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Bullet Proof Systems

Bullet Proof Systems

An email came through - "Thanks Steve, that wire fitted perfectly, can I have another two sent over?". Well, that would have been fine if Steve wasn't on holiday so James looked at Alex with slightly quizzical look and Alex looked to me but got no reassurance there. Then James and Alex remembered the "Database" and big smiles appeared all round.

Now, as you may imagine, the Arthur Beale Database isn't an expensive piece of...

Moving Heavy Things

Moving Heavy Things

A real does-what-it-says-on-the-tin book! Ideal for all those people (I count myself amongst them) who’ve caught themselves thinking “There must be a better way than this!” halfway through moving, say, a boat up a beach, or a piano down a flight of stairs. Everything about the book seems practical – it’s a nice robust hardback published by “Wooden Boat Books” in Maine, USA, who you feel must know what they’re talking about...

Worse Things Happen at Sea

Worse Things Happen at Sea

​On the subject of well-illustrated unusual books – here’s another one that we at Beale’s are happy to include in our collection:. Worse Things Happen at Sea, strictly speaking, isn’t really a book at all – it’s a fold out, double sided, 130cm panoramic spread of beautiful illustrations of mythical maritime creatures, ships and the sea. It would look great on a mantelpiece, but it does come in a very nice cardboard cover with a sea-shanty printed on the inside! The level of detail in the...

Charlotte and Dan win the Challenge Cup!

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,...

Well I never!

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...

How to Moor?

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...

Ocean of Life

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...

What I Love about Cricket

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...

What's the point of six monthly inspections?

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...

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