In 1954, Tony Armit and a mate set sail in a homebuilt yacht, and made it around the world. Nearly 70 years later, Armit has finally told the story.
remember a coupla things on the learning curve of those. 1 was a seat midway had to be nailed in to stop it spreading/ collapsing and that the top edge of the sheet ( sheer) had to be turned out and beaten flat to stop cutting kids and fishing lines, grew up in the 60;s on the whau river auckland and actually found an upturned car roof a far better boat up creeks and in shallows (47 ford v8 was a prized roof to find), some of us local water rats were dracooned in by the Augustins to be test pilots on their mini speed boats ..... iron horse lawn mower engines... they were fun and not slow, thanks for waking the memoriesVery cool, thanks for that read, will have to try to get the book. I grew up in East London on the SE coast of South Africa, near where they got hammered, and from age 15 onwards read all the great circumnavigators books and dreamed of doing it. Now at age 66 I have finally gotten around to trying, having crossed most of the Pacific this past season.
One sentence in the article really brings back early memories - "And bend sheets of corrugated iron into canoes, then plug the gaps with melted tar they’d scraped from the road edge on sweltering days.". Our father did this with us in our backyard, literally hammering a sheet of corrugated iron flat, to the dismay of our mother, and then shaping it and securing the ends with a piece of wood, sealed with tar. It was barely floatable, and almost unpaddable, and would sink readily so he tied a rope with a bouy on the back so he could swim out and recover it for us. Here's a pic of us, my brother at the back, in it on a pool in the Nahoon river inland from East London, around 1966 when I was 10.
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