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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.


New to the market - Jeanneau Sunlight 31 for sale

New to the market - Jeanneau Sunlight 31 for sale

Monday, 24 February 2014

Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a Jeanneau Sunlight 31. The Jeanneau Sun Light 31 was a successful design offering quite a bit of space in just 30’. Purchased by the current owner in 2002 she has cruised the West Country with the occasional cruise to the Channel Islands. She is fast and responsive at sea, can be handled short handed or even solo and provides good accommodation when in port.

Capibara - This is why I love Miami!

Capibara - This is why I love Miami!

Friday, 21 February 2014

“This is why I love Miami!” I heard a guy say to his friends, looking at two girls wearing only a bikini passing him on the street. Even though I don’t care much for other women’s clothing or lack of it, I must admit that I think Miami is fantastic!

Capibara - Back in Rodney Bay

Capibara - Back in Rodney Bay

Saturday, 15 February 2014

After a lovely week in the Grenadines, we sailed back to Rodney Bay, since our flight to go to the Miami Boat Show is out of St. Lucia. We arrived in Rodney Bay at night, but we decided that we could easily anchor in the bay, since it’s a big and open anchorage, and we know the area well. However, the shore lights were very bright, which made it difficult to see the boats at anchor, especially the boats that hadn't turned on their anchor lights.

Cool Boats In Miami

Cool Boats In Miami

Friday, 14 February 2014

This week the Boatshed crew are at The Miami Boatshow. Boatshed are among 14 companies chosen to promote British Excellence at the popular US Boatshow. Described by many as " The Greatest Boat Show in the World", this event is pretty huge and spans three locations—the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Yacht & Power Boat Show and the Strictly Sail Show—and features more than 3,000 boats on show and over 2,000 exhibitors.

The 5 Literary Secrets Every Canal Boater Should Know

The 5 Literary Secrets Every Canal Boater Should Know

Thursday, 13 February 2014

If you’re into canal boating on the English waterways you probably already own a Nicholson’s canal guide for your local cruising area. You may even own some maintenance classics such as The 12 Volt Bible (Miner K Brotherton) or Narrowboats: Care and Maintenance (Nick Billingham). But when it comes to literary talk at your local waterside pub, why not go one step further than the bookshelf and impress other boaters with these nuggets of literary trivia from around the Cut?

Capibara - A holiday during the holiday

Capibara - A holiday during the holiday

Saturday, 08 February 2014

Last winter, when we had the boat in St Katherines Marina in London, we met a lot of cruisers who had sailed and lived on their boats for many years. They told us enthusiastically about the lonely anchorages in French Polynesia, where they would swim, dive, and relax. It was like having a holiday during your holiday, they explained.

New to the market – Vancouver 34 for sale

New to the market – Vancouver 34 for sale

Friday, 07 February 2014

Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a well maintained and presented Vancouver 34. The Vancouver 34 Pilot shares the same cruising attributes of the 34 but with the addition of the pilothouse configuration. This provides a superb 360 degree seated saloon as well as the central galley, twin double berths and plenty of stowage space. The current owner has clearly kept this Vancouver up to date and she benefits from extras like cabin heating, recent navigation equipment and a self-steering windvane. Currently lying afloat there really is not much that needs doing for the season – just sail away! Appointments to view can be booked in advance 6-days a week directly with your Boatshed Dartmouth broker.

Boatshed choose Miami Boat Show to roll out new technology

Boatshed choose Miami Boat Show to roll out new technology

Thursday, 06 February 2014

Boatshed is a British company that sells thousands of used boats a year. Boatshed has now developed 3 new exciting products for 2014.

Capibara - cruised to Bequia

Capibara - cruised to Bequia

Saturday, 01 February 2014

We've always had difficulties leaving a place, whether we’re at anchor or in a marina. There’s always something we ought to do, or another restaurant or boat to visit. We arrange to leave in the morning, and before the boat is ready to leave, another day has gone by.

An emotional week in St. Lucia

An emotional week in St. Lucia

Friday, 24 January 2014

This week has been a very emotional week for us. Saturday morning, we were contacted by our good friend, Margaret, who told us that she and husband had been attacked on their boat the previous evening, and that her husband, Roger, had died. We were shocked by the news, and it still seems very surreal to us.

Don’t ignore these 5 simple rules of canal boating

Don’t ignore these 5 simple rules of canal boating

Thursday, 23 January 2014

If you’re relatively new to canal boating it can take a while to pick up the general etiquette of how to behave when you’re out and about on the waterways. A basic knowledge of the best practice on the Cut may save you considerable embarrassment, and other boaters will be only too happy to advise you when you’re not sure. These guidelines apply to the unique world of the UK canals system, and things are done differently on the rivers. Even if you’ve owned a boat for some time there may be some unwritten rules that you didn’t even know you were breaking....

Spirit of Penmar - Atlantic trip 21 days

Spirit of Penmar - Atlantic trip 21 days

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Plans are good; they keep us motivated to move on and discover new places. They also give Mother Nature a good old laugh and a chance to remind us who’s actually in charge when it comes, amongst other things, to cruising in a small boat.

Capibara cruising blog - Accidents rarely come alone

Capibara cruising blog - Accidents rarely come alone

Friday, 17 January 2014

After a couple of days in Marigot Bay, a nice bay south of Castries, the main city of St. Lucia, we sailed back to Rodney Bay to collect a pump for our water maker. The night before we left, Henrik thought he saw a cockroach in the front cabin, where we sleep. I was asleep, but I woke up as Henrik tried to find our arsenal of pesticides. I was surprisingly calm about it, but I think it was due to denial. The instant I see a cockroach on the boat, I’m moving into a hotel!

The boat auction has started, Bidding has begun

The boat auction has started, Bidding has begun

Friday, 17 January 2014

The auction has just started and you can now start bidding! Auction ends on Tuesday 21st Jan 2014, so get bidding.

What boat is the right boat?

What boat is the right boat?

Friday, 10 January 2014

After having been in St. Lucia for a week, we are slowly settling in to our new cruising life. We have however started questioning, if we have the right boat for the purpose.

Boatshed Yacht Broker Awards 2014

Boatshed Yacht Broker Awards 2014

Friday, 10 January 2014

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 scoops broker of the year award

Boatshed Scotland scoops broker of the year award

Thursday, 09 January 2014

Boatshed Scotland won the trophy for "Yacht Broker of the year" at the 2014 Boatshed Conference and Awards ceremony.

Capibara - Atlantic crossing low down

Capibara - Atlantic crossing low down

Monday, 06 January 2014

We've had several questions from interested readers that are looking to do the Atlantic crossing, so here's some of what Signe & Henrik experienced on Capibara their Allegro 30.

Capibara - Should you believe everything you read?

Capibara - Should you believe everything you read?

Friday, 03 January 2014

After a rather boring Christmas Eve in Martinique, we decided to go to St. Lucia for the New Year’s, because a local girl from Martinique had told us that they threw better parties at the neighbour island.

London Boat Show on stand E163

London Boat Show on stand E163

Friday, 03 January 2014

Boatshed.com will be on Stand E163 for the next 9 days.