Spotlight on Rockley

Spotlight on Rockley

Jun 1, 2023
We are very proud to be working with Rockley, a well-established and trusted provider of watersports...

Topics RNLI, Safety, Boating

Avoiding a Collision

Avoiding a Collision

May 5, 2023
  Avoiding a Collision  As the world’s most popular adult and youth racing sailboat, an ILCA start l...

Topics Dinghy

10 Top Tips to Protect your Dinghy in the Boat Park this Winter.

10 Top Tips to Protect your Dinghy in the Boat Park this Winter.

May 5, 2023
If you’re resting your boat up for the winter, it’s easy to pack it away as you always do and forget...

Topics Dinghy

Yacht Regulations: Common Questions Answered

Yacht Regulations: Common Questions Answered

May 4, 2023
In this blog, we aim to answer some of the most common questions about yacht regulations in the UK. ...
Yacht Checklist: Keeping Track of Boat Documentation

Yacht Checklist: Keeping Track of Boat Documentation

May 4, 2023
When it comes to yacht ownership, keeping track of boat documentation is crucial. A yacht is a signi...
Yacht Varnishing and Other Boat Care Tips

Yacht Varnishing and Other Boat Care Tips

May 4, 2023
All yacht owners know the value of proper maintenance and varnishing is one of the most crucial aspe...
Yacht Maintenance Costs To Consider

Yacht Maintenance Costs To Consider

May 4, 2023
From routine cleaning and repairs to major overhauls, yacht maintenance costs can quickly mount up. ...
Top Yachting Sailing Techniques You Need to Know

Top Yachting Sailing Techniques You Need to Know

May 4, 2023
Yachting sailing is a thrilling and exciting experience requiring a combination of skills and techni...
Yacht Entertainment: How to Make the most of your Trips

Yacht Entertainment: How to Make the most of your Trips

May 4, 2023
If you're planning a yacht trip, you'll want to make the most of your time on the water. There are p...
Top Yacht Accessories and Key Products to Look For

Key Yacht Gadgets and Must Have Products to Look For

May 4, 2023
As every yacht owner knows, you know that having the right accessories can make all the difference i...
Best Features on Board Luxury Sailing Yachts

Best Features on Board Luxury Sailing Yachts

May 4, 2023
Luxury sailing yachts are the epitome of elegance, sophistication, and adventure.  From the latest n...
Hotspots to Enhance your Jet Ski Experience

Hotspots to Enhance your Jet Ski Experience

Apr 20, 2023
Jet skiing can be an addictive hobby once it gets its hooks into you. Many passionate jet skiers go ...

Topics PWC, Jet Ski

Engine vs Electric Jet Ski- Which is the best for me?

Engine vs Electric Jet Ski- Which is the Best for Me?

Apr 20, 2023
Electric jet skis are here and are already beginning to filter into the market. If you are consideri...

Topics PWC, Jet Ski

How Fast Does a Jet Ski Go? We Answer the Most Common FAQs

How Fast Does a Jet Ski Go? We Answer the Most Common FAQs

Apr 20, 2023
Jet skiing has been a beloved watersport for many decades, attracting adventure enthusiasts and thri...

Topics PWC, Jet Ski

How Much is a Jet Ski? Hidden Costs to Consider

How Much is a Jet Ski? Hidden Costs to Consider

Apr 20, 2023
Whether you are a seasoned jet ski enthusiast or new to the watersport, it’s important to consider t...

Topics PWC, Jet Ski

Jet-Ski Security: A Need-to-know Guide

Jet Ski Security: A Need-to-know Guide

Apr 20, 2023
A jet ski is an expensive investment that requires proper security and care, one that you will want ...

Topics PWC, Jet Ski

Which is the Best Anti-corrosion Spray for Jet Ski and Other Maintenance Tips

Which is the Best Anti-corrosion Spray for Jet Ski and Other Maintenance Tips

Apr 20, 2023
Keeping on top of the maintenance of your personal watercraft will cut down on repair bills and ensu...

Topics PWC, Jet Ski

Jet Ski Checklist: Keeping Track of Boating Documentation

Jet Ski Checklist: Keeping Track of Boating Documentation

Apr 20, 2023
Maintaining proper documentation and equipment may not be the most glamorous or fun part of owning a...

Topics PWC, Jet Ski

Jet Ski Regulations You Should Be Aware Of

Jet Ski Regulations You Should Be Aware Of

Apr 20, 2023
Nothing beats the thrill of riding the waves on a jet ski, but it doesn’t come without its dangers. ...

Topics PWC, Jet Ski

How to Stay Connected on your Motor Cruiser with Boat Wi-Fi

How to Stay Connected on your Motor Cruiser with Boat Wi-Fi

Apr 13, 2023
Even though setting out on your motor cruiser may be a great way to put your phone down, scroll less...

