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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.


MTA - the Maritime Training Academy’s Diploma in Yacht Brokerage

MTA - the Maritime Training Academy’s Diploma in Yacht Brokerage

Thursday, 04 June 2015

Boatshed is delighted to announce its endorsement of the Maritime Training Academy's Diploma in Yacht Brokerage, the leading distance learning course to train and prepare new brokers for the used boat industry. Boatshed is working with the MTA to offer graduate brokers effective routes into the industry using Boatshed's market leading sales platform.

IPAs - Independent Pre-Sale Assessments

IPAs - Independent Pre-Sale Assessments

Thursday, 04 June 2015

At the Southampton Boat Show last year, Boatshed, together with the Marine Inspection Association of leading marine surveyors, introduced the use of IPAs when selling used sail and motor boats. An IPA is a further tool to increase the transparency of a used boat offered for sale. Boats we sell can be physically inspected, assessed and reported upon by an experienced, independent, marine surveyor before, or whilst they are listed. Up to 55 critical areas of a second-hand boat are assessed and the IPA report can be viewed by an interested buyer alongside the boat’s details.

New Boatshed Offices and Brokers

New Boatshed Offices and Brokers

Thursday, 04 June 2015

The Boatshed Network continues to grow: We are delighted to welcome to the group: Paul Diffin at Boatshed Lancashire in UK, Rolv Reissiger at Boatshed Penang in Malaysia, Edward Kay at Boatshed Riviera in France, Billy and Jo Hallam at Boatshed Plymouth. Also, we are in the process of welcoming new brokers for Boatshed South of France and Cumbria and Brixham.

Diary of Upcoming Events

Diary of Upcoming Events

Thursday, 04 June 2015

Where to find the Boatshed crew during summer 2015

How are we doing?

How are we doing?

Thursday, 04 June 2015

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:

Inland Boating & Great Canal Journeys

Inland Boating & Great Canal Journeys

Thursday, 04 June 2015

Back in the glory days, before the last recession, when the world was awash with cash and boat shows were held at Earls Court, I first came across Boatshed holding one of their famous Fizz at Five sessions. Their stand was near my Canal Experience Training stand and at the end of a hard day exhibiting, a glass of Fizz (in a plastic glass) was very welcome.

Insurance Law Update

Insurance Law Update

Thursday, 04 June 2015

The English Court of Appeal has for the first time, recently established an absolute rule that an assured who tells a lie or relies upon false evidence to support an otherwise valid insurance claim, will forfeit the claim entirely. In other words, even if the lie or false evidence is immaterial to the insurance claim, an underwriter or insurance company will be able to successfully deny cover.

Notes From the US Pacific Northwest

Notes From the US Pacific Northwest

Thursday, 04 June 2015

News from the US Pacific Northwest – Boatshed Seattle

Cruising the Moroccan Mediterranean Coast

Cruising the Moroccan Mediterranean Coast

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Some of the countries on southern rim of Mediterranean are in a state of upheaval. The headlines give the impression of an arc of fire, chaos and danger. Having visited Morocco many times over the last few years I have never found it to be anything but hospitable and exciting in equal measure.

Broker’s Wisdom Part 2 - Advice for purchasers.

Broker’s Wisdom Part 2 - Advice for purchasers.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

In a previous article I focused on the what the vendor needs to do to sell his boat successfully. It’s now my obligation and indeed pleasure to share my thoughts of what an astute purchaser needs to do in order to get himself a “good” deal. I put the word good in quote marks because one should never confuse “good” with best price. I’ll develop this idea in a moment.

Yacht Broker's Wisdom - Use it to your advantage.

Yacht Broker's Wisdom - Use it to your advantage.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

As 2014 comes to a close it's time to reflect on performance over the year. I am happy; on average we have sold two yachts every month. It's a respectable performance, enough to keep the wolves from the door. Looking over the list of boats sold a host of fascinating characters come into focus. Each one of them very different and each with diverse reasons for wanting to sell their yacht. Some sold well and others could have done better. How do you get the best deal for yourself?

Boatshed Newsletter November 2014

Boatshed Newsletter November 2014

Friday, 28 November 2014

Welcome to Boatsheds Newsletter, in it we round-up what Boatshed has been up to in the boat sales market and report on major events and trends in the sector. We are also introducing new and exciting Boatshed products and initiatives to support our customers, and give advance notice of future Boatshed events. With inciteful contributions from customers, brokers in the field and industry experts, its designed to bring together information that we think our customers - sellers and buyers - will find useful and interesting.

Sailing to Morocco - Tips from a frequent visitor.

Sailing to Morocco - Tips from a frequent visitor.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Morocco is an exotic location just a stone’s throw from Europe’s southern shores. Sadly many sailors have misconceptions about Morocco and consequently miss out on some fantastic experiences.

Diary of 2015 Boatshed Events, Boat Shows and Regattas

Diary of 2015 Boatshed Events, Boat Shows and Regattas

Friday, 01 August 2014

Events, Boat Shows and Regattas in which Boatshed plan to participate, or which are of interest to our customers, during 2015.

UK and European VAT issues explained by a leading industry expert

UK and European VAT issues explained by a leading industry expert

Friday, 01 August 2014

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.

How are we doing?  What customers think of our service

How are we doing? What customers think of our service

Friday, 01 August 2014

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:

The Gibraltar - Morocco Yacht Rally - "The Most Sociable Yacht Rally in the World".

The Gibraltar - Morocco Yacht Rally - "The Most Sociable Yacht Rally in the World".

Friday, 11 July 2014

The fourteenth edition of the Gibraltar - Morocco Yacht Rally took place on the weekend of the 27th June. A record 34 yachts entered, although two never made it to the start line. The RN Gibraltar Squadron kindly positioned a real gunboat, HMS Sabre, to provide the starting signals.

What The Yacht Did Next - Part 2.

What The Yacht Did Next - Part 2.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

The yacht, Baraonda sold by Boatshed Gibraltar in February 2013, has been up to the UK and down again to Spain and Portugal. We pick up Wendy & Craig’s story as they prepare to set off across the Atlantic after spending New Year 2014 in the Cape Verde Islands.

What The Yacht Did Next.

What The Yacht Did Next.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

The pleasure of being a yacht broker is in the interesting characters that can move in and out of your life. These characters come to Boatshed Gibraltar looking for a yacht in order to realise their dreams. Helping someone achieve a lifelong ambition is hugely satisfying, although sometimes there are lingering doubts about the feasibility of their plans.

Avoid The eBay Yacht Selling Scam.

Avoid The eBay Yacht Selling Scam.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

It all started with a phone call from a gentleman who told me that he had just succeeded in an eBay auction for a yacht with a bid of just over £35,000. He had noticed, the morning after his euphoric night, that the same yacht was for sale with Boatshed Gibraltar at £110,000. He was beginning to think that maybe there was something amiss. I thought it interesting that when he wanted to reassure himself that he was not being defrauded he turned to the broker! My first inclination was to let him sink as he was now trying to get a brokerage service but had earlier opted for an auction process that dispensed with the broker. However I reconsidered.