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This is the blog of Maunie of Ardwall. After a six-year adventure sailing from Dartmouth to Australia, we are now back in Britain.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Small boats at the Wooden Boat Festival

If you like varnished wood and traditional designs, the Wooden Boat Festival is a treat for the eyes. Here are some examples of our favourites:

None of your stick-on lettering for this boat

A recently built copy of a 1908 boat - 29 ft long, with a 29ft spinnaker pole!

She can set 1500 sq ft of sail - here with a 'ringtail' (the sail at the back of the mainsail) and a 'watersail' set under the boom.

Smaller boats having fun

There were lots of small motor and steam launches

The furry stuff is called 'baggywrinkle', made from frayed-our rope, to protect the sails from chafe on the rigging when sailing downwind

The pointy end

Lots of messing about in boats

There was a strong Dutch contingent at the festival (Abel Tasman, who first charted Tasmania, was Dutch). This is a little flat-bottomed dayboat with leeboards rather than a keel; note the leaden sky!

The weather wasn't great on the last day but the sun broke through at the end of a rain shower to deliver this perfect rainbow. The steam yacht is a local boat, rescued from a beach where she'd lain, rotting, for several years.

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