Topics Motor Cruiser

Where to Set Sail for your Motor Cruiser Holidays

Where to Set Sail for your Motor Cruiser Holidays

Apr 13, 2023
The UK offers a wide variety of amazing locations and activities to explore. No matter what you enjo...
Storing a Boat: Why Choosing the Right Marina for your Motor Yacht is so Important

Storing a Boat: Why Choosing the Right Marina for your Motor Yacht is so Important

Apr 13, 2023
Are you searching for somewhere to store your motor yacht? Look no further, below is a round-up of t...
How Much Does Boat Fuel Add to My Motor Cruiser Costs?

How Much Does Boat Fuel Add to My Motor Cruiser Costs?

Apr 13, 2023
When investing in a motor cruiser, there are many costs to consider. Not only will you have to pay f...
Motor Cruiser Manufacturers to Consider When Looking to Upgrade

Motor Cruiser Manufacturers to Consider When Looking to Upgrade

Apr 13, 2023
When you own a motor cruiser, it's likely that at some point you will want to upgrade. And there are...
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Motor Yacht Insurance: Key Features

Apr 13, 2023
Taking a trip out on your motor yacht is a wonderful experience, where you can escape the stresses a...

Topics Motor Cruiser

Managing your Motor Cruiser: Keeping Track of Boat Documentation with MyBoat

Managing your Motor Cruiser: Keeping Track of Boat Documentation with MyBoat

Apr 13, 2023
Do you always struggle to find your motor cruiser documentation when it comes to renewing your polic...

Topics Motor Cruiser

Buyer's Guide to Motor Cruiser Insurance

Buyer's Guide to Motor Cruiser Insurance

Apr 13, 2023
Whether you love taking your motor cruiser out on the water for spur-of-the-moment outings or you pr...

Topics Motor Cruiser

Luxury Motor Cruisers: How to Stay Entertained On Board

Apr 13, 2023
Being on board your luxury motor cruiser is the perfect way to spend your time, whether you love wat...

Topics Motor Cruiser

Canal Boat Insurance

Canal Boat Insurance: Key Features of a GJW Direct policy

Jan 16, 2023
Enjoy your precious time out on the water, leisurely cruising, or permanently living. Canal boats of...
Narrowboat Maintenance Hacks

The Best Narrowboat Maintenance Hacks for Keeping your Vessel in Top Condition

Jan 16, 2023
Your narrowboat can go through a lot, especially if it is your permanent residence. From wear and te...

Topics Narrowboat, Marina

Tips to Help Narrowboat Owners During the Cost of Living Crisis

Tips to Help Narrowboat Owners During the Cost of Living Crisis

Jan 16, 2023
The cost of living crisis has affected most households across the UK, whether that be on land or liv...

Topics Narrowboat, Marina

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Cost-efficient Narrowboat Design Ideas: How to have the Best Looking Narrowboat on the Marina

Jan 16, 2023
When it comes to narrowboats, there are so many different layouts you could adopt, colour schemes to...

Paddle Boarding Safety

Jan 12, 2023
As we embark on a new year with regained freedom and resolve to engage in more outdoor activities, t...
Dinghy Racing Tactics: Sam Whaley and Jack Graham-Troll Case Study

Dinghy Racing Tactics: Sam Whaley and Jack Graham-Troll Case Study

Dec 1, 2022
  Who are Sam and Jack? Sam and Jack are both avid dinghy sailors, their love for the sport sparking...

Topics Dinghy

Dinghy Insurance: Key Features

Dinghy Insurance: Key Features

Dec 1, 2022
There is nothing like spending time on your boat in the great outdoors, the sense of freedom it give...

Topics Dinghy

dinghy sails

How to Care for your Dinghy Sails

Dec 1, 2022
When it comes to your dinghy, the sails are the driving force, so ensuring they are in the best cond...

Topics Dinghy

Dinghy Racing Tips: 4 Ways to Increase Upwind Speed

Dinghy Racing Tips: 4 Ways to Increase Upwind Speed

Dec 1, 2022
Dinghy racing is a competitive sport in which like-minded individuals share the passion of being out...

Topics Dinghy

Do you Know the Correct Dinghy Racing Rules?

Do you Know the Correct Dinghy Racing Rules?

Dec 1, 2022
Whether you're a professional dinghy racer or just starting out, it's a good idea to brush up on the...

Topics Dinghy

5 Tips to Prepare For Your Dinghy Race

Dec 1, 2022
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. So, don’t capsize at the first corner, get properly prepare...

Topics Dinghy


Sep 15, 2022
Marine insurance specialist GJW Direct is launching a new partnership at the Southampton Boat Show w...
Safety Precautions for Paddle boarders

Safety Precautions for Paddle Boarders

Aug 4, 2022
Paddle boarding can be a fantastic and fun watersport, and in recent years has grown in popularity. ...

