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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.
Our planet is primarily water; the seas cover 71% of the Earth. NOAA’s National Geophysical Data Centre estimates the world’s water comes to around 321,003,271 cubic miles.
That’s a huge portion of our world, so just what is lurking under the waves? Dive in with Tracerco to find out.
The September Boatbid Auction has a lot to offer with almost 50 boats available!
On a recent trip to Bali, Indonesia Boatshed Texas was introduced to some of the traditional fishing boats the locals call Jukung or Cadik's a open wooden outrigger canoe. The fisherman that work tirelessly each day to bring in the catch head out in the early hours of the night across the Lombok Straights to bring in the days catch. The trip out in addition to being pitch black is also to windward against the elements as the prevailing winds are easterly so they are motor sailing on the outbound trip. However at sunrise there beholds a spectacle that is nothing short of a treat as if you are an early bird as i am & after traveling half way around the planet my internal clock was still back on Lone Star time; so there i was watching the Sunrise over the ocean & was able to observe this amazing sight as a fleet of sails returned to the beach in which they set off from earlier that morning.
The rig on these fishing vessels is also unique with a Lateen type rig called a Crab Claw sail made of colored cloth (although many of the newer canoes are built in fiberglass & sport dacron sails) and the out riggers are made in part with bamboo & mahogany of which is one of the primary materials for construction here in Indonesia. After a fast pace run down wind & once close to shore they lower their rigs & fire up their outboards and motor in to the beach and get as far up into the sand as possible as the tides on Bali at least on the eastern end of the island can come in quite high. After the fisherman secure their canoes, it's off to market with the day's catch of the which more often is mackerel or a similar type fish. Sometimes they catch a Baramundi which i can tell you is delicious especially when prepared on a grill with Balinese herbs & local spices.
During our visit to Bali, we were able to take a trip out on one of these amazing outrigger canoes to watch the sunset the fisherman's name was Wayan although spoke very little English you could tell that the Ocean was in his blood and this tradition had been passed down from generations before him. To observe this was a real treat and from a time & place that remains strong in local tradition it really makes you appreciate a simpler way of life. Needless to say whether you are racing around the Globe in the GGR or out fishing for your favorite bite #LifesBetterOnaBoat where ever you maybe...
Boatshed HQ team members are on location at the race Village in Les Sables-d'Olonne for the start of the Golden Globe Race on Sunday.
Boatshed are proud to be sponsors of the GGR and have sold several boats to race competitors
SOUNDINGS Magazine features the Helmsman Trawlers® 38E in their June issue - MEET THE HELMSMAN 38E TRAWLER available on Newstands.
The July BoatBid auction will run from the 13th to the 17th July 2018 .
The UK’s classic Riva specialist, Ventura, will be exhibiting a customised vintage Riva at this year’s Masterpiece Art & Design Fair, which takes place in the grounds of London’s Chelsea Hospital from 28 June – 4 July.
The boat on show is a 1961 Super Tritone, uniquely customised by the Riva yard in Italy.
Errol Edwards from Bristol and Shaun Roster from Southsea, Hampshire have clinched the next two spots on the 2019 ilovesailing calendar.
The two winning entries were chosen from amongst 33 fantastic black and white images submitted in April, with images ranging from spectacular racing shots, to atmospheric seascapes.
The Helmsman Trawlers 38E Pilothouse Offloaded in Norfolk, VA late last week.
The last racing day for the Antigua Classic Regatta had lighter winds with intervals of squally blustery conditions and heavy down pours. With a mixture of weather conditions throughout the race made interesting results for the last day.
Skippers breifing for the single handed race was held at the Antigua Yacht Club. Basic rules include no autopilots to be used, all boats will have observers who will be situated on each boat to help in case of emergency.
Even for experienced sailors, DIY boat maintenance can be daunting. For first-time buyers, the temptation to hand everything over to the professionals is even greater – despite the fact that many maintenance jobs are much simpler than you’d think.
It is common knowledge that a bad day on the water is better than a good day in the office, so when your boat is in need of some TLC, the faster it is done the better. While some jobs can be time-consuming, there are a few ways to bring the shine back to your sailing without too much stress.
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Boatshed sponsor The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, its got to be the No1 classic sailing event in the Caribbean.
Just a quick reminder that this is the last chance to bid in the April Boatbid Auction. The Auction will end at 1900 this evening.
The auction will run from 0900 on Friday the 13th to 1700 on Tuesday the 17th of April.
Enda o'Coineen from Galway arrived in Sables d'Olonne on his open 60 Le Souffle de Nord Team Ireland, non stop from New Zealand after his Vendéeboat was dismasted 300km south of New Zealand during the Vendée Globe. Enda finally completed the Vendée Race with having around 6 severe storms on the trip from New Zealand back to Sables d'Olonne, he had a much rougher weather passage than the Vendée entrants 17 months ago.
The Boatshed French team have been busy at the used boat show in Sables D'Olonne Hissez'o (Heave Ho (water)). This show is in it's first year and runs over the Easter Weekend from Saturday 31 to Monday 2nd of April. It's a cross between a boat jumble, classic boat regatta, water festival and a Vendée Globe race meeting, all wrapped up into one.
The Boatshed France team are at Les Sables d'Olonne this weekend. We are in exhibition mode for the Vendée secondhand boat show. Hissez'o which is on from March 31 to April 2 at the Quai Garnier, in the French city of boating.