Talks and Demonstrations

<p>We are holding regular talks and demonstrations of products and techniques. They will normally be held on Thursday evenings starting at 18:45 and lasting around one hour. Next up on Wednesday 1st April and back by popular demand is our Splicing Demonstration. After a short talk about ropes in general we will divide into small groups to be shown how to undertake a proper three strand splice. All attendees will take home something they have made.

Liros Octoplait a Very Versatile Rope

The other day Arthur Beale's supplied a yacht heading to Spitsbergen with a 60 m length of 14 mm diameter Liros Polyester Octoplait Rope together with a Fortress anchor. It was to be used as a kedge anchor or to occasionally supplement the bower in heavy conditions. Polyester doesn't absorb water so it retains full strength when wet - unlike nylon. It flakes down wonderfully into a rope bag so it can be let out without fear of kinking or snagging. Perfect when...

Charlotte and Dan win the Challenge Cup!

On Friday 6th March Charlotte and Dan came to visit Arthur Beale's. They had been attending a prize giving at the Royal Cruising Club and managed to pick up the big trophy. It couldn't have gone to a more deserving couple of sailors! This couple can do almost anything including climbing mountains, felling trees, illustrating Classic Boat magazine every month, mending defunct engines, building their own boat, making jewellery and of course sailing! I bet I've missed out a lot too. Dan is...

Well I never!

Arthur Beale’s has received its first ever on-line order. Yes, despite not even having a website a few months ago, we now have on-line sales. Not only that, but it actually works! We have just sold a beautiful Norwegian Devold Thermo Jacket. It goes to show the quality of the customers we are attracting because these are truly great pure wool tops which will keep you toasty warm even in the Arctic Wastelands of Walton on the Naze during a Beastly Easterly.

The website does actually...

How to Moor?

En route to Arthur Beale's by river bus I noticed a barge proudly displaying a large plaque saying "Freedom of the River Thames, Company of Watermen and Lightermen ". So I was interested to see how the professionals moor up. Lots of belt and braces seems to be the order of the day.

The extra bit of long link chain is a useful tip. I was very impressed by the securely held fender and I think Arthur Beale's must review their ready spliced polyester fender ropes which are clearly not...

Ocean of Life

“Ocean of Life” is possibly a strange choice of book for a chandlery to sell, let alone write a blog about, given that it is about neither boats nor sailing! It is, however, a book that should be read by everybody who uses the sea - a category that far exceeds the boating community to include pretty much everybody, given how reliant we are on the oceans for transport, energy and food.

Roberts is a biologist and professor of marine conservation at the University of York, author of...

What I Love about Cricket

On a lighter note. It’s always nice to see Arthur Beale appearing in print, and this is a mention that I don’t think anyone in the shop knew about, until Gerry unearthed it the other day. It’s from a book called “What I Love about Cricket: One Man’s Vain Attempt to Explain Cricket to a Teenager Who Couldn’t Give a Toss” by Sandy Balfour. It is, if you hadn’t guessed, a book about cricket. Beale’s sneaks in during a diversionary paragraph into the world of sailing, which precludes a section...

What's the point of six monthly inspections?

This M16 Stainless Steel (Grade 316) Eyebolt looks like it has been attacked by a lunatic with a grinder, or perhaps corroded by acid, or maybe subjected to a massive overload but it hasn't. It has simply been subjected to the wear and tear of a gym punch bag. I was amazed that a substantial fitting like this could have worn through but it is a regular occurrence in gymnasiums. Just imagine an eyebolt on the stem of a yacht bobbing up and down in the tideway or even worse an eyebolt holding...

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