Your Boating Yarns

This is a collection of boating yarns, tall tales and confessions sent in by other wooden boaters.

How true they are I will leave up to you to judge.

We all love to read about and learn from the funny or embarrassing moments of others and many of us can nod and say yes, I’ve been there.

You are welcome to browse through the list read the stories and add your comments.



More of Your Boating Yarns.

“They that go down to the sea in ships' see strange things, but what they tell is oft-times stranger still.

A faculty for romancing is imparted by a seafaring life as readily and surely as a rolling gait and a weather-beaten countenance.

A fine imagination is one of the gifts of the ocean-witness the surprising and unlimited power of expression and epithet possessed by the sailor.

And a fine imagination will frequently manifest itself in other ways besides swear words.
(Gertrude Bacon)



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Rick's Tale 
Hello everybody; My name is Rick and my wife is Valerie, and we just became classic wood yacht owners. To be more exact, we recently traded a 1969 …

Self Esteem and Dry Rot 
This story is one of a dozen or so boating 'yarns' I recently posted at http://www.spg.patchnpost.com/4/index.htm Some boat tales and winter reading …

S/V "Salvation" Baja to New Zealand 
Hi Folks, After falling victim to the 2008 to 2012 GEC we dreamt about finding a boat to fix up and sail to New Zealand, Where my wife Deborah is from. …

Out on the Water to Look at Some Old Boats 
Up early today, I’m going out on the water to look at some old boats. Found my third boat of choice, 37 ft Hodgdon Brothers William Atkins Elf design, …

Buying a Legend 
It all started when a sailing friend introduced the notion of my buying a wood/epoxy boat that was just what I wanted. What I had said was that I wanted …

Simple Boating “Kalista” 
The Tale continues Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 I bought this 17 ft open ply boat, single …

Only Left Turns 
Our E Bay Adventure-with Left Turns Only Some people think E Bay is the greatest digital success story since DOS. I personally am going …

Priorities  
A Wooden Boat docked in a tiny Mexican fishing village. A tourist complimented the local fishermen on the quality of their fish and asked how long …

Unfuggedabul olidays 
Jerkish gullet or the best Company has expensive, no experience in boatbuilding, we dont have the nessry, facultys, kipment, or person, We dont no how …

Rescuing an old Wooden Boat from the fire.. 
Some friends of mine knew I was looking for a wooden boat. About a year or so one of them called me and wanted me to have a look at a boat they had. …

Rat’s Eyes on the French Canals 
'Bill! Bill! Wake up, Bill, I can hear something on deck. Bill!' Whispered Lyn urgently as she nudged her partner. 'Umm, yes love, ' murmured Bill snuggling …

I Will Give You my Little Ship! 
This is what we're going to do. I will GIVE you my little ship the "Salvation"! It is a good boat, needs work. First you have to help us …

Understanding Boat Repair 
Ask any boat owner what he likes most about his vessel. Some will mention beauty, others will like the speed or handling ability. A few like their …

1968 Pace Two Bedroom Two Bath\Flybridge 
Hi boaters, I bought a 1968 pace seamed\ no pun, awsome idea, at the time after the fly bridge steering chain fell off four seconds into my maiden …

I remember Expo 67! 
I was the cox of the whaler, (a 21 foot fiberglass replacement of the old clincker built whalers). I was then a Leading Seaman in the Canadian Navy. …

1964 40 ft Carvel Kauri Yawl Refit 
Ahoy there DIY, I've always loved the water and boats. As a boy of eleven years old I'd take the really nice days of school in the summer. I remember …

Interlude in Atlantis 
‘Hey, is this real?' laughed Natàlia as she tentatively touched Alistair's hair. 'You die your hair this colour?' she asked in almost perfect English, …

Good ol' Gerty 
It was a beautiful day down at the moorings on Saturday. The sun was shining, a force 4 gusting 5 blowing, a perfect day for a sail. But there …

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