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    Default What a funny little boat....


    Not sure I fancy crewing on this little craft....but best of luck to those who do!
    further info at :-

    http://www.sailers.co.uk/forum/viewt...=6&t=512#p1820


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    Ship's lifeboat decked over by the look of it. The sort of thing that took Shackleton a long open passage in Antarctic waters. In fact, read the name - "Alexandra Shackleton", it is almost certainly a reconstruction of his famous boat.

    Very seaworthy & has it's own charm due to being totally fit for purpose, if a little short in creature comforts for the Marina Dwellers of today.
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    Yes, very similar to Shackleton's boat shown here. He sailed over 800 miles from Elephant Island to South Georgia and then he walked over 30 miles over mountains to cross South Georgia to reach a whaling station and help. One of the great heroes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Searush View Post
    Ship's lifeboat decked over by the look of it. The sort of thing that took Shackleton a long open passage in Antarctic waters. In fact, read the name - "Alexandra Shackleton", it is almost certainly a reconstruction of his famous boat.
    Presumably you didn't read Robin's link before instructing him on what he already knows?

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    A forerunner of the numerous lifeboat conversions that used to add interest and variety (now sadly lacking, IMO) to the UK yachting scene?
    "All things are relative."

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    Quote Originally Posted by parsifal View Post
    A forerunner of the numerous lifeboat conversions that used to add interest and variety (now sadly lacking, IMO) to the UK yachting scene?

    Generally the further north you go the more variation there is and its so nice to see. Not just rows of sugar scoop sterns

    As for the boat, good luck to the guys trying to re trace his famous voyage. I wonder what adjustments modern regulations required compared to the Original boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onesea View Post
    Generally the further north you go the more variation there is and its so nice to see. Not just rows of sugar scoop sterns
    Also the further west. And probably east.

    Also the further downmarket - Kemp's in Southampton is nice, but it's not in the same league price-wise as (say) Hamble Point, and consequently the mix of boats is more interesting.

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    thanks for posting

    hope they get on ok with their little sail/re enactment :-)

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    Golly! I'd love a play in that; a propper boat for having adventures on.

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    Default What a funny little boat.

    They really are serious about repeating the James Caird's voyage using the gear and methods of the day. Obviously the inflatable liferaft on the deck had not been invented in 1916 so some concessions to modern safety kit. It will probably be the first thing to be lost in a knockdown if it is perched in it's cradle on the deck there but perhaps its up there only for safety while they train up the crew on sea trials. The team don't seem to have a web site yet but no doubt that will come as sponsors get on board - virtually - I can't imagine any Corporate bod or celebrity wanting to go to sea in her! Good luck to them - they will certainly need it, particularly if they intend to cook and eat as Shackleton and his boys did -urgh - seems like they dined mostly on blubber!

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