Friday, 28 November 2014

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.

Read Boatshed's report on the used boat market, current trends, pricing, and attitudes of buyers, includes important lessons for owners with boats to sell. 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. Read full report here

Another thing we are committed to at Boatshed is reducing the costs of boat ownership for our customers. Boat buyers will, typically, spend about 20% of the price of a boat on necessary equipment, products and services within the first 12 months of ownership. This expenditure can be considerable and is often overlooked by other brokers. We are committed at Boatshed in reducing the costs of boat ownership for our customers,discounts up to 10% Read full article here

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.

Together with the Marine Inspection Association of surveyors and brokers, we have introduced across the group Independent Pre-Sale Assessments (or IPAs) to help market second-hand sail and motor boats. Boats we sell can be physically inspected, assessed and reported upon by an experienced, independent, marine surveyor before they are listed. Up to 56 critical areas of a used boat are assessed by an expert surveyor. The IPA report appears alongside the boat’s advertised specification and is immediately available to any prospective buyer who views or requests information about the boat. Read full article here

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in Grey Power came 3rd in the Route Du Rhum, Rhum Class 3,500 mile singlehanded race Read full article here

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.

Today, we have a team of about 120 specialist brokers, sales agents and representatives, operating from 63 locations in 18 countries, supported by a central HQ team of 10 professionals. Read full article here

'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. Read full article here

Buying and selling a boat can be quite a daunting process, not to mention emotional, especially if you are selling something that has given you a tremendous amount of fun, challenges and happiness over the years and has become close to your heart.

Our detailed, well thought-out sales process here at Boatshed (remember, it is all in the detail!) is aimed at removing your stress and helping you through each stage, safe in the knowledge that your funds are protected (we use dedicated Client Accounts) and that you are dealing with a bona fide broker Read full article here

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:

I was not expecting to sell my boat so quickly and at a great price.

Tony Davies

Boatshed Performance is a specialist brokerage for the sale and purchase of custom built racing yachts (including Volvo 70s, Volvo 65s, Volvo 60s, Open 60s, Open 50s, Class 40s, Open 30s and Mini Transat yachts) and performance cruisers and one design yachts set-up and maximised for competitive Club, IRC and RORC racing (such as Maxis, TP 52s, Farr 45s, Farr 40s, Swan 42s, 40.7s, First 40s, 34.7, Kers, X Yachts, J Boats, Sigmas, Reflexes, etc) Read full article here

We are always looking for new franchisees, brokers and sales agents to join our expanding team. You can become a local business owner, or work as a full or part-time broker for the Boatshed sales team. We provide full brokerage and sales training, industry leading online systems, complete support and over 30 years of successful experience selling all kinds of boats. Read full article here

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