Our best-laid plans are scuppered once more! When this dream first began, we were to sail directly to the Mediterranean, but in March 2020, a pandemic struck the world by storm. The best-laid plans of mice and men often go astray, said so many times by my parents when I was younger. A saying used to denote when something ends poorly or differently than expected, despite preparations for success. A very fitting Robbie Burns quote for the position we found ourselves in, swaying about on a mooring in the pretty little bay of Killyleagh, County Down.
You see, our sailing plan
Global marine transport and logistics provider Peters & May is reporting a surge in enquiries from yachtsmen and women seeking advice and assistance about bringing boats back to the UK in time to avoid tax levies following the country’s departure from the EU. The UK-headquartered company is well-placed to assist with the complex customs paperwork and has introduced more frequent sailings between some of the more popular Mediterranean and Northern European routes due to the extra demand.
Since 1st January, all boats moved between the EU and UK now require customs declarations at the border and face paying import VAT, although
I would over a period like to encourage everyone to consider buying and owning a boat, however cheap or small from a simple kayak to well, the sky's the limit with boats is it not? But sadly, today it seems we have moved away from starting small.
Years ago, everyone got in to Inland canal and river boating by buying something cheap and cheerful that then if they liked boating, this could be sold on in a short time with maybe a little profit if work had been done. The boat improving over time and in-turn they could move on to
The salt in seawater is a silent killer to boats. Any surface material on a boat is likely to go through some form of corrosion or damage over time unless proper care is taken.
We all want to look after our pride and joy, but how we do it and crucially, by not cutting any corners will decide whether issues and expensive replacements are prevented down the line. In order to retain value in our expensive past time, you have to know what works and what is worth every penny and minute of your time. The question is, how are you