This is where we publish our boat related stories and articles, which range from world circumnavigation to rescue missions, humour and much, much more. So make yourself a coffee and settle yourself down to a good read.
Wednesday morning we decided to use sail only in the gentle winds and not start engines at all... We pulled up the anchor from the fine sand and started going south under bare poles in 10 knots of wind. All went well, with the headsail at the bow ballooning out in front of us to carry us on the leisurely 6 hour trip south in the calm waters.
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:
According to the latest figures published by Yachtworld it now takes 350 to 450 days to sell a boat. These are average time periods based on 132,000 boats for sale by 2525 Yacht Brokers using Yachtworld.
We were actually going to look at common knots we would use when aboard a boat but thought we had better cover the question of marriage on a ship first. Normally, a ships captain would not have the legal right to perform a wedding at sea, however, getting married in Cyprus is very popular and doing it at sea is something special, so we do offer a compromise and perform the ceremony aboard with the following addendum:
The deployment of the new artificial reef (AR) programme round Cyprus could not have come at a better time for the Dive In diving centre in Limassol by coinciding with their 20 year anniversary, as a PADI Dive Centre at The Four Seasons Hotel. As part of the Dive In celebrations, Jonathan Wilson, owner and Managing Director, invited VIP guests and fellow divers to board MY SONS motor yacht, courtesy of Selene Dream Cruises, for a tour of Limassol Bay to witness the sinking of two significant wrecks in the AR schedule on 22 February 2014. MY SONS was skippered by Captain Savvas Costa, Director of Selene Dream Cruises and on board were Chris Curry, owner and Director of Boatshed Cyprus.com, international boat and yacht brokers, and Jez Clarke from Tui travel operators. Staff from the Four Seasons Hotel, where Dive In are based, also joined the party. Leaving from St Rafael Marina, the trip covered ten nautical miles to the wreck site just off Dasoudi Beach and back. Jonathan Wilson said, “This is one of the most important programmes that Cyprus has initiated in terms of diving. Though the island already has numerous wrecks including the Zenobia, one of the top ten wreck dive sites in the world, this heralds a new era for Cyprus as a diving destination.” Over the course of 2014, several organisations are involved in creating four new diving sites and fish reserves across the south coast of Cyprus; Amathus Ancient Harbour in Limassol, the two Dasoudi wrecks, a submerged vessel in Protaras and another scheduled for Paphos later in the year. Captain Savvas Costa, Director of Selene Dream Cruises said, “The protected boundaries and the wrecks will ensure that divers will experience the amazing fish life of the Mediterranean.” Jonathan Wilson added, “At the Dasoudi site, the two wrecks were cleaned according to the UNEP/MAP and holes cut for divers’ routes. Later, amphora pots are also being placed to attract more fish and encourage marine habitats. We are looking forward to seeing which species make this site their new home.” The formalities were held at Limassol Nautical Club, sponsored by KMPG, Semesco and Keo, where the Minister for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment and various dignitaries gave speeches on the Artificial Reef Programme. The Dasoudi wrecks are the vessels “Lady Thetis”, a 30m German cruise ship sunk at 23m, and “Constandis”, a 23m Russian bottom trawler sunk at 25m depth. Each will give divers a challenge both in depth and difficulty of routes round the vessels. The site was organised by the Cyprus Dive Centres Association in association with the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research (DFMR) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment (MANRE) and the Municipalities of Limassol, Yermasoyia and Ayios Athanasios. The project is co funded by the European Union, European Fisheries Fund 2007-2013: Investing in sustainable fisheries, with the support of Cyprus Tourism Organization, the Limassol and Yermasoyia Municipalities and the Cyprus Diving Centers Association. Jonathan Wilson invites all divers who wish to see the birth of a new reef to join him, “The Dive In centre is fortunate enough to be so close that we will be taking divers down to explore as soon as possible. This season as the Mediterranean waters warm up, organisms will start to flourish on the wrecks; this will be the invitation to the fish to feed. Fish tend to colonise quite quickly so it will not be long before the site will be teeming and with the protected boundaries against fishing, the two wrecks will become a hive of activity for both divers and marine life.”
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.
Cyprus has been making wine for thousands of years, in fact in and around Limassol excavations have produced wine jugs that indicate that it goes back some 6000 years! This would make Cyprus the forerunner of wine production in the Mediterranean region and even puts the island ahead of France and Italy.
Boatshed Scotland won the trophy for "Yacht Broker of the year" at the 2014 Boatshed Conference and Awards ceremony.
Check out the bumper selection of boats in our next auction January 17-21 2014. If you are interested in any boats, you’ll have plenty of time to fit in a viewing before the auction starts on January 17th 2014.
There are various ways you can now search using different criteria.
When I first saw her I immediately knew I was looking at a boat that meant business, her smooth Italian lines gave her a stylish elegance but it was coupled with a look of intimidation provided by her Silver Grey paintwork. This was definitely a boat of distinction, a true Baglietto, and well worth taking a little time to find out more about her. It turns out that this 23M2 was custom built in 1983 for an owner with a great appreciation for speed and handling, Baron John Von Neumann, who made his fortune distributing Porsche in the USA. According to the Baron, “a boat is not a house but a vehicle and a vehicle must move quickly”, so he made sure his were built that way. Speaking of the baron, Pietro Baglietto said: “This customer is a truly demanding perfectionist.” The baron’s different yachts, whose names reflect his attraction to Native American culture, have very special characteristics and one of them is the militaristic grey liveries, and I really hope this one keeps her true colours.
If you are leaving your boat on a mooring for long periods of time, using this chain and warp line prevents chafe and gives you peace of mind that in rough weather your boat wont wear through its mooring line.
Boatshed goes Responsive! Today, nearly 30% of Boatshed's traffic is mobile. By the end of next year, this may exceed 50% Tablet sales are expected to exceed 100 million this year. Smartphones, of course, are also a hot commodity, with the majority of people now owning a smartphone. The shift to mobile is happening at an extraordinary speed. For those of us who create the Boatshed websites and services, all this leads to a singular conclusion: A million screens have bloomed, and we need to build websites that work better on all of them.
Before you travel to view a boat, check out all pictures and video of every boat for sale. Our brokers take all their own pictures so you can see the up to date information and full inventory of each boat.
If you are thinking of selling your boat, then have a chat to one of our Boatshed Brokers and they will explain how Boatshed can help sell your boat and what they will do for you.
Whilst Gambling in Cyprus is currently illegal the Cyprus President, Nicos Anastasiades has recently declared that he is prepared to allow casinos to operate in Cyprus in an effort to boost revenue. It’s hardly likely to turn the island into a Las Vegas type resort but it is a major step toward offering more facilities for tourists.
Cyprus after the banking crisis is still alive and kicking as people turned out in their thousands to attend a charity concert. Admission to the day-long event in Nicosia- organised by Cyprus Aid - was free but revellers were asked to donate items, such as food and clothing, which could be distributed to the city's poor and unemployed. Volunteers were overwhelmed with hundreds of boxes of donations. One said: "We are doing this to help people and we want to send a message to people abroad that if we are united we can make things happen," Concert organiser, Nicko Zavallis, said the response from local people to the event had been "amazing". "We did not expect this outcome," he said. "People have been coming with trucks. Instead of a bag, they have been filling up trucks of goods and they have been bringing it to us."