A creek in North Kent

A creek in North Kent

A creek in North Kent A creek in North Kent A creek in North Kent

Legendary bonkers Boncoeurs sign at Oare Creek, Dutch barge, smack stern, view of the head of Oare Creek

I love going to Oare Creek, where our little boat is, and that’s what we did today. Had a chat with my pal Steve Taylor, who has recently done a handsome job of restoring a 24ft Hillyard that I hope to show you soon, and with Bob Telford, the owner of the classic Maurice Griffiths yacht Idle Duck. I hope soon to show you some shots showing how that restoration is going.

After spending some jolly time scraping and replacing the finish of some teak, we took a short walk along the creek, and came back with

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these photos. The first photo is a fine example of the Great British Franglais joke that tickles both of us whenever we see it. The Dutch barge would make someone a great home, as I guess it has done in the past. I don’t know anything about Pioneer but mean to find out, and the last shot shows the moorings at the end of Young’s boatyard.

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3 thoughts on “A creek in North Kent”

  1. Sailing on Westernport bay I have become a connoisseur of mud berths and sand bars and Oar creek has uncommon quality by the look of it! Although our tidal range is only 6-11ft it can go out nearly 2K at the 'right' time. Pioneer looks like someone's pride and joy, some good work there. Enjoying the site, thanks for posting my pix. Not much sailing going on here, the best ski season for 20 years after no snow at all last year. As for the Mac I'm building an outrigger with the floats doubling as extra floatation/storage to be housed under the side decks when not deployed. Two birds with one stone so to speak.


  2. Hi Jeff – it's good to hear from you.

    Our springs are regularly 5 1/2 metres-plus, so on an average tide many of the boats in the photos have between an hour and two hours at an average tide to get off. Even the floor of the Hollowshore Cruising Club's club room and bar floods.

    I've got an idea that the glistening mud and all that waiting combine to bring a special glutinous karma upon those along the creekside.

    Family stuff, my career as a freelance journalist, my upcoming book from International Marine and moving house are getting in the way of our sailing, but we've been out quite a few times, and we've got a fortnight's leave in a couple of weeks.

    One day we'll have a lazy summer full of playing, but not just yet…

    That plan with the amas for the Mack is interesting, particularly the fact that you plan to fit them inside the canoe. How do you plan to attach them to the boat? And will it mean more adventurous sailing?


  3. Hi Gavin,

    I have lengthened the cockpit of my 15'7" Mac to make it more friendly for two. Haven't worked out the attatchment system yet, and yes it will mean more offshore work than is advisable at the moment. Being an exposed south coast there is nearly always a swell running and I'd like a tad more stability.

    Enjoy your holiday,


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