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Bling


21 May 2019 | Last update: 23 Dec 2020

You can never have too much bling on an old boat.

This is my Taylor diesel heater. Nice and simple, and runs on fuel I already carry - it's nice not to need to carry yet another liquid for heating.

But - I don't actually rate the Taylor heater. It came with the boat, so I didn't buy it, but they are stupendously expensive for what they are - some sheet brass and a very simple burner.

Also, brass is pretty, but it has no place on a boat, in my humble opinion. The saltwater turns it a dirty, uneven greeny colour in no time. Unlike bronze, which is a structural metal (almost as strong as steel), and which turns an attractive green, brass is just there to be decorative, and as soon as the salt gets to work - it isn't.

If I was equiping the boat from scratch, I'd have a stainless steel diesel heater. Just as much bling, much tougher construction, and cheaper.

Now, Taylor toilets are a whole other thing. Bombproof and wonderful. But even so, not worth the £10,000 price tag. I'll write a blog about my Taylor toilet one day. A bog blog...

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Dave and his boat are lovely. The boat is a beautiful piece of history and allows you to spend private time on the water with friends. I've been on many boats around the world (private and groups) and had an exceptional time on Dave's. If you're looking for a day of boating in Barcelona, this is the trip for you. I didn't do this myself, but I could see this being a phenomenal option for couples who want some private time on the sea.
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When we travel, our family (with a 12 and a 14 year old) prefer to "do" rather than just "see". Sagrada Familia is striking BUT three hours on a lovely sloop with the ocean breeze keeping us cool is so much more exhilerating than pounding the hot pavement in the city! We knew we wanted to sail while in Barcelona, but we also don't spend frivolously so we were looking for good value for money. We definitely found that with Classic Sail and were fortunate that Dave had a slot open with only one day's notiice.
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