HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by bigyellowtractor » Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:02 pm

Eric1 wrote:
Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:16 am
Wow, What a beautiful stretch of canal by the willows! 8)
Yes indeed.

Jaysen wrote:
Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:07 am
One of the things I really appreciated about England (that’s the extent of my Europe travels) was the hard stop between city and country. It felt like a line divided the two.
Many years ago, large areas of land were disignated “Green Belt” as a way of preventing towns sprawling out and becoming connected to others nearby. There is big pressure to build thousands of houses though and some of these areas are now being swallowed up.
Jaysen wrote:
Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:07 am
A plastic hull would look just as bad. The difference is that the damage is hidden a bit better to fool the casual glance. Other than that there’s no advantage. And certainly none of the well earned pride. :)
True, I suppose it just makes me cringe a bit to see a big gouge or skuff in something that I made. I perhaps wouldn't care so much about an off-the-shelf boat.

Jeff wrote:
Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:41 am
Beautiful area!! Really nice canals to explore!! Jeff
Most of the waterways in England were engineered into navigations for freight transport before the railways took over and normally, where there are locks or flights, there'll be a weir and a few miles of original river. The officially navigable bits get really busy in the summer but the back-waters and tributaries are tranquil escapes. I doubt I'll ever run out of places to discover.

narfi wrote:
Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:35 pm
Looks like fun!
It was, but I felt really quite knackered last night, and have got some muscles I didn't know I had, today. :-)



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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by bigyellowtractor » Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:06 am

Look, there's an old, bald bloke in a homemade canoe.

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Oh, wait a minute, it's me
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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by Eric1 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:14 am

:D

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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by terrulian » Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:06 am

True, I suppose it just makes me cringe a bit to see a big gouge or skuff in something that I made. I perhaps wouldn't care so much about an off-the-shelf boat.
I had the same sinking feeling when, as a kid, I laid down my brand new motorcycle for the first time. I didn't make that.

Boats are going to get dinged and dirty. A long time ago when I still had my Ericson 39 and my neighbor in the next slip had a Catalina 36, his looked pristine and mine was a little tired. He was down there every week cleaning and varnishing and polishing. The bright work on my boat needed help, and she could have used a paint job. But everything worked, I made sure of that, and I sailed her a lot. When we returned from our circumnavigation, he was still there, on his boat on weekends, cleaning and polishing. My boat looked like it had been through hell. But everything worked. Different strokes.
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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by bigyellowtractor » Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:25 pm

Tony,

My bikes are the same. They look like old shitters but are nicely set up and well maintained :-)

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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by bigyellowtractor » Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:37 pm

Poets day yesterday so got a couple of hours paddling in.
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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by Eric1 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:46 pm

Beautiful! :D

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