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BoatBid.com the online used boat auction supported by Boatshed.com has just launched the catalogue for their fifth auction. As usual we have a range of motor and sailing boats for sale in this auction which will run from the 12th to the 16th September during the first half of the Southampton Boat Show although as always the auction is online so you can be anywhere in the world and still bid.
The 9th of August saw the start of The Rolex Fastnet race and the end of the Cowes week regatta. The Rolex Fastnet is a sailing yacht race from Cowes to Plymouth via the Fastnet rock off the South coast of Ireland.
Last week Boatshed.com Yacht Brokers caused a stir when we sold 24 boats in one day! This week there is another Boatshed record to shout about; 124 boats sold in a month! Why so many boats? we asked Neil Chapman founder of Boatshed.com
The Eastbound North Atlantic sailing record has fallen. Pascal Bidegorry, skipper of the enormous maxi-trimaran Banque Populaire V, is now not only the fastest man under sail over 24 hours, covering an amazing 907.9 miles, he has also become the fastest man across the pond, smashing Groupama 3's previous sailing record by a whopping 12 hours 32 minutes and 6 seconds.
The team at Boatshed.com are considering rewriting the words to a certain song as they really do like Mondays especially last Monday July 20th when the Boatshed.com Yacht Brokerage Group posted a record 24 boat sales in just one day! The boats included a wide range of boats from a 16.5m Bruce Roberts Euro 1600 motor boat to a Hunter Duette sailing boat.
Neil and Mandy Chapman were invited to celebrate the retirement of Dan O'dwyer, Coxswain of the Courtmacsherry Lifeboat. Dan and the crew of the Courtmacsherry lifeboat received a bronze medal for the rescue of Neil and Mandy and their cousin Deni aboard the 42' ketch Supertaff in storm conditions 25 miles south of the Old Head of Kinsale in October 1998. The Bronze medal for bravery was the highlight of a career that spanned 30 years with the Lifeboats. Over a 100 people attended a presentation at the Lifeboat Station in Courtmacsherry followed by a big party in the popular Lifeboat Inn.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is the charity that provides a 24-hour lifesaving service around the UK and Republic of Ireland. Last year RNLI lifeboats rescued almost 8,000 people, an average of 21 people a day.
Church Stretton is probably as far from the sea as you can get in England. Mandy Chapman from Boatshed.com HQ office in Gosport was visiting the area for the day and was asked to help with the RNLI fund raising the local town.
Phew what a week that was! The fourth BoatBid online boat auction has just ended. We’ve had 32 used motor and sailing boats being auctioned online over the past 5 days and we’ve been busy answering all your questions and helping everyone to find out as much information about the boats in the catalogue before bidding and making sure you all knew exactly how to bid and what happens next.
Interest in the fourth BoatBid.com online boat auction is really hotting up. All our Boatshed.com brokers, who are handling the individual sales for the used boats in the auction, have been really busy answering questions and arranging viewings on the boats.
There’s just over a week to go before the next BoatBid.com boat auction which has almost 40 used boats of all types going under the virtual hammer. We have everything from pretty little wooden yachts to big powerful motor cruisers and all types of craft in between. We have a couple of completely unique boats, The Zafferano 45 sports fisher and a Gary Mull designed half tonner. There are sailing boats to suit all tastes from a 18 foot Sunstar to a Bavaria 350and all types of power boats including an Aquaflyte 7m RIB, a Sunrunner 235 weekender and a Sealine S38.
At BoatBid we have all kinds of used boats for sale in our auctions. We have used power boats and used sailing boats ranging from dainty little yachts to very stylish sports cruiser. Craft suitable to water ski behind and ones for yacht racing, with just about every kind of used boat you could want. Take a look at the catalogue I'm sure there's something you'll like.
At 1230 BST H.R.H. The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, fired the start gun for this years Original Single Handed Trans-Atlantic Race (OSTAR).
I write this with a westerly gale raging outside but summer is only just around the corner. The Boat Bid team have been working hard selecting a fantastic range of used motor and sailing boats for the summer auction. There’s just a week to go before the catalogue is launched but we still managed time to sit out in glorious sunshine yesterday lunch time and we’ve also sneaked in some fantastic sailing already this year.
To find out just what it’s like to buy or sell a boat through BoatBid I caught up with Steve Booth of Boatshed Essex who is now in the process of finalising the sale of the Stewart 24 Quarter Tonner from the last BoatBid auction.
The Pre Summer BoatBid has just finished with another flurry of bidding and boat sales. Yet again we sold some of the boats through Boatshed before the bidding even started but with nearly 3,000 used boats on the Boatshed website BoatBid will always have plenty more to take their place.
BoatshedBVI www.boatshedbvi.com was once again privileged to race on the beautiful 1962 57’ Abeking & Rasmussen ketch at this year’s Antigua Classic.
The fifth annual Plymouth Sail and Power Show in the UK is set to take place on Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th April 2009.
Using the new Sealift 2 to lift your boat out of the water, is simple, stress free, and really quick and easy. How does it work, all you do is motor your boat between two arms, which then will close on your topsides. Then a platform is raised until it meets your keel tie off fore and aft lines tightly and sit back and relax whilst Ralph and his team raise you out of the water. Its easy to do single handed as they tell you when you need to stop and they will straighten you so that your boat is in the right position.