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Size matters

Unless you're fortunate enough to own a super yacht, the cabin space on the average privately owned boat tends to range from small to titchy. Which, for most boat owners, is fine - as most infinitely prefer their time spent above deck than below. But when size matters as it does in the cabin space of your boat, it's crucial to make every square centimetre of space count. Keeping cabin space organised is a given, which typically extends to the following principles: An ESSENTIALS ONLY approach; don't have two things if there is one thing that can perform both tasks. SIMPLE DECOR: fussy, ornate decor has a tendency to shrink space, whereas simple light colours create a better illusion of space. A BASIC PANTRY that...

It’s always about the journey

With a boat, it's always about the journey…   The journey that first makes you fall in love with being on the water.   The journey towards owning your first boat.   The journey that sees you sacrifice everything to restore a boat.   The journey to become part of the local sailing community.   The many journeys you'll make on the water with family and friends.   The journey towards travelling farther on bigger adventures.   The journey of your life as a sailor.   The journey of loving sailing and loving your boat isn't always the idyllic and relaxing journey it might seem to be. But, because it's a long journey, you have to be intentional about taking important time and moments to...

National Seafarers Week 2017

When we think of sailing, many of us will tend to think of extra special leisure time and activities spent on the water, afternoons spent watching regattas and perhaps following the pursuits of sailing teams competing in global events.   As an 'island nation' it's perhaps surprising that far fewer of us will immediately think of the men and women who work every day in the seafaring trade to bring food, fuel and other basic supplies shipped to our shores every day.   For this reason, thanks to Seafarers UK, this week is dedicated to those exact people as we mark National Seafarers Week. Running from 24th-30th June 2017, the campaign will look to highlight the work of this industry and 2017 will see a...

At one with nature

  There's something about being on the ocean that epitomises the feeling of being at one with nature. Good for the body, spirit, soul and mind, getting back to the elements can help us to relax more deeply and to have time away to process events and changes in our lives.   Nowhere is nature more real, more visceral than when we're on the open ocean. The wind blowing through our hair, the sea spray on our skin and the sun kissing our face are all constant reminders of our interface with nature.   Being out on the water also enables us to be privy to seascapes not visible from land. Secret coves, magnificent cliffs, rarely spotted sea life, all these are glimpses of nature...

Savouring the opportunity

Most of us cannot have failed to notice the wealth of whimsical signs and homewares available to buy these days that posit little nuggets of insight…   ‘Life’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey’   ‘Take note of the little things, one day you’ll realise they were the big things’   ‘Time you enjoy wasting was not wasted’ (John Lennon)   Although these signs and sayings can seem twee displayed alongside dotty and gingham homewares in your local vintage-inspired gift shop, we can all acknowledge there is truth in these statements.   For boat owners, the focus of their boating can often be planning for the next voyage that may be further on than the last, or tracking a new route to navigate…

Refreshing

January's over and, the further we get into February, we are rewarded with refreshing glimpses that springtime won't be too long coming. It may be the sight of snowdrops in the garden, the odd unseasonably warm afternoon or the fact that you're only scraping your windscreen once a week instead of every day. But these glimpses are important and help us focus our minds on planning for springtime. Boat owners know the drill of planning for the season ahead better than most. Having gone through the process of winterisation for their boat, now may be the time to think about planning for the next season and any refreshing touches needed to prepare your boat for the spring and summer months. Millbrook Boat Mattresses are experts...

Round trip

Today, Millbrook Boat Mattresses make fine handcrafted boat mattresses for discerning boat and yacht owners in the U.K. and beyond. However, Millbrook Boat Mattresses is a company with a deeper connection to the marine industry than simply the products we make today. Part of the Millbrook Industries family of companies, at the heart of Millbrook Boat Mattresses is a family company with its beginnings in a furniture workshop started by a man called Walter Croll in 1946. A humble workshop in the Millbrook area of Southampton, Walter Croll was able to build the company thanks to winning contracts to furnish the fleets of cruise liners that would come into Southampton's flourishing commercial port. And, although the workshop was small, the standard of product produced to...

National Marine Week – 23rd July – 7th August 2016

When we think of engaging young children with wildlife, our go-to instinct would be to pop off for some pond dipping, a spot of bug hunting or, with older children, the adventure of deer stalking. It can be less common to think of taking our wildlife adventures to the coastlines but, for 16 days from 23rd July, National Marine Week 2016 will encourage us to do just that. Inviting families and children young and old to plunge into the possibilities of exploring the UK’s undersea world, the Wildlife Trust is staging a programme of nationwide events uncovering marine wildlife. Wildlife Trust: Under the surface lie habitats every bit as varied as those on land – kelp forests, seagrass meadows, mud plains, rocky reefs, deep-water corals...

Ship to shore call

Sailing far from home shores has to rank up there as one of life's greatest adventures. But, as with any truly great adventure, comes sacrifice. Homesickness is a far greater problem for most sailors than seasickness. Modern technology has made for greater allowances for maintaining contact with loved ones but calling home from a long voyage inevitably causes conflicting emotions...at once, joyful and homesick, motivated to continue and yet desperate to be home, all at the same time. Even those who don't travel to far off shores can occasionally miss the comforts of home, if not their loved ones. Millbrook Boat Mattresses can help you in your mission to bring some of your home with you as you travel. With luxury handmade mattresses made to...

Refurbish and refresh

According to a recent article by Motorboat&Yachting (mby.com) quoting data from YachtWorld, 2015 has seen a marked rise in the sales of used boats. Quoting figures from the latest YachtWorld Market Index report, the used boat market has grown by 2.6% year-on-year while the unit number of used boats sold has increased by a sizeable 7.8% in the first three financial quarters of 2015. Read more at http://www.mby.com/news/used-boat-sales-rise-yachtworld-report-49548 and at yachtworld.co.uk. So, other than for the furrows forming on the brows of manufacturers, what does this mean for the trade as a whole? The principle thing it's likely to mean is more demand for marine restoration and refurbishment trade services. For every buyer that takes on a used boat to restore as a hobby, there's...
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