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S&A influence on boating

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Posted by Alex on June 25, 2020 at 19:50:02 user Alex.

Having read a large part of the forum and being new to it I've not spotted much relating to the subject, how much has reading S&A influenced forum members boating activities?

In my case my brother and I lived on the edge of mudflats similar in some ways to Secret Waters. The rowing dinghy our father built for us was OK but it did mean effort and as the wind was free and reliable why not use it? So I designed and made a mast, leeboard (one and swapped from side to side) and rudder and got my mother to sew up a sail.

S&A influence I can't say how much but it must have had some. We could have camped on islands but didn't. Though there were others (2? 3?) with sailing dinghies they weren't as dedicated to being on the water as we were. Every fortnight around mid day was a high tide. If not on the water it was being wasted.

We eventually bought a proper sailing dinghy, had it for 9 months, sold it and bought a lighter one and eventually to racing. In latter life sailing and racing, the longest trip crewing on a 45 footer across the East China Sea, Philippines to Japan.

By mid life the cost and ease of getting places led to sea kayaking. Cheaper and easier to travel to places. Most of the interesting places in this country plus a little in Australia and a trip in Canada's Queen Charlotte Islands.

So what have others done?

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