Big Boys Toys

Over in Mee Memoirs I wrote about my old school  friend John (McCarron) and our mutual childhood interest in sailing model boats on the boating pond in Ayr, Scotland.

The Children’s Boating Pond

So much detail
John McCtoday

These days I am happy to view the real sailing boats over by the Yacht Club, or coming and going in Newcastle Harbour.

But John went on to Greater Things and that deserves recognition. Check out these amazing models. This will ‘float your boat’! Fabricated and constructed in metaĺ and wood, in what John stoically calls his workshop (or Man Cave as they now like to call them)..

In Britain there are clubs where these motorised models are put through their paces to sink or swim on the quality of the workmanship.

I witnessed one such club meeting at the romantically named PAPPLEWICK GREEN, a Victorian Pumping Station now beautifully restored and open to the public.

Quiet, intense concentration was the pervading mood. It wasnt obvious to the onlooker that these men were having great fun, but I am assured they were!

I must ask John how far they travelled, and how the Very Best Boat was decided. I will get back to you on that.

What happened when one sank? (Back in Scotland we – or a safety minded adult – would have to remove our sandals and socks to wade very carefully in the murky water to retrieve our sunken vessel.

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