Here in Dunstaffnage this evening four wayfarers turned up
this is how they will be living for the next two weeks
Makes the centaur quite palatial………
they make me feel like a wuss
Makes me think of my youth, playing about in a dutch 16 /2 (zestienkwadraat) from april till october, exploring Friesland,it was my first “command”, and I was thoroughly in love with it..
makes it look lush and massive – blowing a hoolie tonight – been raining all day – tough people
Bastardette I’ll have you, thank you! ;)Currently in Tobermory for the night. Clocked 8.3 knots beating up from Loch Aline.
As one of the insane guys who sleeps in a 12-foot dinghy, I would very much like to correspond with you. The sailing section of my own blog (it is mainly about religion) is https://sarumuse.wordpress.com/tag/sailing/ I have been for a week on the Rade de Brest (pretty awful weather) and went to a very pleasant dinghy cruising gathering on the river Aulne. I may well build a Duck Punt this winter if I can clear some space in my workshop. I live in Normandy, married a French woman – and got bitten by the sailing bug 8 years ago. You have my e-mail address.
A, that would be an Otter with a Mirror mainsail. Here she is
He goes off on adventures in his little dinghy and sleeps aboard
he says here that he is going to build a duck punt = goodonim
Very hardy indeed. I hope the feeling of adventure stays with them for there 2 week sail and the unpredictable weather doesn’t dampen their spirits.
I personally love spending a night afloat or dried out on the sand at Wells-Next-The-Sea in my 14 foot Voyager, although i have the luxury of a crawl in cabin and a single LED light.
Thanks for the kind comment. My hull is a Zef, a French design that came out in three series. Mine is the third. I bought the hull for about £40 from a sailing school that had lost everything except their hulls in a fire. Instead of looking for an original Zef rig (Bermudan), I favoured the Mirror houari rig from the point of view of dropping the sail easily, reefing with the David Sumner system (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hs47hWe6eA) of before he adopted a gaff rig. It is less powerful but great for cruising. This boat is very stable, has a solid feel like a BSA motorcycle, and has never broached on me yet. Her name is “Sarum” and is a great sea boat. If I could afford it, I would follow Roger Barnes and get a lug-rigged Ilur. I am sold on the Duck Punt as a river and marsh boat. Each boat does its job. I would love the take Sarum up the Seine, but you have to have an engine for the locks and to go through Paris. I’ll probably end up with an old 2hp British Seagull if it can be trusted no to mess up my mainsheet. A duckpunt could do the same job by being hauled out of the water and past the locks, but Paris would still be “formellement interdit”. I’ll let you know how the project goes when I get my workshop cleared out and space for the 16ft hull.
By the way, sleeping aboard is not as bad as it might seem. The problem is the dampness when the weather is wet. All the same, I can do a hot meal, listen to music on my little micro mp3 player, read a book with my camping lamp and enjoy the peace and quiet. I’m not as “hard” as all that!
This “hard bastard” has done it again in the 12-foot Zef with the Mirror rig, but in a warmer place than Scotland:https://sarumuse.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/les-pertuis/https://sarumuse.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/photos-of-my-cruise/
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Here is a new Hard Bastard adventure of mine in the Rade de Brest – same boat – https://sarumuse.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/finis-terrae/
Nice boat, but it’s not an Otter. (I believe the skipper says it is a French dinghy (a ‘Something 320’.) Otters have narrower side decks and a ‘sunken’ foredeck like a Mirror.
I had wondered if a complete Mirror rig would work on my own Otter for cruising, as the Bermudian rig is a bit cumbersome to take down.
It’s a Zef, a tad undersailed with a Mirror rig, but very stable and dependable. https://deriveurzef.jimdo.com/