St Katharine Dock's Classic Boat Festival

This is lovely event for all the family held in the beautiful surroundings of Central London's only marina - St Katharine Docks.

The St Katharine Docks Classic Boat Festival is in its seventh year and will take place over the weekend of 12th and 13th September 2015 with a diverse collection of sail and power vessels expected to feature at the Docks, as well as playing home to a number of other exhibitors including, of course, the popular Arthur Beale stand!

Last year more than 45 classic boats from across the country participated in the event, including several Dunkirk...

Come and see our new Summer Window!

We have moved on from the Technical Window to the Summer Window which is much more fun! Come and browse through our Summer Clothing, we have the best range of Saint James stripey shirts in town. Why not buy a Tilley Hat or a pair of Floating Sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun or just pick up a bit of summer reading from our well stocked nautical bookshelves?

What a wonderful evening!

What a wonderful evening!

On Thursday evening about fifty people turned up for our special evening presented by the Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club. Before we all watched the film, Tim and Lloyd served up some home made Edwardian grog to get us in the mood. They introduced us to the films fascinating history and showed us some dodgy tinned meats that may have been the kind of provisions on board the Dulicibella. One of the really lovely aspects to these Arthur Beale evenings are the delightful people who...

Sikaflex Experiment

Sikaflex Experiment

It will be a busy week as I am hoping to get away sailing on Friday and we are intending to change the Arthur Beale shop window on Tuesday plus we have the Riddle of the Sands Film evening on Thursday! In the meantime I still need to do some work on my yacht to get her ready for the sail. My surveyor gave the good ship a glowing report but did say that the deck planking is nearing the end of its life and that I should consider getting them replaced in a year or two. Water has got under a...

Pouncer Rounds the North Cape!

Pouncer Rounds the North Cape!

I got a fantastic text last night from Charlotte Wilkinson's satellite phone to say that she has safely rounded the North Cape of Norway in her Twister called Pouncer. Charlotte is heading for Archangel to clear Russian customs before sailing to Belamorsk and entering the Russian canal and lake system. If she doesn't get lost she will arrive in St Peterburg about three weeks later (the visa expires after a month!). Pouncer will then head for her home port of Umea...

Riddle of the Sands Film Showing - Plus more!

Riddle of the Sands Film Showing - Plus more!

On 2nd July we will be having a tremendous evening showing the film Riddle of the Sands with Michael York. The evening will be hosted by Tim Wright and Lloyd Shepherd of the Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club - who are highly entertaining!

It will be a very special evening for anyone who loves this classic yachting tale said to be the first ever spy thriller. Book quickly as we are filling up!

The Nicopress System of Terminating Wire Ropes

Wire Rope Terminations We will be demonstrating the correct method of terminating wire ropes using Nicopress Ferrules and Tools. We will explain the different types of wire ropes available plus give a short description of all the termination options including ferrule secured eyes using our hydraulic press and roll swaged fittings. There will be a hands on session with Nicopress tools. We will calculate the correct Working Load Limit and Breaking Load for one of the wire assemblies you make and put it to a destruction test to prove the point. Informative and great fun!...

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