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Boatshed Chicago

Chicago, nicknamed the "second city" but actually the third largest city in the US is possibly the first city of Lake Michigan boating activity with beautiful down-town harbors, incredible city skyline to enjoy night or day sailing and constant stream of activity. Chicago is the start of the race to Mackinac being the longest and oldest annual fresh water race in the world. "The Mac" starts at the Chicago Lighthouse, just off Navy Pier and ends after a 333-mile dash to Mackinac Island. Chicago also hosted the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event - the first time the event has been on fresh water. Chicago is also blessed with several yacht clubs, sailing and boating organizations and choice of harbors.

With 22,300 sq. miles (57,800 sq. km) of water to sail and power in, Lake Michigan at 321 miles (517 km) long (north to south) and maximum width of 118 miles (190 km) is a boaters' playground.

Boatshed is one of the largest international yacht brokerages in the world, specialising in the sale and purchase of second-hand sail and motor boats. The original business, set up in Milford Haven Marina some 15 years ago, by seasoned sailors Neil and Mandy Chapman, after years of adventures offshore, has grown into a major international business and is a cornerstone of the yacht brokerage industry in the UK and overseas.

  • We have dealt with over 20,000 boats for sale so far using these cutting edge systems.
  • Today, we have over 814,000 registered customers looking for boats.
  • Our website attracts over 280,000 unique visitors each month.
  • We sell more than 1,000 boats each year.
  • We sell boats twice as quickly as other brokers, based upon independent industry statistics.

As well as selling boats, we are involved with the British Marine Federation, the Boat Retailers and Brokers Association, the RNLI and equivalent overseas associations, promoting boating and the interests and well being of boat owners.

Of course, at Boatshed, physical presence, offices and regional representation is only part of the story. Boatshed’s online sales platform is the very best in the industry. We have pioneered the clear and transparent marketing and sale of used boats online. Our IT systems are constantly being developed and improved by our team of designers to make it easier, quicker and more cost effective for our owners to list and sell boats, and for our customers to find the right boat at the right price as quickly as possible