Monday, 31 August 2009

My kind of creek

Not the sort of places for marina-hoppers, who expect to make rapid passage from one marina berth to an identical one a few miles away, with the same identikit sterile-clean pontoons into which they can plug their boat straight away and bob about with fridges, cappuccino machines, air conditioning and suchlike providing lengthy comfort until their next 'hop'. And not the sort of place that MDL, with its relentless Tesco-like advance across the South of England, can sell its cod-Mediterranean marina lifestyle.

To get into my Good Creek Guide, creeks must dry out at low water (natch), pontoons and stages must be constructed from old bits of wood crudely but solidly nailed together, the only showers are provided by standing under the boatyard hose, half the boats are undergoing repair at any one time, it's less than five minutes walk to a pub built at least three hundred years ago, and there's not a 'no smoking' sign in sight anywhere in the boatyard. Add to this a slightly cavalier attitude to engine oil, lead paint and old TBT antfouling flakes and you've got the closest to my idea of marine heaven that you can get.

7 comments:

lilith said...

Wonderful. You must be fond of sailing around the west coast of Scotland then :-)

A skipper from thereabouts once told me he took out a chap from the South who was used to sailing out of Lymington. The poor chap got edgier and edgier, insisting that foul weather MUST be on the way as there was not another boat in sight...it remained sunny, clear and breezy as the skipper assured him it would.

talwin said...

Life is surely unfulfilled without a sight, a least once (actually that's enough) of Skippool Creek (see, it's even called a creek) at Little Thornton, just outside Blackpool.

Anonymous said...

I nominate Goldhanger. It qualifies on some of your points and certainly has the pub - but not much else!

Lilith - stop giving the game away about West Coast sailing: we don't want all those English up here ;-)

lilith said...

sorry anon :-) It is a bit special...

Weekend Yachtsman said...

Test comment, please ignore or delete.

Anonymous said...

I may, just may, be buying an ex lifeboat. Can I come and stay in your creek radders. I promise to keep the pub in business almost single handed...IF its got good English ale!

Coney Island

Raedwald said...

Coney Island - Yep, a creek-crawling buddy with a love of decent Ale is welcome anytime, and making passage in company is always the best idea anyway ..