I’ve loved the sea since I was first introduced to it (apparently), yet I’ve rarely felt the pull to get out onto it on any kind of craft smaller than a cross channel ferry.
I intend to remedy that somewhat this summer and try a sea kayak.
We did a little kayaking when I was at school and I remember it being tremendous fun, with the sea presenting much more exciting challenges than the slow genteel waters of the Truro River at Kea.
Since then it has been ferries, and the occasional boogie board.
What I do love though is old boats, and their sad decline.
They’re often propped up in the mud, where an owner left them with good intentions to repair the minor thing that had gone wrong. But then time takes its toll. And an engine fault migrates to hull damage, perhaps some vandalism, and suddenly the project no longer makes sense.
We saw some lovely old French trawlers in Camaret back last summer – here are a few shots we took then.
And just before I started writing this little blog I thought I’d look at old boats for sale. One I found was this 1953 trawler.
Yours for £47,500 from MJ Lewis Boatsales. I thought 1953 was pretty darn old for a ship of the sea, but it seems not, it’s a mere pup compared to some of the craft on the site.