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Having done my dayskipper practical earlier in the year with York Cruiser Training Centre and had Broom Boats check Yorkshire Belle over during the Winter service it was time to have a short sea trial. Some friends with a steel hulled motor cruiser they bought in Holland two years ago had also expessed a wish to give it a try too so the idea was to do it in company-a necessity in their case because they do not have VHF or any nav aids. The plan was to do the quick hop out of Great Yarmouth and back in at Lowestoft and a day was chosen subject to weather.
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.
Boatshed, the global yacht broker renowned for its boat show ‘Fizz@Five’ parties, continues to buck the trend of the recession with further expansion, both at home and overseas.
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This motor boat belonged to some Boatshed Yorkshire customers who had had it in their back garden for 15 years as a project which never progressed.
There is a well established conviction amongst yacht brokers that there is no such thing as an owner improvement. One of the things I have learned whilst running Boatshed Yorkshire is the importance of maintaining a boat well inside and out if you want it to keep its value. Refurbishment may enhance its value, although the amount rarely equates to that spent, while not doing it will erode its value. Like many things in life you have to run in order to stand still. Having decided on a refit or other major boat renovations there is no substitute for getting it done professionally. All boat brokers will have seen bodged jobs done by owners which actually devalue the boat hence the belief that there no such thing as an owner improvement. It was with this in mind that I decided last year that our 1983 Broom 32, Yorkshire Belle, could do with an interior update as it still had the 1980s style patterned upholstery, blue carpet and orange curtains-see before photos. At first I had a local firm-our boat is kept in a wet shed in Horning on the Broads-go over her and come up with some ideas. I was surprised to receive a quote which was double what I had expected. And I was not exactly sold on the choice of materials. A few weeks later I was at Oulton Week talking to a surveyor I know who does business with Broom Boats in Brundall and he suggested that I at least talk to them as in his experience they offered good value money and were not as expensive as I might have thought. I arranged to visit them at the Southampton Boat Show to see at firsthand what they could do. I met Andrew Stone their Customer Services Manager on one of the exhibits and it soon became obvious that there was more that could be done than simply replacing fabrics. We discussed redesigning the saloon seating to be more like furniture as in their newer boats since it is never used for sleeping on anyway. In October we were on a week's holiday so we went South and called at the yard to discuss the detail. Fabrics and carpet were selected, new foam was to be included with memory foam in the master cabin, holly and teak flooring in the galley-much more practical than carpet, new light fittings and many other outstanding jobs. When the quote came it was 5 times what I had originally intended spending but the project had grown. I then decided it would be a good idea for Broom Boats to do the winter servicing and check the boat over generally since they had not seen her since building her 27 years ago. A number of other improvements rose from this-new automatic fire extinguisher, new bilge pumps, loose engine mounting nuts and so on. It was end January before we could take the boat to them due to weather and tides-it's a 6 hour journey by boat, 20 minutes by car-and during the next 4 months we called in to review progress from time to time. By the middle of May all was ready and we had a shake down cruise to ensue all was OK before we took her away, and of course it was, but then that’s what comes with using a professional boat builder. My surveyor friend happened to be at Oulton Broad that weekend and he and his wife were very impressed with our “new boat”. Three weeks later we called to take it back to its mooring and of course pay the bill- exactly 8 times my original budget but well worth it as you can see from the after shots. It's like a new Broom inside! Yorkshire Belle is now snug again in her shed and what was already a desirable boat must now be best in class. The moral of the story is that any work on a boat should be carried out in a professional manner and ideally by the original builder if possible in order to maintain or even enhance its value. Just by coincidence I also happen to have a nice Broom 35 for sale. Please feel free to contact me, Andrew Holmes of Boatshed Yorkshire about this or any of the other boats for sale.
I have taken part in this race three times before but not since 2007. This year being the 50th one our skipper decided it was time to have another go. The race itself covers 57 miles of the Northern rivers of the Broads, over the Rivers Bure, Ant and Thurne-hence the name of the event-and there are 4 turning marks-below Ludham Bridge, South Walsham Dyke, Hickling Broad and Lower Bure(this year Stokesby)-which you can do in any order.
Boatshed were the 1st RNLI Ambassadors a few years ago which means that if you are a boat seller or buyer through Boatshed.com you can receive a complimentary 1 year Offshore membership with the RNLI.
I have been a member of this club since 1989 and have sailed in the past, a Mirror and an Enterprise as well as looking after the club bar for 14 years. It has its own clubhouse which is situated on a very nice stretch of the River Ouse about 5 miles downstream from York.
Having been boating since the age of 13, I decided last year it would be a good idea to gain some qualifications, partly for business reasons but also because I now own a boat with sea going potential.
Boatshed Yacht Brokers are a social bunch so they seize upon any opportunity to get together. The Boatshed European annual Conference for 2010 was held over looking sailing boats and motor boats in Albufeira Marina at the offices of Boatshed Algarve.
We love hearing your feedback from our customers and many of you requested extra detailed photos to be included in our photo template. Great news we have just completed work too our website so that you can now view an extra 15 NEW photos to view for each boat listed on Boatshed.com giving you a total of 80 photos.
Firstly Congratulations to Ian Welsh and his team of Boatshed Poole for winning the 2010 Boatshed.com "Broker of the year award"
The array of electronic goodies and gadgets available for boats is mind blowing and the advertising for them seems to insist you’d be foolish to venture out without all of them so Boatshed Plymouth called by “Just Right” one of this year’s Jester Challenge entrants to see what electronics Gus Davidson will be using to get him and his 20’ Golant Gaffer safely across the pond. Gus has a keen eye on the budget as he’s raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support so he weighs the cost of each piece of equipment carefully to ensure as much money as possible goes to the charity.
Boatshed has devised a new way of allowing people to join their winning team through the launch of Boatshed Agents.
The Jester Challenge has its supporters and critics, but whatever you think about it it’s certainly becoming a firm fixture on the sailing calendar. The 2010 event which leaves from off Plymouth Breakwater at 13:00 BST on 23rd May already has 93 entries. Boats are less than 30 feet but the current list is an incredibly fascinating and varied mix of boats and people. One such sailor is Gus Davidson who are taking part in the challenge in his boat Just Right in order to raise money and awareness for Macmillan Cancer support. Raising money is their main aim although there will undoubtedly be some adventure along the way .
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THE NEW LOOK BOATSHED.COM WEBSITE LAUNCH CELEBRATES OVER 2,000 HAPPY BOAT SALE CUSTOMERS SO FAR IN 2009!
The Southampton Boat Show drew to a close today and Boatshed.com along with many other exhibitors can report that it has been another very successful and enjoyable event. Our stand this year which was an actual shed was incredibly busy and as always was manned by members of the Boatshed team throughout the show so we were able to explain all the fantastic Boatshed features to visitors and demonstrate how best to use the site. Business was brisk in both the buying and selling of used boats and we also had great interest from those wanting to join the Boatshed team and open new Boatshed offices to expand the business further.
The PSP Southampton Boatshow is underway and visitors numbers look healthy.