Miss the boat.
Miss the boat.
Sod it, I've forgotten how to ride me bike
Anyway, we are commited now, and are looking forward to the overnight ferry to St Malo, a nice dinner en route, and a club class cabin (not quite P & O!) followed by three weeks in Brittany in airconditioned comfort!!
Not sure if i agree with you both, or disagree with you both. We do a lot of fishing trips, the trip out is nice, planning the day, where to go etc. A few leisurely hours of Squid drowning and back to the marina, hopefully with a few fish for the table.
We also like to go for a cruise. Sometimes i can't be bothered to go fishing. Last weekend we spent three days just cruising, including a trip along the Thames.
Always trying to do different things so we don't get bored. When the trip down to the boat starts to get a chore, the boat will be for sale.
Keep it Cheap
Keep it Close
Keep it Small.
The way of the boating world always seems to be that bigger must surely be better and so events always seem to follow the same pattern.The urge for a bettter boat which will always be be bigger sooner or later emerges.A larger boat invariably means keeping it somewhere further away from home and hence more difficult and time consuming to get to.
Although longer more comfortable journies are now possible,jump on the boat spontanous trips will be less likely to occur.
Have a sneaking suspicion that the further above water you are,fun factor of just boating lessens as opposed to the satisfaction of owning the boat
As an example one could dare to speculate that the chap 6" above the water in his dinghy is actually having more fun than the chap 10ft above the water on his flybridge.
Probably most joy was had from basic simple first boat without worry of whizzing along with ear cocked trying to detect which expensive bit of kit is going to announce its failure by making horrid noises or worse no noise at all.
Enjoy the share in the aeroplane, it really does make you a more confident pilot as it's all down to you as regards weather, etc.
Hopefully you can block book it for a couple of weeks in the summer and just go where the fancy takes you, it's a fabulous thing to do, either UK or Europe.
No, the real reason is we do want to do these other things, and being well in retirement now, we cannot afford to do it all!!
We decided to put the boat on the market now, but not expecting any quick results. The marina is paid for until August next year, and we will continue to use the boat (locally only) until it's sold.
Another rally car in the pipeline eh? Interestingly, the guy who owns the caravan manufacturing company (Swift Group) that we are buying from is an old friend. He is heavily involved in classic rallying - he has several classic cars, including an Opel Kadett of Culcheth fame. He pedals it furiously, to be seen on several YouTube videos.
Good luck - do they still hold the Dukeries? - I remember the long bumpy sandy straights (can't remember the forests name) pulling awesome speeds on the RAC Rally. Those were the days!
I have enjoyed your thoughtful comments on these fora. I hope you enjoy your new pastimes and still find the occasional opportunity to add your views on here.
An old friend Russ Langthorne co drives your swift caravan owner, hes very good at it too, hes also co drove for steve perez.
Good luck in the future, im just the other side of Bursledon bridge back of the chinese, if you see a new blue vw transporter im there.
My advice would be to try boating down in the Med. that way as Volvo Paul says you can boat all year round and winter days in the med are like british summer days well most of the time.
If you get back into boating maybe you should try something like the Balearics all the same costs as the UK and it would take another twenty years to do all the available calas and bays.