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.
This end-of-year review focuses on the VAT 'hot topics' of 2014 and offers a few ideas for boat buyers and sellers to consider for the next year.
At Boatshed we encourage feedback from our customers, as a way of monitoring and improving the services we offer. Here are some recent comments we have received:
Calling all boat sellers - we have buyers waiting. The team at Boatshed Plymouth is having another great year selling boats and are keen to assist other sellers find new owners for their boats in 2014. We have buyers ready and keen to buy. We have already sold many boats this year and are looking for more boats to bring to the market. Spring has sprung and now is the time to speak to us about brokerage.
The Boatshed 2014 Conference was held at the Excel exhibition centre during the London boat show. Boatshed offices travelled to London to share best practice, discuss ideas and develop new strategy for 2014/15.
Boatshed Scotland won the trophy for "Yacht Broker of the year" at the 2014 Boatshed Conference and Awards ceremony.
Boatshed.com will be on Stand E163 for the next 9 days.
There are various ways you can now search using different criteria.
If you’re looking for a motor cruiser, either flybridge or targa, you may be interested to see what Boatshed North Wales have on offer:
One of the pleasures of my new life as a yacht broker is the people I get to meet. From millionaires to seagoing paupers all have interesting life stories to share. The most inspiring and intriguing character so far has been Bruno.
Professionals move to work offshore to earn a better salaries and accumulate savings. Their technical skills command a premium in sands of the desert oil camp or the humid heat of the Arabian Peninsula. Typically these individuals work for intense periods and then get extended rest and recreation periods.
Goldstars is the nickname of RAF 31 Squadron. The Goldstars have been in Gibraltar for a week with their Tornado GR4s. Boatshed Gibraltar had the pleasure of inviting nine pilots and navigators for a day's sailing. The link up was serendipitous but as a former Acting Pilot Officer in the University of London Air Squadron it was an unique opportunity to meet these Top Guns and talk about a career path I never took.
Try A Boat Free! returns to the South Embankment, Dartmouth Bank Holiday weekend Saturday May 25th and Sunday May 26. The event is open from 10am to 4pm and a choice of boats will be ashore and on the water. Qualified skippers will be taking visitors out on pre-booked trips so if you fancy a high speed RIB ride in one of our sponsors Ribeyes, make your way to the South Embankment. We will also have experts on hand to talk to you about buying and owning a boat and operating it safely including where to get the all important boat handling tuition.
Boatshed goes Responsive! Today, nearly 30% of Boatshed's traffic is mobile. By the end of next year, this may exceed 50% Tablet sales are expected to exceed 100 million this year. Smartphones, of course, are also a hot commodity, with the majority of people now owning a smartphone. The shift to mobile is happening at an extraordinary speed. For those of us who create the Boatshed websites and services, all this leads to a singular conclusion: A million screens have bloomed, and we need to build websites that work better on all of them.
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a Romilly. Designed by Nigel Irens the Romilly was a smaller derivative of the larger Roxanne. As a day boat with occasional overnight stops the Romilly provides superb performance in a design that can be launched and recovered from a trailer. Romilly has a high ballast ratio, the GRP version uses the same cast iron centre board as Roxanne. She has a very fine hull form and a relatively large sail area making for a fast vessel. The original version has a loose footed main on a carbon fibre mast. This Romilly is well presented with recent new covers and is ready for the season ahead. Appointments to view can be booked in advance 6-days a week directly with Paul Singer your Boatshed Dartmouth broker.
Jane Robinson has just taken over Boatshed Torquay. She lives in Dartmouth and so has arranged to share an office with Paul Singer at Boatshed Dartmouth. They are based at Baltic Wharf, Totnes, where boaters can also access lift out, storage, dry storage and workshop facilities. Jane’s partner also works at Baltic Wharf.
They say that good things come in twos. Well BoatshedPlymouth.com are very pleased to be able to offer two very well presented Westerly yachts which are both new on the market.
Do you fancy a change of pace - A new lifestyle on the borders of Devon and Cornwall?
Cats have been found aboard ships since early times, accompanying explorers, merchants and navies. Popular for rodent control, the cat would get the rat before the rats and mice could eat the crew’s food supply or any edible cargo. They also offered companionship to the crew when away on long voyages and many were seen as a lucky mascot.
Most of the inland waterways in Britain are looked after by the Canal and River Trust and to use these navigations you will need to purchase an annual licence. Licences can be paid for in monthly instalments, or in a one-off payment. Paying annually with the one-off payment option attracts a discount.
Are you ready for a change in 2013? Boatshed.com is growing and we are looking for people with a passion for boats looking for a change in career, as well as existing marine businesses to join us.