A Quick Guide to Yacht Rigging Maintenance

Jul 26, 2022
Yachts should be checked regularly to make sure they function as they should and provide a comfortab...
5 marina benefits for yacht owners

5 Marina Benefits for Yacht Owners

Jul 26, 2022
Many people love life on the water, continuously cruising and exploring new places. However, mooring...
Yacht Racing for Beginners

Yacht Racing for Beginners

Jul 26, 2022
Starting yacht racing is a thrilling adventure, however also a possibly daunting experience. Yacht r...
What to look for when buying a speedboat

What to look for when buying a speedboat

Jul 26, 2022
Are you planning on buying a speedboat? Being quite an investment, there will be a lot to take into ...

Topics Speedboat

What is a Speedboat's Speed Limit and Other Safety Tips

What is a Speedboat's Speed Limit and Other Safety Tips

Jul 26, 2022
Speed and agility are two of the many things that are so attractive and add to the thrill of a speed...

Topics Speedboat

Top 8 Best RIBs for you

Top 8 Best RIBs for you

Jul 26, 2022
No matter where you plan to go, be it alone or in a group, there is a RIB suitable for all occasions...

Topics RIB

Speedboat for sale

Speedboat for Sale: How to Choose the Right one for you

Jul 26, 2022
Are you planning on buying a speedboat, but are not sure where to start choosing the right one for y...

Topics Speedboat

RIB Boat Insurance

Costs to consider when buying a RIB

Jul 26, 2022
There are many things to consider when purchasing a RIB, from specification to added features and si...

Topics RIB

Cowes Classics Week

Jul 26, 2022
“If I want to enjoy racing, do I have to spend a lot of money on a new boat and join an arms race?” ...

Dinghy meaning and Different Sailing Dinghy Types

Jul 15, 2022
Sailing dinghy types come in all shapes and sizes, with the first-ever Water Wag designed by Thomas ...

Learning to Sail a Dinghy: Our Tips for Beginners

Jul 15, 2022
If you’re an absolute beginner, learning to sail a dinghy can be both exciting and daunting. In case...

A Guide to Dinghy Sailing Clothing

Jul 15, 2022
Whether you’re a newbie or expert, it’s essential to dress for the occasion when you go dinghy saili...

GJW Direct sponsor Autism On The Water’s “South Coast Adventure”

Jun 21, 2022
London, UK – 21st June, 2022: Today, GJW Direct are proud to be announced as the headline sponsor fo...
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7 of the Best Boating & Sailing Apps to Download Now

Jun 10, 2022
Thanks to modern technology, we’ve mastered the ability to access any source of information via our ...

Murray’s story

May 17, 2022
By Murray MacDonald Director and Founding Trustee of Autism On The Water It was a cold, wet and wind...
How to Tow a Jet Ski

How to Tow a Jet Ski

Apr 26, 2022
Knowing how to tow a jet ski safely is an essential part of being a jet ski owner. It’s important yo...

Topics PWC, Tips, Jet Ski

Choosing the Best Personal Watercraft Course

Choosing the Best Personal Watercraft Course

Apr 26, 2022
Are you new to the boating world and are looking for the best personal watercraft course to get you ...

Topics PWC, Jet Ski, Insurance

jet ski trailer

Tips on Securing Your Jet Ski to Your Trailer

Apr 26, 2022
Losing your jet ski, having it stolen or having it fall off your trailer and damaged, is an inconven...

Topics PWC, Jet Ski, Insurance

Tips on getting your PWC out of the water

Tips on getting your PWC out of the water

Apr 26, 2022
You've had a spectacular day, enjoying the adrenaline-fuelled rush of riding your PWC on the water. ...

Topics PWC, Jet Ski, Insurance

Summer PWC tips for safety in the sun

Summer PWC tips for safety in the sun

Apr 26, 2022
Sunbeams on your face and a warm breeze in your hair, are the moments we can't wait for. Taking your...

Topics PWC, Jet Ski, Insurance

How to Care for your Surfboard

Apr 14, 2022
It comes as no surprise that the secret to a surfboard’s long and prosperous life includes a great d...
VirCru Spotlight

Spotlight on VirCru

Apr 1, 2022
Who are VirCru? VirCru are a team of boating enthusiasts who recognised a common struggle amongst th...

The A-Z of Sailing Terms and Phrases

Mar 17, 2022
Whether you’re a beginner learning how to sail or if you’ve got some experience of boating, there’s ...
Spotlight in RNLI

Spotlight on the RNLI

Mar 9, 2022
The RNLI works tirelessly to keep people safe whilst out on the water and it’s this shared vision an...

Topics RNLI, Safety, Boating

boat insurance

Nautical Phrases and Whatever Floats Your Boat Idioms

Mar 8, 2022
The language of the sea has long shaped the way we speak today. Many nautical terms have been adopte...
Your Guide to Dinghy Sailing Clothing for Racing

Your Guide to Dinghy Sailing Clothing for Racing

Feb 15, 2022
Dinghy racing can be a great experience, but not so much if you have no gear and no idea. So let's c...

