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How to live afloat in winter, by Claudia Myatt

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Life on board in winter. The birds keep you company…

‘Summer afloat is a glorious, expansive picnic. The entire river is my living space, into which friends ebb and flow with boats, music and wine. Earning a living still means long hours indoors of course, but apart from that there are light evenings, maintenance sessions on the boat, voyages to plan, dinghies to play around with, all sorts of shippy business going on. Above all else in the summer, there is light – abundant, endless, late and early, helpful daylight.

Winters are a different matter altogether…

How often have you thought of living afloat? No doubt, like me, it was the thought of winter that put you off the idea – the cold, the condensation, the lack of shelter, the likely lack of near neighbours the fear of falling off the gangplank, and anxiety about emergencies with mooring lines on a cold and stormy night are all enough to worry a person.

So I was intrigued to read renowned maritime illustrator Claudia Myatt’s observations and advice on the subject. A lot of it seems to centre around keeping your firewood and your feet dry, and always having a torch. But she also argues for making the most of the situation rather than waiting for conditions to become perfect – which will often seem pretty remote in the depths of a wet, cold,  windy and darki winter.

 

Simon Papendick fixes up a Fox and Son motor launch

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Mobile boat restorer, repairman and sailing instructor Simon Papendick’s weblog shows him restoring a Fox & Son of Ipswich motor launch originally built around the 1960s. See the photos here. To see earlier posts relating to Simon’s projects, go here and click through the ‘earlier posts’ links.

The Wherryman’s Web

The Wherryman's Web

Mark Harvey has pointed out this great weblog about The Norfolk Broads by Steve Silk, the author of a guide to the Wherryman’s Way long distance footpath.

It’s not exclusively a boating weblog, but it is about a favourite sailing area, and it is beautifully done. Try these posts for a sample: Thurne Dyke: Albion by accident; Burgh St Peter: a new ferry for the Burgh Bulge; Bixley: the unloved St Wandregesilius.

Thanks Mark!