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If you are at a loose end this evening.....

If you are at a loose end this evening.....
....where better to be than at Arthur Beale's cool basement celebrating the launch of our brand new Rope Reference Catalogue! It will be a very ropey evening indeed. You can collect your new Rope Reference Catalogues whilst sipping a very special rum punch. I say "special" because I know the ingredients are rum, cane syrup and lime juice and I know the ratio is 3,2,1 but I'm not sure which order they are in. By the way, the rum will be Fair Transport Rum which was sailed across the Atlantic on...
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Arthur Beale Rope Reference Catalogue Launch 20th July

Arthur Beale Rope Reference Catalogue Launch 20th July

To celebrate our new Rope Reference Catalogue we are going to have a mini celebration! We've a fine bottle of Fair Transport Rum which has arrived in the UK under sail alone - via the Atlantic by the tall ship Tres Hombres and the final North Sea leg in my little Vertue. We will be serving tots in our basement (plus a few beers) and handing out copies of the catalogue with staff on hand to discuss all things "Ropey". The catalogue has been printed and a copy can be downloaded here;...

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Our New Rope Reference Catalogue is Finished!

Our New Rope Reference Catalogue is Finished!
Ok, its true we were hoping to have it ready for Beale Park but one thing and another got in the way and that didn't quite happen. In any case we haven't had one for 400 years so why rush it now! However we are on the cusp of going to print just a few things to tidy up and we will press the button. Its not a boring price list but an informative catalogue laid out in chronological order with the natural fibres at the begining and ending with Technora and the technical blends. There is a section...
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The Beale Park Boat and Outdoor Show opens this Friday 1st June!

The Beale Park Boat and Outdoor Show opens this Friday 1st June!
They might have ditched the London Boat Show but Beale Park lives on! Arthur Beale will be there as usual soaking up the relaxing atmosphere. Why not come along? You can visit for the day on Friday, Saturday or Sunday or get a spot in the camping field and stay overnight for a really easy going weekend. There will be lots of small varnished wooden boats on display, often with their proud builders alongside. Most would be happy to discuss a special commission to realize your dream boat! If you...
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Like to join the team at Arthur Beale?

Like to join the team at Arthur Beale?
We are looking for someone who has good knowledge of chandlery products either through working in the industry or from their own sailing or boating experience. It is a full-time job advising and serving customers with some weekend rota working. A full Job Description can be downloaded from the Jobs section of this website. If you are interested in applying, please send your CV with a covering letter to jobs@arthurbeale.co.uk

New CrewWatcher - The Fastest Way to Recover Crew Overboard

New CrewWatcher - The Fastest Way to Recover Crew Overboard
Arthur Beale are proud to announce that we are the London Stockist of CrewWatcher and its not just for dogs! The CrewWatcher is a multi award winning device which provides an instant alarm to your smart phone or tablet should the supplied beacon go outside the set range. As the alarm is activated by either distance or water it can also be used as a bilge water detector, to ensure a towed dinghy doesn't come adrift or just tied to your dogs collar so you can find her when she runs away. • System...
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Arthur Beale Easter Opening Hours

Arthur Beale Easter Opening Hours
Got a few jobs to do on the boat before she goes in? Don't worry, Arthur Beale is open every day over Easter to keep you supplied with all the blobby concoctions you may need. And if you are a bit further ahead we have a comprehensive selection of Almanacs, Pilot Books and Charts to plan your voyage. Good Friday we have a bit of a snooze and open at 11:00 then sneak off again at 17:00 Saturday we are back to normal and open at 10:00 and close at 19:00 . Easter Sunday and Easter Monday we take...
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No wonder we struggle to keep up with demand for our Black Welsh Mountain Beerenberg Pullovers

No wonder we struggle to keep up with demand for our Black Welsh Mountain Beerenberg Pullovers
First of all you have to find them! The clever little darlings seem to like hiding as clumps of heather like the one in the middle of the picture. This lovely shaggy beast would make a couple of our Beerenberg Black Welsh Mountain Oiled Wool Pullovers but even when you find them you have to catch them and they are mighty shy. Mind you, I can't blame them, it gets pretty cold on the Black Mountains and I wouldn't fancy spending the night up there after some barber has attacked me with a pair of...
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Got a New Diary for Christmas?

Got a New Diary for Christmas?
Well, turn to the page for "11th January" and enter - "Going to Dave Selby's Talk -"Marlin's Mission" at Arthur Beale 18:45". You won't want to miss this to put a big smile on your face! If you are going to the London Boat Show which is held on the same date then this would round off a brilliant nautical day to get the year underway. More details are on the Events section of this website. Just email talks@arthurbeale.co.uk to reserve a place. Admission £5.00 or FREE if you buy the book!

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