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THE NEW LOOK BOATSHED.COM WEBSITE LAUNCH CELEBRATES OVER 2,000 HAPPY BOAT SALE CUSTOMERS SO FAR IN 2009!
JULES VERNE TROPHY
With one of my favourite races on the circuit under way after a beautiful start from Le Havre on the 8th of Novemeber, The fleet of double handed teams are racing towards Puerto Limon in Costa Rica where the finish lies, along with the the sunshine no doubt!
Boatshed Plymouth have moved into a new office at Mountbatten Plymouth. It is situated behind the Bridgend Boat Company in the Western Hangar off Lawrence road and adjacent to the popular Yacht Haven Marina. The company celebrated the move in true Boatshed style with a fizz@five party for customers, owners, local marine businesses and friends of Boatshed Plymouth. Neil and Mandy Chapman, the founders of Boatshed along with Josh Flavell the Communications Director and Robin Gray the Commercial Director were all their to support Tony and Amina Cleal who took over the running of Boatshed Plymouth in September.
The Southampton Boat Show drew to a close today and Boatshed.com along with many other exhibitors can report that it has been another very successful and enjoyable event. Our stand this year which was an actual shed was incredibly busy and as always was manned by members of the Boatshed team throughout the show so we were able to explain all the fantastic Boatshed features to visitors and demonstrate how best to use the site. Business was brisk in both the buying and selling of used boats and we also had great interest from those wanting to join the Boatshed team and open new Boatshed offices to expand the business further.
The PSP Southampton Boatshow is underway and visitors numbers look healthy.
This is always one of the most hectic weeks for the Boatshed HQ team with the build up to the Southampton Boat Show and this year has been no different. Boatshed.com is still running at full steam with a stream of used boats being bought, sold and listed everyday but the team have also been at the show ground preparing our stand and getting everything in place to ensure we are fully equipped to answer all your boating question and explain just how the Boatshed system works whether you are a boat buyer or a boat seller.
Boatshed.com has just received yet another industry accolade. Boatshed.com is ranked in the top ten most visited sites with Hitwise the Experian internet measurement company.
Gosport is home to Boatshed.com Head Quarters, plus it is also home of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
Today Monday 31 August 2009 the fleet departed Portsmouth Harbour and won’t return for almost a year.
Royal Clarence Marina is set within the grade 2 listed ex victualling yard of Nelsons Navy in Gosport, just inside Portsmouth harbour entrance to the west.
The Clipper crews (2000) and yachts (12) are prepared to set sail for the Humber and the official start of the Clipper 09-10 Race on 13 September.
The street market on the promenade in Royal Clarence Marina had stalls selling food and other goodies while local bands play to create a party atmosphere.
At 12.45pm the Mayor of Gosport, Councillor Mrs Diane Searle, will address the assembled crews and wish them fair winds for their adventure on behalf of the people of the Borough. Clipper’s chairman and founder, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston will also be in attendance. Once the skippers and crews have joined their yachts the Clipper 09-10 Race fleet will slip their lines and head out into Portsmouth Harbour, where they will be joined in a flotilla by local sailors prior to setting sail for the Humber.
The Southampton International boat show is just around the corner and as ever Boatshed.com will be there, we’ll be at stand C53 and we’d like to extend a very warm invitation to anyone coming to the show to come over and see us. Don’t forget our legendary fizz@five everyday at the show when all are welcome to come for a glass of fizz and a boaty chat.
The BoatBid.com catalogue has a range of used motor and sailing boats on offer. All the boats are keenly priced as they are very seriously for sale but some of them though fantastic boats are not that well known so I thought I’d let you know a little more about a couple of them.
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.