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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.

“The Ocean Voyager & Me” by Di Beach.
“The Ocean Voyager & Me” by Di Beach.
Saturday, 23 October 2021


I wasn’t planning to write about another book but as I finished this particular book I felt it merited wider readership than just within the sailing community.

The Sextant.
The Sextant.
Tuesday, 07 September 2021

I recently had the pleasure of reading David Barrie’s fabulous story of maritime exploration, entitled “Sextant”, as we cruised to and from and around the Balearics. The histories of men like Cook, Fitzroy, Anson, Flinders and Vancouver are ...

Strange Goings On in the Alboran Sea.
Strange Goings On in the Alboran Sea.
Saturday, 14 August 2021

On the 2nd July Citadel left the Bay of Gibraltar bound for the Balearics. Pandemic restrictions were being lifted and we were desperate for a sailing break in one of the loveliest cruising areas in the Mediterranean. We were blessed with a depar...

Training is Optional - Really?
Training is Optional - Really?
Monday, 10 May 2021

As a broker I am often asked by clients whether they need any qualifications to handle their newly acquired boat. The rather surprising answer is “No”! For British flagged vessels operating privately it is absolutely true that no formal RYA or...

Brexit Benefits for British and non-British Boat Owners.
Brexit Benefits for British and non-British Boat Owners.
Sunday, 07 March 2021

There are some large crumbs of comfort to be found in the debris of the Brexit debacle. Yes, there are problems with VAT but there are also some huge opportunities for well informed yachtsmen.

IMPORTANT YACHT REGISTRATION LEGISLATIVE CHANGES ENACTED IN GIBRALTAR POST BREXIT:
IMPORTANT YACHT REGISTRATION LEGISLATIVE CHANGES ENACTED IN GIBRALTAR POST BREXIT:
Monday, 08 February 2021

IMPORTANT YACHT REGISTRATION LEGISLATIVE CHANGES ENACTED IN GIBRALTAR POST BREXIT:

Astonishing Small Boat Voyages: The First Single Handed Circumnavigation of the Globe - Part 3 off 3.
Astonishing Small Boat Voyages: The First Single Handed Circumnavigation of the Globe - Part 3 off 3.
Sunday, 08 November 2020

“On the 24th June 1897, the Spray, well fitted in every way, sailed for the long voyage ahead, down the Indian Ocean”. With these words Slocum describes his departure from Australia. With the trade winds still blowing Slocum launches himself i...

Astonishing Small Boat Voyages: The First Single Handed Circumnavigation of the Globe - Part 2 off 3.
Astonishing Small Boat Voyages: The First Single Handed Circumnavigation of the Globe - Part 2 off 3.
Friday, 25 September 2020

On the morning of the 5th May 1896 Slocum left the island of Juan Fernandez on The Spray going in search of the trade winds that would transport him across the Pacific. After a slow start the trade winds then picked up to gale force and for days o...

Astonishing Small Boat Voyages: The First Single Handed Circumnavigation of the Globe - Part 1.
Astonishing Small Boat Voyages: The First Single Handed Circumnavigation of the Globe - Part 1.
Friday, 15 May 2020

Have you ever wondered why so many sailing yachts are named Joshua or Spray? It’s in honour of Joshua Slocum who completed the first single handed circumnavigation between 1895 and 1898. Those were the days before air travel or wireless communic...

#Staysafe buying boats.   Information for Buyers, Sellers and Brokers.
#Staysafe buying boats. Information for Buyers, Sellers and Brokers.
Friday, 01 May 2020

Our business practices aim to reduce social contact where possible and when customers and brokers need to meet, we aim to reduce any risk of infection. Please find further information below, relevant to selling and buying . These are in addition ...

Astonishing Small Boat Voyages: Voyage of HMS Bounty’s jolly boat.
Astonishing Small Boat Voyages: Voyage of HMS Bounty’s jolly boat.
Thursday, 05 March 2020

Some of you may have seen the Channel 4 programme “The Mutiny” recreating the astonishing voyage of Captain Bligh from near Tonga to Batavia (modern day Jakarta) a journey of some 4,000 miles. If you caught it you will know that the pa...

Astonishing Small Boat Voyages: Voyage of the James Caird.
Astonishing Small Boat Voyages: Voyage of the James Caird.
Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Astonishing Small Boat Voyages: Voyage of the James Caird.

Feminism and Yachting
Feminism and Yachting
Friday, 10 January 2020

Today it is not unusual to see women skippering ocean going yachts. Think of people like Dee Caffari, Ellen MacArthur and many others. It wasn’t always so and girls on boats, even to some extent today, are associated with the roles of galley sla...

The Mayday Call that saved our lives – and started a business…
The Mayday Call that saved our lives – and started a business…
Thursday, 12 September 2019

In celebrating the 20th anniversary of Boatshed.com we take a glimpse into how the business began. But how could co-founders Mandy and Neil Chapman ever have imagined that their dramatic air-sea rescue in a Force 10 storm would become such...

Divert to Link
Divert to Link
Wednesday, 28 August 2019

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Mediterranean Cruising Tips.
Mediterranean Cruising Tips.
Thursday, 30 May 2019

After last summer’s cruise to Sicily via Sardinia and the Balearics I thought I would share a few tips about preparing for a cruise around the Mediterranean islands. Good preparation will reduce the costs and increase your enjoyment.

Sicily to Gibraltar Non-Stop.
Sicily to Gibraltar Non-Stop.
Sunday, 07 April 2019

During the night of the 19th to 20th Sep it rained heavily. We awoke to find we were afloat on a sewer. An evil mix of effluent and rainwater had emptied into Porto de Empedocle's harbour. It was time to leave. We agreed that breakfast underway wa...

Cruising Sicily's Southern Coast.
Cruising Sicily's Southern Coast.
Sunday, 10 March 2019

It was with some regret that we left Montalbano country behind us. The beautiful streets and restaurants of Ragusa have left a lasting positive impression. The coastal part of the cruise is coming to an end soon. It is mid-September and the we...

In Search of Inspector Montalbano.
In Search of Inspector Montalbano.
Friday, 08 February 2019

When we first planned this Mediterranean cruise we had decided that a visit to Sicily would not be complete without a visit to Inspector Montalbano's house. For the cognoscenti of a certain age and disposition Salvo Montalbano is THE Italian detec...

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