“Nobody has actually ever asked a brick if it lives, well, not unless they have psychiatric problems. As to boats, do they have a spirit? Yes, they do.”
Sea Legs is a story of journeys – across decades, oceans and the human capacity for going forward. With the narrative skills of the natural born navigator and a quirky honesty that is uniquely his own, the author Simon Bliss draws us into his own story of trials and triumphs on land and sea. Like any good mariner’s yarn, the truth in it is what makes it all the more fantastic. This book has two narrators, as Simon gives voice to Rivalé as she comes into being in Holland in 1946. Simon then picks up the mantle in Whangarei, New Zealand. The two meet in the UK and start their journey together from Queenborough to Whangarei.
This is not only a story about a man and his boat; it is a boat’s story.
Illustrations within the book are from the original drawings of Elaine Bliss.