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Dreams and reality

I remember reading something boat designer John Welsford wrote about the importance of ‘dream boats’. I think the essence was that if you want a boat to fulfil your dreams you should build it, even if those dreams might not become

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Dreams and reality

I remember reading something boat designer John Welsford wrote about the importance of ‘dream boats’. I think the essence was that if you want a boat to fulfil your dreams you should build it, even if those dreams might not become

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Rip it out and start again

When I built Scratch I swithered between building the daggerboard, as per the original design, or the centreboard for which John had prepared an additional sheet of plans. In the end I went for the daggerboard on the grounds it

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Rip it out and start again

When I built Scratch I swithered between building the daggerboard, as per the original design, or the centreboard for which John had prepared an additional sheet of plans. In the end I went for the daggerboard on the grounds it

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Re-thinking the boat tent

I had a long drive the other day and turned my mind to first principles to try and find another starting point for the tent (previous musings here): everything in a boat should have two uses (can't remember where I

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Re-thinking the boat tent

I had a long drive the other day and turned my mind to first principles to try and find another starting point for the tent (previous musings here): everything in a boat should have two uses (can't remember where I

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Reflections on boat tent design

Moored on the bank of the River Forres on Loch Ness, with calm weather and well sheltered, almost any boat tent would have done the job. Which was lucky as the tent took a bit of battering on previous nights

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Reflections on boat tent design

Moored on the bank of the River Forres on Loch Ness, with calm weather and well sheltered, almost any boat tent would have done the job. Which was lucky as the tent took a bit of battering on previous nights

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Sail Caledonia sponsoring a boat in 2014 Raid

Sail Caledonia, the annual sail & oar raid through the Great Glen of Scotland, is inviting applications for a sponsored boat entry for next year’s race, which will take place from 24th to 31st May 2014. The crew will provide

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Sail Caledonia sponsoring a boat in 2014 Raid

Sail Caledonia, the annual sail & oar raid through the Great Glen of Scotland, is inviting applications for a sponsored boat entry for next year’s race, which will take place from 24th to 31st May 2014. The crew will provide

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Chasing ghosts, bad for the soul

To build a boat is a gentle refuge from the unrelieved stress of our daily grind, a place where the hands and the head can work together as our evolution intended, and where we can create something special that contains something that connects with our heart.

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Chasing ghosts, bad for the soul

To build a boat is a gentle refuge from the unrelieved stress of our daily grind, a place where the hands and the head can work together as our evolution intended, and where we can create something special that contains something that connects with our heart.

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Happy Fellow

Sailing on a clear, crisp day in early March – enough to make anyone a happy fellow.

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Happy Fellow

Sailing on a clear, crisp day in early March – enough to make anyone a happy fellow.

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Oars

Martyn’s building a Walkabout like mine and he got in touch to ask about the length of my oars and the how I set them up. I thought others might be interested so, here’s the story.

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Oars

Martyn’s building a Walkabout like mine and he got in touch to ask about the length of my oars and the how I set them up. I thought others might be interested so, here’s the story.

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Laid Up? Not me. Not yet.

Rowed from Portobello to Fisherrow today. Most of the yachts are out of the water. Doesn't seem like early November. “There's no wind” someone said when I left the dinghy yard. No problem when you can row. I did a

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Laid Up? Not me. Not yet.

Rowed from Portobello to Fisherrow today. Most of the yachts are out of the water. Doesn't seem like early November. “There's no wind” someone said when I left the dinghy yard. No problem when you can row. I did a