I Think I’ve Just Seen Future of Classic Wooden Boating?
A pretty bold headline but what I saw on Saturday at Whangateau was special – have a good look at the photos & you’ll see –
1. A collection of very cool small boats (sail, oar,motor) some restored to concours condition, so just managing to stay afloat.
2. A group of boating enthusiasts of all ages & gender that just wanted to have some fun in classic wooden boats.
3. Everyone helping each other unload & rig up.
4. No macho, bump bump racing, just folks mucking about in boats.
5. Crusty old salts showing grand-kids how to sail.
6. BBQ’ed sausages in white bread.
7. Yachties that had become launchies that were now having to use their iPhone to Google “How to rig a Frostbite”
8. A classic dinghy that had been gifted to the next generation of yachtie that was now sitting on a state-of-the-art carbon-fiber beach trailer.
A lot of people help make the above happen but none of it happens without Pam Cundy & George Emtage, these two are the guardians of today’s venue – The Whangateau Traditional Boat yard.
They might not know it, but they are at the leading edge of the next stage of the classic wooden boating movement.
It was a great day, we need more of these 🙂 in the mean time – enjoy the photos. Remember click on any photo to enlarge it & on forward the link to today’s post to all your friends & tell them to cut that boat down from the garage rafters 🙂