Cruising UK.

Welcome to the Cruising UK section of my blog ; strange as it may seem but this section is all about my cruising around parts of the British coast….i say ‘British’ here because there aren’t any posts about cruising around Scotland or Wales.

I live within an hour’s walk of a generally shallow, muddy and tidal river down in the south west of the country ; the tidal Tamar, and keep a small boat there on a mooring near the railway viaduct at Calstock.    As a cruising base it’s not perfect as it takes most of a tide to get down to the open sea at Plymouth but once there i have access to the best cruising ground in the whole of the UK….and that’s the coastline between the Lizard to the west and the Bill of Portland to my east.  In between those 2 points we have some of the best looking coastline and a whole series of tidal rivers that penetrate the Devon and Cornwall coasts.

My most recent boat, the Hunter Liberty, cat-ketch and centreboard WABI”’ has been a great boat for this coast because i can access all of the interesting shallow and tidal areas in the rivers and creeks of the south west, in fact, when i just need an escape and getaway i can leave my mooring in the Tamar and just cruise the local rivers which are hardly visited by most cruising boats.

In a different vein though….in 2018 i had a sudden enthusiasm to sail and refit a much older wooden boat and a gaffer too….i found a suitable boat but all the way over the country in Suffolk so as that year’s project i prepared Inanda in Ipswich and then sailed her out of the Orwell, across the Thames estuary and all the way ‘down channel’ ; sadly that boat didn’t work out but it was a good cruise and taught me a lot about boats.


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