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Old 28 March 2016, 15:14   #1
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A Sad Seago day

Being an adventurer is in your state of mind which is not bound by .. age .. performance .. or your place in the pack.

No words can be more true .. about my dear departed friend ..”The Seago Slat Floor”

I cant be certain on the age of the Seago.. my father bought her many years ago for a tender to access his yacht. The yacht and my father have long gone. My father left it to me in his will. My brothers agree with me .. it must be around 16 years ago ..when he bought it.

It was the cheapest of SIBs back in those days. Like many today.. cynics cried “ Cheap Chinese junk .. wont last a year .. so dont touch it with a barge pole” its pecking order in the SIB pack is the lowest of the low.

Its performance is poor..and I agree to some extent.. I could never get it on the plane..but slat floors are not designed to plane.. so perhaps I’m being unfair complaining about top speed.

She came into my possession nine years ago ..and I am ashamed to say ..I was hard on her. I dragged her sorry ass up and down a hundred barnacle covered beached. I seldom washed her..and she certainly had no UV polish protectant from me. My father was as bad.. she was left outside in the elements .. year on end ..turned upside down.. no cover .. and yet she never complained. She faithfully carried us safely across all the waters we asked.

A keen photographer.. she took me to places few others of her size saw .

My own sense of adventure ..pushed her to the limits and I had a few open sea crossings ... example on the Sound of Jura ..where many larger SIBs fear to go.

She carried me through the mighty Dorus Mor tide race into Loch Craignish. The 2.5hp engine had to go with the flow as two opposing eddy lines rubbed at her sides.. creating swirling vortex ..that drew air down several feet .. yet still the Seago kept me safe.

She floated me .. as if in a dream..around the Fairy Islands of Loch Sween

And bounced me round the Summer Isles on a fresh spring day

She has been in almost every sea loch between the dark peat coloured waters of Loch Laxford in the far north .. to the blue seas of the Solway firth in the south

And that is only touching on a few of the many adventures we had together.

Sadly..her last ever adventure was a week ago .. at Arisaig ..surrounded by the kayaks that we so often shared days with.

She didn't know it.. but I decide to retire her during that trip... old age was getting the better of her. Half way across a three mile stretch of open water.. I heard her gasp for breath.. as her starboard tube began to deflate.

It wasn’t glue failure ..chinese glue lasts forever. It was one of her many old barnacle scars .. just gave with no warning. Sadly.. I knew was time to say goodbye...yet she still got me home safely. I gave her tube the kiss of life with the hand we slid silently across the Sound of Arisaig.

Today.. I confess ..I felt like a cold blooded traitor I slashed her aging skin with a Stanley knife. I wanted to save parts of her for other projects. Pull as I might.. and with all my might.. her cheap Chinese glue would not give up on her vital organs. I had to cut them out. Her transom seal was as sound and as solid as the day she was glued..sixteen years ago

Sadly..its not a fitting end to such a fine friend...

Who taught me the valuable lesson that .. Those who say cheap Chinese SIBs are a waste of money .. know little about true adventures...but then could they..they never knew the Seago Slat Floor

R.I.P Seago old friend

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Old 28 March 2016, 15:26   #2
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Originally Posted by The Gurnard View Post
I cant be certain on the age of the Seago.. my father bought her many years ago for a tender to access his yacht.
Getting some of the larger animals out to it must have been tricky - I'm thinking of the giraffes and elephants, etc....

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Old 28 March 2016, 16:00   #3
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A fitting epitaph Gurnard.

Bit like the Royal Navy retiring a Type-22 frigate.
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Old 28 March 2016, 16:35   #4
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Almost reached for the tissues reading that .....
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Old 28 March 2016, 17:21   #5
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I saw this the other day...

“You lose 100% of the chances you don’t take.”

Farewell Sir SeaGo sounds like you had much more than 100% n
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Old 28 March 2016, 17:32   #6
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Rather than a sad day more a celebration of adventuers past (or is it passed?).

But what do I see... rubber rowlocks... and you must have the wooden oars... a DIY rowing upgrade could be on the cards??
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Old 28 March 2016, 23:55   #7
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Aye a good burial, that China girl showed ya true love. I'm heading for the Glenlivit to have a wee toast.

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Old 29 March 2016, 02:46   #8
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seago & go & go enjoy the next 16 years gurnard.

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Old 29 March 2016, 10:02   #9
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Could be ......
I've been accused of being a sentimentalist in my time, but I think that I have just been surpassed. Bless you, sir, I hope the replacement stirs your soul as much as its dear departed forebear

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Old 29 March 2016, 16:56   #10
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I really enjoyed you most excellent photos, great write up now go buy yourself a new Seago 😁

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