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Our Ten Favourite Benches, No. 7

Even on an evil day, a seat on a boat is a joy.

FERRIES AND OTHER MOVING BENCHES
(below) Helford River and (above) Dartmouth

There’s something about the bobbing up and down as you scuttle along on the water that brings the bench to life. Here’s our crash-course in boat-benches.

1. Water taxis are open-air baths. Sit at the back, face the way you’re going and bear the full brunt of the spray. It’s great.
2. Beware the bloody bench. A day out sitting in a boat feathering for mackerel off Seaton or elsewhere makes you glad to be alive. Just wear old kit. The gizzards and guts make a right old mess.
3. Most rivers down here are tidal. Ferrymen can knock off early if the ebb and flow conspires against them. Get a tide timetable (www.quicktide.co.uk).

 

Map: Chart 2400.4: River Dart (Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson Ltd – ISBN 0852886438).
Pub: Tapas at Browns Hotel, Victoria Road, Dartmouth.
Tip: Take the Dartmouth ferry to Kingswear and sample its starboard and portside curved
benches. For cruises, trips and charters in and around Dartmouth, jump on-line and moor up
at www.riverlink.co.uk.

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