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    ...is a boat in a ninety-year old children's book. I can't currently say what her name is, or which book(s) she's from, or who might have written it, right now (because of 'reasons'), but there may be some here who can work that out.

    An offspring of, umm, a family directly involved in the original book, has, today, requested a model of that boat mentioned in these books. Full access is granted to the boat in question, that they own, which is currently located in Cumbria, for photos and measuring, before I set to.

    Do you know, I do think I think I ought.

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    W.....l..... th...'s j... gr..t!

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    Go for it! Becoming part of that legacy would be amazing! I think that is the best series of children's books ever written.

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    93 year old children's book. . .
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    And in other (completely unrelated) news, I've just coughed up to be camping and sailing at Coniston, early August. Based at, umm, Bank Ground Farm. Wherever that is.

    Fancy a thread on that? With photos?

    I'll do my best. No night sailing, of course. It'd be dufferish.

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    I found a photo of her afloat at the Jetty. I assume that she is on loan, as moist museum's acquisition artifacts rather than borrow them
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    You sure, Nick? I thought she was out of the water furreva?

    (Whatever she might be.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyG View Post
    And in other (completely unrelated) news, I've just coughed up to be camping and sailing at Coniston, early August. Based at, umm, Bank Ground Farm. Wherever that is.

    Fancy a thread on that? With photos?

    I'll do my best. No night sailing, of course. It'd be dufferish.

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    On the east side, near the top, just north of Brantwood.
    We should arrange to meet up.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyG View Post
    You sure, Nick? I thought she was out of the water furreva?

    (Whatever she might be.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    On the east side, near the top, just north of Brantwood.
    We should arrange to meet up.
    We must. To the Secret Harbour and a splash of some Bunnahabhain? I'd appreciate that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    I found a photo of her afloat at the Jetty. I assume that she is on loan, as moist museum's acquisition artifacts rather than borrow them
    When we visited the Jetty last summer, the associated boat(s) were reproductions from one of the films, not historical originals - at least that was what was conveyed to us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoez View Post
    When we visited the Jetty last summer, the associated boat(s) were reproductions from one of the films, not historical originals - at least that was what was conveyed to us.
    One of them is. About the other, I found a website that gives its history, she was originally the Mavis bought by the current owners' family in 1928.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    The original boat:




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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    as moist museum's
    I must say Nick, a moist museum sounds like just the ticket for a boat of historical significance

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    Have you guys seen the 1:1325 scale relief model of Lake Windermere a guy built out of Lego during the pandemic?

    https://imgur.com/gallery/q7sy5ce

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    "For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations,
    for nature cannot be fooled."

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    This could be legendary. Like a trip down the Amazon. Or a flight of swallows!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyG View Post
    And in other (completely unrelated) news, I've just coughed up to be camping and sailing at Coniston, early August. Based at, umm, Bank Ground Farm. Wherever that is.

    Fancy a thread on that? With photos?

    I'll do my best. No night sailing, of course. It'd be dufferish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyG;[URL="tel:6786898"
    6786898[/URL]]And in other (completely unrelated) news, I've just coughed up to be camping and sailing at Coniston, early August. Based at, umm, Bank Ground Farm. Wherever that is.

    Fancy a thread on that? With photos?

    I'll do my best. No night sailing, of course. It'd be dufferish.

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    When you build your model, I suggest a scale of 1/1.

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    By the way, wasn't there a recent comment on another thread about the "unpopularity" of small clinker boats in the UK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WI-Tom View Post
    By the way, wasn't there a recent comment on another thread about the "unpopularity" of small clinker boats in the UK?

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    Few of us can still afford them, and they are no longer competitive on the racing circuit.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    Few of us can still afford them, and they are no longer competitive on the racing circuit.
    That makes sense--I was thinking traditionally, when lots and lots of British small boats seemed to be clinker built.

    But I think those able/willing to build their own would find them more affordable than a new production boat, wouldn't they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    One of them is. About the other, I found a website that gives its history, she was originally the Mavis bought by the current owners' family in 1928.
    Don’t know about that, Nick, but this link from the Nancy Blackett Trust seems to agree with what we were told about those boats being reproductions for one of the movies.

    https://nancyblackett.org/2019/03/27...-jetty-museum/

    Other boats belonging to Ransome, Beatrix Potter, and those that were important to the area are at the museum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WI-Tom View Post
    That makes sense--I was thinking traditionally, when lots and lots of British small boats seemed to be clinker built.

    But I think those able/willing to build their own would find them more affordable than a new production boat, wouldn't they?

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    Well there are two or three schools that will teach you how.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    Few of us can still afford them, and they are no longer competitive on the racing circuit.
    Except when they race against each other.
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    Built for the 1984 film and not that far from me.
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    At one time there were many of this type of boat round the broads, often used by eel catchers.
    Just an amateur bodging away..

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Q View Post
    DeathandGlory.jpeg
    At one time there were many of this type of boat round the broads, often used by eel catchers.
    Purchased at 1 per foot from ship breakers or repair yards. That supply has now dried up, unless you like orange Tupperware.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    Few of us can still afford them, and they are no longer competitive on the racing circuit.
    As has been posted,they do still race with other similar boats and there are numerous local one designs with healthy fleets of traditional boats.There is still the occasional wooden Merlin Rocket constructed of glued lap plywood and indeed we had a thread on one upstairs a few years ago from Texas.The cost of a super finish on a wooden hull can only make the boats rather expensive compared with the carbon equivalent and the synthetic version won't need painting.



    All of which diverts us from the topic under discussion and congrats to Andy on having the opportunity to create such an iconic model.

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    Meet the last wooden International Ten Square Metre Canoe.






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    Quote Originally Posted by John Meachen View Post
    As has been posted,they do still race with other similar boats and there are numerous local one designs with healthy fleets of traditional boats.There is still the occasional wooden Merlin Rocket constructed of glued lap plywood and indeed we had a thread on one upstairs a few years ago from Texas.The cost of a super finish on a wooden hull can only make the boats rather expensive compared with the carbon equivalent and the synthetic version won't need painting.



    All of which diverts us from the topic under discussion and congrats to Andy on having the opportunity to create such an iconic model.
    There are these as well.

    But they look nowt like this
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WI-Tom View Post
    That makes sense--I was thinking traditionally, when lots and lots of British small boats seemed to be clinker built.

    But I think those able/willing to build their own would find them more affordable than a new production boat, wouldn't they?

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    Storage and maintenance, I think, Tom.

    My very plastic Wayfarer is 29 this year. It takes twenty minutes to pressure-wash her back into shape each season. She cost 1300 a few years ago.

    While I'd love a clinker dinghy, and a lugsail at that, it's never going to be practicable.

    Shame, really.

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    Here are my daughters in 1988. We rowed from the village.

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    That’s lovely.
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    Can't forget Swallow (At Coniston Water, 2012)

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