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A successful first adventure for the paddling and sailing expedition boat Expedition Mouse

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A successful first adventure for the paddling and sailing expedition boat Expedition Mouse

http://intheboatshed.net/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/dsc_0060-1024.jpg http://intheboatshed.net/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/dsc_0060-1024.jpg A successful first adventure for the paddling and sailing expedition boat Expedition Mouse

The maiden outing for Dan Noble’s Expedition Mouse seems to have been a little more exciting than anyone intended, but even with two grown men aboard she seems to have coped pretty well. Sailing nearby the Statue of Liberty seems rather exotic from my perspective in Kent, England

I’ve said it before, but boat designers love a builder who follows the plans, builds the boat well and makes good use of it. But even those of us who are lucky in our builders have at least a little nervousness before a launch, for there’s always the danger that something about the boat might not work quite as expected.

Well, Dan Noble’s done a nice job of building the Expedition Mouse, and I seem to have got away with it – as once again one of my little boats has proved to work the way it should. Thanks Dan!

The Expedition Mouse is a stretched 14ft variant of my Mouseboat series of easy and cheap to build designs, but instead of being intended for the pond or river at the end of the road, this one is intended for real trips, perhaps involving camping. Many people would say that she’s an unusual looking craft with a surprisingly large sail are, but there is method in my madness. Her scow shape and hard chine makes her stable enough to stand up to quite a lot of sail, but her entry and exit are sufficiently easy that she’s easy to paddle much like a conventional cruising kayak. Her builder has reported that she while she sails well, she paddles ‘like a dream’.

The plans for the Expedition Mouse are available for free and can be downloaded at the Yahoogroup Mouseboats.

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The Yachtswoman’s Pocket Book – splendid advice for ladies embarking on a yacht

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The Yachtswoman’s Pocket Book - splendid advice for the ladies embarking on the briny

The Yachtswoman’s Pocket Book - splendid advice for the ladies embarking on the briny The Yachtswoman’s Pocket Book - splendid advice for the ladies embarking on the briny The Yachtswoman’s Pocket Book - splendid advice for the ladies embarking on the briny

The Yachtswoman’s Pocket Book - splendid advice for the ladies embarking on the briny The Yachtswoman’s Pocket Book - splendid advice for the ladies embarking on the briny The Yachtswoman’s Pocket Book - splendid advice for the ladies embarking on the briny

The Yachtswoman’s Pocket Book - splendid advice for the ladies embarking on the briny The Yachtswoman’s Pocket Book - splendid advice for the ladies embarking on the briny The Yachtswoman’s Pocket Book - splendid advice for the ladies embarking on the briny

I can’t resist sharing this with readers, for it’s priceless. The cover gives it away – three blokes, two of whom are wearing Breton caps, jawing on deck – while the dollybird does something with slices of bread below. She clearly is in need of this book’s advice about the necessity to use waterproof mascara, the benefits of the portable shower and remembering to take an extra jumper to avoid exasperating the man on board.

And to cap it all, there’s an introduction about how valuable all this advice really is – and all written by a man.

No, this stuff is not to be taken too seriously, though some of the advice on clothing, luggage and the rest is as true today as it has ever been. Still there is so much in here that sounds quaint and even funny to modern ears that I’m tempted to make a reading of this twaddle my first podcast!

A fine collection of interesting boats for sale on Ebay tonight

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Go to our Ebay bargains page for this little lot: http://intheboatshed.net/boats-and-stuff-on-ebay/

•Flood-damaged 50ft narrowboat may be going cheap somewhere in the North East of England

•1963 (approx.) 33ft Windboats wooden motor cruiser for sale at Windsor

•16ft GRP Yorkshire coble for sale somewhere in Scotland

Broom speedboat for sale at Peterborough

•26ft lifeboat ripe for conversion at Kirkwall, Orkney

•28ft 1939 Harry Felpham drop keel cutter for sale at Littlehampton, West Sussex