Manowar, born to live for evermore!

Jimmy took his hand-built Clyde Puffer, the Wee Spark, down to the tall ships race at Greenock a couple of weeks back. Four canal boats went with the notion of wandering around the harbour shooting the breeze and sharing a dram with the folks from around the world, but as expected the harbour master did everything but send a U-Boat out to stop them getting near the big boats. However, the crews of the Tall Ships were crawling along their bowsprits with cameras to get a shot of the famous Wee Spark, so honour was saved. Until it temporarily beached on a sandbank the next day, but hey, that’s what puffers were designed to do, that was the only way to get a cargo shifted on an island with no harbour, beach your vessel and load and unload when the tide goes out. Simpler times.

I should be looking at the pipes, but stuff around the pipes is distracting me. Always look sideways, that’s where the interesting stuff is.

I have discoverd, it’s like local ebay where you don’t mail stuff, it’s all cash and haggling and visiting other peoples houses.
I got a Flying V for cheap on there, it’s a cheapo 2002 “faded” model, basically it’s Gibson cutting corners to shift product, plus this one had a broken headstock, a rubbish bridge pickup installed and various other niggles. But, it came with an original late 70s/early 80s case. Ah the joy of a challenge.
I stripped the hideous red finish off, which was like they’d melted red candlewax all over the guitar and repaired the break with clamps, a very small drill and a syringe full of Titebond. It’s difficult to get a syringe with needles you know, turns out modellers have their own kind from Deluxe Materials which is nice, not sharp either, the needles are flat-ended which suits this application very well, doesn’t stick into the wood too easily.
I’m doing the nitrocellulose respray when I get the chance, a coat here and there, couldn’t resist a mock-up with the parts to see how it was looking though. I always thought folk who use tools all day and then use them again for recreation were daft, but you know what, it really is quite relaxing. No customer to spoil the fun maybe?

12 thoughts on “Manowar, born to live for evermore!”

  1. Sound! I just got a cracking piano on Gumtree for nought (well £60 to get it moved). Folks were moving the following week and needed shot of it in a hurry, and were grateful to me for taking it! Dealing with real nice people in person gave me a strange kind of warm feeling inside again. I’m now looking out for a decent used road bike on gumtree.
    I’ve just about had it with ebay – currently trying to sort out a case of a TNF jacket I sold for which the buyer deducted the UK postage from the invoice when he paid and seems to think I will post to Ireland entirely at my cost.

  2. Yup, eBay’s lost it’s magic – if it ever had any!

    Manowar, Apollo, mid 80’s, furry nappies for goal posts…

  3. Gumtree is a real danger because you can actually go and see the stuff, and that means more chance of buying. Not that that’s a bad thing because I’m sure you needed another V!

    Used e-bay twice. Once to buy a lifesize Bagpuss and quite recently to buy a mint Golite Jam 2 for next to nothing. It’s the older one and weighs less than the air inside it. Feels comfy enough when it’s packed right but haven’t tried it over any distance.

    Sorry to highjack the thread but what kind of maximum load are we looking at for this thing?

  4. Del, this is the danger with the way ebay operates now, sellers are just wide open to getting screwed. I haven’t sold anything on there for ages.
    The try before you buy thing that Gumtree has is brilliant, I’m tempted to list stuff. I wonder what…

    Milly’s Dad, go straight to the top of the class for getting the reference!
    You must have been one of the other forty or so folk at that gig? Neve saw the Apollo so empty I can even remember the support band, Tobruk with their matching guitars.
    Ah memories.

    Gypsymac, I’ve never had more than 10kg in a Jam. The harness is great, but heavier weights seemed to deform the soft main body so careful packing with overnight kit makes a difference. I suppose a properly big and fat load will help the pack keep its shape right enough.
    Brilliant fabric, nice and simple design and that top closure is fine, rain doesn’t get in.

    Hijacking keeps thing multidimensional.