Jack Graham Troll’s Top 10 Tips for Protecting Your Dinghy This Winter

Feb 15, 2022
If you’re resting your boat up for the winter, it’s easy to pack it away as you always do and forget...

How to Avoid Collisions in Dinghy Racing

Feb 15, 2022
  It goes without saying, but sailing is not a contact sport, that’s why it’s important to ensure yo...
sailing dinghy

What’s the Best Beginner Dinghy?

Feb 15, 2022
After you’ve finished your training and gained all of your dinghy sailing skills, it’s time for the ...

Prepping Your Boat For the 2022 Season

Feb 15, 2022
There’s nothing worse than having something go wrong with your boat when you’re out at sea - cutting...
dinghy racing events

What are the Best Dinghy Sailing Events in 2023?

Feb 15, 2022
Racing is back and in full swing this year! So we wanted to highlight some of the top events you nee...

How to Sail a Yacht: The Beginner's Guide to Yachting

Feb 9, 2022
How to sail a yacht: A beginner’s guide Sailing a yacht isn’t, unfortunately, something you can mast...

A Guide to the Different Types of Yacht

Feb 9, 2022
Types of yacht Whether you’re considering purchasing a yacht or simply want to know more about this ...

How Much is a Yacht? The Average Prices and Costs of Yachts

Feb 9, 2022
How much is a yacht? Becoming a yacht owner is a big step for anyone. Not only do you have to think ...

Top Tips from our Narrowboat Expert

Dec 17, 2021
Why did you choose to custom build a narrowboat? After several years of research, I had not found th...
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Discover The Top 9 Sailing Gadgets Available Now

Dec 9, 2021
Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or just getting started with the boating lifestyle, there’s so much...

How To Get More Out of Your Chartplotter

Dec 1, 2021
Chartplotters aren’t just for seaside navigation anymore, newer models have integrated features that...
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6 of the best Boating Courses To Better Your Experience

Nov 23, 2021
When it comes to boating courses in the UK, choosing a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) sailing cour...

Spotlight on Pirates Cave Chandlery

Nov 10, 2021
Who is Pirates Cave Chandlery?   Pirates Cave Chandlery is an independently owned chandler based in ...

The Ultimate Guide to Electric Foiling Boards (eFoils)

Oct 8, 2021
Recent years have seen a rise in the trend of electric foiling boards (sometimes better known as eFo...
two men boat wrapping

Spotlight on Generation Graphics

Oct 7, 2021
Who are Generation Graphics? Generation Graphics are marine wrapping specialists based in Southampto...
line of narrowboats canalside

A Buyer's Guide To Narrowboat Insurance

Sep 30, 2021
Whether it’s your first time buying insurance, or you’re simply looking to switch insurance companie...
narrowboat docked at canal

The Costs of Living on a Narrowboat

Sep 14, 2021
Living on a narrowboat can be an exciting new adventure for many new or seasoned boaters, but it’s i...

Topics Narrowboat, MyBoat

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Spotlight on Helly Hansen

Sep 1, 2021
This month, we’ve partnered with Helly Hansen to give away an amazing prize draw - £200 online store...
narrowboats on canal near bath

Autumn Cruising: 6 Hidden Gems Found Along Kennet and Avon Canal Route

Aug 26, 2021
Flowing a total of 87 miles from Reading to Bristol, the Kennet and Avon canal route is over 200 yea...
narrowboat docked on canal waterway

Is The Future of Boating Going To Be Electric-powered Engines?

Aug 19, 2021
Recent years have seen a rise in the number of hybrid diesel-electric narrowboats out on the water, ...
narrowboat garden

Creative Ways to Spruce Up Your Narrowboat Garden

Aug 4, 2021
Do you aspire to become the next Monty Don or Alan Titchmarsh? It can be difficult to know where to ...

Topics Narrowboat, Tips, DIY

SUP insurance

Spotlight on Boatworld

Jul 13, 2021
Boatworld sells a large range of small inflatable boats and equipment and we’re so proud to be partn...
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Spotlight on River Canal Rescue

Jul 3, 2021
Who are River Canal Rescue? River Canal Rescue are the leading marine breakdown assistance and recov...
motor yachts on marina

12 Things You Need to Consider When Choosing a Yacht Marina

Jun 28, 2021
You have your yacht, now you need a marina. There are many things to consider when choosing the righ...

Topics Mooring, Marina

Spotlight on Urban Truant

Spotlight on Urban Truant

Jun 23, 2021
Who are Urban Truant? Based at Swanwick Marina, Urban Truant is the UK's leading RYA sail and powerb...

A Buyer’s Guide to Marine Insurance

Jun 19, 2021
Your boat is likely to be your prized possession and that’s why ensuring it is fully protected from ...
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A Buyer's Guide to Yacht Insurance

Jun 15, 2021
Searching for the best insurance policy can be daunting, scanning small print, ensuring it suits you...

