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It is common knowledge that cruising life is the same as fixing boats in exotic places. There’s always work to do on a boat! In Martinique we met a young couple in the marina, who were working on their boat.
This Cranchi Perla 25 has just come onto the market for sale. She is in showroom condition and ready for a new family, Lying south coast. UK.
Boatshed Brixham and Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a virtually brand new Arvor 215AS. This blue-hulled 215AS is equipped with the external helm position and comes with a twin axle road trailer as well. The offer price represents a significant saving (around £8000) on a comparable new model and she is ‘ready to go’ for this season. The ‘AS’ of course stands for asymmetrical where the wheelhouse is offset to port to permit really easy (and much safer) passage forward to the foredeck where incidentally there is also an electric windlass. Appointments to view can be booked in advance 6-days a week directly with your Boatshed Brixham and Dartmouth broker.
Perfect for short handed cruising, plus you can adjust all sails without leaving the helm. Electronic controlled transom lowers to create a swim platform, a small refrigerator is integrated in the cockpit table-handy to use while underway, just a few of the great details that Beneteau has designed.
If you love traditional, classic lines, GRP, ketch rigged, 32 foot, and all this for just under £21K, then you might like this...
According to the latest figures published by Yachtworld it now takes 350 to 450 days to sell a boat. These are average time periods based on 132,000 boats for sale by 2525 Yacht Brokers using Yachtworld.
If you're looking to get onto the OPEN 60 racing circuit, this slightly older OPEN 60 carbon fibre CNB racing boat, with great pedigree at a sensible price, then don't overlook this boat.
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a truly classic Yeoman 35 MKII. Built by RJ Priors of Burnham on Crouch Essex in 1956 she has been lovingly restored over the past few years after being found ‘abandoned’ in a yard on the Clyde in 2005. Constructed from mahogany on teak she has impressive and classic lines providing “beauty, habitability and speed…” and is just full of character and quality fittings throughout. Her refit brought along a new sail wardrobe, new standing rigging, new engine and stern gear and much more. Just take a look through the impressive photos and you’ll appreciate this classic beauty. Appointments to view can be booked in advance 6-days a week directly with your Boatshed Dartmouth broker.
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a well presented Beneteau First 285. A total of 451 First 285’s were built and they provide a good combination of performance and comfortable cruising. This First 285 has been well looked after by the current owners and sailed cross Channel on several occasions. Standing rigging is up to date, the interior is bright, clean and tidy and she is ashore and ready for inspection and ready to go. Appointments to view can be booked in advance 6-days a week directly with your Boatshed Dartmouth broker.
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a Jeanneau Merry Fisher 695. These are really great boats and are perfectly suited to family cruising, fishing or just pure enjoyment. Rarely do we get to offer boats to the market that are as well presented as this Merry Fisher. I took plenty of photos to illustrate just how clean and tidy she is, right down to and including the bilges. Take a look at the equipment levels too – there’s shore power, with charging circuit and fully ducted cabin heating. Visiting this example on a fine sunny day it was clear to see why the Merry Fishers are so well liked. The deep safe cockpit, and a well laid out wheelhouse with seating for two at the helm makes these boats ideal for day trips or even weekending.
Barbados is everything we thought back home the Caribbean would be! There are beautiful sandy beaches, nice restaurants and shops, and the most friendly, smiling, and courteous people we have met in the Caribbean.
Originally posted on the Dutch Barge Association’s website forum by Ian & Lyn Lones and reproduced here with their permission.
We have now arrived in Barbados, and we have arrived by boat! In Martinique we discussed the possibilities of flying to Barbados and staying at a hotel instead of sailing the 100 nautical miles against the wind, current, and waves.
In the film Groundhog Day, Bill Murray plays a TV presenter who finds himself repeating the same day over and over again. We've had a similar experience this week, since we have wanted to leave Marin almost every day, but every day we have decided to stay anyway.
Is an auction a good place to buy a boat? With the success of eBay and other auction sites, the idea of placing boats for sale in a competative auction envoiroment seems a good one, we could all do with a bit more keen sales activity! However, the fundamental problem seems to be that of process. Are you really going to purchase an expensive vessel on the fall of a hammer, when you haven’t had the opportunity to thoroughly check either the structural integrity of the boat or, at least if it’s in the water, what the condition of the underwater components are in?
I’ve just discovered a new blog, where a Londoner describes her adventures as a new live-aboard: A Narrow Escape. She has already learned a few of the more bizarre rules of boating such as “No matter which lock you’re passing through, there will ALWAYS be a man on the towpath explaining how the lock works to a woman.”
Boatshed.com is recruiting :)
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a Scanmar 33. Coming from a Swedish heritage, build quality is, as might be expected, very good indeed and looking at this example you wouldn’t think she was built in 1986. Incredibly she has been in the same ownership from new. The layout below is great with a good-sized galley to port and heads to starboard. Scanmar owners will confirm that the 33 sails very well indeed. I found one review that stated: “I can highly recommend this boat - it is well made, sails like a dream and is comfortable below and on deck.” One owner commented; “We've sailed the Scanmar at least another 1,000 n.m. and I continue to discover exceptional qualities - comfort, speed, convenience, logical design choices, and clever details that make cruising aboard her a pleasure.”
In December, when we came to Martinique for the first time, we were disappointed. Was this the Caribbean we had sailed 31 days to see? Where were all the sandy beaches, palm trees, and coconuts?
With a few storm clouds brewing and Force 9 due later, HMS Illustrious (R06) the Aircraft carrier in the English Royal Navy was moving to a new berth in Portsmouth Harbour this morning.