  5. Thanks Pete.

    I wouldn’t want more than 10kg anyway. Part of the reason I bought it actually was to try and enforce a limit on myself. I know numbers aren’t everything but it’s good to have certain targets to work towards.

    Call me stupid (go on) but I’m not getting that last line. It’s a cracking sentence though. Perhaps you mean that if I hijack other walkers throughout the day (for food and such) I needn’t carry as much myself?

    So all I really need is a mask and pistol.

  6. A Buff and a trekking pole should do it.

    I remember weighing a summer camping pack a few years back and it was 13kg which I though was grea, none of this base-weight nonsense either, always include everything, waterproofs, water, food, camera etc, then you know what you’re atually sling onto your shoulders, and it keeps you out of the lightweight obsessive’s pissing contest…
    The last time I weighed a pack was my winter overnight one a couple of years back, again full, completely ready for the trail with crampons, axe etc and it was 9kg. I’ll do my summer one on the next trip, now you’ve got me thinking about this stuff I wonder what it comes in at?

  7. Weighed my overnight bag for last weekend, never done that before and it was 6.5kg without water which I intended getting as I went along. It was the lakes after all!
    Wasn’t trying to get it that light, so I was quite pleased. OMM Villian, Jetboil, two headtorches, big swiss army knife, down jacket etc. I could have gone a lot lower easily.
    Doing two nights this weekend near Poole and Swanage and have actually got everything I need into my OMM Adventure Lite 20l sack, so happy about that but not weighed it yet. I can see the weighing being addictive if not careful. Only need ice cream money in my pockets for a coastal walk!

  8. Oh aye, if I need or want anything then it’s going in. If the Jam can’t handle it then I’ll use another pack.

    I’ve never really considered weights before I got old and lost a bit of fitness, so right now I’m just playing around with the concept and using it as a motivational tool to get me out more. If I can find out just how light I can get away with then I can adjust around it. It’s all good clean fun.

    Had a laugh last night when flicking through a bundle of mags I got given. There was a Trail with your Vorlich Howff trip. My favourite line was in Day 2 where you say “after a good night’s sleep…” You should have included a link to the youtube clip.

    Talking of mats (sorry mate, bad segue) I fancy the Peak Elite AC for 3 season. Tried a Neoair in a shop and just plain didn’t like it but the Pacific sort of looks right to me. I’d like to fold it flat down the back of the sack to create a bit more space and wondered if there’s any chance of damage this way. Would it be ok with repeated foldings rather than rolling. Or I am being an arse?

  9. Why thank you! I was there, the place was empty and as I recall the audience-to-stage banter was unpublishable on a public forum. Still a good night though.

  10. Ah, pack weights :))

    A breathe of fresh air on the subject hit my doormat yesterday in the shape of Chris Townsend’s Backpacking column in the September edition TGO… it seemed long overdue to hear such a balanced and reasoned take on it from a publication that had gone a bit evangelically overboard at times, but pretty much every word chimed with me.

    Worth a glance if you get chance, I doubt you’ll find much to disagree with :))

  11. Chewy, it’s all about what you need and I think by default that means you end up with a light pack.
    I think lightweight should be renamed sensible weight.

    Gypsymac, I think that line shouild been in italics, the irony was lost in print :o)
    Both those mats are good, both warmer than you might expect too. Repeatedly packing gear the same way in theory will eventually start to make creases in fabric etc, but as long as you store it at home in a loose fashion the time it spends on the trail crammed into a tight shape should be okay. I always stuff tents rather than fold or roll them, but mats I always roll or fold to fit them into my pack neatly.
    By the way, I put a hole in my Pacific mat second time out and repaired it with a Park Tools bicycle tyre patch and it’s solid.

    Milly’s Dad, I remember the banter, I rememeber some hard and angry playing towards the end of the set that kinda won me over too. I have Sign of the Hammer on right now :o)

    I’ll have a look Matt. Talking to Chris he’s never seemed a lightweight obsessive, he’s just a backpacker I think and likes the simple option. I can’t fault that at all.

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