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Worldwide Classic Boat Show Presentation – Tom Cunliffe & Traditional Boats of Northern Europe

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October 30, 2021

Master seaman and storyteller treats us to yarns about some of the amazing people and boats he's come across in his life's travels.

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To learn more about is Off Center Harbor Guide Tom Cunliffe you can visit his website or his YouTube Channel.


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15 Responses So Far to “Worldwide Classic Boat Show Presentation – Tom Cunliffe & Traditional Boats of Northern Europe”:

  1. Avatar Aren Carpenter says:

    Well this was such a great deal of knowledge crammed into a short space my head’s still reeling… for the second time! Tom is a national treasure and thank you Steve and Tom for getting him on a clip that surely will rest in the archives of of every maritime museum one day.
    He can get our youth inspired and moving.Not so many left like that.Thank you Tom Cunliffe!

  2. Avatar John Hodson says:

    What a most informative and enjoyable video, Tom at his finest!
    Many thanks to all.

  3. Avatar David Wilson says:

    Off Center Harbor has done some great videos, but this one is the best. Thanks to Mr. Cunliffe for taking the time to share from his tremendous fund of knowledge about boats, builders and life. Thanks to you guys for putting it out there. Makes an old man want to go back to the sea.

  4. Avatar Simon Houlder says:

    Tom is an English legend, all you need to do is buy and absorb his printed wisdom, i.e. books! then go out on the sea and DO IT!

  5. Avatar Robert Sherrell says:

    Anyone who was struck by Tom’s final comments about living with and facing up comfortably with the uncertainty of celestial navigation and dead reckoning might enjoy “A Field Guide to Getting Lost” by Rebecca Solnit. Its more terrestrial and philosophical than marine and technical, but its investigation of the value of exploring, in all its meanings, shares some territory with Tom’s comments in this video. Really enjoyed this!

  6. Avatar Robert Sherrell says:

    Anyone who was struck by Tom’s final comments about living with and getting comfortable with the uncertainty of celestial navigation might enjoy “A Field Guide to Getting Lost” by Rebecca Solnit. Its more terrestrial and philosophical than marine and technical, but its investigation of the value of exploring, in all its meanings, shares some territory with Tom’s comments in this video.

  7. Avatar Robert Sherrell says:

    Anyone who was struck by his final comments about living with and getting comfortable with the uncertainty of celestial navigation might enjoy “A Field Guide to Getting Lost” by Rebecca Solnit. Its more terrestrial and philosophical than marine and technical, but its investigation of the value of exploring, in all its meanings, shares some territory with Tom’s comments in this video.

  8. Avatar Dave Giddings says:

    Brilliant. I concur with a having a full Keel. I do not wANT TO GO CRUISING IN ANYTHING ELSE. I love the idea of heaving too. I have a full keeled 0 ft Clansman which is very much the same profile of an Elizabethan 29.
    Great se boats and I can still race in Sydney Harbour give them a run for their money. Very inspiring. If ever in Sydney Australia, look me up. We have some great cruising grounds, besides racing. [email protected]

  9. Avatar Charles Aiken says:

    This site goes so much deeper than I ever expected. Thank you and God bless.
    Chuck

  10. Avatar Kamin Lambertson says:

    This was great! We all need inspiration at times, to continue as “citizens of the village” as he described everyone he talked about over 55 years of sea going in traditional boats. Quite revealing as to what’s out there in W Europe. Great presentation.. not a dry eye indeed. Now get busy and back to what you were doing with a thought about passing on what you know.

  11. Avatar ron godwin says:

    I was brought up in Netley Hampshire (England!) just up Southampton Water from the Hamble River mouth, and rowed around the J class boats in the Hamble.
    Tom’s reminiscence confirmed I had;nt imagined it in the 1950 era,now in Australia and some 60 + years later.
    Thank you Tom a remarkable tale.
    Ron Godwin

  12. Avatar Ginny Jones says:

    As always it is such a privilege to see and listen to Tom. Tom, aided and abetted by his wife Ros, puts his heart and soul as well as passion into wonderful videos, journalism, and the practical books that are available from his pen. His talks and lectures are even better because he is such a charismatic person.. I particularly like the clip from JOLIE BRISE — the kids have such an amazing, transformatiive experience. The chances are that they, or some of the kids in various boat building classes. or Ash on GROWLER will grow up as a very special and finer person for their somewhat unconventional experiences, Please note that there isn’t a cellphone/smart phone and barely any digital devices in sight!

    Thanks for an absolutely superlative Sunday night movie!

    • Avatar Ginny Jones says:

      This absolutely exudes the pure joy of sailing not to mention some of the trauma…………..

      Thank goodness that Tom takes the occasional swing at some of the absolutely plug ugly and miserable boats which seem to be on the ascendancy. He spoke at length about the necessity for good sea berths and he mentioned fiddles but did not go further. Any boat without proper sea berths and decent fiddles as well as carefully placed and installed grab rails on deck and below is a misery to sail as well as dangerous!

  13. Avatar Ward Fay says:

    That was golden! Well done Off Center Harbor for bringing Tom Cunliffe across the Atlantic for a few hours. He has always been a central figure in the wooden boat world. His articles in the middle of Classic Boat Magazine have been worth the subscription price. Usually we see articles about how to build and repair the boats. Cunliffe tells us how to use them, and why. His combination of experience and eloquence is definitive. Many thanks!

  14. Avatar Lansing Hays says:

    This film is the best thing I have seen from Off Harbor. Wow, his knowledge is humbling. Well done, guys. In a perfect world I’d get to stand some watches with this guy, or share some rum below after a passage roaring down channel in an English rain.

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