Buying a previously-loved boat can feel like a bit of a gamble, as you wonder how well the boat’s owner has maintained the bargain boat of your dreams. But whether you’re looking for coastal cruising, inland boating, quiet fishing or family fun, buying second hand can be a good investment if you know what to look for.
Last month it was reported that criminal gangs were responsible for a series of boat and engine thefts in Essex and Suffolk. Many stolen engines actually end up abroad.
Police in Sweden have recently managed to trace the owner of a luxury yacht left in a harbour for two years. The wealthy owner says he had forgotten about it! The £65,000 boat was moored close to Sweden’s border with Norway and the keys were left tied to the railings. A Facebook appeal eventually lead the police to the Norwegian owner. He had intended to sell the vessel in 2012 and was under the impression that the sale had been completed. He now owes two years of harbour fees.
I just saw a picture on Facebook of a woman undertaking a diesel engine maintenance course. It got plenty of 'likes' and some positive comments from men who “like to see women getting involved”!
It may be that you’re not sure yet if you want to sell or not, yet you’d like an idea of the current value of your boat and what the second hand boat market is like at the moment. If you need advice on any aspect of selling a boat you may like to chat to a professional broker, based in Essex.
If you’re thinking about selling your boat this year, don’t delay – boats are selling in Essex right now! The right buyer could be searching online today, while you’re continuing to pay boat insurance and hard standing or berthing fees. At Boatshed we pride ourselves on a friendly and efficient service that often results in a quick sale. Here’s how we do it:
We’ve managed to cram a lot of info onto our little blog this year! We kicked off in January full of resolutions and good intentions. This article focusses on the ecological benefits of boating and sailing. Go green: Be a sailor.
This week I am focusing on letting go of distractions: specifically internet distractions. If you work in an office with access to the internet you’ll know how tempting it is to click on some article link on Facebook or Twitter instead of getting on with your work.
How much is your boat worth? Our brokers are here to advise you with their knowledge of the current market; but we can also offer some valuable top tips to help your boat meet its full potential.
Here’s a Boatshed guide to choosing the right boat for you.
Do you remember our article Sailing Jargon to use Ashore? Sailing expressions have crept into our language over hundreds of years and become a part of our culture. If you’re a beginner you may be surprised at how many traditional sailing terms you already know.
Have you ever dreamed of a complete lifestyle change? Live-aboard boaters can often feel part of a supportive community.
Whilst we’re all familiar with basic sailing terms, aft, bow, port, starboard, leeward, windward, etcetera, you may be surprised at how many other traditional sailing terms you know from days gone by. Sailing expressions have crept into our language over hundreds of years, so much so that they’re now a part of our culture.
“Worse things happen at sea”, as they say. I noticed two watery disasters in the news this week: A man fell from his yacht mast on the Isles of Scilly. The 62 year old Dutchman was airlifted to hospital in Truro but later died from his injuries. According to BBC News the yacht had been boarded as part of a Border Force operation.
The Boatshed crew recognise that buying a boat is a major decision, which is why you have chosen to use Boatshed as your professional broker to guide you through what can be a daunting process. We believe in offering the very best quality of service and provide our buyers with all the resources they need to ensure total peace of mind.