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.

For those new to Essex or thinking of travelling here, we shared three things that we love about boating in Essex.

In March I managed to interview Steve on the blog, our broker at Boatshed Essex. He has always liked water based sports including sailing and canoeing. He started off dinghy sailing, and his first ‘proper’ boat was a Hurley 22. Steve’s been a Boatshed broker for six years and loves the people you meet through boats and boating. He also loves being his own boss. A day in the life of yacht broker Steve.

We featured a number of interviews with our customers on the blog this year. In the Spring we helped Vanessa Ward to sell her Snapdragon 24, Sandel.

“My advice would be to make sure that you visit the boat regularly, just because you are selling you should not abandon it. Ensure it is kept as clean (give it a wash over every month or two) and dry or aired as possible, and cover with a tarpaulin if you are able.” Selling a sail boat: My story.

After two boating disasters were reported in the news this summer we shared some safety tips on the blog. How to sail safely.

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 become part of our daily language. Check out Sailing jargon to use ashore.

The last major regatta of the season began on the Saturday of the August Bank Holiday Weekend. Burnham week was 24th to 31st August this year. Sailors enjoyed the excitement of close quarter’s tidal river racing in some of the most challenging sailing waters the East Coast has to offer. Burnham Week 2013

In October we published a Boatshed guide to choosing the right boat for you. Tips on finding and viewing a boat.

If you’re thinking of selling a boat our brokers are here to advise you with their knowledge of the current market. Here are some valuable top tips to help your boat meet its full potential. 3 things you must know when selling a boat.

Here at Boatshed Essex we listed and sold plenty of boats this year and continue to list more. There are now over 556,000 registered customers on Boatshed.com and we look forward to selling more boats for boaters in 2014.

So if you haven’t already, join us on Facebook and Twitter, and keep up with boating and sailing in Essex. You can also get free updates from this blog by email .

Happy New Year from all at Boatshed Essex, and we look forward to helping you if you’re buying or selling a boat in 2014.


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