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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.

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...

Gibraltar - Morocco Yacht Rally Returns After Two Year Absence.
Gibraltar - Morocco Yacht Rally Returns After Two Year Absence.
Monday, 14 January 2019

The August Bank Holiday Weekend (23rd-26th August 2019) will see the return of the much loved “most sociable yacht rally in the world”. After years of using Marina Smir on Morocco’s Mediterranean coast the large number of boats a...

Transiting the Straits of Messina.
Transiting the Straits of Messina.
Sunday, 02 December 2018

After our volcanic fireworks and overnight stay at the anchorage at Stromboli we headed for a two night stay at Lipari island south of Stromboli and just north of the Isola di Vulcano. It's a delightful spot with lots of lovely restaurants and cul...

Strombolian Eruptions.
Strombolian Eruptions.
Thursday, 08 November 2018

We had stood on the edge of the Isola di Vulcano crater to admire the steam and hydrogen sulphide gas emanating from its guts but it seemed a timid volcano. From the top of the crater we had spied the much more active eruptions of Stromboli some 2...

The Aeolian Islands - A Secret Sailing Area.
The Aeolian Islands - A Secret Sailing Area.
Friday, 12 October 2018

We sailed along the eastern coast of Sardinia and past the Costa Smeralda, the playground of the rich and powerful. Size does matter here as each super yacht we saw grew in size and opulence. The great thing is that once past this area there are l...

Sardinia and Sicily Here We Come.
Sardinia and Sicily Here We Come.
Thursday, 11 October 2018

Since my last article we have cruised around Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca, Sardinia and now we are anchored near the ancient port of Syracuse. A lot has happened but it's time to reflect on the experience and to tell you about my favourite ports and a...

Ibiza Here We Come.
Ibiza Here We Come.
Thursday, 11 October 2018

It's 20:15 on the 4th Aug, our position is 38deg 04.01 N 00deg 03.0W which corresponds to 78nM south west of Ibiza. I'm writing this as we motor in nil wind expecting to arrive in Ibiza in the early morning. We left Gibraltar at 10:45 on the 1st A...

July Boatbid Auction
July Boatbid Auction
Monday, 14 May 2018

The July BoatBid auction will run from the 13th to the 17th July 2018 .

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