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GILow 22-05-2017 14:26

Re: Which boat for the canals of the UK and Europe
 
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Originally Posted by seaskip (Post 2398113)
Cheers Matt. Note taken.
I've read that book. Was it a Mirror dinghy or something he travelled in. All the way to the Black Sea. 👍
( Narrow Dog purchased second hand on eBay. Arrives a week or so. 😄)

Great news about the book.

Yes, something very like a Mirror, but bigger I think, I've got 14 feet in mind. I'd forgotten where he got to, now that you say Black Sea that feels right.

JPA Cate 22-05-2017 15:06

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I think the book to which you are referring is "The Voyage of Jack de Crow", by McKinnon. Yes, it was a Mirror. It is a lovely story.

Ann

GILow 22-05-2017 20:10

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I suppose you are both right but somehow I have the boat as bigger than a mirror in my head. Sigh, must be getting old.

On more important things though... what sort of dog do we think Seaskip should buy with the boat?

Yowieboy 24-05-2017 20:32

Re: Which boat for the canals of the UK and Europe
 
If I may be forgiven a bit of self-plagiarism, here's a mini review I posted some time ago somewhere else on this site:

The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow
by A J Mackinnon
Slightly eccentric Aussie (trademark: always wears a pith helmet) quits his job teaching English at a college in North Wales and decides it would make a nice exit if he sailed away down the river Severn for a few miles in an old Mirror dinghy. Many months, locks, rivers, canals, and a Channel crossing later, he is still sailing, final destination: Bulgaria and the Black Sea. The wonderful self-deprecating humor, great adventure and memorable encounters make this a one-of-a-kind story that certainly will stay with you for a while.

Yowieboy 24-05-2017 20:35

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And here's the title page:

https://goo.gl/images/oV0R8m

GILow 25-05-2017 03:00

Re: Which boat for the canals of the UK and Europe
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Yowieboy (Post 2399850)
If I may be forgiven a bit of self-plagiarism, here's a mini review I posted some time ago somewhere else on this site:

The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow
by A J Mackinnon
Slightly eccentric Aussie (trademark: always wears a pith helmet) quits his job teaching English at a college in North Wales and decides it would make a nice exit if he sailed away down the river Severn for a few miles in an old Mirror dinghy. Many months, locks, rivers, canals, and a Channel crossing later, he is still sailing, final destination: Bulgaria and the Black Sea. The wonderful self-deprecating humor, great adventure and memorable encounters make this a one-of-a-kind story that certainly will stay with you for a while.

That's a pretty damn good review. Was it on a thread about other good sailing stories? If so I'd like to view the thread.

seaskip 25-05-2017 05:11

Re: Which boat for the canals of the UK and Europe
 
Thanks folks. It was a wonderful story and I must search the bookshelves.
And on dogs, well I've got a lovely border collie, so loyalty must prevail.
Btw, I had a look at narrow boats and they seem good value. Many only have one double bed and a fold out, but that wouldn't be hard to change.

GILow 25-05-2017 05:15

Re: Which boat for the canals of the UK and Europe
 
Don't assume you can change much. They've mostly been thought out very well. I was very sceptical of the layout of our hire boat at first but after two weeks on board I realised there was not a single improvement I could make.

As for the border collie, an excellent choice of dog that will get you the best seat in any pub. No need to test your loyalty there.

Yowieboy 25-05-2017 08:33

Re: Which boat for the canals of the UK and Europe
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by GILow (Post 2399950)
That's a pretty damn good review. Was it on a thread about other good sailing stories? If so I'd like to view the thread.

Wow, thanks for the compliment!
It was on this thread:

https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...ad-111167.html

GILow 25-05-2017 13:30

Re: Which boat for the canals of the UK and Europe
 
And thank you for the link.


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