Dartmouth Boat (and Cabin) Porn

August 10, 2014 at 11:11 pm

So, I’ve traded at The Royal Dartmouth Regatta a couple of times with the Stripes so I know the town quite well, but I’ve never actually visited by boat before…

I left Torquay and meandered into a very light South Westerly (on the nose again!), tacking a couple of times and then got cornered the wrong side of the Mew Stone …and then the tide had changed and I was down to 3 knots  …and then 2 knot something …and then 2 knots …average …and then it started to threaten rain and I realised that everyone else had overtaken me with their engine and mainsail combos and I was soon to be totally alone. So with a mild sense of defeat I started my engine too and motored in and up the river to pick a buoy up at Dittisham. I didn’t dare go any further as the depth sounder had stopped working, but it’s a very pretty spot and was only £11.50 on a buoy for the night (including harbour dues).   (Note- I’ve since opened up the depth sounder display and poured out about 1/4 pint of rusty water, cleaned it up and dried it out and it seems to work fine now!)

Dittisham East Bank

Dittisham East Bank

Somewhere right in the middle of me spotting a vacant buoy with an easy looking approach, getting a rope out and preparing to pick the buoy up, stalling the engine rather than turning it down to idle and then actually breaking the boat hook ‘grabbing’ the buoy, two chaps on a Hurley 24 waved at me enthusiastically as if to beckon me to raft up but I already had my boat hook in one hand and my eye on the prize so to speak.  (And if there is one thing that I have learnt about mooring: it is not to change your mind at the last minute! You have to prepare well, and then just commit.)

However, I’ve just managed to log on to the internet for the first time in 2 weeks and realised that there was a Hurley Owners Association rally there at Dittisham the next evening so they probably thought I was there for that.  So, for the record, Seal, I’m really sorry, and I did think you were going to come over when you got in your dinghy, but you went to the pub instead.

Dittisham West Bank (and Hurley 24 "Seal")

Dittisham West Bank (and Hurley 24 “Seal”)

Oh and also for the record, the engine restarted first pull and I managed to get the rope through the ring and then tied to the front of the boat without too much more drama! First attempt too.

But anyway, back to Dartmouth… it’s pretty, eh?  Lots of lovely boats there too… I took lots of pictures. There does seem to be a bit of a theme with these boats I’ve photographed though: They all seem to be wooden!  If you know what they are, please do tell us in the comments. (#6 is a GRP Cornish Crabber, I know that…)

(And if you like cabins too, and you’ve not seen the Cabin Porn website yet you should probably check it out… I promise you it’s safe for work.)

Boat Porn #1

Boat Porn #1

Boat Porn #2

Boat Porn #2

Boat Porn #3

Boat Porn #3

Boat Porn #4

Boat Porn #4

Boat Porn #5

Boat Porn #5

Boat and Cabin Porn

Boat and Cabin Porn

Dartmouth Harbour

Headed out for a cracking sail!

Lush

Looking very promising indeed!

This is the life…

May 14, 2014 at 8:10 pm

This is really, really lovely:

“A short documentary about David Welsford, who has given up the luxuries of land in search of happiness and adventure on a 50 year old wooden boat he restored from the scrap heap.”

Enjoy.

Twenty Eight Feet: life on a little wooden boat from kevinAfraser on Vimeo.

Boat Envy

March 4, 2014 at 7:23 am

This is a lovely tour around Carole Hasse’s Nordic Folkboat.

How gorgeous (and clean) is it? Very simple (no through hulls, minimal electrics, simple plumbing) but it looks pretty comfortable and clearly very well outfitted.

I understand her comments about her boat feeling safe, and manageable… and almost affordable!

I wonder how easily Duet would scull?

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