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.
As an experienced yacht broker and boat purchaser I have found that the biggest obstacle to acquiring a boat is getting your wife to agree to it. She will come up with all sorts of objections and when all have been overcome she will say something like: “If you are SURE that’s what you REALLY want then go ahead”. If you go ahead and then something doesn’t turn out quite the way you expected you will get the “I told you so but you insisted”.
A week ago we had one of those life experiences that we can hardly believe even though the photographic and video evidence is there for all to see. Sailing from Saidia Marina at the eastern end of Morocco to Gibraltar on a 30 hour passage we came across a pod of 22 Pilot Whales. It was early afternoon on the second day with very light winds and a flat sea. We had been motoring the last 4 hours as the wind was not enough to push us along fast enough to not have to spend another night at sea.
Obviously, like cars, new boats loose a lot of their value the first day they are bought. Where boats are concerned buying a secondhand boat is often a better option than buying new. I know this from personal experience.
At the post event party held on Saturday 20th June at the Waterfront restaurant rally organiser Boatshed Gibraltar announced that the rally had raised nearly £7000 for the Red Cross. A cheque will soon be presented to the Red Cross. This more that triples the amount raised last year, the first year that the current organising committee took on leadership of the rally.
Boatshed Newsletter Summer 2015 - we have news and articles including - WIN a PADDLEBOARD Competition - How does Boatshed sell boats twice as fast? - News from America - The Truth about the used boat market - Life on a canal boat - 56 Point Boat checks - Join Planet Boatshed - plus why you absolutely need to SUP!
Many of the conditions and trends in the international used boat market that I reported upon in November 2014 continue and remain highly relevant to boat sales today. Overall, the market can be summarised as follow:
We are delighted to announce our new relationship with BWML. BWML is part of the UK’s Canal & River Trust (formally, British Waterways) a national charity whose primary role is the custodian and navigation authority for around 2,000 miles of canals and rivers across England and Wales. Boatshed is now the exclusive external broker in most of BWML’s 20 locations, available to assist our customers with the sale and purchase of Narrowboats and other inland waterway vessels. Our brokers in these locations are experts in these specialist craft and familiar with the unique pleasures of inland boating.
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.
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.
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.
Where to find the Boatshed crew during summer 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:
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.
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.
News from the US Pacific Northwest – Boatshed Seattle
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.