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The Boatshed conference 2011 was a great success. Two days spent in and around Portsmouth Dockyard as well as Boatshed HQ in Gosport; with lots of lectures, group meetings and workshops. Approximately 30 Boatsheds came to the event, travelling from destinations across Europe and even as far as Phuket in the Far East.
At 01:30 this morning Lynda and I stepped off the "Beluga Houston" a massive yacht transporter that put into Gibraltar for 12 hours to load three yachts bound for Australia.
Cat 2 is not a catamaran or a Maritime and Coastguard Agency coding requirement but it can save wealthy individuals lots of money which they can then invest in a beautiful yacht that Boatshed Gibraltar can supply.
This week sees Boatshed.com pass the 400,000 registered customer mark.
There are boats and then there are yachts with interesting histories.
Many years ago I bought myself a Moody 31 at the London Boat Show. It was during a period in my career when I was based in London. "Shamal" was kept at Swanwick Marina on the Hamble a 2 hour drive from London. The Solent is a great place to sail and I spent many happy days exploring the creeks and rivers of the Solent. Soon I progressed to passages to the West Country and across the English Channel to Cherbourg and the Channel Islands.
If yachts were people Mr. Mustang and Joanine should really get together. He is strong, full of character, a man about the world who has seen and done everything, a sort of Bernie Ecclestone of the boating world. Mr. Mustang is a Renown offshore cruiser Westerly who has navigated everywhere and is still not ready for a pair of warm slippers as there are still many coves to explore and ports to visit. Mr Mustang is lonely despite being one of the best value blue water boats (£16,500) that Boatshed Gibraltar has listed; he is still to get an offer that he can't refuse.
John and Lynda are both keen yachties and an early retirement has enabled them both to indulge their passion for boats. John holds a Yachtmaster Offshore with Commercial Endorsement and Lynda complains that her 2 daughters have demoted her from First Mate to Galley Slave.
Boatshed.com were on the water this afternoon for the start this legendary single-handed transatlantic race.
Buying a yacht is generally a big financial commitment for most people. Ensuring that you sell or buy successfully requires a little effort on your part.
Sometimes, I come to the conclusion you just get too many emails. Anyhow, whilst poring through Friday’s delivery of the odd two or three hundred emails in my inbox, I noticed one titled Rib Raid; nothing to do with technical redundancy on servers. When I opened it, I found it was an invitation to go and join the guys at Boatshed, Hamble for a brief soiree around the Solent.
UK is one of the new countries to introduce a professional boat sales qualification which has been championed by the Boat Retailers and Brokers Association (BRBA) and the Association of Brokers and Yacht Agents (ABYA) to promote a proper code of conduct and best practice in the industry.
I doubt that Somali pirates off the Horn of Africa have ever heard of Boatshed Gibraltar although judging by the number of unique web views we get I would not be altogether surprised if they had.
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Whether you are a buyer or a seller working through a yacht broker provides a number of benefits that ensure a stress-free, secure transaction without the likelihood of the other party carrying out a scam on you.
Dubbed the most sociable yacht rally in the world this year’s event set off at 13:00 on Friday 18th June with virtually no wind. The starting line was set between the RAF runway centreline buoy and a Royal Navy vessel. This year the Navy sent a RIB instead of a gunboat so someone at the MOD is already taking the budget cuts seriously!
See the reality that will soon hit yacht buyers.
Boatshed were the 1st RNLI Ambassadors a few years ago which means that if you are a boat seller or buyer through Boatshed.com you can receive a complimentary 1 year Offshore membership with the RNLI.
The Gibraltar Yacht Registry is part of the Red Ensign Group (see link below) and carries with it all the advantages of the standard Red Ensign and a few more. Like MCA Part 1 registration the Gibraltar Yacht Registry issues Part 1 registration allowing a mortgage to be registered on a yacht. However, unlike the MCA Part 1 Registry the Gibraltar Registry is not only open to all British citizens and British bodies corporate but also to citizens of the European Union (EU) and the citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA). EU and EEA citizens need to have a local representative; a function that Boatshed Gibraltar can fulfill for a nominal fee. This can be of value especially for EU and EEA citizens who for any reason want to keep their boat out of their own national register. This arises when a national register has very onerous regulation or bureaucracy.
Boatshed Yacht Brokers are a social bunch so they seize upon any opportunity to get together. The Boatshed European annual Conference for 2010 was held over looking sailing boats and motor boats in Albufeira Marina at the offices of Boatshed Algarve.