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A striking old piece of film of Norwegian fishermen at work. The title translates – says Google – as ’33 Everyday Men’. These blokes would sail the4ir boats in any weather, it seems – they don’t look entirely ‘everyday’ to me, and neither does the cameraman!

My thanks to Paul Gilbert for spotting this video.

Lovely 1961 clinker-built Norwegian motor-sailer for sale in Kent

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My friend Alan Thorne is selling his Norwegian motor sailer named Nissa. Photos of her can be found here: http://www.created4life.org/troll33.html

She was built in 1961 and is maintained to a high standard. She has a long keel, 3ft 6in draft and 9ft 6in beam, on an overall length of 33ft. With a clinker hull constructed with mahogany planks fastened with copper roves and nails to oak frames, she’s designed to be a safe, easy-to-sail yacht with attractive accommodation – one could easily live aboard her. She has two berths in the forward cabin, one cosy double and one short single in the main cabin.

Alan has enjoyed several sailing trips on the East Coast of England, and Nissa appears in Classic Boat magazine (Novemberissue, page 7) as part of last year’s Thames Festival Regatta at St Katharine’s Dock, London. Nissa also won the Otterham Cup for classic Bermudan yachts in the 2009 Swale Match.

Engine-wise, she has a Westerbeke 35hp 4 cylinder diesel engine and a 45-gallon stainless steel diesel tank, and she also has the usual selection of instruments and equipment. The latest survey was in Nov 2007, and its recommendations were carried out in 2008 and 2009.

Nissa is lying a berth in Oare Creek, Faversham, Kent, and is priced at £16,500 To view or sail her, call Alan on tel 07865091155.

Praams for hire at Dunorlan Park boating pond, Tunbridge Wells

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Praam dinghies on the boating lake at Dunorlan Park

The old wooden praams at Dunorlan Park, in Tunbridge Wells may all be gone now, but here are some photos I took with my mobile phone a couple of years ago.

It’s intriguing that a collection of classic little Norwegian-style dinghies like this should end up on a pleasure boating lake in South-Eastern England, but they did a good job for several generations – not least, I suppose, because they had the capacity to carry four adults in comfort an a short hull.

I have a hazy recollection that I was told they were built in the North-East by McNulty.

The Wikipedia doesn’t say much about praams, but there is this nice photo of a praam on the Wikimedia.

PS – There’s a comment below from the gentleman who hires them out. I’m pleased to be able to say that after 40 years, these boats are still available for hire at Dunorlan Park.