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12-16-2013 10:44 AM
Re: English Boatyard

Originally Posted by JoeLena View Post
My Land Rover is new.
Oh no, Mr. Bill

Well, my last American made car dealer used to tell me, "they all do that, it is not a problem". Every American made car that I owned, or worked on, leaked oil, which was minor compared to far more severe problems.

Of all the Japanese made cars, motorcycles, generators, outboards, and snowblowers I have owned or worked on, none leaked oil and they all worked perfectly.

"Fool me once---"

Paul T
12-16-2013 02:20 AM
Re: English Boatyard

British vehicles might have their faults, but if there is a better combination to turn up at the boat ramp with, I have yet to see it :

The only problem was the hour I spent, on average, talking to people about the Wayfarer, and (occasionally) the Jag, every time I launched, and again when I got back to the ramp.
12-16-2013 01:54 AM
Re: English Boatyard

Nuthin' wrong with cats.. They can be better at chasing fish and beach-crabs than some dogs.
12-15-2013 11:45 PM
Capt Len
Re: English Boatyard

Just wanted to show how personal is ones choice of boat,mate ,dog. I've been so fortunate in building the most beautiful vessel with the most beautiful woman in the world.I'm a cat person but two out of three's not bad. It's possible (just) that some others may not be in complete agreement but when the long trick's over some may say "class act" and they are entitled to their opinions. In the meantime the pride of building , ownership,neglect of vessels in the yard of no return can be a source of muse. Enjoyed the pics.
12-15-2013 08:04 PM
Capt Len
Re: English Boatyard

Jeez, you don't have to get personal. I wasn't referring to your choice in women.Don't dis my dog neither.
12-15-2013 07:07 PM
Re: English Boatyard

Originally Posted by Capt Len View Post
Many a world class adventure can be had on a strong but less than gorgeous vessel. ....
I guess a Spray would be a good example.

Even Joshua Slocum stated it wasn't exactly his first preference - but it was all he had available. ..and RKJ said the same about 'Suhali'.
12-15-2013 07:06 PM
Re: English Boatyard

Originally Posted by dabnis View Post
"Marking"? Oh my, that is good.

I wonder if present day British manufactured cars, aside from Honda, still leak oil?

I know, a bit of a drift, but maybe TDW will allow it?

Paul T
My Land Rover is new.
12-15-2013 07:03 PM
Capt Len
Re: English Boatyard

Many a world class adventure can be had on a strong but less than gorgeous vessel. I hear that this same attitude can be transferred into the realm of matrimony.All depends on the beholder and the beholdie. Always the chance of ending up in a forgotten boat yard if you don't take care of stuff.
12-15-2013 06:54 PM
Re: English Boatyard

Originally Posted by Faster View Post
That post #1 is truly a field of broken dreams..

But one only needs to wander local marinas to see so-called 'plastic fantastics' in similar states of neglect.. sad no matter where you find it.
True.. although somehow a wooden boat in a state of neglect is a lot less imposing and harsh on the eyes (proud even in it's state of decrepit-ness) than the outrage attached to the sight of a rotting chunk of 'plastic fantastic' - which should be hidden from view as quickly as possible.
12-15-2013 06:48 PM
Re: English Boatyard

Originally Posted by tdw View Post
Dylan ..... I'll admit some of those boats are less than easy on the eye but small cheap boats put the English on the water when they could afford nowt else. Sod it, homely is better than nothing at all while for grubbing about the English coast and shallow estuaries requires small stout and shallow draft more so than white flashy and yacht club.
Description of "Dulcibella", from "The Riddle of the Sands" --

"She seemed very small (in point of fact she was seven tons), something over thirty feet in length and nine in beam, a size very suitable to week-ends in the Solent, for such as liked that sort of thing; but that she should have come from Dover to the Baltic suggested a world of physical endeavour of which I had never dreamed. I passed to the aesthetic side. Smartness and beauty were essential to yachts, in my mind, but with the best resolves to be pleased I found little encouragement here. The hull seemed too low, and the mainmast too high; the cabin roof looked clumsy, and the skylights saddened the eye with dull iron and plebeian graining. What brass there was, on the tiller-head and elsewhere, was tarnished with sickly green. The decks had none of that creamy purity which Cowes expects, but were rough and grey, and showed tarry exhalations round the seams and rusty stains near the bows. The ropes and rigging were in mourning when contrasted with the delicate buff manilla so satisfying to the artistic eye as seen against the blue of a June sky at Southsea. Nor was the whole effect bettered by many signs of recent refitting. An impression of paint, varnish, and carpentry was in the air; a gaudy new burgee fluttered aloft; there seemed to be a new rope or two, especially round the diminutive mizzen-mast, which itself looked altogether new. But all this only emphasized the general plainness, reminding one of a respectable woman of the working-classes trying to dress above her station, and soon likely to give it up.

That the ensemble was businesslike and solid even my untrained eye could see. Many of the deck fittings seemed disproportionately substantial. The anchor-chain looked contemptuous of its charge; the binnacle with its compass was of a size and prominence almost comically impressive, and was, moreover the only piece of brass which was burnished and showed traces of reverent care. Two huge coils of stout and dingy warp lay just abaft the mainmast, and summed up the weather-beaten aspect of the little ship. I should add here that in the distant past she had been a lifeboat, and had been clumsily converted into a yacht by the addition of a counter, deck, and the necessary spars. She was built, as all lifeboats are diagonally, of two skins of teak, and thus had immense strength, though, in the matter of looks, all a hybrid's failings."

Read it online here.

Download it free here.

While not as good as the book, the video does have a replica Dulcibella, lots of well-filmed on-location sailing scenes (looks a lot like some of Dylan Winter's videos), and Jenny Agutter. Oh, and Michael York & Simon MacCorkindale.
Watch it on youtube
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