Topics GJW Direct, Yacht

Top 9 Boat Friendly Holiday Locations Along the South Coast

Jun 9, 2021
Now is the perfect time to plan a staycation and what better way to explore the UK than on the water...

Top 9 Yachts Featured in Your Favourite Classic Movies

Jun 5, 2021
Ever been intrigued to know more about the yachts featured in your favourite movies? Well we have th...
Best Yacht Brands

Best Yacht Brands and Why

Jun 2, 2021
If you’re looking for a new vessel, or for an upgrade to your prized yacht, then it’s always helpful...

Top 7 Marina Safety Tips

May 28, 2021
Storing your boat at a UK marina has many benefits, from enhanced security to being part of a close-...

Topics Safety, Marina

3 of the most insane luxury yachts

The Top 6 Luxury Yachts in the World

May 25, 2021
Have you ever dreamt of sailing around the world on your own private yacht? It’s no secret the yacht...

Topics Yacht

sailing yachts on the water

A Need-to-know Guide For Choosing the Perfect Sailing Yacht

May 23, 2021
Sailing is one of life’s greatest joys. It is an ideal form of escapism, allowing you to be at one w...
motor yachts docked at a marina

Maintenance Benefits of Mooring a Boat in a Marina

May 21, 2021
There are many benefits to mooring at a marina, including better maintenance of your craft. We take ...

Topics GJW Direct, Marina

yachts on a uk marina

Things To Do Near 6 of Your Favourite UK Marinas

May 19, 2021
Owning a motorboat or a sailing yacht likely means you’re familiar with marinas, as they are one of ...
sailing yacht on water

Top Tips for Customising Your Sailing Yacht

May 17, 2021
Calling all yacht owners! Let’s talk about customisation. Are you tired of staring at your dull and ...

10 Best Walks Near UK Marinas

May 15, 2021
When it comes to finding a UK staycation for boaters, it can be difficult to know the best places to...

Topics Marina, Activities

sailing yacht

A Beginner's Guide to Boat Insurance

May 13, 2021
Have you purchased your first boat and are unsure whether or not you need insurance? Or are you wond...

Discover MyBoat, your FREE digital organiser

May 12, 2021
MyBoat, powered by GJW Direct is your FREE digital organiser for your vessel. Launched in 2018, MyBo...
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Spotlight on savvy navvy

May 7, 2021
Who are savvy navvy? savvy navvy is the ultimate boating app which has been specially designed by ex...

A buyer's guide to RIB insurance

May 6, 2021
Deciding on the level of insurance you require for your craft and which insurer to opt for can seem ...

Topics RIB

Speedboat insurance

A buyer's guide to Speedboat insurance

May 4, 2021
When it comes to choosing boat insurance for your newly acquired vessel, it can be difficult to know...
boat tools

Diagnosing Your Boat: DIY or professional help?

Apr 30, 2021
Whether you’re new to boating or have years of experience, it can still be difficult to know whether...
Rib maintenance

A guide to RIB maintenance

Apr 25, 2021
Just like all vehicles, it's a good idea to regularly perform maintenance checks on your vessel, to ...

Topics RIB


Buying a Speedboat: The Ultimate Guide

Apr 21, 2021
The beauty of owning a speedboat is being able to get out on the water and explore whenever, and whe...

Owner's Advice: Top Tips For Dinghy Maintenance

Apr 19, 2021
When it comes to maintenance for any boat, there’s a lot you need to be aware of, and depending on t...
yachts in a line

Highlights From Virtual Boat Shows in 2021 & What's To Come...

Apr 16, 2021
This past year has been a strange one to say the least, the impact of COVID-19 has meant events acro...
A Buyer’s Guide To Dinghy Insurance

A Buyer’s Guide To Dinghy Insurance

Apr 12, 2021
Whether your dinghy is for cruising or racing, having it insured will give you peace of mind on and ...

A Day in the Life of Your Speedboat...

Apr 9, 2021
Over the last year, it’s likely that your speedboat hasn’t had as much action as it usually would, w...

Choosing The Best Rigid Inflatable Boat For You

Apr 6, 2021
Rigid inflatable boats were an idea conceived by the RNLI in the 1960s and have since become highly ...

Spotlight on August Race

Apr 5, 2021
Who are August Race? August Race are an award-winning manufacturer and developer of  boat maintenanc...

RNLI and GJW Direct join forces to keep water users safe

Mar 31, 2021
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and GJW Direct have renewed their partnership, which ...
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How to Choose the Class of Boat You're Going to Sail

Mar 27, 2021
As a dinghy owner, taking your boat out onto the water for sailing is one of the greatest perks. The...
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Safety and Security on the UK waterways

Mar 23, 2021
When preparing to sail at sea or on inland waterways, you’ll first need to ensure you understand the...

