Getting all excited about the Election?

Getting all excited about the Election?

No, not that one, but our Arthur Beale Captains Election to decide which Captain you would like to sail your ship. As you may have realised the Government stupidly decided to hold a General Election on the first Thursday in May. Everyone knows that the first Thursday of the month is the day Arthur Beale has their talks. Any other day would have been fine but no they choose to clash with us.

It happens that this Thursday we are really chuffed to have Paul Heiney coming to talk about...

You'll never guess what I want it for!

You'll never guess what I want it for!

A gentleman came into the shop yesterday and was browsing the pad eyes and snap hooks. I asked if he wanted some help and he said "Well actually, it's not for a boat at all, you'll never guess what it's for!". I had a little hunch and said "For hanging a chair in Selfridges atrium?". He stepped back thinking he must have walked into the Astrology shop around the corner. The thing is we sell a lot of strange things to hang strange objects.

Only a few days before Sarah Campbell had...

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 mind numbing software but it is a simple skewer neatly bent...

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. It begins with an introduction containing the sixteen “Precepts of...

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...

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