Steve HammondBoatshed North Devon
About Steve Hammond
Sailing and boats generally have been a lifelong passion for me, although I did have a baptism by fire! At the age of nineteen I won a company place to sail on the STA Malcolm Miller, along with 39 other very green lads. We set sail in late November, out of Dartmouth and into Biscay, and a force nine gale which raged for three days, needless to say we were all green in more ways than one. However after three weeks aboard and having found our sea legs we departed as sailors and I have never looked back.
Since then I have sailed dinghy's, cats, cruisers and windsurfers, I have also crewed on several deliveries for Clipper Ventures. I qualified as a Coastal Skipper with Brunel College, Bristol around fifteen years ago and now own my own boat which is a Sunspeed 24 long keeler sloop, moored at Instow in Devon.
Boatshed is one of the largest international yacht brokerages in the world, specialising in the sale and purchase of second-hand sail and motor boats. The original business, set up in Milford Haven Marina some 15 years ago, by seasoned sailors Neil and Mandy Chapman, after years of adventures offshore, has grown into a major international business and is a cornerstone of the yacht brokerage industry in the UK and overseas.
As well as selling boats, we are involved with the British Marine Federation, the Boat Retailers and Brokers Association, the RNLI and equivalent overseas associations, promoting boating and the interests and well being of boat owners.
Of course, at Boatshed, physical presence, offices and regional representation is only part of the story. Boatshed’s online sales platform is the very best in the industry. We have pioneered the clear and transparent marketing and sale of used boats online. Our IT systems are constantly being developed and improved by our team of designers to make it easier, quicker and more cost effective for our owners to list and sell boats,and for our customers to find the right boat at the right price as quickly as possible.
- We have dealt with over 20,000 boats for sale so far using these cutting edge systems.
- Today, we have over 600,000 registered customers looking forboats.
- Our website attracts over 150,000 unique visitors each month.
- We sell more than 1,000 boats each year.
- We sell boats twice as quickly as other brokers, based upon independent industry statistics.