Last Chance to see our Coracle Window Display!


Our staff enjoy working in the shop mainly because of all the wonderful people who visit us. Take yesterday evening when we met Dr Irving Finkel who was drawn into the shop after spotting our coracle window display. Dr Finkel is the President of the Coracle Society but after a fascinating conversation we discovered he is also a specialist in cuneiform inscriptions on tablets of clay from ancient Mesopotania and looks after the British Museum’s collection of 130,000 pieces. It was amongst these that he found references to an Ark before Noah. The ark was essentially a giant round coracle! There was enough data for him to have a one third size replica constructed in India. It was recorded in a 2014 TV documentary (I really should get a TV!). Dr Finkel has promised to drop of a copy of his book “The Ark before Noah” which I shall enjoy reading. I wonder who we will meet next!

This is our window display sidewards on because of the sun reflecting in the window

Our coracle isn’t so old. It was built by the brilliant award winning Boatbuilder, Ryan Kearley who runs courses on making coracles as well as making fine boats. http://www.ryankearleyboatbuilder.co.uk/   
We need to return the coracle soon so the window will change in preparation for London Design Week when we are hosting an exhibition of jewellery inspired by Arthur Beale made by the staff of Central St Martins!

Tom Cunliffe to give an illustrated talk "Hand, Reef and Steer - Good Times and Bad in Gaff Rig" at Arthur Beale!

To celebrate the release of the fully updated second edition of his famous book "Hand, Reef and Steer" Tom has agreed to give us a fully illustrated talk on the trials and tribulations of sailing with a gaff rig. 15th September 2016 at 18:45 In Hand, Reef & Steer - winner of the Best Book of the Sea Award - Tom explains the different sailing characteristics of classic craft and shares his knowledge of the special skills required to handle them. He describes how to manage heavy loads using...

Oliver Joins the Team!

We are really pleased to announce that Oliver Coghlan has joined the team at Arthur Beale. Oliver is a very keen sailor with a Yachtmaster Ocean certificate and at least 5,000 nm of ocean sailing experience. Although he has worked on large super yachts and sailed big Oysters his passion is racing the XOD keelboat "Athena". Of course Cowes Week starts on the 6th August so Oliver will be competitively racing all week. We will have to cope without him for a while but we expect him to win some...

It's Holiday Time

Well it is for me! No exotic plans this year. We may potter over to Holland if the wind is fair otherwise we will probably take the lovely clinker dinghy down to Pin Mill on the Orwell and mix a bit of sailing on Sumara (shown above) with some dinghy sailing, rowing and maybe running along the Suffolk Coast Paths. No doubt we will go aground somewhere and whatever happens we will definitely end up covered in mud - oh joy. See you in August!
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Thames Traditional Boat Festival - this weekend!

Friday 15th until Sunday 17th July This is our first time at the Traditional Boat Festival in Henley but everyone assures us that it is a fantastic event. There will be acres of gleaming varnish and polished bronze to admire plus bands and steam boats and even a fly past of Spitfires! We are really looking forward to it. Come and pick up a bargain or just say hello. We hope to see you there!
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Emma Bamford chooses Arthur Beale as the ideal venue for her book launch!

Wednesday 13th July 18:30 Emma Bamford is an author and journalist. She has worked at The Independent and the Daily Express and is currently Deputy Editor of Sailing Today magazine. Her new book, "Untie the Lines- Setting sail and breaking free" is the sequel to her previous successful book - "Casting Off" Former stressed-out city girl and journalist Emma is living the dream. She's in Malaysia, living on a yacht with handsome traveller Guy, and together they have plans to explore the world's...
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Fed up with your job? Arthur Beale are recruiting!

21st June 2016 Senior Sales Staff Arthur Beale is a 400 year old yacht chandler which is currently being re-invigorated to turn it into a well-known name in the yachting world. We are now looking for a new member of staff to join our friendly team. We need someone who knows their way around the products that we stock. The successful applicant must be able to engage with our clients and be confident to advise them on a range of subjects. In order to do this the applicant may have worked in a...

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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