Friday, 2 November 2007

A PASSION FOR FISHING BOATS



It's a strange thing this passion for old boats,most people I am sure would look at an old fishing boat and think that it was a depressing ugly piece of old wood and scrap iron,and why would anyone want to preserve it !!!!
If I was rich I am sure I would have a collection of them in the same way that some people collect cars or tractors.Although I am more than happy with the one I already have to me she is a beauty and I feel very lucky to have her.I just wish she was a bit closer than 650 miles away.
But despite that progress is being made ,the deck has all been caulked down the starboard side and the bulwarks painted ,the inside of the hold and forepeak hull timbers have been treated with wood preservative ,which they can smell about 300 meters away !!! There is very little sign of any wood rot in the entire boat ,which shows how well these boats were built , originally the inside of the hull was soaked in creosote.
Back here in Oxfordshire I am still very busy building the interior which is going very well.So one day when it all comes together I hope to have a very cosy and interesting boat that I will be able to spend plenty of time aboard watching the world go as I paint and scrape and paint and scrape etc....

4 comments:

Tim Zim said...

She's looking better and better.

Andrew Tognola said...

Thanks Tim

Rick_&_Karen said...

Hello Andrew. We discovered your Strathspey II while visiting online with out old friend Tim Zim. Your vessel is quite beautiful and we are pleased to discover more kindred spirits out there. We look forward to seeing and hearing more about you and your fine trawlerl. Kind Regards, Rick and Karen Miles M/S Wanderbird www.wanderbirdcruises.com

Andrew Tognola said...

Hello Rick and Karen.Thankyou for your kind comments re the Strathspey,somtimes I wonder if my feelings that the old girl is beautiful has somthing to do with the eye of the beholder ,so it is nice for people like you to say these things.I must say that we must all look at the Wanderbird with a touch of envy,she is truly a beautiful vessel and the result of much hard work I am sure.
Best Regard ; Andrew