le boat

>>> le boat

I have no relationship or experience with them, but seems like an interesting opportunity to explore if you are wanting to rent a canalboat in Europe.

Le Boat’s intimate self-drive cruisers will open up a new way for you to discover Europe; your cruiser is your private floating villa giving you the freedom to travel at your own pace; stopping where you want and when you want, and best of all no experience or license is necessary.

Le boat offers these enchanting vacations in 8 European countries; France, Italy, Ireland, Belgium, Holland, Germany, England or Scotland experience the romance of the French countryside; cruise the Grand Canal of Venice or through the lush green landscape of Ireland; visit the tulip fields of Holland or stop for a pint at a local pub in England.

Whatever country you choose to explore you will take home with you cherished memories of a truly one of a kind vacation. Wherever you choose to explore you will take home cherished memories of a truly one of a kind holiday.

Photography course

We’ve had several other links to Stuck In Customs photos before (for example). Trey Ratcliff is an incredible artist to me, and has a very engaging manner in his videos.

This series is a "for sale" thing (yes, that’s an affiliate link), but seems pretty good. Photography seems to be a common hobby with boaters (with scenery like you have on a boat, are you surprised?).

You can check out the first lesson for free below and see what you think.

Newfound Woodworks

>>> Newfound Woodworks

Newfound Woodworks

We had a call-out to Newfound the other day, but I wanted to mention the company as a whole.

A neat looking, New England company dedicated to high quality small craft. They have plans, materials, tools and kits among their offerings.

We at the Newfound Woodworks are dedicated to providing the highest quality materials to make what we consider to be the most beautiful boat designs available. We prefer strip building so even though we now produce stitch and glue plywood kayaks, we really like our Hybrid construction method. Your purchase of our products is only the beginning of our relationship. We have produced two videos in DVD format to provide a wealth of information. We are happy to answer questions by e-mail and telephone. Since we also build boats, we know how to get you through the process.

Glossary of Boat Building Terms

>>> Glossary of Boat Building Terms

Like most activities, boat-building has its own language. There are lots of jokes about computer people speaking in acronyms, but boat-builders speak in "boat". The words are all different. I mean what’s wrong with "right" and "left"? But no, we have to have "starboard" and "port".

Anyway, Glen-L has a nice glossary that can be a good reference if you are seeing words you don’t understand.

Cowes Week Regatta

>>> Cowes Week Regatta

<iframe width="640" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bCGDRmycrFU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>

I had never heard of the Cowes Week festivities in the south of Britain, until I started getting some email with little video clips (first one above). Looks like a lot of fun.

Of note is that their charity this year is Toe in the Water, which is emphasising competitive sailing for injured servicemen. A way to get back involved in physical and mentally challenging sports and activites for some of our heroes that have paid a heavy price.

About Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

Cowes Week is one of the longest-running regular regattas in the world. With 40 daily races, up to 1,000 boats, and 8,500 competitors ranging from Olympic and world class professionals to weekend sailors, it is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world. Having started in 1826, the event is held on the Solent (the area of water between southern England and the Isle of Wight made tricky by strong double tides), and is run by Cowes Week Limited in the small town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

The Asgard

>>> The Asgard

The Asgard, a historic gun-running ship from Ireland’s struggle for independence is now on display at Dublin’s National Museum of Ireland.

The Asgard was built in 1905 for Erskine and Molly Childers, leading Irish nationalists. In 1914, they used the vessel to run guns to the Irish Volunteers in Howth. The smugglers brought in 900 German Mausers and a stock of ammunition, some of which later saw use in the famous standoff at the Dublin General Post Office during the Easter Uprising.