May has been an extremely lively month with visits to Paris, Norfolk and Yorkshire while life at our boat yard has been pretty hectic, too. Finally river levels subsided sufficiently to permit boats to return to their owners. It’s always a good feeling to see owners’ smiling faces as they reacquaint themselves with their […]
Recently one of our clients made me chuckle when he mentioned that in his next life, he wants to come back as me! He said: “When I am stuck in traffic on the M25 I think of you, swanning along the river bank, enjoying the best job in the world!”
It is true that […]
Regular readers will know how fond I am of North West England as a card carrying Mancunian, and therefore always happy to jump on the train heading north whenever the occasion arises.
It was love at first sight
While in the Lake District this time with the typical mix of snow and sun, I was delighted […]
How lucky were we to escape to the sun for a bit of R & R afloat after the rigours of “starring” at the London Boat Show? Our Reuters interview was woven into a story about the potential for electric boat sales worldwide, which they syndicated to China and Turkey.
While this doesn’t help […]
The razzamatazz of the new look London Boat Show, complete with champagne bar and speak easy jazz piano (oh yes and a few shiny boats), is now behind us and as the days lengthen we start to think about spring launching. In our new year enthusiasm we have ordered a couple of Scoops to […]
Surprisingly for this time of year the volume of sales enquiries has actually increased considerably which is great news for those of you who are parting with your current boat for whatever reason. It could be the sunshine which has persisted right into December, it could be our marketing efforts, it could be that […]
It was with a slightly heavy heart on a drizzly Thursday (the only sun free day in the whole of October) that we motored our boat “Le Ketchup” to Beale Park for winter storage. Believe me it was the brightest object on the river that day. She always makes us smile and has now […]
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 […]
It seems ages since Barbara and I met to dream up an informative and chatty newsletter, in fact it was early July. So here we are almost two months later with eager fingers on the keys tapping out our late summer issue.
While mr. Hoile and myself strayed no further than Suffolk this summer for […]
The sunshine continues to make boating a very attractive pastime this season. Henley Royal Regatta went off splendidly with five days of record breaking rowing, temperatures to match, and an actual royal “rendez-vous” for our very own “Hero”. In the photo above she is getting ready for the outing.
Our good luck continued throughout […]