Here’s a nice way to waste an hour

I did it this evening, and it was easy. I started by looking at the links page here at www.intheboatshed.net, and decided to have a look at the Wooden Ships broker’s list. Naturally, my eye was drawn by a Falmouth working boat, among other things. Take a peek, if you dare: http://www.woodenships.co.uk/
Naturally, I then wondered what else I might find… When up came this link:

http://www.stmawessailing.co.uk/sailing/fleets/workingboats.php

And this fabulous small gallery showing these the working boats with their full racing rigs. I gather they operate a voluntary limit of 1000sqft, and looking at the sails in these images it could be true:

http://www.stmawessailing.co.uk/imgal/imgal_viewgallery.php?cid=8

Looking at these images, it’s difficult to remember that these boats are also used to fish for oysters – in fact, with rather smaller rigs in place they’re a sail-powered oyster fishing fleet that continues to work the Fal Estuary and the area around the Roseland Peninsula today.

Finally, I suppose one might consider buying the one for sale at the Wooden Ships site. Click on the image below to go to their site. And while you’re there, there’s a nice little Harrison Butler just crying out for attention…

Falmouth Working Boat

Newson’s officially opens its new building, MTB 102 rolls in

Newson’s new building had its official opening a few days ago. After a morning of rain and high winds, the weather broke and the ceremony performed by Lady Anne Wake-Walker took place in brilliant sunshine.

With the ribbon cut, MTB 102 was winched into the building before an appreciative crowd of on-lookers who were then given the chance to look around the new building and the boats. http://www.newson.co.uk/news/2006-12/official-opening/

For more on MTB 102, see this site: http://www.mtb102.com/ and check the Wikipedia for more on MTBs generally http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motor_torpedo_boat

On the subject of Newson’s, I was struck by a handsome varnish job on an Italian speedboat built in 1966 at the Bruno Abbate yard on Lake Como, Italy. The boat, which has undergone a total refurbishment, has a 144hp American-built Ford V8 Interceptor engine. See http://www.newson.co.uk/boat/abbate-villa-deste-1966/

MTB102

Fascinated by a Swedish brunette

I was pleased and interested to see this Colin Archer at Mylor a couple of years ago, but what really caught my eye was its tender, which I imagine is as Swedish as its double-ended companion.

I’ve Googled around the web and found nothing about these boats, so if anyone can enlighten me, I’d be very pleased to hear from them at gmatkin@gmail.com. I’d guess that quite a few readers would be interested to learn more about this handy, characterful and dry-looking little boat too…

Click on the images for a closer view.

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