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I went to the Birmingham Floating Market last weekend and all of the sunshine and colourful bunting made the life of a roving trader look quite idyllic. The RovingCanal Traders Association organises floating markets throughout the summer and if you've never been to such an event it’s surprising how many very different individual businesses there are.
Just when you thought that the summer season of canal festivals was over, ladies and gentlemen we bring you: The Aylesbury Canal Festival!
Europe’s largest festival of boating sails into Southampton and Boatshed.com are on their regular stand BO53 enjoying the fun. The Southampton Boat Show is now Europe’s largest outdoor festival of boating with over 2km of pontoons . Now in its 47th year, the Southampton Boat Show offers a host of attractions for the whole family to experience, from exploring rock pools, corals and anemones in the Show’s purpose built Aquarium, through to the largest number of ‘on-the-water’ activities ever offered at the Show This includes the tall ship Earl of Pembroke, straight from the completion of its full restoration and refit.
Icy, windy weather and planned maintenance works on the canal can make continuous cruising more difficult for live-aboard boaters during the winter months. So the Canal and River Trust offer dedicated winter moorings across the country for those who are looking for a temporary mooring during this colder time of year. However, the Canal and River Trust have made a few changes to winter moorings this year.
Look insurance Services today announce it has entered into a strategic partnership with Boatshed. The partnership scheme will see Look insurance Services providing yacht insurance quotations for Boatshed UK clients and allows a special discount for Boatshed UK customers. The agreement allows the discount to be continued throughout the life of the policy.
We are delighted to announce that Look Insurance Services has joined Boatshed's Preferred Partners scheme, offering marine and boating insurance to UK based and registered pleasure boats. As one of the leading marine insurers,Look is ideally placed to offer insurance products to Boatshed's customers and will offer 10% discounts for products purchased though Boatshed.com.
BWML Brokerage services working in partnership with Boatshed.com to provide a specialist brokerage service for Narrowboats and all that float on the canals. Boatshed is now the exclusive external broker in most of BWML’s 20 locations, available to assist our customers with the sale and purchase of Narrowboats and other inland waterway vessels.
Canals are not just for boating and walking, there are tonnes of great events happening on the waterways during August and September. We’ve put together a list of some on the southern Grand Union canal and the Regents Canal that are definitely worth checking out.
Now that the kids are home for the school summer holidays are you wondering how to keep them entertained without spending a fortune? These low-cost ideas will make an unusual family day out and keep the grown-ups happy too – that is if you’re canal-loving parents!
Now that the school summer holidays are here you may be planning some day trips on the canal, or even a full boating holiday. Boating is a great activity for kids; if they’re old enough they can get involved with the locks and steering.They might also enjoy drawing or photographing the wildlife, or dressing up as pirates! First get out your Nicholson’s guide and get the whole family involved in planning your cruise. You can give each child age appropriate responsibilities, such as casting off, mooring up and winding paddles. Younger children can be asked to watch out for the next bridge, lock or tunnel, or make a game out of spotting herons, swans, ducks or other wildlife.
For many families this is the last week of the school term, when the parents receive the school reports and the kids get to bring games in on the last day. However, boating families can make learning fun during the holidays by using the canals as an educational resource – the kids won’t even notice they’re learning!
What could be more fun than buying your first boat? Or your next boat? Or your second boat?!
Ware Festival is a month long celebration that begins this weekend. But where is Ware and why go there?
If you missed Boatshed Jan at Stoke Bruerne recently come along to the historic boat rally at Braunston on 27th and 28th June and look out for her tugboat Storm (pictured below).
So, last weekend as part of the Boatshed Grand Union summer festival tour, Jan was at Stoke Bruerne enjoying the usual boat festival shenanigans; live music, Morris dancing, boat trips, children’s activities, canal crafts, floating traders and a Viking water pageant! The festival focusses around the Navigation pub and the Canal Museum.
A group of canal based artists are spending this month visiting Hemel Hempstead on the southern Grand Union. The Artists on the Canal are a group of boaters who have temporarily turned their boats into cruising galleries, displaying paintings, drawings, sculptures, poetry, and visual installations in ‘pop-up shops’ along the towpath. The floating art tour consists of four boats, five artists and six locations.
Boatshed Newsletter Summer 2015 - we have news and articles including - WIN a PADDLEBOARD Competition - How does Boatshed sell boats twice as fast? - News from America - The Truth about the used boat market - Life on a canal boat - 56 Point Boat checks - Join Planet Boatshed - plus why you absolutely need to SUP!
Many of the conditions and trends in the international used boat market that I reported upon in November 2014 continue and remain highly relevant to boat sales today. Overall, the market can be summarised as follow:
We are delighted to announce our new relationship with BWML. BWML is part of the UK’s Canal & River Trust (formally, British Waterways) a national charity whose primary role is the custodian and navigation authority for around 2,000 miles of canals and rivers across England and Wales. Boatshed is now the exclusive external broker in most of BWML’s 20 locations, available to assist our customers with the sale and purchase of Narrowboats and other inland waterway vessels. Our brokers in these locations are experts in these specialist craft and familiar with the unique pleasures of inland boating.
Boatshed is delighted to announce its endorsement of the Maritime Training Academy's Diploma in Yacht Brokerage, the leading distance learning course to train and prepare new brokers for the used boat industry. Boatshed is working with the MTA to offer graduate brokers effective routes into the industry using Boatshed's market leading sales platform.