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.
One of the real plusses of an organisation like Boatshed is the breadth and depth of our Brokers’ knowledge and experience. We’ve crossed more starting and finishing lines on more boats than you can begin to imagine and on our listings you will find everything from racing dinghies and catamarans to Americas Cup yachts and single handed round the world Open 60s. We have raced round the cans, round the Fastnet rock and round the world. We love every aspect of boating, but some of us are properly infected with the racing bug!
This week sees Boatshed.com pass the 400,000 registered customer mark.
If you are looking for a used RIB for sale it will be worth your while to buy the May issue of Motor Boats Monthly for their "Used RIB mega test" that is on page 81. The report features two RIB's that are currently on the market with Boatshed Hamble.Com a 6.5m Coastline diesel for sale at £17,500 coastline 6.5 And a Coastline 7m coastline 7m Boatshed Hamble.Com have eight other RIB's for sale at present and another seventy plus with our other offices. Please visit Boatshed Hamble.com to see full details and photographs or call Peter Delbridge on 02380560002 or 07710224754 to arrange a viewing.
Saturday the 2nd of April, 2011 saw a fleet of yachts and dinghies with very strangely dressed crews heading down the river Hamble and out to a start line in the Solent. Most of this gathering had just enjoyed a King or Queen cooked breakfast (depending how hungry you were) at the King & Queen pub in Hamble otherwise known as the "Rum Pub" The reason for the gathering was the annual King & Queen pursuit race which is in aid of the independent Hamble River Lifeboat, with all entry fees, monies from a charity auction and collections go to. With prizes for the best dressed crew, the boat having the most fun, the best rounding of one of the marks, 2nd to last boat across the line etc etc you can start to understand what a strange looking race it is. That said it is still one of the most enjoyable local races around, with many tales and stories of races over the years going down in local folk law. Twenty five boats in all entered this year ranging from a Mirror dinghy, RS600 through to J boats & Dehler's, basically whatever you wanted to enter. With two time served race officers on hand the handicaps where quickly sorted out and five separate courses set with the same start and finish lines. Handicaps did seem to be open to bribery and corruption, be it all in a good cause. The first start was at 1030hrs and most boats had finished by 1215hrs in perfect sailing conditions of dry and sometimes sunny with a force three wind slightly gusting. Peter Delbridge of Boatshed Hamble was racing with friends on board "Amigo's" a Dehler 34 which was heavily handicapped because it was deemed to have a bunch of BANDITS on board (See Photos). "Amigos" did win a prize though, a bottle of Mount Gay rum, be it for being the second from last boat across the finish, something to do with having to much fun and the drag effect of wearing Sombreros & Ponchos was mentioned afterwards in respect to their poor performance. It was then back to the King & Queen Pub for a BBQ and even a gorgeous Paella. This was then followed by an auction of prizes donated by local companies such as Hamble Estate Agency and Boatshed Hamble.Com etc. The auction raised over £2,800 along with about another £500 from entries, and the funniest amount of £230 was raised by the male band members agreeing to play with their tops off ! After the auction it was time for the prize giving. 1st place went to "Never Give Up" the Mirror dinghy sailed by Martin Moody, 2nd place was won by "Tom" in the RS600 and third went to "Cejenica" an Achillies 24. All in all a great day was had by all with nearly £3,500 being raised for the Hamble River Lifeboat. Ps. By the time the dancing started there was not much of the Rum left ! See you there next year.
The King & Queen Pursuit Race By the end of 2010, Hamble Lifeboat responded to 140 calls from the thousands of mariners in the Solent and local waters. The voluntary organisation receives no public funding and relies on donations to keep this invaluable service running.
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Boatshed Hamble .Com starts 2011 with a new phase in its successful eight year history.
Boatshed.com were on the water this afternoon for the start this legendary single-handed transatlantic race.
Peter from Boatshed Hamble thought that it would be fun to join Colin for the opening of Boatshed St Malo, and to take in the start of the Route du Rhum.
Its over 10 years since the first Boatshed office opened in Milford Haven, the group is today amongst the world leaders in Yacht Brokerage. With representation in such far flung places as Seattle and Phuket, coverage is genuinely global.
Sometimes, I come to the conclusion you just get too many emails. Anyhow, whilst poring through Friday’s delivery of the odd two or three hundred emails in my inbox, I noticed one titled Rib Raid; nothing to do with technical redundancy on servers. When I opened it, I found it was an invitation to go and join the guys at Boatshed, Hamble for a brief soiree around the Solent.
UK is one of the new countries to introduce a professional boat sales qualification which has been championed by the Boat Retailers and Brokers Association (BRBA) and the Association of Brokers and Yacht Agents (ABYA) to promote a proper code of conduct and best practice in the industry.
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Saturday 28th August saw the 140th Swanwick, Bursledon and Warsash Regatta held on the river Hamble get off to a great start, dry sunny weather a lunchtime high tide and crowds and crowds of sailors, local families all helped to make a great day.
My three children have all been in boats from birth nearly, and they love it. Now I know that that would not suit everybody and I also know that my children are lucky to have a mother and father that love anything to do with boating.
Its seven o'clock in the morning on Saturday 14th of August and I am motoring down the Hamble River with four other friends, to head out into the middle of the Solent in the Boatshed Hamble Boston Whaler. What's strange about that you say ? well, we were heading for the Brambles bank, a sand bar that only shows its self on the lowest tides of the year and we were going to watch one of my favourite cricket matches.
It was that time of the year again, Cowes Week, the worlds largest sailing regatta held in the Solent and open to all types and classes of yachts from the screaming Extreme 40's, the awe- inspiring ICAP Leopard down to X boats, SB3's and just about any class of boat ever made.
Boatshed Hamble are proud to announce there support of this years RYA Motor Cruise. 23 boats signed up for this years cruise which is accompanied by the RYA support Rib and one of the Sea Start Rib's.
www.boatshedhamble.com owned and managed by brothers Peter & Michael Delbridge are pleased to announce the new partnership with Marine Mega Store, the online chandlery, and the opening of the combined office on Hamble High Street in Capstan House.