Topics GJW Direct

Spotlight on Spinlock

Mar 11, 2021
Who are Spinlock? Spinlock are an independent UK company who are recognised as world experts in rope...
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Kayaking and Canoeing: The Best British Destinations for 2021

Mar 2, 2021
Trying to think of the perfect tranquil escape this season? Craving the freedom, peace and mindfulne...

Health and Fitness Benefits When Kayaking, Canoeing and Paddleboarding

Feb 17, 2021
Much like any sport, regular participation in water sports like kayaking, canoeing or paddleboarding...

Kayaking Safety Checklist: Top Tips

Feb 10, 2021
Did you know in the past year alone almost 2 million UK residents have taken part in kayaking or can...
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What To Do If Your Boat Is Sinking

Feb 2, 2021
Whether you’ve read various articles, watched the documentaries or may know of someone who has exper...

A Guide to Jet Skiing in the UK

Jan 27, 2021
Have you been thinking about taking the plunge and entering the adrenaline fuelled world of jet skii...

Topics GJW Direct, Jet Ski, uk

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The Best Windsurfing Locations in the UK

Jan 22, 2021
For those adrenaline seekers amongst us, the recreational sport of windsurfing is an amazing way to ...
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6 of the Best Canal Walks in the UK

Jan 7, 2021
With the UK staycation market soaring in recent years and the recent world-wide pandemic requiring u...
boats on water

Buying a New Boat VS Buying a Second Hand Boat

Dec 15, 2020
Whether you’re a keen dinghy sailor, yacht owner, RIB, narrowboat or kayaking enthusiast, when it’s ...
yacht on water

Luxury Yacht Charter: Everything you need to know

Dec 10, 2020
Yacht chartering has become increasingly popular in the last two decades, with many choosing to vaca...

Narrowboat Interior Layout: Top 5 Tips

Dec 4, 2020
Whether you’re a weekend boater and use your narrowboat for social occasions, or you‘ve made your bo...

4 Ways to Customise a Used Boat

Nov 27, 2020
Buying a new boat can be pricey, especially when it comes to customising it to your needs. That’s wh...

Best UK Towns and Cities to Visit While Cruising Canals

Nov 18, 2020
When considering a canal boat holiday, it’s important to think about the towns and cities you’d most...
motor yachts

New Boat Comparison Guide: Choosing the Right Boat For You

Nov 3, 2020
Investing in a boat is something worth careful thought, time and consideration. You want to be sure ...
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5 Best UK Yacht Holidays

Oct 26, 2020
There’s no better way to cruise the UK shores than travelling by a sailing or motor yacht. A yacht h...

Living On A Narrowboat: What You Need to Know

Oct 12, 2020
The community of narrowboat owners in the UK is booming. The lure of an alternative lifestyle of cha...
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The Top 3 Most Expensive Yachts in the World

Oct 7, 2020
We’re back with a second instalment, looking into some of the most expensive yachts in the world! Su...
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Buying a Narrowboat: What you need to know

Oct 1, 2020
With the rise of COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown taking up most of our 2020, more than ever UK ...
marina in london

Everything You Need To Know About Storing Your Boat

Sep 22, 2020
When it comes to storing your boat, it’s important that you take the necessary precautions to ensure...

Topics Mooring, Marina

Experience a tailored concierge service for managing your boat insurance

Sep 15, 2020
Why trust GJW Direct? GJW Direct is a division of Groves, John & Westrup and have been providing...
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6 Luxury Locations to Take Your Motor Cruiser

Sep 11, 2020
The UK staycation market has risen exceptionally in recent years, particularly with the recent world...
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5 of the Best UK Yacht Clubs

Sep 2, 2020
When it comes to finding the right yacht club, there is no one-size-fits all. Whether you’re looking...

Topics Yacht, yacht clubs

celebrity yachts

Top 5 Celebrity Yachts

Aug 26, 2020
Celebrities can often be an enigma when not on screen, but one thing some celebrities haven’t been s...

Topics Yacht, celebrity

canal boats

4 Must-have Narrowboat Holidays

Aug 21, 2020
If you’ve been thinking about planning your next UK staycation but are struggling to decide where to...
Be in with the chance to win a £200 Sailing Chandlery voucher

Be in with the chance to win a £200 Sailing Chandlery voucher

Jul 31, 2020
Sailing Chandlery are one of many discount partners already working with GJW Direct to provide polic...

MyBoat reaches over 10,000 members

Jul 27, 2020
MyBoat powered by GJW Direct has transformed the way of boat management, gaining over 10,000 members...

Topics GJW Direct, MyBoat

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Spotlight on Premier Marinas

Jul 9, 2020
As a boat owner, it can be difficult to know where to dock your boat after an adventure out to sea, ...
Boats moored in a marina

Lloyd’s proposed transfer certain EEA business to Lloyd’s Brussels.

