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Starting to think about painting and varnishing?

Starting to think about painting and varnishing?
Any minute now the sun will come out and you will feel racked with guilt that the tiller is still on the bench in the garage, you haven't planned a weekend to antifoul and you promised that this year you would give those bilges a good going over. Don't worry you're not alone! You might not think of Arthur Beale as a place to buy your paint and varnish but you could be pleasantly surprised! We have just produced a new Paints and Varnish Catalogue that we hope to release on 23rd February. We have...
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Emergency Navigation Lights

Emergency Navigation Lights
In the past we have supplied some pretty appalling dross which describes itself as "Emergency Navigation Lights". They remind me of CATNAPs which in certain engineering worlds apparently stands for " C heapest A vailable T echnology to N arrowly A void P rosecution". Pretty much useless items. So when a friend asked me if we could supply some for her yacht I was a bit concerned. She needed to make a daytime passage but if the wind wasn't favourable and she lost the flood then it could end up...

Feeling Nippy? Going Skiing?

Feeling Nippy? Going Skiing?
With the cold weather persisting don't get chilly. Arthur Beale are the largest London stockists of Devold Norwegian Woollens. If you haven't tried wearing merino thermal base layers then you are in for a treat. We stock the top quality Devold Expedition Merino Long Johns and Tops in various styles and colours. Take a look at the Merino Thermal Zip Top shown above - it is designed for extreme conditions and proven on several Polar Expeditions. The base layer is 100% merino wool and the outer...

Man Overboard Safety Device and Impressive Search Light all in one product!

Man Overboard Safety Device and Impressive Search Light all in one product!
There is nothing quite like using a product to test it thoroughly. We like to play with the products whenever we get a good opportunity. I recently took part in the Scottish Islands Peak Race and it was the perfect opportunity to put some gear through its paces. Amongst the kit I took were Guy Cotton Boots, Devold Merinos, Lenser P5.2 Hand Torch, Petzl Tactkka Headtorch, Exped Dry Bags and the Ortlieb Duffle Bag. Most of these items have been rigorously tested before but there was one new toy...
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The Tom Bowling Lamp?

The Tom Bowling Lamp?
In our Arthur Beale archive we have a few old Beale catalogues. Actually we still have the printing blocks! Many of the products in this 1959 catalogue are still stocked. We still sell this lovely and very practical lamp but nowadays we just call it a Globe Lamp. I was intrigued by the Tom Bowling reference so I did a bit of research. I discovered that this lamp was the very first product made by the car parts giant Lucas! It was made in a factory called The Tom Bowling Lamp Works and patented...
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The Shackleton Evening

The Shackleton Evening
21st April 2016 Alexandra Shackleton tells us about the epic small boat journey undertaken by her grandfather. It was almost exactly 100 years ago when Sir Ernest Shackleton set sail from Elephant Island to South Georgia. As an excuse to hold an event on a convenient Wednesday, Ian from the Shackleton Company decided that the 21st April was the exact day that Shackleton announced the departure to his crew. Alexandra Shackleton, who is a stickler for facts, gave Ian a bit of a ticking off for...
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