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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.

Free ebook: Boating in Essex

Thursday, 07 June 2012

Do you like boating in Essex? Do you really know what is so great about boating in Essex? How to choose a boat? How to find a marina? Whether you’re new to boating or sailing, have been boating for years, or are new to Essex, there’s something for everyone in this mini introduction to boating in Essex.

Sailing: “The Antidote to Stress”.

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Colin Stracey recently bought a Beneteau Oceanis 351 which was for sale with us at Boatshed Essex.

Choosing a Boat – Part 1 Dinghies and Cruisers

Thursday, 24 May 2012

At Boatshed Essex we have dinghies, traditional cruisers, trailer sailers, production cruisers, long-distance cruisers, cruiser-racers and multihull boats and catamarans for sale.

Fletcher Arrowsport 16 as a First Boat

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Noel and Jayne recently bought a great value sports boat; a Fletcher Arrowsport 16 which was for sale with Boatshed Essex and kindly agreed to be interviewed for our blog.

RYA Active Marina Launch: This Weekend!

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Fambridge Yacht Haven launches its RYA Active Marina programme together with the West Wick Yacht Club open day on Saturday the 19th May 2012 and we would love to see you there!

New Listing: Princess 42 for sale

Monday, 14 May 2012

We have recently listed this lovely Princess 42. She comes with a very extensive inventory; equipped from new to the highest standards with over £45K worth of extras. Having only completed 160 hours running time; this superb motor yacht looks in great condition throughout.

New Agent for Boatshed Essex

Thursday, 10 May 2012

We are very pleased to welcome our newest agent, Gary Humm to Boatshed Essex. He’s really looking forward to helping you find Beneteau boats for sale, Fairline, Jeanneau, and Quicksilver motor boats for sale too. Gary will be dealing with boats for sale in the coastal town of Brightlingsea on the “Tendring Peninsula”.

How to Choose a Marina in Essex

Thursday, 03 May 2012

It’s good fun looking for Moody yachts for sale, racing yachts for sale, Jeanneau boats for sale and Etaps for sale in Essex. However, your dream boat may not come with a berth, and even if it does you may still like to look around for a different marina closer to home.

Now They Got No Use for a Shanty Man

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Ahoy there me hearties; we’ve got Jeanneau boats for sale, Sadler yachts for sale, Bavaria cruisers for sale and Etap yachts for sale. In fact we have quite a selection of sailing boats and yachts for sale in Essex; but how different these modern designs are to the sail boats of yesteryear. The Cutty Sark will be officially re-opened today, and that got me to thinking about how sailing has changed.

Mooring a Yacht – 7 Top Tips!

Thursday, 19 April 2012

A lot of the second hand boats we have for sale in Essex are sailing boats. We have Moody yachts for sale, racing yachts for sale, Jeanneau boats for sale and much more. When you’re thinking of berthing or mooring your yacht do you ever find yourself daunted by crowded conditions? Manoeuvring under sail is much easier in less crowded harbours. It can be quite intimidating with an audience watching you mooring and anchoring. However, all mooring and anchoring, under sail or power, should be done slowly, with an awareness of the wind and the tide.

Have You Heard About the RYA Active Marina Programme?

Thursday, 12 April 2012

As you may well know, we are based at Fambridge Yacht Haven; a charming location on the River Crouch, set in the beautiful Essex countryside. Fambridge Yacht Haven have recently joined the RYA Active Marina Programme which aims to encourage Berth Holders and their crew to make the most of life with their boats. With the support of West Wick Yacht Club and local training centre First Class Sailing East Coast, the RYA are launching a new programme of free marina-based training workshops and social meet-ups. We were happy to be the broker that recently sold First Class Sailing East Coast one of their training yachts. There are a number of fun events scheduled throughout the summer, starting off with the programme launch and WWYC Open Day on 19th May. Boatshed Essex will be at the open day and all berth holders and their crew are invited.

Sailing is for Life: Not Just For Easter

Thursday, 05 April 2012

That’s right; you know you enjoy those long bank holiday weekends, sailing or boating with friends, but have you ever thought what you’re really buying in to?

