Saturday, 8 February 2014

Toolkiit

Perhaps the most versatile piece of kit carried on board Shoal Waters, and my punts and dinghies, is the the sounding cane.  It is positively the most used, and relied on tool, as well. Costs for this vital creek sailing aid do vary of course, depending on where you make your purchase. e.g. I ventured into an upmarket garden center and spied the 8' version, stacked upright beside the tomato plants, costing a balaclava clad £1.00 each; while just down the road, they cant give them away quick enough, at 50p each. The 6' version comes in bundles of 10 and can be bought at a very charitable 2 or 3 quid. This equates to 20p or 30p each. When you consider the amount of usage on board, how relied on this tool is; and how naked a skipper suddenly feels when his last one rolls off the coach roof during a hectic "lee ho," then prices like these, for "yachting" equipment, are almost unheard of in the modern world of boating. A boat that floats might do well to carry some stick...

2 comments:

Jerome Basma said...

Just happened on your blog by chance. Very nicely done. Makes me nostalgic for my small sloop here on New York's harbor and Long Island Sound.

Cheers.

Creeksailor said...

Thanks for popping in. I read you folks have had tough time with the snow. If it's any consolation; we've had our snorkels out here... Spring is next!