Ok so over the colder months I have been catching up on YouTube. Lets face it the telly is officially rubbish now..
I came across this bloke (sampsonboat) and as much as I cringe when I see the work he has taken on I admire what he is doing. But it is a bit more than that in the more recent episodes he has interviewed modern ‘classic’ boat builders. It certainly puts my efforts into perspective and shows what can be done with determination (and a bit of knowledge).
It is a huge thing I ended up becoming a patron, because I want to support what he is doing, that is a personal choice. In a curious way I feel his ‘blogging’, although grander in scale, is somewhat like my blogging my trip. I am only glad I didn’t attempt a two handed chainsaw .. and a $6000 keel timber.
I don’t think he is the only ‘internet star’ on the up and I am glad these people exist they are better watching than the telly… Who knows @Mike Dixon perhaps you should get a camera and video the rebuild of A1..
This guy is amazing. I have been following him in less detail through the pages of the Classic boat mags (reflecting a generation-al difference here I suspect). His rebuilding of the Folkboat, subsequent single-handed sail across the Atlantic, winning of Regattas and then taking on Tally-Ho are all mind-boggling achievements.
And the blog is fantastic – thanks for highlighting it. There goes my weekend…….
To coin a ‘yooff’ phrase – awesome. I fear that my efforts pale into insignificance – so, no, I’m not about to get into the whole camera, video etc thing. Nick and I have had tentative talks about what I could do though. Mike