Joyful Drifter Dutch Vince and his “alternative facts”

Hi Dylan,

Yesterday, I used Paypal to thank you for the joy I experienced the last view years seeing all the videos of your trip around Britain. Reading your recent blog entries, I realized that it should be quite normal to pay for this kind of entertainment. It is just like paying for good journalism - free off alternative facts! But I also can’t bear the thought of you having to end this trip and the registrations of it. I really hope their are enough followers willing to support your endeavor sailing around Britain. So in short, the 50 GBP are well spend money!

Attached some pics of our little trailer sailer, a Drascombe Drifter 22. Living in the Netherlands, I am familiar with the happiness of sailing in shallow waters. And since my family in law lives in Croatia, I am very lucky to have the opportunity to sail along the Adriatic coastline as well.

Best regards,


This is about Dylan Winter's Blog, Sailing around Britain.

8 Responses to “Joyful Drifter Dutch Vince and his “alternative facts””

  1. 23 February, 2017 at 2:18 pmBarry Getzen says:


    Looking at the pictures of Vincent’s boat with the cockpit enclosure got me thinking. Might that be an option for you? You’ve had to change boats several times to deal with lack of space and sea conditions. It seems the Centaur fit the bill to cover most of your needs, it can be a shallow draft mud boat or an ocean sailer. It has a tremendous amount of room inside and gives you all the basic amenities needed to stay on the hook. If you had an enclosed cockpit like Vincent’s, it might be darn near the perfect boat for the sailing you want to do now and into the future. Enclosures are nice because you can use them in many configurations from completely deployed to completely stowed. I reckon a good Centaur with a full cockpit enclosure would still be less than a comparable Fisher. Sail on and don’t show this e-mail to Jill.

  2. 23 February, 2017 at 2:23 pmdylan winter says:

    I agree

    I have thought about that

    of course- sailing with the cockpit cover deployed would be hard – whereas an inside steering allows you to do that

    needless to say – I will not do much filming from within the cabin – when I am filming then the tiller pilot is often doing the steering and I wander around the boat. I have never had a wheel before – not really relishing the idea.


  3. 23 February, 2017 at 8:42 pmAquaplane says:

    I tend to sail my Espace 1000 with the tiller from the cockpit. I only use the wheel when motoring and I’m hopeing the autopilot will be doing most of the work when motoring now that I have replaced it.
    Other deck saloon/wheelhouse boats with tiller steering are available.
    A heater to keep the damp under control is more important than a wheelhouse, but it’s nice to have both.

  4. 23 February, 2017 at 11:33 pmpeter c says:

    D, Back in early 80s sailed a Fisher Noreaster, sunroof and shelter was nice but a big slug. Rolled as well, enough to make my crew sick in 2ft seas.owner sold it and got a Nauticat 33. Great boat. Point is, never liked the wheel inside, always felt detached from the weather and feel of the boat. Had a full dodger on my viking 28, covered half the cockpit with a windowed back curtain. This combined with a force10 pressure heater made a fine underway combo with the heat wafting out of the companionway hatch. Tiller pilot doing all the work in the wet and cold. Sitting in the cockpit on watch was now fun. My take on it anyway, but l was in my mid 30s, even at 70, always have a heat stove in our boats, been essential for my marriage.
    Full enclosure really killed the feel and handling of my freedom 33, so can’t recommend those, enclosures that is. They are butt ugly to boot.

  5. 23 February, 2017 at 11:47 pmdylan winter says:

    I am sure it will roll like a pig downwind – upwind she will be fine. The main thing is the camera willl be dry.

    The fisher is also small – cost effective to park and will be easy to sell when I have done with it. I can beach her on sand or mud – she will fall over but she does not go over that far that everything falls oout of the cupboards

  6. 24 February, 2017 at 12:21 ampeter c says:

    Must say the fisher build and safety on deck was awesome. Ditto a F34 l ws on, and preferred the aft cockpit, all.way out of my pay scale.

  7. 11 April, 2017 at 8:40 pmHillary Corney says:

    I have a Centaur with a full Cockpit cover. Sailing with the cover up is difficult as visibility is poor but it’s possible. Where it really comes into its own is when on the hook or at a berth. It creates an extra room. It’s completely dry and has windows which can also roll up. I think it would make a great hide for wildlife photography. It also makes the cabin warmer and drier than it would otherwise be.

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