At Boatshed, we don’t ‘sell boats,’ we help great people and great boats to find each other.
Boatshed, the world’s largest yacht brokerage, announces a new program — Modular Brokerage. This innovation creates a unique opportunity for those already in the marine industry and entrepreneurs to take on a share of brokerage commission on every boat we sell.
We are always told that Boatshed's website and online platform for the sale of boats is 'the best in the industry', but our technical engineers are always trying to improve it. We have added new features to our website and boat search system to make these even easier and quicker for boat buyers and boat sellers to use.
Our BoatBid online boat auction site provides the perfect platform for specialist boat auctions for a versatile range of boats from Cruising boats to Commercial, classic wooden boats to luxury motor yachts, houseboats, inland waterways, contact us if you are interested in entering your boat into our next auction.
Getting regular updates from your yacht broker about sales activity on your boat is vital. As well as regular broker contact Boatshed offer all boat owners a secure area where they can obtain live information on the activity, viewings and sales data of their boat for sale.
Boatshed’s unique Preferred Partners Scheme connects boat buyers with marine suppliers and service providers, internationally, nationally across the UK and locally. When buying a used boat from Boatshed, many of our buyers require equipment, accessories, sails, insurance, transportation, berthing facilities, upgrades and other essential products and services associated with boat ownership, maintenance, cruising and racing. Often, these are required immediately upon purchase of the boat, or soon thereafter, and are regarded by our customers as part and parcel of buying and equipping their ‘new’ boat.
An important part of what we do at Boatshed is help our owners’ boats stand out from the crowd and attract serious interest in a busy, often crowded marketplace. The strength of our website and IT platform, and the attention and importance our brokers place upon extensively photographing and detailing every aspect of a boat for sale, is a key part of that philosophy, but we are always devising new ways to support this effort.
I was just browsing our old blog posts and was amazed to discover that I’ve worked for Boatshed for nearly five years now! I stumbled across the very first article I wrote: New Administrator For Boatshed Grand Union in which I described myself in the third person.
If you want to quickly become the local expert on all things boat and canal related then look no further than this blog. Become a regular reader and friends will soon ask your advice on topics as diverse as engine maintenance, the coolest canal festivals and buying or selling a narrowboat. Perhaps boaters will even buy you tankards of real ale, just to hear your towpath tales. There’s really never been a better time to step up your boating expertise and become a narrowboating know-it-all!
Do you have a fascination with boats and canals? Are you wondering whether to buy your first boat?
Today, Boatshed has over 600,000 registered customers looking for boats and our website attracts over 260,000 unique visitors each month. We sell more than 1,000 boats each year and have more than 50 branches worldwide. Based upon independent industry statistics, we sell boats twice as quickly as other brokers!
When life hands you lemons you’re supposed to make lemonade right? Divorce, separation, ill health, or some other unexpected change of circumstances may force you to sell your boat. I lived aboard for thirteen years and wrote a blog called The Real Life of a Narrowboat Wife. When my marriage broke up we decided to sell our boat. I thought ‘The Narrowboat Ex Wife Who Lives in a Cottage in Devon But Still Writes Several Narrowboating Blogs’ was just too long for a new blog title, and I had no idea what I was going to do with my life next. So if you’re in the same boat (ha ha!) here are some tips on how to manage the change.
Boatshed Grand Union won the Best Blogger 2015 award at the Boatshed.com International Conference on Monday: That kinda makes me an international award winning blogger! So, here are five of the best blog articles from 2015 to show you the variety of topics we cover here on the Grand Union blog.
Did you know that Boatshed Grand Union is part of an international boat brokerage group? The Boatshed group now has 668,056 registered customers. There are over 50 Boatshed branches worldwide with 260,000 unique website visitors per month. Boatshed now sells over 1000 boats per year.
The most commonly asked question to those who live aboard a canal boat is, “Is it cold in winter?”
Gone are the days of needing to be on dry land to use the phone or the internet; though if you’re using a mobile phone, you might find that reception is rubbish inside the floating steel box that is a narrowboat -they make an excellent Faraday cage, so you’ll be safe in a thunderstorm, but they don’t distinguish well between lightning and a mobile signal.
We talk a lot about boat interiors, after all, space is a premium, and there are some brilliant designs and wonderful innovations on your average narrowboat, that make the most of every nook and cranny; but what about the outside?
Boatshed is a yacht brokerage that was originally set up in1999, by Neil and Mandy Chapman and has now grown into one of the largest international yacht brokerages in the world, specialising in buying and selling second-hand sail and motor boats. Today, Boatshed has a team of about 120 specialist brokers and sales agents, operating from more than 60 locations in 18 countries, supported by a UK team of 10 professionals.
If you get a bunch of boaters sat around in a pub it’s never long before they begin to discuss toilets: Pump out or Elsan, which is better? How long does your tank last? How can you get the best from your cassette and make it last longer?! Is it acceptable to use the sink, in an emergency? If so, do you use a plastic step to stand on so that you can reach the sink? Have you tried using a jug? Yes, these are all real life discussions overheard among boaters!
It’s time to come clean about narrowboat bathrooms, so what do you want to know?! I asked the canal boaters of Facebook, what they wished they had known before buying their first boat and what tips and advice they had to offer. Before I had children a shower was all I needed on board my narrowboat, but when we became a family I had to improvise a bath, and I bathed my kids in a plastic "trug"!