Jun 23, 2020
Lloyd’s is proposing to transfer certain EEA insurance policies to Lloyd’s Brussels.  The proposed t...

Boat prep checklist: Preparing your boat to go back out on the water

May 19, 2020
Despite the impact Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on the world, and these uncertain and troubling ...
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How to Automate Boat Service and Renewal Reminders

May 1, 2020
Keeping on top of boat admin can be a challenging feat. But with MyBoat, not only can you organise a...

Topics MyBoat

Pros and cons of living on a boat

Pros and cons of living on a boat

Apr 28, 2020
Living on a boat can provide a serene existence, at one with nature and surrounded by a tightly knit...
The ultimate guide to the best UK marinas

The ultimate guide to the best UK marinas

Apr 17, 2020
With an abundance of fantastic marinas around the UK to choose from, it’s difficult to know where to...

Topics Mooring, Marina

The best narrowboat interior layout for your needs

The best narrowboat interior layout for your needs...

Apr 10, 2020
Want to make the best of the space inside your narrowboat? Here's where we come in. We've complied a...
Boating Best Bits (of the last two decades)...

Boating Best Bits of the Last Two Decades...

Mar 20, 2020
When we look back over the past two decades, there have been some seriously impressive achievements ...
GJW Direct

Important information regarding your policy and Covid-19

Mar 18, 2020
Like everyone we have busily been gathering information about the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19). ...

Topics News

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How to Get Exclusive Offers with MyBoat

Mar 4, 2020
MyBoat is a free digital boat management system and accessory reminder service. Which means no more ...

Topics Discounts, MyBoat



Feb 27, 2020
Whether you’re a seasoned RIB owner or you’re new to the marina, you’ll likely have some unanswered ...

Topics RIB


Introducing GJW Direct Frequently Asked Questions

Feb 17, 2020
We’re happy to introduce our handy, easy to use GJW Direct Frequently Asked Questions. The FAQs page...
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Things to consider when towing your RIB

Feb 13, 2020
The ability to hook your RIB up to your car affords you greater possibilities of launch locations an...

Topics RIB


Equipment must-haves for RIB owners

Jan 30, 2020
With such a versatile range of uses, from short to long-distance cruises, diving or fishing trips, f...

Topics RIB

Tips for going diving with your rib

Tips for going diving with your RIB

Jan 23, 2020
A RIB is ideal for heading out to those locations that cannot be reached without a boat, especially ...

Topics RIB

RIB launch locations

Top launch locations to take your RIB

Jan 16, 2020
The beauty of owning a RIB is the ability to take off on long cruises, exploring the breathtaking co...

Topics RIB

Why a RIB is the boat for you

What are RIBs and why a RIB is the boat for you

Jan 9, 2020
A RIB (rigid inflatable boat), as highlighted within the name, is a firm-hulled boat surrounded by i...

Topics RIB

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5 ways to guard your Narrowboat against theft

Dec 6, 2019
The prospect of thieves and vandals targeting your vessel is a big worry as a narrowboat owner. To p...

Narrowboat FAQs

Nov 29, 2019
Are you a new narrowboat owner? Or seasoned in canal life, but wanting to solve some unanswered ques...

Topics Narrowboat, Tips

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Become an expert on narrowboat maintenance by watching these 5 videos

Nov 15, 2019
Narrowboat life consists of constant rounds of maintenance and cleaning. Want some handy hints and t...
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DIY narrowboat hacks: top tips for living on the water

Nov 8, 2019
As a narrowboat owner, you’ll quickly become a DIY pro. Whether you’ve taken on a restoration projec...

Topics Narrowboat, Tips, DIY

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Essential items you need to have aboard your narrowboat

Nov 1, 2019
Whether you’re new to the waterways or are planning to restock your supplies, without a checklist, i...

Topics Narrowboat, Tips

Blog 5 - narrowboat names

20 of the punniest narrowboat names we've seen

Oct 25, 2019
One of the greatest ways to personalise your boat is by choosing the perfect name, but it’s easy to ...

Topics Narrowboat, Tips

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How to be a responsible dinghy owner

Oct 14, 2019
Owning a boat is great fun, but isn’t without its responsibilities. If you’ve just bought a dinghy a...
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GJW continues partnership with RNLI to raise aware of lifejacket clinics

Oct 7, 2019
Furthering our association with RNLI will see the company promoting Lifejacket Clinics to GJW Direct...
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Sailing Events & Races 2019/2020

Oct 7, 2019
If you’re into your sailing events, then you’ll want to make sure you check out our 2019/2020 calend...
dinghy sailing

How to get started dinghy sailing in the UK

Sep 30, 2019
Dinghy sailing is the perfect sport for anyone wanting to get into any type of sailing. If you’re un...

Topics Dinghy, Tips, Insurance

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6 innovative space-saving solutions for your narrowboat

Sep 27, 2019
There’s no reason why life on a narrowboat should be cramped and claustrophobic. Simple storage solu...

