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    Posted: 19 Mar 10 at 7:00pm
I am a bit of an Arthur Ransome nut. If you are too then please read on, or mention this to someone who is...

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A replica of 'Swallow' was built for the 1974 film of Swallows and Amazons and, after decades in a boatshed, is now for auction.

I am coordinating a group of Ransome fans who want to purchase this vintage clinker/gaff dinghy, and keep her sailing for as many people as possible to enjoy.

If you want a chance to sail this particular boat, please let me know if you feel able to make a donation to the kitty. email is:
grabachance@merlinrocket.co.uk

Please pass the message on. Thanks.

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Isn't this a boat advert?

I have a unique boat available, its called a Laser?!!!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Webmuppet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Mar 10 at 8:41pm
Originally posted by radixon

Isn't this a boat advert?

I have a unique boat available, its called a Laser?!!!


I didn't consider it to be a boat advert.......more like a nice bit of news about piece of nostalgia that deserves to be preserved. I would like to know who would end up as the boats custodian and where would it be located ?

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I can't really help advertising the auction if I need promotion for the syndicate!

It would be joint custody. Hopefully the boat would travel the UK being sailed by anyone willing to contribute.

Things are rather speculative at present. When we come to the point of asking for real money, we'll work out the full details. Please do ask any questions though.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Pierre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Mar 10 at 10:22am
Excellent idea. Well done MM for pointing this out.

Watch out for those CVRDA types though... they lurk everywhere.. Rogerd, Rupert etc etc.......

You should tweet it.
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Mr Mags is a member of the cvrda forum, too...

I think we are all too poor to help, though!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote G.R.F. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Mar 10 at 8:40pm
Originally posted by MerlinMags

Hopefully the boat would travel the UK



Then it could finish the tour at Lancing at the tender ministrations of BNS.

That would be a fitting end.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote MerlinMags Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Mar 10 at 11:08pm
Thanks for that GRF....
Anyway, the news:

Here's the inevitable campaign website:
http://sites.google.com/site/swallowbid/

We've got celebrity support, and donations from as far away as Australia have helped us reach nearly 40% of our target!

Still a long way to go though...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MerlinMags Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Mar 10 at 3:06pm
Another celebrity joins the ranks - John Sergeant!

Now we're up to 65% thanks to some very generous people who have emailed me in the last few days. Only 14 days to go.
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Email sent .  Fabulous idea btw.  I may be able to help out with a workshop (fairly large) near Oxford, if it would be helpful?
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