31 Dec 2010


I am not into boats so it is surprising that one of my best days in 2010 -- out of many great days -- was with friends on their beautiful wooden boat on Lago di Trasimeno which forms part of the border between Tuscany and Umbria in Italy .
The boat was built in Leeds,UK,by Marine Classics and although it was ordered with a 260hp V8 Mercruiser the lake was declared a conservation area and maximum power restricted to 40hp before construction started. So a quick redesign turned it into a semi displacement hull powered by a 40hp Lombardini diesel !
None of this mattered on a scorching hot day as we crossed the mirror smooth lake for a great lunch at a waterside restaurant on a small island .I could have been in a vintage Riva powered by a V8 .It doesn't get much better than that.
Thanks John and Jackie .

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