Saturday, 15 February 2014
Owen Sinclair in New Zealand saw a pretty boat with an interesting mechanism for loading it on top of a car. He reports:
John MacBeth of Nelson, New Zealand had his lovely self-designed and built boat at the Antique & Classic Boat Show at the South Island Lake Rotoiti this past weekend.
He read some books including Thomas J Hill's Ultralight Boatbuilding, made a scale model (visible in one of the photos), and built the first boat he has ever built to a high standard.
He has come up with some good ideas along the way: eg; the fitting at the bow, which looks a bit like the pulpit on a yacht, serves to take a dowel pushed through to form a handle.
The boat can then be wheeled around using the wheels temporarily mounted at the transom. The photo of those wheels in situ is fairly self-explanatory.
The flattened U shapes protuding through the wheel mount are stainless steel rod permanently fixed to the transom.
The thwart is located by a type of cleat (visible in one of the photos) mounted on longitudinal bearers and held in place by the rower's weight. I would be inclined to have a lanyard securing it to the boat.
It would need a detailed series of captioned photos to fully explain the ingenuity of his system, but the boat is effectively bolted to part of the roof rack, then turned upside down onto the side arms and winched quite easily onto the roof where it is then mechanically secured.
John intends to use the boat primarily with a 2hp outboard, but there are some useful ideas for rowers here. I didn't get a chance to row it, having taken up an invitation to sail in a Drascombe Lugger at the time everyone was on the water.
Some great ideas there. I particularly like the roof rack - I have gouged some nasty scratches on the roof of my car recently, getting Snarleyow on top. And that is a very light boat.
Thursday, 13 February 2014
Today it was raining as I drove down the A27. At Langstone it brightened up, and I took Lottie for a spin. By the time I got to Marker Point the view backwards towards Emsworth was lovely, sunny with scudding clouds.
Turning round the post, the view changed instantly with a lowering cloudbank coming in from the Channel.
Friday, 7 February 2014
The picture was taken with the amazing 41 megapixel camera in the Nokia 1020.
I was in the Solent galley Avery A with the Hamble River Rowers. Thanks, guys and gals!
Thursday, 6 February 2014
We complain a lot about living on tidal water that prevents us from going out whenever we like, but at least we can get out all year round. Unlike the Henley Whalers who haven't been able to get at their boat Molly for weeks.
Geoff Probert sent the pic, and another of the boat park at Remenham. They don't seem to have got out much lately either....
Friday, 24 January 2014
A great tale of rowing on the Merrimack in Massachusets is at Duckworks Magazine this week, told by Josh Withe.
In the first, he goes upstream in winter, circling an island and taking the nine knot ebb tide on the way back, to be caught in a snowstorm: "Within seconds I was rowing in the center of a snow globe, the only sound was the steady creak of the oar locks and the splash and drip from the blades."
In the second, he rows with his sister downstream towards the river mouth with another boat (pictured) and gets caught when the wind gets up. He tows the boat back through the shallow water.
Tuesday, 21 January 2014
PS Today we went for lunch at Emsworth. The wind was in the south, and we made the mistake of taking the short northerly route so had to row through a rather stiff chop whipped up by the long fetch.
So we went to the Blue Bell and had beer and peanuts*, "The Lunch of Heros".
* Specifically, Irving's Frigate and Saharas Hot Nuts. Recognised by dieticians and food scientists as two of your five a day.