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.

“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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  1. Boat Week hailed as big success

    Aug 15, 19 02:51 AM

    The Vaila Mae and Far Haaf in Lerwick Harbour. All photos: Shetland Amenity Trust/Shetland Boat Week

    THE ORGANISERS of Shetland Boat Week have hailed this year’s event as the most successful yet.

    Over 500 people flocked to Hay’s Dock in Lerwick each day during the family-friendly event, which took pla…

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  2. Neil Pryde Small Boat Sails

    Aug 15, 19 01:15 AM

    Neil Pryde (Formex) Main Sail 42 sqft, Marconi - Luff: 11' 2 and 7' 10 foot. Either Red Stripe on white with white Scamper 60 graphic or yellow & white

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  3. UL education counselor and granddaughter build sail boat together

    Aug 14, 19 04:50 AM

    © Provided by Irv Esthers Irv Esters and his granddaughter Arya Esters pose for a photo in the middle of the boat they built together.

    If there's one thing Irv Esters enjoys more than sailing, it's hanging out with his only grandchild.

    Over the last six months, the University of Louisiana Lafayette department head of counselor educati…

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Rick's Tale 
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I Will Give You my Little Ship! 
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Buying a Legend 
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Unfuggedabul olidays 
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Rescuing an old Wooden Boat from the fire.. 
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Interlude in Atlantis 
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Good ol' Gerty 
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Rat’s Eyes on the French Canals 
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