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...)

Sunday, 20 February 2011

No More Ads...

No, they didn't look right. After a fortnight, the adverts that appeared on this blog have been removed. They were a distraction, and cheapened the tone of the blog; and besides they will never make me a fortune. In any case, it would have been a fortune built on the digits of my visitors. Click, click, click. How many times have you clicked inadvertently on an advertisement, and cursed? I do not want to lose weight; I did not need a new car, I did not mean to click.

Copyright: Charlotte Watters
 So The Trouble With Old Boats has reverted to its pristine purity. Its aims are unchanged (what are its aims, I ask myself?) And the £3 or so that has apparently been accrued in the last two weeks will be donated to charity.

Coyright: Charlotte Watters
One click you may want to experience is that of Charlotte Watters, who illustrated the book of the blog. Click on the picture of the boat outside the shed (top right) and you will be transported instantly (depending on speed of modem connection, naturally) to another world: a world of beauty and artistry, for Charlotte is indeed a remarkable artist. One day the book will be a collectors' item, whereas at the moment you can't give them away (well you can, in fact. I gave one to my Mum for her birthday)...


  1. Good for you. I hate seeing ads on blogs. I think you made the right decision.

  2. Ms. Watters is prolific and eclectic. As with many other talented people, some of her work is disturbing, but all in all, I'd have to agree - she is very remarkable.

    I have become adept at ignoring advertising. I don't watch TV, don't listen to the radio - but the internet is another animal. There are many good reasons for participating in the web, but advertising is not one of them and it's very hard to avoid.
    As you might suspect, my favorite stops on the web have no intentional advertising, which I take as a sign of character.