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I write this with a westerly gale raging outside but summer is only just around the corner. The Boat Bid team have been working hard selecting a fantastic range of used motor and sailing boats for the summer auction. There’s just a week to go before the catalogue is launched but we still managed time to sit out in glorious sunshine yesterday lunch time and we’ve also sneaked in some fantastic sailing already this year.
To find out just what it’s like to buy or sell a boat through BoatBid I caught up with Steve Booth of Boatshed Essex who is now in the process of finalising the sale of the Stewart 24 Quarter Tonner from the last BoatBid auction.
The Pre Summer BoatBid has just finished with another flurry of bidding and boat sales. Yet again we sold some of the boats through Boatshed before the bidding even started but with nearly 3,000 used boats on the Boatshed website BoatBid will always have plenty more to take their place.
BoatshedBVI www.boatshedbvi.com was once again privileged to race on the beautiful 1962 57’ Abeking & Rasmussen ketch at this year’s Antigua Classic.
The fifth annual Plymouth Sail and Power Show in the UK is set to take place on Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th April 2009.
The Easter holidays are now over and many boats have returned to their moorings. Some will have just been launched and their owners may well have spent the holidays putting the final touches to the winter works before she went back in. Others will have been lucky enough to get a few days away over the holidays; many harbours were surprised by the number of visiting boats over Easter here on the South Coast of England where the weather was much more conducive to boating than it has been for the last few Easters. But there were also people who spent part of their Easter break looking for a used boat to buy. If you are one of those people and didn’t find your dream boat then the Pre Summer BoatBid auction may be able to help. There’s no need to go traipsing round boatyards and marinas, as our qualified Boatshed broker has done this for you. For each boat in the catalogue we have a detailed description and inventory and up to 70 pictures of each boat so that you can get a really good idea of the boat and her condition, if you need to know more you can call the broker who has been onboard the boat and spoken with her owner. We have used boats in all shapes and sizes in the auction. There is a Quarter Tonner, a class of sailing yacht which is undergoing something of a revival lately and providing some very close and competitive racing but as the rules of these yachts specified the need for some creature comforts for longer races they also make fantastic fast economical cruising boats for two. If you like small power boats then we have several to chose from, a Raider 18 Fisherman for the anglers or a Sea Fox 197 for those who prefer flat out speed for instance. But we also have larger boats, from a Mirage 28, a still popular cruising boat, friends spent 5 years cruising theirs all round the Med; and a good clean example of a Princess 415, another fantastic cruising boat for those who prefer power over sail, this one brings back memories of cruising round France with my family for me. But your dream boat might be something completely different so take a look at the catalogue, perhaps it will be the Formula 40 sailing catamaran or the Sunseeker Mohawk 29 which will catch your eye but which ever boat it is you fancy you know that these boats all have owners who are keen to sell and reserve prices set to match. You can also bid in confidence as you know that you’ll be able to have a full inspection and professional survey after the auction to make sure there are no hidden problems with your dream boat and you’ll be able to use our qualified Boatshed brokers help and expertise to guide you through the purchase, they’ll even be able to help you find companies to transport your new boat home.
Easter always seems to mark the start of the boating season with families leaving their berths for the Easter hols and heading off for their new adventures.
The first ever Gibraltar International Boat Show was held between Thursday 9th and Sunday 12th April 2009 in the Ocean Village marina in Gibraltar. Boatshed Gibraltar, International Yacht Brokers wrote a timely article for the monthly glossy Gibraltar Magazine to appear just before the start of the event and provided silver foil car windscreen sunshades for boat show clients who parked their cars in the heat during the show at the local marinas. The powerful sun has started to make itself felt down here and they were much appreciated.
Boatshed North Wales, International Yacht Brokers are delighted to announce a new team member, Andy Topham. It’s great to welcome Andy, as Boatshed North Wales is now an established brand and is rapidly expanding.
For anyone wavering about work, thinking about employment or just inquisitive about a new income - then joining Boatshed could be just the thing.
The third race of the Ao Chalong Yacht Club race series was held in Phuket Thailand, South East Asia's premiere yachting destination on Sunday the 5th April. Sponsored by www.boatshedphuket.com International yacht brokers, the race was sailed around Chalong Bay on the South coast of Phuket Island in the Andaman Sea.
If you watched ‘Master and Commander’ or ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ with the Black Pearl and fancied yourself at the helm or up the rigging on a Tall Ship, now is your chance!
Boatshed BVI International Yacht Brokers were out on the water for this year’s Spring Regatta on a Beneteau 473.
Boatshed BVI, International Yacht Brokers, ] www.boatshedbvi.com have entered this year’s Spring Regatta on a Beneteau 473. Light winds are forecast for this weekend’s racing but this has not dampened Boatshed BVI’s competitive crew, led by Phil Otis and Arjan Stoof, who are hoping to emulate last year’s success of 3 bullets and a second place and match Boatshed BVI’s victory in the Sweetheart’s of The Caribbean Classic Regatta. With 3 days of racing scheduled there is sure to be plenty of excitement and controversy. We will keep you updated on race results here on the website www.boatshedbvi.com home of the International Yacht Brokers office covering Yacht Sales in the US and British Virgin Islands. Boatshed BVI has two Beneteau 473’s listed yachts for sale and both yachts are competing against each other in their class at this year’s Regatta; we know our listed yachts for sale intimately as we go onboard and take up to 70 photos of each boat and place full spec. We will be getting more feedback from the respective skippers on the sailing performance of each yacht which will be beneficial for any interested yacht purchasers. For more information on these and other great yachts for sale visit www.boatshedbvi.com , the progressive International Yacht Brokerage
BOATS ARE SELLING! This is the message from Yacht Brokers Boatshed.com this week as they report another month of buoyant sales.
An exciting new way of buying and selling boats has arrived on the canals with the launch of the first ever Boatshed Brokerage serving the Inland Waterways. The highly innovative and personal approach of Boatshed internationally has made it the largest and fastest growing boat brokerage in the world. Phil Bassett the proprietor of Boatshed Grand Union saw the potential to bring this “traditional style brokerage, with cutting-edge technology” to inland boaters. The new office is based near Watford and will serve the Grand Union, including the London canals and the River Lee navigation.
There are currently nearly 40 used boats for sale in the auction including everything from a 22’ wooden Buchannan sloop sailing boat to a Fairline Squadron 58 luxury motor boat and all things in between.
Boatshed BVI, International Yacht Brokers based in Tortola, Caribbean, was invited to join the Classic Yacht Regatta onboard a beautiful 57 Abeking & Rasmussen Ketch.
"There is nothing like a face to face meeting!" is what we say at Boatshed.com. That's why over 50 Boatshed business owners got together on Friday for the Boatshed European Conference.
One of the most entertaining and inspiring races this side of the 19th century has seen a well deserving Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA) 'FONCIA' held onto the lead since the unfortunate dismasting of Mike Golding (UK) 'ECOVER' whilst he was in first place in the Southern Ocean.