Let this be a warning to you

So the new camera boat for scotland has arrived - I drove over the Bristol to pick it up

First I have to learn to get it on and off the car

I plan to take the trolly with me -

However, I shall soon be too old to this dinghy hefting malarky.


and finally - shed lives another day and the start of a new boat - I am going to build a wooden dinghy from scratch...

next week, forging nails.

Seriously though... the local tree surgeon wanted £200 to fell this fella - so that is £200 more towards a Fisher.

This is about Sailing around Britain.

40 Responses to “Let this be a warning to you”

  1. 29 March, 2018 at 9:54 pmjack says:

    Benny Hill……..classic!

  2. 29 March, 2018 at 10:35 pmTim says:

    so you are a lumberjack after all.
    It’s what many of us suspected all along….


  3. 30 March, 2018 at 4:34 amkeng says:

    No crash, no bang, no problem. No “bengay”, that’s a problem!

  4. 30 March, 2018 at 4:34 pmDavid Tyler says:

    So you got it off the car roof OK. But it begs the question how you are going to get it back on ready for a trip to Scotland? And off again at the caravan site? On your own?
    (All meant in a nice way. Not being contentious at all).
    Good luck!

    • 30 March, 2018 at 4:39 pmdylan winter says:

      I grab passing strangers – never been turned down. If no-one is around I sit drinking tea while waiting for two men to pass by. There are always people around at slips or camp sites.

  5. 31 March, 2018 at 9:59 pmBen says:

    A bit of a worry that Dylan has now Four Boats and will soon need a Dinghy Park to keep them all!.

  6. 1 April, 2018 at 8:26 amPeter Truelove says:

    He cut the tree down to extend the boat park……

  7. 2 April, 2018 at 9:07 pmHillary says:

    So now you have felled a tree to make a mast for the Dingy… Do you REALY need a Fisher?

  8. 2 April, 2018 at 9:55 pmDavid Tyler says:

    If Dylan sold ALL his boats he could buy this: https://www.theyachtmarket.com/boats_for_sale/1594764/

  9. 4 April, 2018 at 4:07 pmkevin says:

    Dylan – I saw this on youtube:


    Seems doable even by an MOB. Don’t hurt yourself!


    • 6 April, 2018 at 12:33 amBryan D says:

      I love it, its opened up a whole new world for me. Never knew such contraptions existed. I’m now a “boat car roof top loader junky” or BCRTLJ to give it its acronym. I will now be able to take two boats with me on my trips. ……….. Now which two will they be? Hmmmmmm
      Totally Brill

  10. 5 April, 2018 at 8:51 amTed Timberlake says:

    There a number of versions of dinghy loaders on YouTube. Some complicated and some very simple. Most appear to be side loaders. One is just a couple of lengths of 4 x 2 with wood blocks and rope loops at top to hold to the rood rack while the action takes place. I am sure that you will find one to suit and save having to wait for help. Good luck.

  11. 5 April, 2018 at 10:21 amTim says:

    maybe the answer is in a compromise?

    Could this be Jill and yourself this summer…..

  12. 7 April, 2018 at 11:35 pmJeremy Johnson says:

    Thanks for the unloading video – an absolute classic, I couldn’t help but laugh having been in very similar situation myself. Being someone with many clinker dinghies already I’m very curious to hear why you were thinking of building another yourself. What are the elusive qualities that you are looking for that the others don’t have ? Is it to make something lighter, or a sliding seat rower maybe. As always, still love the films –
    please keep on turning left. Regards.

    • 8 April, 2018 at 7:14 amdylan winter says:

      I am back down to two now – the small green one – 9 foot – as a tender for Kate L and the bigger expedition dinghy at 11 foot 6 inches. I was going to build a clinker dinghy last year but decided it was cheaper to buy a plastic one. A wooden clinker boat has much sharper lands and works better than a plastic one. But I still admire the way even the plastic ones deal with water.

  13. 8 April, 2018 at 8:41 pmApplescruffs says:

    Be careful that you don’t leave your ‘plastic’ dinghy unnatended on the beach too long, it might just get tidied up, put into a hessian bin bag and ‘recycled’ into…errrrr……something more useful that I can think of right now.

  14. 10 April, 2018 at 9:18 amTed Timberlake says:

    So, when are you planning to make the trip? I am not familiar with the likely weather patterns up there, but Late May/June/July would give the longest days. As to accommodation what about a motor home of some sort, with trailer for the dinghy, then you can dispense with the three blokes. Obviously the motor home would cost more but would also have an equally better resale value, and with luck could square away. Ted

    • 11 April, 2018 at 9:09 amdylan winter says:

      I can buy a caravan for £750 – a camper van at that price would be a money pit

      plus more room in a caravan and I can still use the car to get the boat from the campsite to a place where I can launch the boat. The weather I can deal with – it is the midges that will get me while I am ashore

  15. 11 April, 2018 at 6:10 pmJustin Harley says:

    So April or October are your exploring months to minimise midge attack!

    Good luck.

    • 11 April, 2018 at 7:23 pmdylan winter says:

      you make a good point

      however, I am planning on a camp site facing the sea so there should be a good breeze. As long as the wind is going to 2mph then I should be okay. If it is very still and they are bad I can do one of three things

      1/ get in the car and run away until long after dark

      2/ get in the dingy and put to sea

      3/hide in the caravan which should be midge proof.

      I know a yacht would be better because while at anchor you can usually find a midge free spot


  16. 11 April, 2018 at 9:27 pmMartin G says:

    Dylan, love the Keystone Kops routine! On a different subject, I have been watching KTL Season 6 but for some reason I can’t view part 12 Across the border – any idea why – just doesn’t seem to be a picture with a vid starting arrow on it.

  17. 12 April, 2018 at 1:32 pmMartin G says:

    Thanks Dylan, that’s perfect. MG

  18. 13 April, 2018 at 2:15 pmmark the skint sailor says:

    Dylan, you have enough dinghies to try different configurations: lash them together in catamaran and trimaran form (is there such a thing as quadmaran…?) to see if you can get a more stable video-taking platform. Or just raft the whole lot up together and put a hide/cabin on top for wildlife videography….

    Actually I just Googled Quadmaran… there are such things. But there are things the eye should not see….

  19. 13 April, 2018 at 2:40 pmmark the skint sailor says:

    Hows about this for an idea… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMO1kzNHUkc

  20. 17 April, 2018 at 10:27 pmjack says:

    Let’s get into the modern era chaps and chapess’s…..


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