Topics Narrowboat, Tips

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5 signs you need a new sailing dinghy

Sep 16, 2019
Questioning whether your sailing dinghy is still up to scratch? It can be tricky to tell whether you...

Topics Dinghy, Insurance

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6 Things to Consider When Taking Your Dinghy Racing

Sep 9, 2019
Entering a dinghy race for the first time? Here are six things to consider when taking your dinghy r...

Topics Dinghy, Insurance

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GJW Direct at the Southampton Boat Show: What you need to know

Sep 6, 2019
It’s that time of year again – the annual Southampton International Boat Show, the perfect day out f...
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Choosing the right equipment for your dinghy

Sep 2, 2019
Making sure you have quality equipment for your dinghy is an essential. You want to make sure you’re...
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Top 5 Dinghy Maintenance Tips

Aug 26, 2019
Dinghy maintenance is important if you want to get as many years as possible out of your vessel. Whe...
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Which RYA dinghy course should you take?

Aug 19, 2019
Experienced or not, RYA courses help keen sailors advance their skills and become more confident on ...
life jackets

Learn more about the RNLI & GJW Direct Association plus upcoming Lifejacket Clinics

Jul 26, 2019
The collaboration between GJW Direct and RNLI has an aim to help raise awareness about the importanc...

Topics RNLI

Jet Ski Insurance

A buyer’s guide to jet ski insurance

Jul 1, 2019
Haven’t taken out jet ski insurance yet? Our buyer’s guide to jet ski insurance will walk you throug...
Choosing a PWC: An in-depth look at 3 top jet ski brands

Choosing a PWC: An in-depth look at 3 top jet ski brands

Jun 30, 2019
There has been enormous growth in the personal watercraft (PWC) market in recent years, with many pe...

Topics PWC, Jet Ski

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Jet ski FAQs

Jun 23, 2019
Considering buying a jet ski? Or already own one and want to know more? Here’s a couple of frequentl...

Topics PWC, Jet Ski

Jet ski safety tips

Essential safety equipment for your PWC

Jun 17, 2019
Jet ski enthusiasts love the thrill of the open water - the adrenaline-buzz from riding the waves, t...

Topics PWC, Safety, Jet Ski


8 Things You Need to Know About Your PWC

Jun 14, 2019
A personal watercraft is a fun and relatively inexpensive way to enjoy life on the water all year ro...

Get 12.5% off and free standard delivery at Sailing Chandlery

Jun 10, 2019
Sailing Chandlery is a 5-star rated chandlery that provides quality sailing accessories with speedy ...

Topics Discounts


The most common jet ski injuries

Jun 7, 2019
Whether you’re a jet ski expert who takes to the waters weekly, a lover of the sport who doesn’t get...

Topics PWC, Jet Ski

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5 things you might be doing wrong on your jet ski

Jun 2, 2019
Despite the handling of a jet ski being relatively simple to get to grips with, there can still be a...

Topics PWC, Tips, Jet Ski

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The essential accessories for your jet ski

May 26, 2019
Whether you’re an experienced jet skier or relatively new to the sport, here are the essential acces...

Topics PWC, Jet Ski

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Exclusive MyBoat Discounts at Spinlock for GJW Policyholders

May 20, 2019
All GJW Direct policyholders that sign up to MyBoat will be able to access discounts and special pri...

Topics Discounts

GJW Jet Ski

The best jet ski locations to ride the waves in the UK

May 19, 2019
Are you looking for the perfect location to hit the waves this summer? We’ve shortlisted our favouri...

Topics PWC, Jet Ski

Boat Shows 2019

Motor Cruiser and Yacht Shows in 2019

Apr 9, 2019
Attending a motor cruiser and yacht show provides one of the best opportunities to compare boat bran...
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How Much Does it Cost to Insure a Motor Cruiser?

Apr 8, 2019
Insuring your motor cruiser is an important precaution. If you’ve spent thousands of pounds on a new...
Motor cruiser

12 Tips to Protect Your Motor Cruiser From Theft

Apr 5, 2019
As with anything of value, you should take the relevant precautions to protect your motor cruiser fr...

The Importance of Understanding Marine Forecasts

Apr 3, 2019
Though it’s become something of a quintessentially English tradition, there is still great value to ...
Motor Yacht Insurance Claims

6 of the Most Common Boat Insurance Claims & How to Avoid Them

Apr 2, 2019
Ultimately, insurance is an essential part of owning a boat, providing you with valuable protection ...

Topics Tips, Insurance

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6 of the Most Iconic Classic Motor Boats

Mar 28, 2019
Whilst many boats become outdated and defective after years of service, there are some that stand th...

Topics Motor Cruiser

How to prepare your boat for new season

How to Prepare Your Boat for the Start of the Season

Mar 27, 2019
After a long winter, it can be all too tempting to simply pull off the covers and launch your boat s...

Topics Motor Cruiser