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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.
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.
“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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 is a British company that sells thousands of used boats a year. Boatshed has now developed 3 new exciting products for 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.
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.
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....
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.
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 auction has just started and you can now start bidding! Auction ends on Tuesday 21st Jan 2014, so get bidding.
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.
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.