31 models (Trolls and Gnomes) were purchased by an enthusiastic group of owners. The model now continues under the manufacture of Camano Yachts America.

Used Boat Show 2011, Batavia Haven, Lelystad, Holland

Used Boat Show 2011, Batavia Haven, Lelystad, Holland

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Come and see Boatshed holland at the Hiswa second hand boatshow at the Bataviahaven in Lelystad from 15 - 17 april.

Featured Boat of the Week - Bayliner 3587!

Featured Boat of the Week - Bayliner 3587!

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Two heads are better than one! But that’s not all this Bayliner 3587 has to offer. There are three staterooms on this aft cabin design!

King & Queen Pursuit Race 2011.

King & Queen Pursuit Race 2011.

Monday, 28 March 2011

The King & Queen Pursuit Race By the end of 2010, Hamble Lifeboat responded to 140 calls from the thousands of mariners in the Solent and local waters. The voluntary organisation receives no public funding and relies on donations to keep this invaluable service running.

camanotrawlers.com Introducing.....The Pacific Northwest Source for Camano Trawlers

camanotrawlers.com Introducing.....The Pacific Northwest Source for Camano Trawlers

Friday, 25 March 2011

Built by Camano Yachts Ltd. and Bracewell Boatworks from 1990 through 2007, the remarkable Camano 31 trawler has remained in demand. Featuring consistently high quality, a proprietary, efficient hull design, and a practical, no-nonsense approach to comfortable cruising, nearly 270 Camano 31 models (Trolls and Gnomes) were purchased by an enthusiastic group of owners. The model now continues under the manufacture of Camano Yachts America.