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In the previous almost 14 days, we’ve been reduced to being only a sailboat, since we haven’t succeeded in finding a replacement for our failing starter. We quickly gave up trying to find one in the unpopulated Berry Islands and instead headed towards Abacos: many Americans’ home-away-from-home in the Bahamas.
When we last week sailed across the Great Bahama Bank, Henrik made a big deal about being a sail boat. We therefore had to tack the 75 nautical miles across the bank averaging 2-3 knots. Fuel in the Bahamas is at least twice the price as in Florida.
Since we left home and began our journey as cruisers, we’ve generally always been in a bit of a hurry. It seems like we’re always going somewhere, where we should have been the day before. If we stay in one place for several days, it’s normally because we have to fix something that is broken, and not because we’re going to relax and enjoy ourselves.
There are millions of boats for sale across the world at any moment in time. In the UK for example, it is estimated that there are currently between 100,000 and 200,000 boats for sale, and the picture is the same in most boating regions. In such a crowded marketplace connecting boat to buyer is an essential part of the broker’s role.
With the British pound is on a seven year high against the Euro which could remain for the next few months and is excellent news for boat buyers. As the Euro continues to slide British pound, if you are thinking of buying a boat in the Euro zone can take advantage of this shift, with Portugal and Spain offering some of the lowest travel and accommodation costs in the EU, making it very attractive to look for boats on these shores. With Boatshed offices covering France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Croatia and Gibraltar its worth comparing the currency rates to get the best deal for your money and to get your perfect boat.
There are some really great boats in Aprils auction with super keen reserves, so remember its free to bid and you'll be notified (choose to be notified by email or text) as soon as the reserve is reached.
Another week at the boatyard… Argh!!! Just as we thought, we were ready to be launched, nothing seems to be going our way. First our new foghorn broke, just as the mast was ready to be put back on the boat, so we had to wait and get the foghorn exchanged.
I don't know if this is the case in other boat yards, but where we are, the main part of the conversations is about when you hope to be back in the water. The cruiser next to us says that he’s been saying next week since August, but maybe he’s been a bit too optimistic! So far we've only said next Monday twice, but mid this week we already started saying Monday or Tuesday. I just really hope that next week I don't have to write: Another week at the boatyard!
Before New Years, when we got the boat on land, we couldn’t wait to get the boat back in the water again. The other cruisers on the yard had been there for several months, but to us it seemed completely unlikely that we would stay on the yard longer than what was absolutely necessary. Now we’ve been here for so long, though, that we’re starting to feel at home, and we could easily stay here for the rest of the season just fixing the boat!
Sir Robin has won the Yachtsman of the Year award for the fourth time. At 75 the sailing Legend and Grey Power his Open 60 was third in the Route Du Rhum Race from St Malo to Guadaloupe.
Just 24 hours left to make a bid, the auction finishes tomorrow Tuesday 13th Jan at 19.00 GMT.
After a very pleasant and successful Christmas Eve, Henrik was again ready to struggle with our very uncooperative engine. The staff on the boat yard where we were, had given him an old piece of rubber, so he could cut the seal for the heat exchanger himself, because it had broken, when the raw water pump was working again. Henrik made it, so it worked (but it wasn't pretty, as he explained), and on Boxing Day we left St. Augustine and headed towards Fort Lauderdale; a 250 nm trip in nearly no wind.
Fancy owning Superyacht ?
We have now finally made it to Florida! We arrived in St. Augustine early this morning after two days at sea, which turned out to be quite a cold experience. Henrik found great pleasure in sailing again, though, in spite of the cold weather - and I managed as well.
Our next boat auction starts just after Christmas with around 60 boats and you can view them all NOW in the auction catalogue has just gone live. You have time before the auction to make an appointment with the broker to view the boat or check out all the photos, full spec of each boat entered into the auction. Any boats that you would like to know more about contact the Boatshed Broker, remember they have been onboard, taken the photos and videos and have met with the Owner of the boat.
Like last week, it was our plan this week to do an overnight sail in the Atlantic in order to move south more quickly, but once again we continued in the ICW. Last week, too much wind was holding us back, and this week, there was too little wind!
Welcome to Boatsheds Newsletter, in it we round-up what Boatshed has been up to in the boat sales market and report on major events and trends in the sector. We are also introducing new and exciting Boatshed products and initiatives to support our customers, and give advance notice of future Boatshed events. With inciteful contributions from customers, brokers in the field and industry experts, its designed to bring together information that we think our customers - sellers and buyers - will find useful and interesting.
Traditionally, boating and boat ownership have been viewed as lifestyle choices which, to a certain extent, resist the ups and downs of economic flux. The desire and passion to get afloat and enjoy all that sailing has to offer results in many people owning boats despite, rather than because of, the financial consequences of so doing. Whilst those considerations still apply to areas of the second-hand, brokerage boat market, the long tail of the recent recessions in the UK and mainland Europe and the general global downturn, has had a real impact upon the marketplace, which has continued during 2014.
The Route Du Rhum is a single handed ocean race, from St Malo to Guadeloupe; some 3,500 miles along the famous Rhum line. It's a physical and mental sailing challenge - one of the most admired in yacht racing - where skippers need to look after their boats through rough weather, to avoid breakages which can end their race, or reduce speed, whilst still pushing the boats to their absolute limits! There is little opportunity for sleep in these fast and furious sailing conditions, and almost anything can and does happen. This year, out of the 90 boats that started the race, 26 retired with varying problems, such as keels falling off, leaks, damage, collisions and technical problems. Just completing the race is a real achievement!
'Lucky' doesn’t even cover it; I love my job as a yacht broker with Boatshed.com. Most brokers say they have a passion for sailing; my passion is for the actual boats we sell. I get to experience so many different types of boats, of all shapes and sizes and a little of what I like to call 'ownerisms'. I have met some wonderful people and have been privileged to be involved in the dreams of many customers who have become good friends.