Off she goes, Iain Oughtred's slightly foreshortened Penny Fee, at 15ft. Sails by Jeckells, spars by the wonderful Jeremy Freeland at Collars. The rest by Messrs Burke and Morgan (that's Jonny by the way...)

Friday, 10 December 2010

Viking Boats of Beijing...

Tongue in cheek I suggested in my latest bit of columnar Classic Boat nonsense that I would soon start importing clinker dinghies from China, where they could no doubt turn them out far cheaper and probably to a high standard (given a few hundred to practice on first).

And now I've just had an email to say that my domain name ( will soon be joined by eight others, in India and the Far East:

I build to a viking tradition, at least. The idea of viking style boats being built in the Far East is, well far fetched. I wasn't aware that their influence extended that far? But then the name vikings seems to have been appropriated by all and sundry, including a company that supplies office supplies. Can't see where looting and plundering has much in common with paperclips and post-it notes...

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