(B)Log Book

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!

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

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

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

​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...

Liros Octoplait a Very Versatile Rope

The other day Arthur Beale's supplied a yacht heading to Spitsbergen with a 60 m length of 14 mm diameter Liros Polyester Octoplait Rope together with a Fortress anchor. It was to be used as a kedge anchor or to occasionally supplement the bower in heavy conditions. Polyester doesn't absorb water so it retains full strength when wet - unlike nylon. It flakes down wonderfully into a rope bag so it can be let out without fear of kinking or snagging. Perfect when...

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, mending defunct engines, building their own boat, making jewellery and of course sailing! I bet I've missed out a lot too. Dan is...

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 Walton on the Naze during a Beastly Easterly.

The website does actually...

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 their ready spliced polyester fender ropes which are clearly not...

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 professor of marine conservation at the University of York, author of...

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