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.
Despite the recent UK vote to leave the European Union, our canal-based business in South East England will continue to benefit from being part of a global network. Boatshed has offices in locations across the UK, Europe and the USA and sells boats locally, nationally and internationally. Today, we have a team of about 120 specialist brokers and sales agents, operating from 63 locations in 18 countries.
This weekend is the 2016 Historic Narrowboat Rally at Braunston (June 25th and 26th). It’s the 13th working narrowboats rally and it’s the UK's biggest! More than 80 historic boats gather and take part in parades. There’s always a real ale beer tent, food stalls, traders, waterways artists, live music and Morris dancing. It’s free to get in, with a £10 fee for parking and all profits go to canal and local causes.
This weekend get ready for sugar mice and coconut ice, Buckby cans,mugs, and wooden spoons, (all painted with roses and castles), restored historic boats, folk music, boat trips, trade stands, roving traders and of course the beer tent. It’s festival time again!
This week’s blog article is all about how to have boating fun even if you don’t have a boat. If you want to research what you need to know about boats while also having loads of festival fun then you need this;
Another thing we are committed to at Boatshed is reducing the costs of boat ownership for our customers. Boat buyers will, typically, spend about 20% of the price of a boat on necessary equipment, products and services within the first 12 months of ownership. This expenditure can be considerable and is often overlooked by other brokers. Our Preferred Partners Scheme is aimed at reducing this expenditure and thereby the overall cost of boat ownership for Boatshed customers.
This weekend Phil from Boatshed will be at Rickmansworth Festival, one of my favourite boat festivals - because it's so big! It began as just a canal festival in 1993 as part of the British Waterways “Canals 200” celebration that year. At least 20,000 people now come each year.
I remember being completely new to narrowboating and looking around at second hand narrowboats for sale. The broker might kindly lift up the deck boards so that I could get a good look at the engine and I would nod sagely, and try to pretend I knew what I was looking at. I still don’t know a huge amount about boat engines, but the following basic tips will give you an overview of what’s going on under the deck boards or in the engine room.
When you buy your first boat, the chances are you may have to relocate it to your new mooring, or to the area in which you wish to cruise. Not knowing the good mooring spots, good pubs or even how to work a lock can be exciting but daunting. So here are seven boater’s tips to make your first big canal journey go smoothly.
As well as our local offices the team from Boatshed like to get out and about, so here is where you will find us this May.
This weekend you’ll find Phil from Boatshed in Little Venice at the Canalway Cavalcade.
Canal boaters joined the People’s Assembly demonstrators last Saturday 16th April, to march for health, homes, jobs and education. The anti-austerity protest brought 150,000 to the streets of London and demanded David Cameron’s resignation,after the revelation that he profited from his father's offshore investment fund.
Whether you already live aboard, dream of living aboard, or simply enjoy leisure boating on the Grand Union Canal as often as possible, you will be interested in any proposed changes in mooring regulations in our area. Here are three recent news stories I’ve picked up that affect users of our local canals and waterways.
“Boaters already affected by a lack of water, rubbish and toilet facilities across the UK are protesting as more facilities are removed in London”, says a recent statement from the National Bargee Travellers Association (posted to Grand Union Boaters on Facebook 31/03/16.)
We want our customers to feel valued, informed and, well…… loved. Instead of us keeping all the useful information about boat sales to ourselves, we have developed some tools to allow our customers to keep themselves informed whilst selling a boat and when looking for a new boat.
As you may already know, the first signs of Spring are the daffodils on the bank, the chocolate Easter eggs in the shops and the narrowboats returning to the Cut for their first cruise of the season on the Easter bank holiday weekend. But if you don’t have your own boat yet, or are thinking of selling your boat then you can still enjoy a day out on the Grand Union canal. Here are some of my favourite places to visit by boat, or by foot.
Every boater’s life is a story, with characters, plot twists, endings and new beginnings. Our daily battles may not seem epic, but they are, and sharing your stories of the times you triumphed over adversity can reassure others that they’ll make it through.
The Canal and River Trust have recently announced a proposal to change the mooring times in three locations on the southern Grand Union Canal, at Berkhamsted, Braunston and Marsworth. The proposals will reduce 14day moorings to 7 days, 48 and 24 hours.
Do you believe in love at first sight? When you bought your first boat did you instantly know that you had met The One?
So, when is Chinese New Year 2016? The Year of the Monkey begins on Monday 8th February and that’s a good excuse to bring you three random boating facts with vague and questionable links to China. (Number 3 won’t shock you at all – I was just being a cheeky monkey when I wrote that headline!)
BoatBid enables the boat buyer to bid with the confidence that any boat can be surveyed and sea trialed before you make the decision to purchase. The transaction is handled by one of Boatshed's brokers.