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October 2020 Boating News

Gillian Nahum
October 30, 2020

As the seasons change I for one spend more time indoors enjoying the opportunity to welcome friends on wintry evenings, as I have so little time for entertaining during the summer months.

Friendships based on a shared passion for boats

"Merlin" - A J.W. Brooke Seacar owned by customers/friends.
"Merlin" - A J.W. Brooke Seacar owned by customers/friends.

I have met so many wonderful people over the years thanks to Henley Sales & Charter's diverse activities and some of them have become dear friends. 

I suppose this is akin to making friends at the school gates over the shared experience of parenthood, only my children are now long grown. 

The photo at the top of this newsletter was taken from my bedroom window during a recent stay in Norfolk, where I enjoyed the hospitality of a couple I have known through their various boats over many years. 

"Natasha" - a boat I have known for many years and have on brokerage right now.
"Natasha" - a boat I have known for many years and have on brokerage right now.

Some boats really tug at my heart strings and I am fortunate enough to see these little treasures coming back time and time again into my care, albeit for a short while. 

Unlike children, boats never seem to grow old as their patina increases over time and subsequent generations of restorers keep them looking young, in a way that we can never hope to achieve for ourselves.

"Viola" - another example of a boat currently on our books that I have known for many years. (recently reduced in price)
"Viola" - another example of a boat currently on our books that I have known for many years. (recently reduced in price)

I was reminded by my hosts, during a most entertaining and convivial dinner, of one of the most extraordinary relationships of my whole career, when I was invited by a serial boat buying client who became a friend, to accompany her on a trip to buy a castle in bonnie Scotland. 

We jetted off from the private apron in Luton to far flung Inverness where we were met by a rather dapper young estate agent, with a helicopter at our disposal. It was autumn and the weather was quite simply perfect with amazing visibility over the changing hues of the highlands and the islands down the west coast of Scotland. 

By supper time we were back in the Thames Valley. It was one of the most phenomenal days of my life.

Enjoy the very best in Scottish hospitality

One of the luxurious en suite bedrooms at Laudale House on the shores of Loch Sunart, Scotland.
One of the luxurious en suite bedrooms at Laudale House on the shores of Loch Sunart, Scotland.

We didn’t strike a deal on that particular day, but other customers of ours have taken to life north of the border and in some cases created wonderful hospitality businesses. 

If you want to enjoy the very best in Scottish hospitality with a spot of fishing, hiking, sailing or even stalking, you could rent the whole of Laudale House (which sleeps 20) and enjoy Loch Sunart and its surroundings with friends and family, arriving by seaplane if the fancy takes you.

Arriving in this Cessna 208 seaplane (named: "The Spirit of Laudale") is an unforgettable way to begin your stay at Laudale House.
Arriving in this Cessna 208 seaplane (named: "The Spirit of Laudale") is an unforgettable way to begin your stay at Laudale House.

The Norfolk Broads don't cease to please

However, I digress. I was in Norfolk for a couple of days visiting boat yards, catching up on the gossip and meeting customers. 

Traditional Boat building is most definitely alive and thriving in East Anglia!

East Coast Boatbuilding - A promotional railway poster from 1947 by Frank Mason (left) - A wintry Broadland scene (right)
East Coast Boatbuilding - A promotional railway poster from 1947 by Frank Mason (left) - A wintry Broadland scene (right)

I also found a charming new owner for "Rajdhani", which we featured in our September newsletter. Boats that have been beautifully maintained are always easier to sell, and "Rajdhani" is just as stunning as she was when I last sold her. 

Viewing "Radjhani" in Wroxham.
Viewing "Radjhani" in Wroxham.

All in all I had a busy and successful time in and around the Broads.

The PTSes are flying off the shelves!

"Gosling"
"Gosling"

On day 2 of my visit I took an order for another PTS 26 after an exhilarating, if slightly damp, outing on "Gosling" with its enthusiastic owner Peter. 

"Baloo" rides the waves in the Solent last week.
"Baloo" rides the waves in the Solent last week.

While I was there, I missed out on the Classic Boat Magazine sea test of the most recently built PTS 26 "Baloo". The editor tells me you will be able to read all about it, and admire Kathy Mansfield’s photos, in the December issue of Classic Boat Magazine.

An early Holiday gift idea

Kathy Mansfield's Classic Sail 2021 calendar
Kathy Mansfield's Classic Sail 2021 calendar

I have been planning for some years to create a calendar for our customers. Another year has gone by and still we haven’t found the time – maybe next year. 

In the meantime, the talented Kathy Mansfield has several calendars about to go to press. 

The Classic Sail 2021 calendar features sailing craft ranging from traditional working vessels and cruising sailboats, to exciting America's Cup contenders of the past. 

It is an ideal treat for yourself this holiday season or the perfect gift for your "boaty" friends or loved ones, and can be purchased directly from Kathy via her website: http://www.kathymansfieldphotos.com/shop.htm

Where has it gone?

It is fascinating to see where some of our boats end up and we always enjoy receiving news of their whereabouts.

"Badger" in her new home.
"Badger" in her new home.

Here is "Badger" in her new home near Shrewsbury. Until recently "Badger" was the most luxurious of the PureBoating electric Scoop fleet. We now have several more on order for spring 2021.

"Humble" - A Victorian Launch fitted with electric propulsion
"Humble" - A Victorian Launch fitted with electric propulsion

A lot further afield and also fitted with electric propulsion, we know that the Victorian launch, rather ironically named “Humble”, is gracing the backwaters of Newport beach - California. However rumour has it that she may be heading back across the pond sometime soon.

"Coquette" in Knysna, South Africa
"Coquette" in Knysna, South Africa

Last year “Coquette” left Norfolk via our website for Knysna Lagoon in South Africa where she is now operated by Magic Lagoon Charters

Whoever built that boat in 1920 at Salters in Oxford as a varsity coaching launch would be somewhat surprised I’m sure, however a hundred years is an awful long time and “Coquette” has been given a totally new lease of life albeit in another hemisphere.

Meanwhile at our yard and boat storage

Boats coming in for the winter.
Boats coming in for the winter.

While I have been busy with boat sales the rest of the team have been taking care of several dozen boats coming in for winter storage and we are now full to the gunwales.

"Babymore" awaiting her new solid mahogany dash.
"Babymore" awaiting her new solid mahogany dash.

Ellie’s diary is also overflowing with interesting projects; as I write “Babymore” is about to have a new solid mahogany dash fitted complete with shiny new instrumentation. 

We welcome visitors, and our winter working hours on weekdays are 8.30 am – 4.30 pm at Beale Park Boat Store. 

Please give the office a ring to ensure that someone is expecting you and has time to make you a cuppa. Of course I am happy to do viewings at the weekend too, now that my international jet-setting activities have been curtailed!

If you see anything of potential interest as you browse through old photo albums, read interesting books or take photos on your daily walks, please send snippets to me gill[email protected]

I look forward to hearing from you with your sales enquiries, your photos and your stories.

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Henley Sales and Charter Ltd have gained a reputation over the last 30 years for selling and chartering beautiful, classic boats. Experience of operating and selling boats on the river Thames enables us to offer expert objective advice to prospective owners on all aspects of boat ownership including purchase, surveys, repairs and moorings. We will do our best to find the ideal craft to suit your individual needs - for a day or for a lifetime.

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