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I was just starting to warm to Jon …and then he goes and does this !
A different style again with ‘sailing verity’ …..nice….peaceful, and just as it is.
We had a great time over on the Tollesbury Marshes this morning ….saw my first Perigrine !! and two Marsh Harriers fighting in the sky……it don ‘t get much better than that !
Don’t be too hard on John. I got into sailing because of fishing so there is hope yet. When I was young My father had a heart attack and in the aftermath was told by his Doctor to take up a relaxing pass time. So he bought a rod and a subscription to a freshwater angling club. But like you my dad did not like killing things. Neither did I. Fishing with my Dad was one of my favourite things. But killing things wasn’t. So I never put any bait on my hook. After a bit my Dad decided that freshwater fishing wasn’t for him. He decided that the best thing would be to go sea fishing and to eat what we caught. It seemed more in the natural hunter gatherer way of things. So we both bought beachcasters. We never caught anything and decided that was because the fish were about 10 feet further out than we could cast. So when my dad came into a very small sum of money he bought a hull and an engine and we fitted out our day cruiser. I loved the boating more than the fishing. So that and your blog is why 30 years later I bought a Centaur. As for the fish well they were about 10 feet closer to the shore than we could safely navigate.
Lovely story , I like storys about dad’s and the past…Warren
That mobo at 1:30 reminds me of Riis , now on the Deben. A proper gentlemans yacht.W
The one thing I remember about mackerel was the taste seemed to spoil very quickly. You had to fillet and fry very soon. The next day was way to late as my boyhood fishing trips to the pier at Deal and returning home late with a dozen or so messy fish on the train and consuming the next day would attest to.Only fresh caught and consumed on a boat were any good.Cheers Warren
We tend to take what we need, stop when we have enough and cook fresh as we can within hours at most then they are wonderful.
Catching for food is fine in my view.
Why spoil a beautiful film with pictures of John killing fish–with such consciousness indifference to any ‘sporting’ concept of fair play. Makes no difference that they were ‘only herrings’ being caught.
the short answer is to make a point I guess
but you make an interesting observation Mr Sutherland
but, as you may have noticed I try to make a few points along the way rather than churn out vacuus stuff about twaddle
I am sorry you are not keen on the images of the fishing….. but when when sailing alone I never fish if that helps at all – I would never choose fish off a menu because I also think that they look much nicer alive than dead on a plate. I also dislike eating my way around the delicate bones of the fish skeleton. I eat pigs, cows, sheep and chickens though so I am a hypocrite
are there any other things I should remove from the films perhaps?
any mention of history or the clans or the french or the doubtful existence of a god of some sort because those subjects upset some people
– any mention of mobos because some people don’t like them,
any shots of fishing boats because they kill millions more fish than either of us ever will,
I already cut out nearly all the bad weather, bad food, boat repairs and pleas for funds
you could watch this version of much of the same footage where the fish stuff is never mentioned.
PS – sorry about the negative stuff about what the Sutherlands did to the Mackays in this film
maybe I should go back and cut all that out as well
Dylan, don’t change your content and leave out fishing or history. You are the cause of me currently fitting out a Mariner 17 as a micro cruiser. I have learnt a great deal about my country and its history from you. Might I suggest you locate a copy of the ‘Secret Rivers’ by Paul Heiney. I think you’d enjoy it as you both have a similarly whimsical style of presentation. Between the two of you I have been inspired to buy a small boat that can ditch crawl in 15 inches and a canoe that will float in 5. I stump up for your films whenever I can afford to because I honestly believe you are doing a good job.
My twin drop plates will follow in the wake of the triple keeled slug, the drop keel of Katie L and the twin fins of your Centaurs whenever possible. A Centaur has become my ultimate bucket list item. I respected them before I knew of you and now I believe them to be the perfect vessel for British waters. I find myself wondering how happy one would be entering the OSTAR with a Centaur as the steed of choice…
While I respect your personal choice not to fish, I’ve just bought my first fishing rod and a crab line. Fishing to feed myself is one thing, fishing for fun I cannot get my head around. Everyone’s different, you’ll never please us all so don’t try. Later in the year I will give both rod and line a try over the stern. I will never be in your league but I will film my own small adventures when I can – and YOU can take the blame for them.
Keep sailing left Dylan, may you keep raising the hook for years to come!
Hear, Hear!Spot on post.
I think its great when you can take your time tacking in light airs, much more fun than motoring.
Did you consider going round the mull?
I just like the films as they are, they ‘re great and fun to see, very relaxing. Love being on a boat, love sailing, once i went together with my dad and a friend of him on the boat of this friend(steelmotorboat with double engines) out on the sea to fish, wel i did liked the time spent together with the men but the fishing i never understood what pleasure there can be, non for me that i can tell you, So years later i bought my first sailingyacht, and that moment i will never regret, being afloat is magical relaxing.
keep up the good work Dylan, love it