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    Default Working Traditional Sail....

    ....Featuring: Lore of Weather & Tide'

    I saw a copy of this in a local charity bookshop and thought to treat myself..... until I saw the price! They wanted £40....!

    Sheesh! That's almost a whole night in an MDL Marina!

    I guess I'll need to learn about makeshift rope stoppers and eye-splices in wire rope somewhere else.....

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    Default Re: Working Traditional Sail....

    Quote Originally Posted by zoidberg View Post
    ....Featuring: Lore of Weather & Tide'

    I saw a copy of this in a local charity bookshop and thought to treat myself..... until I saw the price! They wanted £40....!

    Sheesh! That's almost a whole night in an MDL Marina!

    I guess I'll need to learn about makeshift rope stoppers and eye-splices in wire rope somewhere else.....
    Is it the David Nichols one? Should be quite cheap on Amazon. edit £12
    Or Luke Powell's memoirs, that will be good..I haven't read it, but..
    he gave a talk for the OGA West Country chapter, at the Cornish Yacht Club (the one by the Greenbank Hotel). The room was jam packed with grizzled old gaffers, luggers and smack-heads, mostly quite noisy and 'merry', some of the older guests were engaged in throwing bread rolls at each other, others singing shanties..and the room went silent a few seconds after he started speaking, and stayed that way for 1.5 hours..Luke has some great stories and tells them very well, I have no doubt his book will be worth buying..
    Last edited by Ohlin Karcher; 19-08-19 at 11:43.

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    Default Re: Working Traditional Sail....

    Quote Originally Posted by Ohlin Karcher View Post
    Is it the David Nichols one? Should be quite cheap on Amazon. edit £12
    Nope, although those others mentioned are likely to be just as good.

    It was this one....

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Working-Tra.../dp/0952955415

    Other sellers are offering this imprint at £40 and over. You can get a whole lot of Cunliffe for that kind of money..........

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    Default Re: Working Traditional Sail....

    Quote Originally Posted by zoidberg View Post
    Nope, although those others mentioned are likely to be just as good.

    It was this one....

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Working-Tra.../dp/0952955415

    Other sellers are offering this imprint at £40 and over. You can get a whole lot of Cunliffe for that kind of money..........
    A rare collector's item!

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    Default Re: Working Traditional Sail....

    Quote Originally Posted by zoidberg View Post
    Nope, although those others mentioned are likely to be just as good.

    It was this one....

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Working-Tra.../dp/0952955415

    Other sellers are offering this imprint at £40 and over. You can get a whole lot of Cunliffe for that kind of money..........
    Yes, but given the choice between Tom Cunliffe and Michael Emmett some of us will choose Michael. He has actually worked a boat under sail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minn View Post
    Yes, but given the choice between Tom Cunliffe and Michael Emmett some of us will choose Michael. He has actually worked a boat under sail.
    Thanks, further googling reveals that Emmett is well qualified to write such a book and now I want a copy..400pp hardback, 10p per page..

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    Default Re: Working Traditional Sail....

    Quote Originally Posted by Minn View Post
    Yes, but given the choice between Tom Cunliffe and Michael Emmett some of us will choose Michael. He has actually worked a boat under sail.
    Ochone, ochone!

    I shan't disagree. No-siree!

    It's just that my pocket money this month doesn't stretch.....

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    Default Re: Working Traditional Sail....

    I've met both Tom and Michael, more than once. Both have personalitites that will fill a room, but given the choice of whom to sit next too on a long flight (ignoring questions of seat pitch and width!) whilst both would be good company I might choose Michael.

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    Default Re: Working Traditional Sail....

    Michael Emmett has an Oyster smack, the Black Rose, based at Maldon, and apparently he does charters, so anyone can go out with him and learn something from the horse's mouth

    Michael Frost's books have plenty of hardcore boat handling info for the gaffers amongst us, and his old smack Boadicea (1808!) is still raced regularly by son Ruben, the Mersea Island fireman.
    There is plenty happenning out here, less visible on the publicity radar than TC, Classic Sailing etc.

    Boadicea, the Story of a Smack, by Michael Frost, is a great read, educational, and a lot less than £40!

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    Everyone should have both of Michael Frost’s books.

    Michael Emmett designed and built the Black Rose, working from his experience with the Ostrea Rose a smack designed and built for him by Arthur Holt.

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