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At the Southampton Boat Show last year, Boatshed, together with the Marine Inspection Association of leading marine surveyors, introduced the use of IPAs when selling used sail and motor boats. An IPA is a further tool to increase the transparency of a used boat offered for sale. Boats we sell can be physically inspected, assessed and reported upon by an experienced, independent, marine surveyor before, or whilst they are listed. Up to 55 critical areas of a second-hand boat are assessed and the IPA report can be viewed by an interested buyer alongside the boat’s details.
The Boatshed Network continues to grow: We are delighted to welcome to the group: Paul Diffin at Boatshed Lancashire in UK, Rolv Reissiger at Boatshed Penang in Malaysia, Edward Kay at Boatshed Riviera in France, Billy and Jo Hallam at Boatshed Plymouth. Also, we are in the process of welcoming new brokers for Boatshed South of France and Cumbria and Brixham.
Where to find the Boatshed crew during summer 2015
At Boatshed we encourage feedback from our customers, as a way of monitoring and improving the services we offer. Here are some recent comments we have received:
Back in the glory days, before the last recession, when the world was awash with cash and boat shows were held at Earls Court, I first came across Boatshed holding one of their famous Fizz at Five sessions. Their stand was near my Canal Experience Training stand and at the end of a hard day exhibiting, a glass of Fizz (in a plastic glass) was very welcome.
The English Court of Appeal has for the first time, recently established an absolute rule that an assured who tells a lie or relies upon false evidence to support an otherwise valid insurance claim, will forfeit the claim entirely. In other words, even if the lie or false evidence is immaterial to the insurance claim, an underwriter or insurance company will be able to successfully deny cover.
News from the US Pacific Northwest – Boatshed Seattle
At the end of May The Independent reported that duck lanes have been introduced to towpaths in London, Manchester and Birmingham. The duck lanes are designed to encourage walkers, runners and cyclists to remember the birds and other animals who live on canals.The Canal and River Trust has painted some pathways with bike-lane like markings for ducks, as part of the Share the Space, Drop Your Pace initiative.
I’ve seen a couple of good articles about living on a canal boat recently; and we shared them on our Facebook page. This is Money did a great breakdown of outlays and overheads, how to get a loan and what moorings can cost. They featured a young couple who have just bought a 56 foot narrowboat to liveaboard. The Express and Star published a story about a couple with a young baby setting up home on a narrowboat at Norbury Junction.
The Rickmansworth Festival, affectionately known as “Ricky Festi” is one of my favourites, and it’s quite a big one, with lots of live music. Phil Bassett from Boatshed Grand Union will be there on his narrowboat _Persephone_ this weekend, to chat about boating with you over a glass of fizz.
Ricky Festival is held on the third weekend of May every year and is themed around the local canal, the community and the environment. This 22nd festival is the finale of Rickmansworth Week and will be held on the 16th and 17th May.
Boat festival season is now upon us and many are polishing their brasses this week in readiness for display at the Canalway Cavalcade. Organised by volunteers from the Inland Waterways Association this waterways festival has been held in London’s Little Venice since 1983.
I was recently researching online to find The Canal Boaters Top 10 Tips for Boat Bathrooms and this lead to a discussion on Facebook about the best cleaning products to use on board. The canal wildlife doesn’t always appreciate the disposing of strong cleaning chemicals into the canal. The boaters of Facebook therefore managed to come up with the top five eco tips for cleaning on board!
The Canal and River Trust have announced that for the duration of this week only, (29th March – 4th April) boats may remain on designated visitor moorings for one hour longer than the usual specified time. This will mean, for example, that a four hour mooring will become a five hour mooring, and a twenty four hour mooring will become a twenty five hour mooring. The week long period of “leeway” is intended as a goodwill gesture, to allow boaters to adapt to British Summertime following the recent adjustment of the clocks on 29th March.
If you’re anything like me, you bought a narrowboat (or want to buy a narrowboat) because you have a bit of a wanderlust. There’s nothing like cruising along at 3mph with a mug of coffee on the roof hatch and giving a friendly nod to the heron on the bank, whilst having no idea what lies ahead around the next bend of the canal.
On Friday 13th February 2015 the Canal and River Trust announced plans to extend a recent trial policy in Wales, to all continuous cruisers across the network. During the pilot scheme the Trust watched the cruising patterns of boats in Wales over the last year. As of May this year, boats across the whole UK network, without a home mooring who do not comply with the Trust’s guidelines for continuous cruising will not have their licences renewed, unless they agree to take a home mooring.
Ok, so we don’t actually have a ‘club’ for this, but we do arrange discreet meetings between lonely vessels and suitable skippers. As Valentine’s Day approaches this weekend, we’d love to see these three rare and unusual boats matched up with their perfect partners.
Next week sees the kick-off of a new canal documentary, this time following John Sergeant as he “barges” around Britain checking out eight of the most popular cruising routes. ITV’s press release says,
Soon the new boating season will be upon us. Time for us boaters who have been moored up most of the winter to come out and play with our hardier friends who have been living aboard or cruising during the winter.
If you have a boat, used to have a boat or dream of buying a boat then why not brighten up your January by planning some canal-themed New Year resolutions? Here are some ideas to get you started.
I am guilty of using a controversial blog title there, because in reality CRT will tell you plenty about continuous cruising on their very helpful Canal and River Trust Website. But for those that are new to the wonderful world of canals and narrowboats, you may not know there is a state of continuous argy-bargee (to use the technical term) regarding the Canal and River Trust Guidance for Boaters Without a Home Mooring.