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Check out these Westerly boats being auctioned 12-16th September. You can bid with confidence that each boat can be surveyed and sea trialled before you make the finally decision to purchase.
September is the biggest auction yet with 60+ boats all going under the hammer in 30 days. See auction dates here
Events, Boat Shows and Regattas in which Boatshed plan to participate, or which are of interest to our customers, during 2015.
This end-of-year review focuses on the VAT 'hot topics' of 2014 and offers a few ideas for boat buyers and sellers to consider for the next year.
At Boatshed we encourage feedback from our customers, as a way of monitoring and improving the services we offer. Here are some recent comments we have received:
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a two owner from new, well maintained and very well presented, Jeanneau Merry Fisher 8. For cruising, the Merry Fisher 8 offers two distinct living spaces - a large saloon and a forward cabin in a spacious and well-balanced interior layout. The large volume of space on the interior can accommodate a family of four or two couples, featuring a generous forward cabin with a double berth and a saloon that converts into a second double berth. This example has clearly been well looked after – just take a look at the engine bay photos and you’ll appreciate how clean she is.
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a one owner from new Hunter Ranger 245. The 245 is another great design from David Thomas and its amazing how much space there is in just under 25’. The self-tacking headsail makes for easy handling, a good-sized cockpit will fit everyone in and the interior feels spacious and light. This example currently lies afloat and is well presented. Appointments to view can be booked in advance 6-days a week directly with your Boatshed Dartmouth broker.
Boatshed Dartmouth are pleased to offer for sale a one owner from new, White Shark 265. I have had the pleasure of brokering several White Sharks and they are excellent performers and are also well equipped. The design and layout is always good and the 265 is no exception with two berths and a small galley cleverly concealed in the helm position.
Boatshed Brixham and Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a diesel engine Doral Monticello 250. The Doral’s offer a really great layout in a spacious cockpit (with the ability to extend the aft bench seat for even more space) and are well appointed throughout including a good galley to port and a decent sized heads to starboard. This Doral is well presented with the upholstery in both cockpit and saloon looking good and she has also been polished and antifouled ready to go. The diesel Volvo KAD300 provides comfortable and economical cruising. Appointments to view can be booked in advance 6-days a week directly with your Boatshed Brixham and Dartmouth broker.
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a 2006 year, Cornish Crabber Pilot Cutter 30. The Pilot Cutter 30 is a modern GRP gaffer and the largest of the very successful Cornish Crabber range.
Boatshed Brixham and Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a virtually brand new Arvor 215AS. This blue-hulled 215AS is equipped with the external helm position and comes with a twin axle road trailer as well. The offer price represents a significant saving (around £8000) on a comparable new model and she is ‘ready to go’ for this season. The ‘AS’ of course stands for asymmetrical where the wheelhouse is offset to port to permit really easy (and much safer) passage forward to the foredeck where incidentally there is also an electric windlass. Appointments to view can be booked in advance 6-days a week directly with your Boatshed Brixham and Dartmouth broker.
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a truly classic Yeoman 35 MKII. Built by RJ Priors of Burnham on Crouch Essex in 1956 she has been lovingly restored over the past few years after being found ‘abandoned’ in a yard on the Clyde in 2005. Constructed from mahogany on teak she has impressive and classic lines providing “beauty, habitability and speed…” and is just full of character and quality fittings throughout. Her refit brought along a new sail wardrobe, new standing rigging, new engine and stern gear and much more. Just take a look through the impressive photos and you’ll appreciate this classic beauty. Appointments to view can be booked in advance 6-days a week directly with your Boatshed Dartmouth broker.
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a Jeanneau Merry Fisher 695. These are really great boats and are perfectly suited to family cruising, fishing or just pure enjoyment. Rarely do we get to offer boats to the market that are as well presented as this Merry Fisher. I took plenty of photos to illustrate just how clean and tidy she is, right down to and including the bilges. Take a look at the equipment levels too – there’s shore power, with charging circuit and fully ducted cabin heating. Visiting this example on a fine sunny day it was clear to see why the Merry Fishers are so well liked. The deep safe cockpit, and a well laid out wheelhouse with seating for two at the helm makes these boats ideal for day trips or even weekending.
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a Scanmar 33. Coming from a Swedish heritage, build quality is, as might be expected, very good indeed and looking at this example you wouldn’t think she was built in 1986. Incredibly she has been in the same ownership from new. The layout below is great with a good-sized galley to port and heads to starboard. Scanmar owners will confirm that the 33 sails very well indeed. I found one review that stated: “I can highly recommend this boat - it is well made, sails like a dream and is comfortable below and on deck.” One owner commented; “We've sailed the Scanmar at least another 1,000 n.m. and I continue to discover exceptional qualities - comfort, speed, convenience, logical design choices, and clever details that make cruising aboard her a pleasure.”
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a Jeanneau Sunlight 31. The Jeanneau Sun Light 31 was a successful design offering quite a bit of space in just 30’. Purchased by the current owner in 2002 she has cruised the West Country with the occasional cruise to the Channel Islands. She is fast and responsive at sea, can be handled short handed or even solo and provides good accommodation when in port.
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a well maintained and presented Vancouver 34. The Vancouver 34 Pilot shares the same cruising attributes of the 34 but with the addition of the pilothouse configuration. This provides a superb 360 degree seated saloon as well as the central galley, twin double berths and plenty of stowage space. The current owner has clearly kept this Vancouver up to date and she benefits from extras like cabin heating, recent navigation equipment and a self-steering windvane. Currently lying afloat there really is not much that needs doing for the season – just sail away! Appointments to view can be booked in advance 6-days a week directly with your Boatshed Dartmouth broker.
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a Seadog 30. The Seadogs themselves of course are almost legendary and they are renowned for being strong, safe and sea-kindly. This Seadog has recently under-gone a very thorough refit including removal and refurbishment of the engine, professional top-sides refurbishment and interior refit including new upholstery. The standing rigging has been renewed and is ready for re-stepping. This is only the second Seadog offered for sale in recent years by Boatshed Dartmouth and should not be missed. Appointments to view can be booked in advance 6-days a week directly with Paul Singer your Boatshed Dartmouth broker.
The auction has just started and you can now start bidding! Auction ends on Tuesday 21st Jan 2014, so get bidding.
The Boatshed 2014 Conference was held at the Excel exhibition centre during the London boat show. Boatshed offices travelled to London to share best practice, discuss ideas and develop new strategy for 2014/15.
Boatshed Scotland won the trophy for "Yacht Broker of the year" at the 2014 Boatshed Conference and Awards ceremony.