Which is Best? Power Boats or Sailing Boats?

Thursday, 29 March 2012

At Boatshed Essex we love boats. We love the way you can stay in a different place each night without needing to unpack. The way that you can keep your favourite home comforts with you on board. The way that we’re always learning and improving our boat handling skills. If friends or family are up for pitching in then it can even improve your relationships. Yet if you feel a little too close to your family on board you can get some ‘space’ by heading off to the bow deck to read a book! If you need to put even more space between yourself and your nearest and dearest you can volunteer to take the dinghy to the shore to explore, or replenish supplies.
People love boating and sailing because of the sense of freedom it brings, and the exhilaration of being close to nature. Being on the water can awaken and stimulate your senses; and yet at the same time it is relaxing to be free from your daily life ashore.
If you’re into powerboats you’ll enjoy a quick getaway, leave at any time, head off in any direction and be able to plan what time you’ll arrive. Power boats have shallower drafts, which means you can access shallower water and get closer to the shore if you want to. If you like fishing you can trawl on a powerboat. Your power is at the touch of a button, so there’s less physical effort than with sailing.
However, as a sail boat depends on the power of the wind it is more environmentally friendly. Your distance travelled won’t depend so much on fuel consumption. You can quietly cross oceans feeling at one with the forces of nature. It’s cheaper to run a sailboat engine than a powerboat engine and the further you travel the more cost effective it becomes. If you’re adventurous and like the physical side of life then sailing could be for you.
People often fall into one of these two camps. Which kind of boater are you? Join us on Facebook and let us know what you love about boating and sailing.

What is Great About Boating in Essex?

Thursday, 22 March 2012

…and other questions that I asked Steve Booth, motor boat and yacht broker.

Tell Peggy Your Boating Stories!

Thursday, 15 March 2012

We are pleased to announce that Peggy Melmoth has recently joined the Boatshed Essex team. Peggy will be writing our blogs and handling some of our social media networking on Twitter and Facebook.

Essex Boys to Sail Around Britain

Friday, 09 March 2012

The Echo has recently reported that two brothers are planning a 2,000 mile voyage, sailing around the coast of Britain for charity.
Dean Osler, from Eastwood and his brother Craig, from Hullbridge, will be starting their journey aboard their 33ft yacht Nebula on 2nd June and expect to be sailing for two or three months. They will be raising money for Havens Hospices and their fundraising target is £2,000. Havens Hospices cares for children and adults with life-limiting illnesses.
Craig, 39 said,
“When I was younger I spent a lot of time at Great Ormond Street Hospital with a friend so I know how serious illnesses can affect young children.
“I wanted to make a difference to my own community and support Little Havens for the care they offer to local families. This is the longest either of us will have been away from our families and that is going to be really hard for us, but our dad is hoping to join us for a few days when we get down to the south coast.”
Dean and Craig have spent the past year practicing their sailing, including some night sailing to prepare themselves for their challenge.
We are happy to have sold two of Craig's boats for him over the last few years and look forward to following them on their adventure. Their current boat Nebula is a Moody 33. Check out this Moody 33 for sale at Boatshed Essex (price reduced!)
Read the full story here: Echo News

Fambridge Yacht Haven - New Developments!

Friday, 28 October 2011

Well it’s all go here at Boatshed Essex this month. With 8 boats sold in August and 8 already set to sell already in October it seems our customers really are making the most out of the late summer sunshine! And why not? With over 90 boats for sale with our brokerage and 2369 throughout the Boatshed site alone, it seems there is still time to cash in on some late season bargains.

2011 PSP Southampton Boat Show update

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

We’re all very excited about the PSP Southampton Boat Show and the Boatshed stand at the show. at the PSP Southampton boat show 2011

Monday, 29 August 2011

Come and meet the team at this years PSP Southampton boat show.

Boatshed Conference 2011

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

The Boatshed conference 2011 was a great success. Two days spent in and around Portsmouth Dockyard as well as Boatshed HQ in Gosport; with lots of lectures, group meetings and workshops.
Approximately 30 Boatsheds came to the event, travelling from destinations across Europe and even as far as Phuket in the Far East.