Neil Chapman founder and CEO of Boatshed.com is doing the double-handed ARC crossing from Las Palmas to St Lucia 2018 with Curt Mundy from Boatshed Ireland.
Boatshed, the world’s largest yacht brokerage, announces a new program — Modular Brokerage. This innovation creates a unique opportunity for those already in the marine industry and entrepreneurs to take on a share of brokerage commission on every boat we sell.
We are always told that Boatshed's website and online platform for the sale of boats is 'the best in the industry', but our technical engineers are always trying to improve it. We have added new features to our website and boat search system to make these even easier and quicker for boat buyers and boat sellers to use.
Our BoatBid online boat auction site provides the perfect platform for specialist boat auctions for a versatile range of boats from Cruising boats to Commercial, classic wooden boats to luxury motor yachts, houseboats, inland waterways, contact us if you are interested in entering your boat into our next auction.
Getting regular updates from your yacht broker about sales activity on your boat is vital. As well as regular broker contact Boatshed offer all boat owners a secure area where they can obtain live information on the activity, viewings and sales data of their boat for sale.
Boatshed’s unique Preferred Partners Scheme connects boat buyers with marine suppliers and service providers, internationally, nationally across the UK and locally. When buying a used boat from Boatshed, many of our buyers require equipment, accessories, sails, insurance, transportation, berthing facilities, upgrades and other essential products and services associated with boat ownership, maintenance, cruising and racing. Often, these are required immediately upon purchase of the boat, or soon thereafter, and are regarded by our customers as part and parcel of buying and equipping their ‘new’ boat.
An important part of what we do at Boatshed is help our owners’ boats stand out from the crowd and attract serious interest in a busy, often crowded marketplace. The strength of our website and IT platform, and the attention and importance our brokers place upon extensively photographing and detailing every aspect of a boat for sale, is a key part of that philosophy, but we are always devising new ways to support this effort.
Boatshed is one of the largest international yacht brokerages in the world, specialising in the sale and purchase of second-hand sail and motor boats. The original business, set up in Milford Haven Marina some 15 years ago, by seasoned sailors Neil and Mandy Chapman, after years of adventures offshore, has grown into a major international business and is a cornerstone of the yacht brokerage industry in the UK and overseas.
BoatFinder on the Boatshed Website allows you to create multiple boat searches to help you find your next boat and send you alerts when a new boat matches your search parameters.
It was a long winter, sometimes beautiful with lots of snow in the nearby hills, sometimes just cold. But, also during the winter we had the fun of being in a big port with other boat-lovers, the happy hours in the small restaurant at the quay, excursions to winegrowers, visits to the “bonbon” factory, etc. etc.
All very nice, but at the end everyone is waiting for the spring with nice weather to sail again. Some leave early, right after the barbeque for the people in the port. Others are busy now, like us, to bring the ship into good condition for the summer voyage. Not too difficult because the ship is always kept in good condition. But every spring we do some painting and we have a new satellite antenna to install now.
In some weeks we will be ready to sail. Where to go? Well, we did already a lot of sailing in France, so it is not an important question anymore. Sometimes now, if we find a nice spot we stay there a little bit longer. Get acquainted with the local population and take time for comprehensive attention to the environment. And the region of the middle of France has a lot to offer. The so called “Canal Lateral”, following the curves of the river Loire with beautiful views or maybe the “Canal du Centre”, climbing and descending over the hills of Burgundy. We think it will be this last direction this year. At the end, arrived in the Saône River, we can visit the beautiful city of Chalon-sur-Saône or simply follow the river to Lyon and the Rhône River with many interesting places.