Martin Broom Trophy 2018

I am delighted to announce that the winner of the Trophy this year is Dr Bill Moses with an excellent document entitled
Martin Broom M.B.E.
Innovator and Pioneering entrepreneur.
June 1934 - October 2013
It has some really interesting information and some fascinating reproductions of Broom documentation over the years.
Our sincere congratulations go out to him for this achievements.

To view the winning entry click HERE

Frank Hawkins
Chairman of the Judging Committee

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!

October, the leaves are changing colour and there’s a little dampness in the air. Bright sunny days no longer provide summer warmth but still allow standing on deck in ‘Ts’ and shorts whilst thoughts turn to snugging the boat for the winter ahead - and of course to that long considered article for Sweeping Statements....

Did you discover new cruising grounds in the lovely summer weather? Did you re-visit some old grounds and find them still as good to cruise around? Has some new bit of kit worked really well or have you overcome technical difficulties for some promised conversion or renovation?  Let the rest of us know! Help fellow members overcome technical problems by sharing your knowledge and experience or introduce members to your favourite areas or provide navigation tips on how to more easily and safely get there. Share your experiences with fellow members and strengthen the reasons for joining and remaining in the Club. You know it makes sense. 

The closing date for articles is October 31st, and they should be emailed to the editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Don’t worry about underlining headings or using different colours or formats - a simple script, perhaps in Word is good, and high resolution photos to illustrate what you are writing about (maybe even including a photo of yourselves and your boat) sent separately will certainly enhance the subject and also let readers know who you are.  If you would like any advice on any aspect simply get in touch with me, I’ll be very pleased to help. And please remember - it’s easier than you may think. Good luck with it. David

Sweeping Statements - Spring 2018

Even if the ‘Beast from the East’ is keeping you cool, your thoughts, like mine, might be turning towards those looked-forward to warm summer days on board.  Why not start the season now by writing an article for your Club Magazine, Sweeping Statements?  The next issue will be out in the Spring, and now is the time to get your article written and sent to the editor before the cut-off date of 31st March.

Send it by e-mail, or as a pdf enclosure, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. using plain text please, with no underlining or coloured text (it makes it easier to lay-out the mag) together with photographs. These should be of the highest resolution possible and include a photo of yourself and your boat, if you can. An article of 2-3 pages of A4 would be about the right length but don’t worry too much as I can help with editing and any other queries or concerns you may have. So, why not let us know of the wonderful cruise you’ve enjoyed in the past, or are planning for the future. Or maybe you’ve just changed boats, installed a major modification or new piece of kit or found the perfect mooring.  

It’s your magazine, and it’s your chance to tell the rest of the Club about your boating life. We’re all looking forward to hearing from you and may even learn from your experiences, or be encouraged to try that great cruising area too. Forget the Beast - get writing!

BOC at the 2018 London Boat Show

Despite all the prophesies of gloom, this year’s London International Boat Show proved to be more upbeat than anticipated. The range of Companies displaying their wares seemed as wide as ever, and the less dominant position of some of the largest UK boat builders allowed other exhibitors to make more of an impact. This year, the event was only open to the public for 5 days (January 10th -14th) – half its previous length. This was an attempt by the organisers to see whether the Show could be made cost-effective after years of declining support by exhibitors, faced with the conflicting demands from other early-season European Boat Shows. Once again, the Broom Owners stand served the Club well.

 

Read more: BOC at the 2018 London Boat Show

Provisional members information

**NEW PROVISIONAL MEMBERSHIP** If you are considering buying a Broom Boat, BOC can offer you a provisional membership that would enable you to get extra information about Broom Boats and ask questions that can give you the benefit of experience of existing members. For £25.00 you will get access to extra parts of the BOC website, invitations to events and information from BOC plus your own copy of the magazine 'Sweeping Statements'.

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