Glasson Dock Yacht Rock
I’ve never posted a link to this stuff before, mostly because although this website is almost 20 years old, I’ve always been slow on the uptake, even as I’ve been ahead of the curve. (Eh? – Ed)
What I’ve done here is listen to various old Mood Index recordings, made over the 20 years since we released our album ‘Lino, Women, and Song.’
Then I’ve collected some onto my Soundcloud account, and done a playlist, which I’ve called, as you might guess, ‘Glasson Dock Yacht Rock.’, and which you can listen to here.
The working title for the album was ‘You Can Live Forever In Paradise on Earth’ and it would have sounded very very much like this. 6 of the tracks (Anarchists in Love, Goodbye Stupid, Coast to Coast, Indian Summer Blue, A Month of Sundays, Hard Times) are ‘finished’ – the others probably only lack a spit and polish and a final mix.
All the songs are by Peter French and Ian Marchant, and are played by the Mood Index Continuing.
I love you.
There was not enough about yachts in this post. Allow me to help. The little yacht tied up two abreast in the sea lock in the middle of your picture there is a Westerly 22 – the first yacht designed by the company and a perfect beginner family cruiser. Despite its tiny size (22ft, obviously), it has 4 berths, a broad beam for stability, a high enough cabin to stand in, and the low-maintenance fibre-glass hull is about twice as thick as it really needs to be (a common issue in early fibre-glass yachts), meaning that it would be very difficult to put a hole in it. Ideal for coastal cruising, some have even been raced across the Atlantic. It has a bilge-keel, meaning that it can ‘dry out’ on the sands without falling over, unless like the ketch stranded in the Lune 5 minutes away, it gets shifted into a gap between sandbanks in a storm! The example in your photo has backstays, meaning that it has probably been converted from its original gunter rig to a bermuda, which slightly lowers its charm, for me.