Getting Technical

The snow has melted away from Arthur Beale's shop window display and it has got all serious. No more nick-nacks and games. The window is now stuffed full of gear which is unbelievably boring. This is the time of year when we simply have to get on with sorting out the boat ready for the new season. There is a smidgen of warmth in the sun so there is no reason why the primer shouldn't be sploshed over those bare patches below the waterline and the varnish sanded ready for a fresh coat. We have...

Sea Charts by John Blake

4th May 1845 at Arthur Beale. Admission Free We are very pleased to announce that John Blake has agreed to give us a talk on Sea Charts. This is a subject that I shall certainly enjoy as I love old charts and collect a few. John Blake's newly published "The Sea Chart" - second edition will be available for sale on the night. To sail the oceans needed skill as well as courage and experience, and the sea chart was the essential tool by which ships of trade, transport or conquest navigated their course. The Sea Chart looks at the history and development of the chart and the related nautical map...
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Sailing around the North Cape of Norway to St Petersburg

This is an event organised by the Baltic Section of the Cruising Association. We were hoping to persaude Charlotte to give this talk as our March event at Arthur Beale but her time was limited so the next best thing is to book up to go to her talk at the CA. Charlotte sailed her 28 ft Twister around the North Cape and down the White Sea before entering the canal and lake system which connects to St Petersburg. See is a great speaker and the trip was a fantastic achievement. Definitely one not to be missed. Full details from the Cruising Association
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New Website Forums

After our highly successful Arctic Forum we decided to open up a website forum. Orginally it was just going to be a web based Arctic Forum but we got a bit carried away so we now have an Arctic Forum, a Classic and Wooden Boat Forum, a Ropes and Rigging Forum and a General Forum! Please feel free to use them for any enquiry that you feel might be of interest to a wider public. The forum can be found on the toolbar above. If you missed the Arctic Forum that we held on 3rd February then not too...

Shoplifting and poetry

It is always a great shame when something gets stolen from the shop but sadly it does sometimes happen. As a small trader trying to make ends meet is quite a struggle with the cost of West End rates so when gear goes missing it hits us hard. We don't lose too much from the shop but we suffered from a lot of pilfering at the London Boat Show. Steve, our expert at ropework of all kinds, hasn't been too well recently. Unknown to most people is the fact that Steve is a gifted poet, not in the...

Thames Path Flood Alert for London 1522 12th February 2016

We have just received this warning so if you are on your way to Arthur Beale don't forget your wellies! "The river flow at Teddington Weir is high for this time of year at 200 cubic metres per second and is steady. We anticipate the flows to remain high for the next 3 days. The forecast high tide level at Tower Pier will be 4.50mAOD at 16:30 GMT on 12 Feb 2016 with a high confidence and 4.50mAOD at 04:45 GMT on 13 Feb 2016 with a moderate confidence. Astronomical tide levels are falling....

The Arctic Forum and the NEW Website Arctic Forum

On Wednesday 3rd February we held our Arctic Forum. We were delighted that two of our clients who sailed to Svalbard last year were willing to give a presentation of their expeditions. Originally I envisaged a small gathering upstairs in the shop but soon the place reservations came in and we needed to book the wonderful church just over the road. We often use the hall at the back of the church but there was another meeting in there on a totally unrelated subject (maybe not!) so if any of you...

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