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Re: S&A influence on boating

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Posted by Mike Field on June 29, 2020 at 17:10:43 user mikefield.

In Reply to: Re: S&A influence on boating posted by Alex on June 29, 2020 at 14:39:42:

Ah. Well, I appear to have the wrong Alex. Sorry. So my mention of Bucephalus might have been a bit meaningless.

Yes, Paynesville's pretty nice. I sailed on Spray there once, back in the 80s.

Your comment about splatchers being like skiing on mud is about right, I think. Apart from the Mastodon's success with them, the only use I've read about that worked seemed to be this one from Alison Ballance in New Zealand --

"Two of my friends set themselves the challenge of walking at low tide across the Mapua estuary, near Nelson in New Zealand, each deciding on a different strategy.

"Method two involved old skis. The bindings were removed, and the golf shoes (in one case) and an old pair of cut-down gumboots (in the other) were bolted or wired at the toe onto the ski. The idea was to ski in a free-heel, cross-country style and it worked perfectly. The journey across 3 kilometres of mud took about half an hour to complete without incident."

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