Wooden boats: PBO columnist Dave Selby lays on the irony


I don’t mind admitting that Dave Selby’s latest offering in the plastic boat magazine PBO makes me laugh – it’s laden with table-spoonfuls of irony and yet familiar and nearly true.

Happily, though, in the end it is bollocks. I say that, because most folks I know who make a living building or maintaining other people’s traditionally-built boats add to their burden by keeping one or more of their own… And I can’t think of too many who have the look of a person who wishes they were doing something else.

I guess you could draw a parallel with the bloke who edits and writes stuff for a living, and then gets up in the morning and writes a bloody weblog. It’s about the boating, the people and the boats, you understand…