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Events, Boat Shows and Regattas in which Boatshed plan to participate, or which are of interest to our customers, during 2015.
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.
In October members of the Boatshed team traveled to Paris for Paris Fashion Week, as guests of Dato' Nancy Yeoh, the well-known international public relations guru. Fashion and boating enjoy a close association, and Boatshed is working with a number of agent representatives developing ideas to roll-out more Boatshed offices across Asia.
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:
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a two owner from new, well maintained and very well presented, Jeanneau Merry Fisher 8. For cruising, the Merry Fisher 8 offers two distinct living spaces - a large saloon and a forward cabin in a spacious and well-balanced interior layout. The large volume of space on the interior can accommodate a family of four or two couples, featuring a generous forward cabin with a double berth and a saloon that converts into a second double berth. This example has clearly been well looked after – just take a look at the engine bay photos and you’ll appreciate how clean she is.
After leaving the bay near Finisterre - westernmost point in Europe, while coming off the sea around a narrow point into the bay by Muros we caught a rope. Some fishermen's extremely long thick lines fowled our left propeller.
The Chinese philosopher and military strategist Sun Tzu (500 B.C.) has said that if you wait long enough by the bank of a river, you can see the bodies of your enemies floating by. Even though Sun Tzu would probably turn in his grave, you could rewrite this to: If you wait long enough by the bank of Hudson, you can see practically everything floating by!
Maybe we'll sail without even turning the engines on if Norm’s forecast is correct as usual. A rare event on ANGEL LOUISE (I joke with everyone I meet - by showing them my right palm when discussing our sailing and saying, “See these callouses? They are from pushing the throttle forward!”)
Greetings from the very place where we sat on Spirit of Penmar 14 months ago, waiting for decent weather to escape the UK and sail for foreign waters; yes, we’re back up the river in Falmouth. Our journey home from the Virgin Islands, undertaken in three separate ‘legs’, has been most interesting, for many reasons.
The Hudson River is tidal and flows 2-3 knots at its most. This means that every six hours we are placed SW of our mooring and then NE. The current is often so strong that even though we have had strong winds, it’s rarely enough to push the boats around.
On Manhattan, there are only marinas on the west side of Manhattan on the Hudson, and the more south on Manhattan you are, the more expensive are the marinas. £1,500 - £2,000 Pounds is a normal price for our little 30 foot boat – a month!
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a one owner from new Hunter Ranger 245. The 245 is another great design from David Thomas and its amazing how much space there is in just under 25’. The self-tacking headsail makes for easy handling, a good-sized cockpit will fit everyone in and the interior feels spacious and light. This example currently lies afloat and is well presented. Appointments to view can be booked in advance 6-days a week directly with your Boatshed Dartmouth broker.
After two weeks in Newport we were ready to sail to New York. We had been a bit delayed, because Henrik had ordered a new holding tank by a local blacksmith, who turned out to be a bit unpredictable:
Boatshed Dartmouth are pleased to offer for sale a one owner from new, White Shark 265. I have had the pleasure of brokering several White Sharks and they are excellent performers and are also well equipped. The design and layout is always good and the 265 is no exception with two berths and a small galley cleverly concealed in the helm position.
In the last two weeks we have had the boat in Newport, Rhode Island. Newport is considered one of the sailing centres of USA together with Annapolis and San Francisco, and the legendary New York Yacht Club has a “club house” in Newport besides their primary house on Manhattan. Several big racing boats are also berthed in Newport, when they’re not participating in races worldwide.
Last year over 2000 people visited central Birmingham to enjoy the floating market: A three day event organised by The Roving Canal Traders Association. Traders who both live and work on the canals arrived in Birmingham by boat to sell their arts, crafts, jewellery, palmistry, poetry and food. This weekend the floating market returns to Birmingham. There will be 24 trade boats moored along the towpath near the National Indoor Arena selling everything from food, clothes, books, gifts and souvenirs, to canalware and arts and crafts. This year’s three day event begins on Friday 27th June.
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a Sadler 32. This is not just any Sadler 32 but the first one ever built and launched and she has had just two owners from new. A number of improvements have been carried out by the current owner, including new upholstery, new cooker and servicing of the engine. This is a unique and almost collectable Sadler to own! Appointments to view can be booked in advance 6-days a week directly with your Boatshed Dartmouth broker.
Two times in this season one of our lower shrouds has broke. The first time it happened, we were at anchor in St. Barth. One morning we heard a bump on the deck, and it turned out that the rig fitting that is placed on the wire in the mast had snapped. Henrik changed it in St. Martin and planned to change the rest, when we got to the US. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to get there, before another one broke. And this time almost 200 nm from shore!
If you're looking for a new direction in life and love the idea of working with boats you may like this story of how our business model, training and support recently helped Paul Watson to start a new business.
On Thursday the entire Solitaire du Figaro fleet arrived in Plymouth for a three day lay-over at Sutton Harbour Marina.