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'.


There's been some fantastic photographs on our Facebook page about member's activities during the cruising season and there's bound to be plenty more adventures that haven't been shown on FB, too.  Have you got a story to tell? Why don't you tell your fellow members about it? The cut-off date for the next edition is 30 September, so you still have ample time to get writing, and if you have been on an amazing cruise (aren't they all), recently taken ownership of your Broom, undertaken some interesting modifications or technical works or simply have some advice to share, then why don't you let other owners know about it? If you can illustrate your article with some photographs then thats all the better, and please send by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrive by 30 September. There's plenty of help on hand if you think your writing skills have got a little rusty, so reach for your quill, get your log book out for the detail and get writing - we'd love to hear from you.


There's still plenty of time to get that article written for the Spring edition of your Club Magazine - the cut-off date is 31 March. The intention for this issue is to have a 'technical' issue, so if you have recently modified your boat, put a new piece of kit on board, or overcome some difficult repair or servicing problem then please let the rest of us know. Or, perhaps you've had a major problem which took some sleuthing to identify and rectify which could help members who may encounter a similar difficulty.  Again, let us all know! Of course, there will still be our regulat articles on cruising so let us hear about your latest cruise, or maybe a favourite cruising memory whichcould inspire others; news from the regions and information on up-coming events and perhaps you'd like to share a favourite nautical book with the rest of us.  There's lots of help at hand if you think you may be a little rusty at writing an article, so just send your copy to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. together with high resolution photographs - a picture is worth a thousand words! - by email and by 31st of March, 2017 at the latest, join in the fun, and help your Club magazine inform and entertain all our members!  GOOD LUCK!

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