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Birdy-Mc Plane-Boats, sea dog survivals and hand sewn boats in the savvy news

Hey savvy friends,

Question. Did you know you could hand-sew a boat? I’ll be honest I had no idea, so let’s kick off our savvy boat fun with this!

Oldest Hand-Sewn Mediterranean Boat Found in Croatia 

Perhaps I am alone here but I had no idea there was such a thing as a hand-sewn boat!

Apparently, a sewn boat is a type of wooden boat which is clinker built with its planks sewn, stitched, tied, or bound together with flexible wood. It’s thought this recent discovery dates back to the 12th and the end of the 10th century BC. Cool huh?

Take a look here.

Congrats to Our Monthly Refer-a-Friend iPad Winner!

Congratulations to Stéphane, our June refer-a-friend iPad winner.

Each month we reward people for referring friends to savvy navvy by entering them into a raffle to win a shiny new iPad.

Fancy your chances?

Hop into the savvy navvy app, tap the 3 grey lines on the top left of your screen and select “Tell a friend”. From there you can share a referral link with your friends and HURRAH, you’re entered!

Or a slightly easier approach - use this link!

Say Hello to the Birdy-Mc Plane-Boat…

Is it a wacky invention, a bird, a plane or a boat? Well, according to Norway’s Elfly Group, it’s an amphibious eclectic flying boat.

Elfly Group believe a quiet, sustainable seaplane could revolutionise connectivity in Norway, replacing long road trips with short flights. She is called NoEmi for ‘No Emissions’ and the prototype is expected to be completed in 2025.

I don’t know about you, but I’d love it if my boat could also fly. Now we just need the wheels as well and we have a hat-trick!

Get the details here. 

Australian Sailor and His Dog Survive Two Months at Sea

Sydney resident Tim Shaddock, 51, and his dog Bella left Mexico for French Polynesia in April, but their boat was damaged by a storm several weeks later. They were rescued by a trawler this week after drifting for two months in the Pacific Ocean.

Tim said he and Bella survived by eating raw fish and drinking rainwater. 

Read the full story.

Did Electric Boats Just Get More Affordable?

Electric boats have often received a bad reputation for being super pricey. So let us rejoice that seemingly more wallet-friendly versions are starting to enter the market. 

This article browses some interesting, and potentially affordable, electric boat options. But before we go getting too excited please bear in mind that lower-cost electric boats usually mean lower power and shorter ranges. 

Browse here.

How to Plan the Ultimate Family Boating Holiday 

Photo by Tony Denim

Sailing holidays can be full of fun, adventure and education for family members of all ages. But how you decide to go about your sailing holiday can be the difference between priceless memories and a stressful week or two you’d rather forget.

So, whether it’s a flotilla holiday, bareboat freedom or a skippered cruise with tried and tested itineraries, it’s important to pick the perfect set-up for you and your family.

Let’s explore the options.

Until next time…

Thanks for tuning in to this week's savvy news. I hope our boaty boat fun is keeping you entertained during the week and inspiring your weekends.

Fair winds,

Hannah and the savvy navvy crew

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