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John Boyle is one of the best-trav­elled boat own­ers i know. You may re­mem­ber the se­ries he wrote for us last year about cruis­ing his Princess v39 from Mal­lorca to his home port of fal­mouth. Since then, he’s taken it along the south coast of the UK, crossed the chan­nel to Bel­gium and Hol­land, mo­tored through the Kiel canal into the Baltic and car­ried on north up the nor­we­gian coast un­til he reached the Lo­foten is­lands (we’ll pub­lish the full story next year).

for some­one who’s cruised from the Med to the arc­tic cir­cle and most of the way back again, you’d think he’d be as fa­mil­iar with the haunts and har­bours of his na­tive corn­wall as he is with the view through Ce­ci­enne’s wind­screen. How­ever, like many of us, he’s al­ways taken his home wa­ters for granted, zip­ping from ma­rina to ma­rina with­out stop­ping to ex­plore the many creeks, rivers and bays that used to make corn­wall’s coast­line such a haven for smug­glers and fish­er­men alike.

This sum­mer he de­cided to put that right by grad­u­ally mak­ing his way west from Ply­mouth to Lands end, tak­ing in ev­ery nook and cranny that had enough wa­ter to keep a 40ft sportscruiser afloat – and a few that didn’t! His re­sult­ing two-part guide to Secret corn­wall, the first of which starts on p54, is a fas­ci­nat­ing read (and an even bet­ter video). The pho­to­graphs alone make me want to pack my bags and head west be­fore ev­ery­body else dis­cov­ers th­ese hid­den gems.

But per­haps there’s a wider les­son for us all to learn be­fore be­ing lured by the greener grass and bluer wa­ter over the hori­zon. Maybe we all need to slow down and take the time to re­ally ex­plore our lo­cal area. i’ve been boat­ing in and around Poole for the last 40 years but i know per­fectly well there are many cor­ners of this vast nat­u­ral har­bour that i’ve yet to visit. i’ve al­ways dis­missed them as be­ing too shal­low for my boat but at the right state of tide i’m sure they’re nav­i­ga­ble. i’ll let you know for cer­tain next sum­mer!

“Be­fore be­ing tempted by bluer wa­ter over the hori­zon, maybe we all need to take the time to re­ally ex­plore our lo­cal area”

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