Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Grand Designs at Crick Boat Show
Monday night and the great extravaganza is over. Just after the whole thing ended a rainbow appeared over the Boat Show festival site as if to give a final farewell to the weekend's events. I think a few crocks of gold have been found too, as the word is that boat sales have been good. I chose not to buy one myself. After all I would have had to sell my house to afford most of the boats on show!
We got a call from Adam and met him by the Canal Boat Magazine tent for a chat. As the writer up of the boat descriptions for the magazine, he was nervously wondering how he could remember which boat was which after looking at 20 of them in a day! Halfie dropped by too and caught us in the bar watching the last of the musical entertainment, which varied from very good to distressingly bad.
This is all new to us, for it was our first time at Crick Show. It was pretty much as we expected, lots of stands offering new ways to spend our money on boaty bits. As well as not buying a boat, I also didn't buy an engine, although there were plenty to choose from. Instead I chose to buy a can of grease and a drum of engine oil - and, I've just remembered, a super old coach lamp whcih deserves a post of its own so you'll have to wait for that.
Rick and family joined us on Saturday, as did Simon and Carrie so eight of us crammed on to Herbie for lunch. Surprisingly we all managed to sit within sight and sound of each other. Amazing the crowds that Herbie can absorb!
As we didn't intend to actually buy one of the boats on sale, we thought we would look over only the very best ones, to see what you got for your money. Boy, there are some clever people out there. The standard of workmanship and imaginitive designs are something to be seen. Having said that, despite the wonderful craftsmanship and sometimes beautiful lines of some of these boats, I can't help feeling that they are too posh to go boating in. These boats are the equivalent of the houses on Grand Designs on TV. Entirely bespoke, innovative works of art, but not the sort of place I'd like to live in.
We liked a boat called Oakmere the "mere" bit being a "mere" £135,000 I think.
We were going to vote it best in show, then Adam suggested we take a peak at Barolo a boat built by William Piper on a Tim Tyler shell. Actually there are a few things I don't like about this boat, for one the hodge podge of shapes that make up the superstructure.
Now on Tuesday morning the stands are coming down and the posh boats are taking their leave (not without some difficulty for the long ones!)