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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.


'Push the Boat Out' day: 21st July

'Push the Boat Out' day: 21st July

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

To celebrate London 2012 there’s a special day to get lots of British boats out on to the water.

Boat of the Moment: Regal 1900

Boat of the Moment: Regal 1900

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Our boat of the moment is this immaculate Regal 1900LE with a Fastrac Hull. She is a superb bow rider with just 20 hours of use from new. The engine incidentally is the 225Hp version capable of a top speed of 55mph. When tested by boattest they found that it will plane in 3.2 seconds and reach 30mph in 6.5 seconds - not bad!

The Blackwater Blog

The Blackwater Blog

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Choices, choices: There is such a diversity of choice when it comes to rivers and coastal cruising in Essex: Whether you’re looking for a Jeanneau, Bavaria, Oyster boat for sale or a Bermudan Sloop Classic Yacht you still also have to decide where to go boating.

Who Saves Lives on the Essex Coast?

Who Saves Lives on the Essex Coast?

Thursday, 21 June 2012

The Essex coast has so many good places to visit by boat. Whether you cruise by sailboat or motorboat this coast can be both fun and challenging. You have to be aware of the sandbanks and the tides. Do you enjoy Essex with a Beneteau or a Jeanneau? Do you prefer Fairline, Sunseekers or Westerly boats? When you’re looking for a boat for sale in Essex what safety features and equipment do you look for?

Boatshed.com appointed new brokerage provider by British Waterways Marinas Ltd.

Boatshed.com appointed new brokerage provider by British Waterways Marinas Ltd.

Friday, 15 June 2012

British Waterways Marinas Ltd, one of the largest marina operators in the country, has appointed Boatshed.com as its sole provider of brokerage at its marinas in the South and West.

Choosing a Boat Part 2 – Motor Boats

Choosing a Boat Part 2 – Motor Boats

Thursday, 14 June 2012

When you’re new to boating the mind boggles with all of the choices to make, but I have to say it’s fun doing your research! We have Colvic boats for sale, Crownline boats for sale, bow riders, fishing boats and cruising yachts for sale. If names like Princess, Fairline and Sealine leave you worrying that you don’t’ know your Jeanneau from your elbow, then get in touch with Steve who will be happy to talk things over with you. As an introduction I’ve outlined a few of the different kinds of motor boats we have listed at Boatshed Essex.

Free ebook: Boating in Essex

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”.

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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!

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?

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

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?

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?

What is Great About Boating in Essex?

Thursday, 22 March 2012

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