In this newsletter we are going to talk about what can happen when our climate makes riverside living unpredictable and occasionally plain destructive: how to prepare your boat for winter storage, Southampton Boat Show, travels to our European partners, and fun on Friday street.

Don’t neglect your boat this winter!

As you are preparing for the winter do remember the river can rise and fall and trees can fall on your boat. Here is a prime example.

The "Swan of Thames" has experienced what can happen first hand.

The “Swan of Thames” has experienced what can happen first hand.

We offer winter storage both indoors and out, with all the accompanying services such as engine winterisation and servicing, antifouling and general maintenance.

Steve Hoile of Henley Technical Services repairing the results of a winter charging problem.

Steve Hoile of Henley Technical Services repairing the results of a winter charging problem.

One of the sales mantras associated with electric boats is that they are relatively maintenance free. Here the word “relatively” is of prime importance and so often overlooked. So do ensure that your electric boat batteries are topped up and that your charger is doing its job properly. If your boat stays in the water, check that the bilge pump is working and that your domestic batteries are also regularly charged.

Southampton was a hit

All in good spirit!

All in good spirit!

On the sales side of the business the last few weeks have been lively. We spent 11 days in total on the dock at SBS, supporting our suppliers Ruban Bleu and Cockwells, who scored an amazing £1,000,000 in advance sales, thanks to their beautifully built British Duchy range.

"Måken" and "Wise Folly" standing their ground at Southampton Boat Show

“Måken” and “Wise Folly” standing their ground at Southampton Boat Show

Some delighted HSC followers noticed that “Måken” was the first boat on show as you came through the main entrance. In a sea of white plastic she and “Wise Folly” proved to be the stars of the show with their beautiful lines and gleaming mahogany.

Eboatique flag

For the first time at SBS we used our new EBoatique logo on our little Scoop just gently introducing the idea that we are launching a subsidiary company devoted to all things electric. At around £13,000 the 7-seater Scoop and its upmarket sister the Scoop Plus were probably among the most reasonably priced boats in the entire show.

Bonjour de Nantes!

Stuart and Gillian go EBoating in Nantes

Stuart and Gillian go EBoating in Nantes

I don’t know how many of our readers are familiar with the city of Nantes. It is situated on the river Loire (as in fabulous wines from the Loire valley). It is the 6th biggest city of France.

Ruban Bleu's Scoop

Ruban Bleu’s Scoop

There certainly is a lot of manufacturing going on there, and the builders of our Ruban Bleu range of electric boats have never been busier. In the centre of Nantes we saw a fleet of 60 electric boats on the river Erdre, which is a tributary of the Loire. We also discovered that from the late 19th century until some decades ago, Nantes was a major shipbuilding centre.

Le Héron at Les Machines de L'Ile

Le Héron at Les Machines de L’Ile

These days the warehouses of the old shipyards of Nantes have been exquisitely restored, safeguarding and showcasing their history and the industrial and maritime culture of Nantes. They are located in the L’Ile de Nantes area in the heart of the city, and as part of the urban redevelopment plan they house the incredible “Les Machines de l’Ile” arts project.

The “Machines” are mobile pieces of art of mechanical, engineering and artistic genius. Imagine Jules Verne’s “Invented Worlds” meeting the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci.

Gillian getting to grips with the controls on a giant honey ant - one of the amazing "machines".

Gillian getting to grips with the controls on a giant honey ant – one of the amazing “machines”.

What is so wonderful about that project is that the creatures are made of lime wood from the lime tree, which is sculpted and they use lots of recycled metal including discarded parts found lying around in the old shipyards. I found this a truly inspiring and creative enterprise. How different from the Millenium Dome which was the UK’s contribution to the 21 century!

100% Electric Mini-Mokes.

100% Electric Mini-Mokes.

The other amazing project that we went to visit and where we were also able to take the controls, is at the French manufacturer of an electric Mini Moke, originally built in the 70’s by British Leyland. EBoatique is hoping to repatriate this appealing beach buggy in time for the 2018 London Boat Show.

The amphibian version of the Mini Moke

The amphibian version of the Mini Moke

You can register your interest on the EBoatique webpage and we will keep you informed of developments.

Statement Marine’s new PTS model is on its way

Statement Marine's newest model the PTS 31

Statement Marine’s newest model the PTS 31

Regular readers of our newsletters may remember that I promised an update on the yard that we are dealing with in Holland. I had a most interesting day there, just prior to their HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show.
The Statement Marine crew were beavering away during my visit to finish their new model, the PTS 31.

Detailing on the PTS 31

Detailing on the PTS 31

The acronym PTS actually stands for Pettersson as this eponymous Swedish brand was the inspiration behind this boatyard’s founding in 2008. Since then the company has built 80 PTS 26s and so far 2 of the new model. I was lucky enough to see their plans for the 22ft weekender for which I believe there could be an enthusiastic demand in the UK.

The PTS 26 and the inspiration behind it.

The PTS 26 and the inspiration behind it.

What I love about this yard is their total commitment to quality and their intention to stay small.

There are a couple of PTS 26s for sale second hand on our website including Amie, but if you fancy ordering a new PTS 26 or 31 for 2018, then let’s fly off to Amsterdam for the day as I did. It’s an easy day trip with time for an excellent lunch and a visit to the yard.

Currently the plan is to show one of the Statement Marine’s PTS range vessels at the Poole Boat Show in June 2018, which will be their UK debut.

Friday street comes alive on Friday the 13th!

Boatique / Friday Street event

Join Jules of Boatique and our other independent neighbours on Friday street for a fun filled Friday evening celebrating and promoting Henley’s independents on Friday October 13th.

Discounts, drinks and culinary treats will be on offer in the shops from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm.

Besides all the usual nautical brands and products such as the ever popular unbreakable tableware products by Marine Business, Boatique now sells Quba jackets and Orca deck shoes, so it will be a great opportunity to check out these new brands whilst enjoying some bubbles and a chat.

Jules is looking forward to seeing you all on Friday!