Wednesday, 12 October 2016

BIRDS and BOATS

A few metres along the road from the Priory we come to a new project a pair of small harbours nestled together on the western bank of the River Shannon and an easy walk from the town of Portumna.


A pair of harbours. 

I calculate that about twenty motor cruisers or narrow boats 
could be finally moored here. 

The small boat harbour and dinghy park is nicely
situated away from the larger craft.

A Mallard taking a duck!

Note the curved transom and slight tumblehome at the stern.

Looks like these lads are off out for the day ?


The swan must have found herself a tasty
nibble?

In almost every harbour I always find one craft that takes my eye and the AH Kathleen has done
that. For she reminds me of similar craft that I was used  to seeing in the harbours of Devon, places like Brixham, Torquay and Teignmouth. She looks to be a very seaworthy and practical boat to manage with her neat side decks and safety rails. 
The boaters amongst you will notice that she has a slight tumble-home at the aft end and a curved transom can be seen on the photo three up.







24 comments:

  1. Dutch style barge / cruiser? Always fancied a boat like that as a liveaboard. Not that I wouldn't be rubbish at that.

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    1. Never know until you try Simon, mind you there is a lot of hidden effort put in by people who live afloat.
      Thanks for the comment.

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  2. The AH Kathleen looks like a mighty fine boat.

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    1. Thanks for your agreement Bill and unfortunately the owner was not around so I was unable to ask questions about her.

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  3. Tumble-home. It is a term used in naval architecture and describes the feature of when the outer structure curves inward, referring to the lines of the topsides or cabin sides of a boat. As opposed to flaring out wards.
    Thank you for the comment Pat.

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  4. Thanks sister Weaver. Now I don't have to feel a complete twirk knowing zip about boats!!! That was a lovely one you give us there, Mel. I do Wonder how you managed the flight needed to get that view. Lovely post!!!

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    1. Some things need to remain secret other wise you would know all of my business and a man needs his secrets some times ,-)
      Thank you for the comment FT xx

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  5. I don't know anything about tumble-homes or curved transoms but the Kathleen is lovely, what I would call a 'proper' boat.

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    1. Yes indeed she is an eye catcher Sue, thank you for commenting.

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  6. Hi Mel - lovely little harbours ... I bet they are a total haven for all sorts - boaters, humans, birds and no doubt beasties ... delightful to see ... cheers Hilary

    PS I'd never heard the word/phrase tumblehome before ... so I looked it up - I'm obviously having a thick morning ... as I think I can see what it means ... but am not completely sure! I'd better venture to my harbour here to ask ... !!!!

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    1. Hello Hilary!
      'Tumblehome' is when the hull sides of a boat curve or slope inwards rather than outwards or vertical. There are a lot of terms in marine design which most people are unaware of knowing.
      Thank you for the comment.

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  7. It's a very nice design. But I am especially impressed by your ability to levitate for that aerial shot. You're gifted.

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    1. Thank you Mitchell it is a well designed craft and the rest is just magic :-)

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  8. Boats are so pretty and add interest wherever they are. A lovely little harbour area for a visit.

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    1. Hello Suzie, let me know when you visit and I'll buy you a coffee.

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  9. Real Val post, Mel. Boats and birds are what I like best! It's funny, but I know only Dutch boat terms, so I didn't know what a transom is or a tumble-home was. Google tells me a transom is the flat surface forming the back of a boat. I see that this one is curved, but I still can't figure out what the tumblehome is....not even from Google's explanation. I've looked hard at the photo, but it's lost on me. I wonder if it's what we call the potdeksel, which is the rim that runs all round a barge at the top of the hull? On a barge it is, anyway...

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    1. Hello Val :-) I see that the term 'tumblehome' has you mystified, oh dear !
      Well, 'Tumblehome' is when the hull sides of a boat curve or slope inwards/inboard and on the AH Kathleen it does that at the stern quarter for approx three quarters of a metre where the side plating connects with the transom and it is very noticeable on the fifth photo down from the top of page.

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    2. I'm afraid all I see is what looks like a big dent, but maybe that's it? Is it a sort of concave curving of the hull sides? Sorry to be so dim, but I really haven't heard of this before...well, not that surprising, I suppose.

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    3. OK Val :-) Just to make things easier for you and anyone else who knows not how hulls differ.
      I have added another photo at bottom of blog :-) xxxx

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  10. Thanks so much for the photo, Mel! That makes it all beautifully clear :) Wonderful!

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    1. Val, you are very welcome however, there are other hull designs which are very different too, such as the warped plane and monohedron hulls used by planing craft.

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  11. Kathleen is a very pretty boat, practical and I didn't know that about the hull shape, so have leant something today xxx

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    1. Ah' your comment, it exemplifies the difference between users and designers :-)

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