Boating On A Budget

The aim of this site is to encourage the idea that sailing is not for only the 'elite' with lots of money.
It's for us all if we're interested.
  • Duck Punt

    Duck Punt

    The aim of this site is to work towards dispelling the UK's perception that yachting is a very expensive and elite pastime.

    It most definitely need not be. Picture:https://duckpunt.wordpress.com/

  • Duck Punt

    Duck Punt

    The aim of this site is to work towards dispelling the UK's perception that yachting is a very expensive and elite pastime.

    It most definitely need not be. Picture:https://duckpunt.wordpress.com/
  • Raft Race

    Raft Race

    at Maylandsea, river Blackwater, Essex.

  • Model Yacht.

    Model Yacht.

    Well why not?

    Picture: http://www.westbourne-model.co.uk

The Pleasure One Gets From A Boat Is Inversely Proportional To Its Size

Getting Sailing

There is an old saying that sailing is like standing under a cold shower tearing up fifty-pound notes.

Well, I guess if that's your thing, that's fine.

For the rest of us, not tearing up the money would be a really sensible improvement. And as it happens, it doesn't have to be like standing under a cold shower either.

We have here, or will have, some ideas to get sailing from some very low cost ways, though to some ways that are not exactly cheap, but a lot cheaper than that shower.


UNDER CONSTRUCTION

... but getting there

It's time we dealt with the UK's rather irritating perception amongst non-sailors that yachting is "elitist". It is not. If anything it's the reverse.

In the UK, we _were_ one of the greatest seafaring nations ever and we darned well should acknowledge that at the everyday level.

This site is a start.

More About Sailing

An information area of tips and tricks, explanations, ideas, HowTos and whatever else seems useful.

Why do sailors use those funny words. Why don't they just say front and back or left and right like the rest of us?

And how does sailing actually work, anyhow? Once your boat has been blown along by the wind, how do you get back to where you started?


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West Mersea Duck Punt
The West Mersea Duck Punt is a brilliant and simple interpretation of a concept that goes back centuries and is highly relevant today. It's cheap, can be built in a couple of weekends and rows, paddles or sails brilliantly. Being light and efficiently driven means no need for an outboard. It's light enough to car-top and light enough to not need a launching trolley. Build one for under £100. Proper sails add a bit more.
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Someone else's boat
You don't have to own a boat to sail. Why not sail with someone else who owns a boat.
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Budget dighies to buy.
There are some really very good low-cost dinghies out there.

Latest Blog Post
Getting afloat for the "not posh".
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A brief introduction to the site and my aims.

Nauta Vulgaris

The Popular or Everyday Sailor.

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