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.
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.
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.