I've just signed up a crew member for a trip to the Outer Hebrides next spring. He has requested the "aft cabin with private shower". That sounds a reasonable description of small GRP pram dinghy on a long warp, no?
The fourteen year old nephew of a friend came along with his uncle on an attempt to deliver Jumblie last spring (we didn't quite get to Dale). The lad's previous sailing was on some 75' OYT thing, and when he saw Jumblie - all twenty six glorious feet of her - he blurted out "Eh? This is a dinghy!".
...One is that there seems to be a huge inverted snobbery about what colour ensign people fly...
Inverted snobbery is correct. The red squadron was always the senior squadron and their ensign was the red ensign. When the Navy decided to go to a single ensign they had to choose the subordinate white ensign because the Merchant Navy had already snaffled the red.
I fly my red ensign with pride knowing that those other ensigns are subordinate