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Boatshed goes Responsive! Today, nearly 30% of Boatshed's traffic is mobile. By the end of next year, this may exceed 50% Tablet sales are expected to exceed 100 million this year. Smartphones, of course, are also a hot commodity, with the majority of people now owning a smartphone. The shift to mobile is happening at an extraordinary speed. For those of us who create the Boatshed websites and services, all this leads to a singular conclusion: A million screens have bloomed, and we need to build websites that work better on all of them.
UKSA, the Isle of Wight's maritime charity, has appointed a new chief executive.
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All these reports on Ocean Crossings and equipment reviews, it can sometimes seem mind boggling as to what you should have on board your boat as equipment.
Sometimes, a yacht broker can be minding his own business getting on with an ordinary day when he gets a call from a sailing magazine saying they’re looking to feature a nice sailing boat in their next issue. At least that’s what happened to Peter Delbridge from Boatshed Hamble last month.
We often get asked if any of the owners of yachts for sale with Boatshed Hamble International yacht Brokers would like to make them available for a used boat test, to feature in the “Sailing Today” magazine. Last Friday saw Peter & Michael Delbridge of BSH taking out the “Sailing Today” photographer Rod in the Boatshed Hamble Rib to photograph a lovely Oyster 49 Pilot House that is coming on the market shortly with Boatshed Hamble and will feature in their March issue. On board was Toby Heppell their News and Features Writer as well as the owner.
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The 24 Hours in a liferaft has raised over 10,000 pounds so far !
Marine Industry ladies spend 24 hours in a liferaft
Saturday 25th August saw the 142nd Swanwick, Bursledon and Warsash Regatta held on the river Hamble get off to a great start, with dry weather, an afternoon high tide and crowds and crowds of sailors, local families all helping to make it a great day.
I love these local summer events, it does not matter where you are around our fantastic coastline but at some point during the year the local community gets together to raise money for local charities or just to celebrate local boating.
Peter Delbridge of .www.boatshedhamble.com was on route from the River Hamble in the Boatshed Hamble Boston Whaler to Mudeford Harbour when he found himself right in the midst of the "Mighty J's" as they hoisted their spinnakers and bore away down the Western Solent back towards Cowes.
The ships from the P&O fleet sailed into their home port before dawn yesterday.
It always surprises me that when I speak to people with boats on the River Hamble and those that live close to it, how many have never travelled further up-river than Bursledon bridge or at most the M27 bridge. Ok, if you have a yacht or sailing dinghy that you can not step the mast you are not going to get past Bursledon bridge, but for all others, navigation is possible especially on a rising spring tide. How far can you go? Well for canoes and dinghies you can get as far as the Horse and Jockey pub and the bridge on the A3051 at Curbridge on the Eastern branch of the river, and the village of Botley on the Western branch. These two creeks are only accessible on high tides and it is best to travel up about an hour before first high and then the moment you see the water level start to drop, head back down river asap because its like a giant plug being pulled out and you don’t want to be sitting at the pub for another twelve hours, or do you! There are plenty of places to land and pick nick as well as dropping the hook for larger vessels. Look out for deer and other wildlife along the banks as well as King Fishers, Herons and Egrets. The kids are still trying to spot the legendry “Hippocrocadonk” that is reported to live in the reeds in the upper reaches of the Hamble!!!
RIBEX has been renamed The Powerboat and RIB Show , the event has been staged for the last 13 years in Weymouth, Southampton and, until this year, Cowes, under the name of RIBEX. As well as being held at prestigious Portsmouth venue, Gunwharf Quays, for the first time over the weekend of 12th and 13th May, the exhibition featured powerboats of every description, making it the only show representing the entire powerboat market under 45ft. It was also completely free for visitors, making it much more accessible and the only free outdoor, on the water boat show in the UK. The new venue was a great benefit to visitors, who were able to take advantage of Gunwharf Quays’ many shops, restaurant and entertainment venues while they were at the show. Among the attractions there was a wide selection of RIBs, powerboats and associated products for sale, and the opportunity to trial boats on the open water and free RIB rides. Michael Delbridge and his young son Justin (Broker in training) of www.boatshedhamble.com were on hand to check on any new boats and to talk to clients old and new. You can contact Peter or Michael Delbridge about buying or selling a Rib here :
The weekend of the 5th and 6th of May saw the X-Yachts Regatta-Solent Cup being hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club. A total of 21 yachts entered the two day five race event. Peter Delbridge of www.boatshedhamble.com was racing on "S X Girl" an X-37 owned by Noj (John) White in the Open Sports Class B . Another boat in this class was "In-X-Celsis" owned and raced by Peter Jones. At the end of the weekend she was the winning boat, she is also for sale through Boatshed Hamble.com.
The Boat House Cafe at Swanwick marina is now open ! What has been known for years as the "Dog House" and then for a short period as "Valshedas" which closed earlier in the year has now risen from the ashes as a great waterside cafe / bar with great views across the River Hamble. Good service, good food and value for money is what Peter Delbridge of www.boatshedhamble.com has to say about it. Just look at my pictures and the current menu.
RYDE OR BUST?
Over the weekend of 10-11 March Hamble River Sailing Club hosted the 50th Anniversary Hamble Warming Pan regatta. This year’s invited classes were the Firefly and National 12 fleets, the local Foxer dinghy fleet, the Merlin fleet who’ve attended the event since it started in 1962, together with a new addition for 2012, the Enterprise class. A total of 60 boats competed over the weekend.