Posted by Alex on June 29, 2020 at 02:53:58 user Alex.
In Reply to: Re: S&A influence on boating posted by Mike Field on June 26, 2020 at 20:25:50:
I presume Mike that you go to Tooradin to go sailing? OK a bit muddy so that's what the mud-shoes are for? What about Seaford about the same distance? Except for launching on a sand beach. Kananook Creek doesn't look much better either so I suppose Daveys Bay Yacht club would be your best place to actually sail from.
The mention of kayaks, my own kayaking didn't start until I was about 40 and because I wanted to explore an island at the top of the South Island of New Zealand that I'd sailed to a couple of times in my late teens. I built a kayak for my daughter's 10th birthday and then one for myself. Basically a modified British Kayel design. A few years later I ran a building class and we build 4 slightly larger revised versions of it. A double sea kayak a few years later and I did a circumnavigation of Vanua Levu, Fiji with it.
The next kayak was a modified version of a plan in Sea Kayaker magazine which was basically the tortured ply design by Dennis Davis, 1969.
My partner built the first of the Mac50s (I've sold maybe 50 plans for it) and a bit over a decade later she half built another one that was eventually finished by another person. I built a Mac50L, a narrow version, basically for short light women. I fail on two of the parameters, only being reasonably light.
The only sailing my partner and I have done together was the East China Sea trip.
As for reading S&A, a great regret that I only read Secret Waters very recently because it relates so much to the area I originally sailed on.
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