John Waddington

+44 (0)1983 869 203

+44 (0)7758181016


Boatshed Chichester
The Engine House, Royal Clarence Yard, Weevil Lane, Gosport, Hants, PO12 1AX. UK

Having spent 33 years in the cut flower industry, importing and wholesaling flowers to Supermarkets, florists and wholesalers, Claire and I decided to have a complete lifestyle change in 2014. We got married, gave up getting up at 3am to sell flowers (we now consult and tell others how to get up at 3am to sell flowers!!) and moved onto the water, which is when we met Sam Cassell of Having spent months traveling the UK looking for a suitable vessel and having been extremely disappointed by visiting boats that bore no relation to their advertised description we spotted ‘AZAMI’ on When we saw the pictures it looked perfect for us and we were delighted to see what we were expecting to see when we visited her!

We were so impressed with the transparency of the service that we contacted Sam, who arranged a meeting with Chrissie Capel and founder Neil Chapman, where we discussed Claire and I becoming Boatshed agents for Chichester and surrounding waters.

Although my late Father had boats, I was generally too busy playing Rugby to accompany him so am now immersing myself in the world of all things that float – and loving it!

I am fortunate to have a son who is now the chief marine engineer on a 27m marine service vessel operating out of Denmark, so benefit from free servicing and lots of advice.

Our Cocker Spaniel ‘Hugo’ loves the boat and is now adept at jumping out of the transom and onto the deck,which is fine until the deck is covered in ice when he then resembles Bambi!

We are very privileged to live on Chichester Marina, so if you are interested in selling your boat, then why not give me a call and we can meet for coffee at The Boat House Café.

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.

Today, we have a team of about 120 specialist brokers and sales agents

Operate from 60+ locations in 18 countries

Supported by a central HQ team of 10 professionals

I look forward to hearing from you very soon.