The Boat People – Smith and Jones at their peak

This has re-appeared on the web

it gets taken down every now and again and then pops back up

and then this came in from Peter

Hello Dylan and thanks for the brilliant 'Smith & Jones' item. A true classic. A few years ago Griff was up here with the BBC filming the intro for the programme 'The Secret Life of Arthur Ransome'. They wanted him sailing and then speaking to camera on AR's actual sailing dinghy 'Coch-y-Bonddhu' (named from a fishing fly). I prepared the boat and to my delight the camera bods needed 3 hours to fit a camera crane into a launch before they could start. Griff suggested tghat he and I went for a sail together to kill the time and we did just that. What an absolutely charming, genuine and amusing man Griff is. I asked him to sign my copy of his book 'To the Baltic with Bob' which he cheerfully did. He then pointed out that as a paperback it contained none of the photographs that appeared in the hardback version. He then asked for my address and said he would see if he could find a hardback to send to me. Fat chance I thought, very busy man etc etc. 2 days later I had an email from his wife saying a parcel was on its way and a couple of days later I had my hardback, dedicated and signed !!!! What a gentleman. My pictures show that his hairstyle is a direct copy of a microphone muff and also that he is absolutely tiny. Looking forward to the Fal...... I hope it all goes well. Kind regards, Peter MOB.


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This is about Dylan Winter's Blog.

15 Responses to “The Boat People – Smith and Jones at their peak”

  1. 14 October, 2015 at 10:40 amjack says:

    A classic ! …… Sailed with a character like Mel Smith’s…… Nearly put me off sailing for life.!

  2. 14 October, 2015 at 10:45 amJohn Booth says:

    MOBs! Do NOT show this to your wives!

  3. 14 October, 2015 at 9:35 pmGiles says:

    …and the funny thing is that Griff is mad keen on our stuff. Has a house on the Stour and a boat at Suffolk Yacht Harbour. He knows all about mud.

  4. 14 October, 2015 at 10:40 pmWarren says:

    Wonderful !
    , never seen that before…it reminds me a lot of the beginning of
    ‘The Riddle of the sands’….

  5. 15 October, 2015 at 1:02 amGiles says:

    Just finished re-watching The Riddle of the Sands – very similar at the beginning. I now need to sail the Fresians. Sadly I believe a lot of those areas are now covered in windfarms. I admire the idea and hate the loss of some of our wildernesses. Those scenic shots from the film are fabulous, but from the past…

  6. 15 October, 2015 at 8:21 amdylan winter says:

    I would rather see them at sea than on the skyline of the hills

    They bring good seafaring jobs to places such as Brightlingsea and Wells.

    I admire the engineering and rather like the look of them in their ranks at sea

    I can understand though that if they are on your own patch and as you leave the Walton Backwaters the first thing you see is a horizon filled with turbines…… than that might wear a bit thin

  7. 15 October, 2015 at 4:42 pmEade says:

    @ Giles: Would that be the Frisian isles (Texel, Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland, Schiermonnikoog in Nl and Borkum, Norderney, Juist, Baltrum etc, in Germany) and the Waddenzee (between the islands and the mainland)?
    These are not quite covered in windfarms (yet). Most of the windfarms are on the mainland (there you’ find many, try ‘Eemshaven’ @ google earth) Eemshaven @ ) and some of them are being built in the Northsea, north of the isles.
    The whole Waddenzee area is a UN world heritage site, this may help to keep it clean (although in Harlingen is a new waste disposal plant that burns the stuff and has a chimney that ‘s only half of that found at similar facilities).

    Why are windfarms and solitary turbines always in rural or other sparsely populated areas; there are no power consumers near them?


  8. 15 October, 2015 at 5:25 pmjohnny green says:

    I had forgotten how good the film was… worth a watch.

  9. 15 October, 2015 at 5:55 pmdylan winter says:

    such a great sense of tension

    like das boot on sand

  10. 15 October, 2015 at 6:53 pmApplescruffs says:

    watched it with Mrs Scruffs……

    She thought it was a bloody documentary !!

    Brilliant , well observerved by GRJ , it reminded me of a Dauntless I used to have…..,.even down to the leaking port.

    Keep finding ’em Dylan.


  11. 15 October, 2015 at 9:18 pmdylan winter says:


    how is the slug?

    I hope you are happy together


  12. 15 October, 2015 at 9:59 pmApplescruffs says:

    Loving the little fella, perfect for me;

    however Mrs Scruffs’ head has been turned by this telly fella who keeps buying bigger and bigger boats and keeps a spare in his garden!

    It’s still in if you fancy a quick one…….

  13. 15 October, 2015 at 10:16 pmdylan winter says:

    are we still talking boats here


  14. 15 October, 2015 at 10:26 pmApplescruffs says:

    You media types…really !

    But Goldhanger Creek is quite secluded ……..

  15. 16 October, 2015 at 12:41 amGiles says:

    @Eade You got me there on my typo… Frisian it is – including Noorderhaaks, Texel, Vlieland, Richel, Griend, Terschelling, Ameland, Rif, Engelsmanplaat, Schiermonnikoog, Simonszand, Rottumerplaat, Rottumeroog, and Zuiderduintjes. However not all are German, the islands Noorderhaaks and Texel are part of the province of North Holland. Wiki is a wonderful thing, but not always accurate…

    Still want to go there!



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