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.
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How does one cope with the stresses of living within the confines of a small or medium sized sailing yacht berthed at Gibraltar? Once you have visited all of the many places of historical or cultural interest, climbed Mediterranean Steps and introduced yourself to the Barbary Macaques you are still suffering from cabin fever. But there is a treatment.
December BoatBid Catalogue
Winter is almost here...
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Entries Close 29th October.
Boatshed are launching a beta version of the Boatshed Archive, essentially a back catalogue of the 24,000+ boats we’ve been involved in selling. This is a great resource for people looking for boats, with each boat containing up to 100 photos, full boat spec and videos. This useful resource is like a boat bible for us all to use.
November 2017 sees the Boatshed technology team travel to Lisbon for 5 days at Web Summit Exhibition. Boatshed have been invited to feature their leading boat sales technology platform alongside the likes of Facebook Uber and Amazon. Chosen out of thousands of companies and after a difficult selection process, Boatshed has been chosen because of its international growth, innovative business model and widespread use of technology to sell boats.
Jeanne Socrates - Injured in fall
Boatshed is attending Grand Pavois boat show in La Rochelle, France - a 6 day event running from the 27th September to 2nd October 2017. It is the most important event of its type in France and will showcase a huge range of equipment and services ranging from water sports through surfing and water-skiing, to charter, motorboats, and yachts.
On the way to and from the Azores in August 2016 we experienced wind speeds of over 30 knots at times. As we reefed down the mainsail and genoa to hankie size two things seemed to happen. Firstly the genoa, not designed, to be reefed to such a small size became deformed and it became increasingly difficult to point up close to the wind. Secondly the angle of heel did not decrease as much as one would expect because the centre of effort of the sail moved higher up the mast as the sail was reefed. Also the yacht became more difficult to steer.
Boatshed offices in the Caribbean are currently experiencing very difficult circumstances. Our thoughts are with the families and members of the boatshed team caught up in the very challenging circumstances.
A year ago today Citadel, a Jeanneau 54DS, set off from Gibraltar for the Azores. During the month of August in 2016 we sailed 2000 miles (a thousand each way) and spent 2 weeks cruising the anchorages and bars of the Azores. It was a wonderful experience even with the contretemps we encountered. Here are the lessons I took away:
When? - 14th to 18th July
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The planning has started. The shortest intercontinental yacht rally is on for the 30th June this year!
It is fallacious to think that Brexit is the end of the good times. It’s certainly the end of the UK’s relationship with the EU but it is inconceivable that mutually beneficial bilateral relationships with all European countries now comprising the EU and others still outside will not continue and develop further. However the uncertainty that derives from the manner of the UK’s withdrawal is bad. The sooner there is clarity the better. However some things are becoming clear. Yachting businesses need to position themselves to maximise the benefits and minimise any negative effects.
Continuing my account of the return trip to The Azores and back from Gibraltar: