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The Wash

5 Aug 2014 13:38

The summer is still going strong and I'm looking forward to some Norfolk Broards sailing soon. This is altogether different from coastal sailing, but great fun and quite testing. Tacking up some of the narrow rivers whilst avoiding the hire boats in fickle winds does provide a challenge. 

As a Boat Buddy I've managed to squeeze in a weeks south coast sail, and a day sail in the Wash. The Wash was new to me, lots of tide running and sandbars everywhere. There were hundreds of seals taking it easy. It's an area I've never sailed before, but these days with chart plotters the channels are easily followed and if you are interested in wildlife it's there in abundance. 

If you haven't contacted an owner yet you ought to because although you may have posted an advert a direct approach may be just what that skipper is waiting for.

Happy boating.

West Country Sailing

9 Jul 2014 09:25

Just back from practicing what I preach, a weeks sailing down in Devon and Cornwall, Torquay to Falmouth, a new area for me. The coastline is beautiful with lots of places to visit from quiet anchorages to busy marinas. We found Fowey particularly interesting, it's very pretty if you go up the river a bit. Time constraints, as usual meant me leaving the boat, the owner is carrying on, eventually arriving in Liverpool in August. It was great being a BUDDY on this trip, and if you fancy it there are opportunities to join him.


23 Jun 2014 15:36

Well, we are past the longest day, but hopefully not past the halfway point as regards the weather. It's been good so far, and if you haven't checked the site out lately, please do so.

On balance we need more Buddys at the moment. Owning your own boat and pleasing yourself is really great, but a Buddy can bring a worthwhile contribution to the party. It is also a great way to get to understanding what it takes to own a boat. If you are contemplating buying a boat after doing some courses I'd recommend being a Buddy initially. It's a lot different to just turning up to crew.

If you can't see what you want on the site either as an Owner or a Buddy, please put your own advert on stating your requirements, it's free. 

Free Sailing in Med

24 May 2014 14:25

Boat Buddys is all about putting Boat Owners in contact with Boat Buddys. There are lots of owners who really do need a hand, and lots of buddys that would love to help. Unfortunately it is not easy to communicate and just how do they find each other.

Boat Buddys is here to help. The latest Boat Owner advert offers free sailing in the Med in return for helping sail the boat. Wow, what an opportunity.

Adverts on this site are free, so let's hear about you.

April Offers, Wow.

27 Apr 2014 08:43

Looking back at April adverts I can see some amazing opportunities offered by Boat Owners.

How about getting aboard a classic wooden motor boat on the Thames. The owner/skipper needs help with the boat and a few odd jobs doing.

Or, for only £750 you could have as much use as you want of a Gibsea 84 in Greece. It would cost more than that to charter one for a weeks holiday.

Or, what about a business opportunity partnering the skipper of a large classic motor launch in Turkey. The launch which has an interesting history, is available for charter holidays.

Boat Buddys, you are needed, so have a look through the adverts and see if you can offer the kind of help/skill which could bring about a rewarding experience.

Happy Boating. 

2014 So Far

23 Feb 2014 10:58

I did wonder what 2014 would bring, well so far lots of wind and rain, but spring has been in the air a few times in the last week and the days are getting longer. I've been doing some armchair planning and will revisit the Norfolk Broads as well as several other areas this year.

I sailed the broads a few years ago in one of Hunter's Edwardian yachts ( 3 men in a boat ). These old gaffers have no engine, and in the narrow tree lined channels present quite a challenge. Progress is not assured and your sailing skills are tested to the limit as the wind varies greatly in strength and direction. Then of course there are the big hired cruisers and trip boats to contend with. All great fun, and power usually gives way to sail. Although having done both it's a pain when you encounter a sailing boat towing a dingy on a long painter.

We hope you are all making plans as well. If you fancy the Broads or anywhere else for that matter, why not put a free advert on the site. There just might be an owner looking for you.

What will 2014 bring?

5 Jan 2014 12:23

Happy new year to all Boaties. 

This is Boat Buddys first winter and I am happy to report that new members are joining at much the same rate as the summer. In some respects this should be expected as armchair boating is all most of us are doing right now. The planning of cruises to come, whether down the Thames or across the channel seem easily achievable, and reflection on last years efforts has edited out the problems. All we need now is a great summer - and a boat - and a buddy.

That's were we come in of course and now is the right time to put your profile/requirements on the site to find what you are looking for. Remember it costs nothing.

November Continued

28 Nov 2013 15:56

As November nears its end, it has proved to be a good month for new Boat Buddy members. There has been no reduction in the number of people opening an account, and the range of skills on offer are quite amazing. You don't have to be a great sailor if you can cook. A crew is a team and a practical approach to a problem and a sense of humour can go a long way.  If you have recently joined, don't stop there, put your profile on the site as a free advert, either as a potential buddy or a boat owner. You have nothing to lose and there may be an opportunity or some willing help out there just waiting for you. 


13 Nov 2013 13:42

Keep those advertisements going, because although this season is over, next season has already started. Check out the advertisements on the site and place your own because now is the time to start making plans for next year.

If you are a Boat Owner now is the time to get a Boat Buddy on board. Don't leave all of your boat jobs until the spring. Although winter is upon us, there will be many good days over the coming months, and if you get started now with all those odd jobs that you have identified this summer, by springtime you will be ready to take advantage of the first good weather to get her completed and back in the water.

If you want to get involved as a Boat Buddy, get started now. Boats need a Buddy anytime, but you could be a big help to an Owner over the next few months. Even just keeping an eye on an Owner's boat for him can be quite a comfort if he lives some distance away.

Every Boat needs a Buddy.

Help with varnishing this winter in exchange for memorys lasting alife time.

5 Oct 2013 09:45

This was what our most recent Boat Owner said in his advertisement for a Boat Buddy. I'm repeating it here because it encapulates the very essence of what Boat Buddys is all about. Helping others in order to help yourself. That sounds like a deal to me.

Whoever responds to this advertisement and gets stuck in ( no pun intented ) with that varnishing work, and anything else that comes along, will feel needed and involved. May make a new friend, and when the season starts next year, they will feel part of it all and ready to go sailing.

There will be a learning process going on during the work, getting to know each other, telling stories, making plans. 

What an opportunity.

If you are reading this don't think of this time of year as the end of boating until the spring. This is where the new year starts. So advertise yourself whether you are an owner or a buddy, you are needed.

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