Maurice Griffiths talks about comfort on board a yacht

Maurice Griffiths

Maurice Griffiths

My partner Julie found this wonderful quote in the The Arrow Book of Sailing, by Maurice Griffiths

‘There is a story about a tripper to the seaside who, from the pier, had often watched the yachts out sailing, but had never seen one of these white-winged beauties close-to. On day, he found one lying alongside a jetty with apparently no-one on board. Overcome with curiousity he stepped gingerly onto the deck of the thing, lost his balance as she rolled on the swell, and fell head-first down the hatch. [ad name=”intheboatshed-post”]As he picked himself up, under the startled gaze of the owner and his mate, who were having a meal in their cosy little cabin, he gasped, ‘Blimey guv’nor, I didn’t fink the bloomin thing was ‘oller!’

‘Having by now established the fact that not only are yachts hollow but you can eat and sleep in comfort below decks in them, we might consider next how important is this question of accommodation. To the new owner, proud of his boat and her cabin, the most encouraging (as well as inevitable) comment of the girl friend when taken on board for the first time is, “Why, I never dreamed you had so much room inside!” People who know nothing about boats always think we sit on our hunkers on the damp boards with our backs against the knobbly sides of the boat while eating out of a tin in the light of a guttering candle. And, of course, they imagine us at night rolling ourselves up in a coarse sail with our heads pillowed on a water breaker, gazing up at the stars above and singing ourselves to sleep with hoarse sea shanties.

‘No sir, ma’am. No need for us, even in the tiniest boat, to wear sackcloth and ashes merely to be tough and seamanlike and brave.’

At the time of writing there seems to be just one copy of the Arrow Book of Sailing available via Abe Books – but the good news is that it’s priced at just £1. Check now:

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More Maurice Griffiths references at

Maurice Griffiths’ Waterwitch
A 12ft boat in a car boot
A great find at the Eventide Owners Group website
Maurice Griffiths classic Lone Gull II to be restored

See also the Eventide Owner’s Group website:

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