THE VIEW FROM THE DARTMOUTH OFFICE

Every picture on this website, with no exception, is taken from one place - our Dartmouth office garden

For those of you that don’t already know..........every single snap on this website is taken from one place -

our garden in Above Town, Dartmouth, Devon, England


Sunday 25th July 2021 - 11.50pm

Dartmouth is swamped with holidaymakers and the river is consequently busy.

Some fine examples of good and bad behaviour below.

A word of warning for jet skiers. Some of your fellow users aren't the smartest.


Loads more pix inside. Click any pic.

Also lots more pix in June's album here. And hundreds more photos in the May album here.

Have a delve through the 2020 monthly albums. See them here

You can also take a look at The Pick of TVFTDO.

12 July 2021 - 22:35:49

A huge mast atop a rather sizable yacht. 45 metres long, the craft is called Path.  It has just completed sea trials and its owner, an experienced sailor, is preparing for a round-the-world trip. They'll be able to take eight guests to join the seven crew. The owners suite has a lounge complete with a glass wall that can show movies, TV or sailing info.

12 July 2021 - 23:09:47

If you're Googling, take note, there is another yacht called Path, which was built in 2011. It's 'only' 35 metres long and is now for sale at 8.5 million Euros.

So this brand new 45metre jobby will have been a tad more expensive than that.

10 July 2021 - 18:25:33

Oh that lovely chap Windo the seal (of course this is Windo) has been taking his rest breaks down on the visitors jetty close to the Lower Ferry slip.

His keep fit routine, seen here, wasn't exactly shifting the pounds.

10 July 2021 - 19:04:42

In fact Windo preferred a good old chin wag with his neighbour.

23 July 2021 - 15:25:50

Proof that there is always a bit of harmless fun to be had afloat. This is Kris, Dewi and Luc from the valleys trying a bit of inspirational singing. They could be heard quite clearly from up here in Above Town. Although it was all a mystery of what it was all about until I happened upon them later in the town. Using a small karaoke machine the welsh harmonies spread far. Kris's voice was exceptional. Their name for it?  Boatioke (as in boaty oki).

15 July 2021 - 15:06:22

In contrast this is definitely not harmless fun. Two jet skiers decided to prove their illiteracy to all with a race out of the river from the Lower Ferry.

By far the fastest thing I have seen on the river (yes, faster than the lifeboat on a shout) they simply 'went for it'. Except, at that speed, in a river that does have swimmers, it would have been an idea to keep an eye on the road at all times. Not look round to see how well you are beating your mate.

If I posted this on Facebook all those that know better than anyone else ie, all too many Facebookers, would have names for these two.

In this one case, they would probably be right.

15 July 2021 - 15:06:14

Astonishing speeds. And equally astonishing stupidity.  

There are loads more pix of the antics of these two inside. Just click the pick and head for the fifteenth.

13 July 2021 - 18:42:43

Proper use of the river. Three volunteers from Dart RNLI lifeboat crew practise their capsize drill. As in how to right a capsized craft. It was clearly no where near as easy as you might think. But practise made perfect in the end.

23 July 2021 - 14:25:45

Found wandering across our lawn. It’s a beetle, probably a May or June Bug. Its total length is about two centimetres. That ‘mouth’ was about three millimetres wide. I say ‘was’ because an hour later it was half eaten by ants. Nature!

Does look a bit like Ringo though.


24 July 2021 - 19:54:49

No explanation required. Good old fashioned holiday fun on the Kingswear shore

23 July 2021 - 10:20:34

If that ramp is still there in January we might discover the next Eddie Edwards.

23 July 2021 - 08:26:58

Morning maintenance in Kingswear. Those Landies do need some tlc.

15 July 2021 - 10:22:22

Three wheels on this wagon. It’s a Sealegs amphibious craft, Bear Grylls is a proud owner of one. Saves on mooring and launch fees. Perhaps not quite so at home on the road.

25 July 2021 - 14:10:46

A beast of a powerboat. Seems to be called Top Gun (on the side) and Maverick (on top). Likely to be a Formula 382 class boat.  

Although with its fuel consumption it's probably not exactly quite so desirable nowadays.

UPDATE:  This is a Formula SR1 419 boat from 1991. A real classic American muscle boat, now with three 320hp diesel engines.

Great video about this exact boat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM1qK6gb2Gs    Thanks to Nick B for all the info.

22 July 2021 - 23:36:26

The light to the left is the new navigation triple aspect beam. Green as viewed from TVFTDO, red or white viewed from other angles.

The light to the right is a floodlight in the tree down towards the beautifully named Paradise Point.

The light in the sky is Venus. It's always Venus.

15 July 2021 - 23:24:27

As busy as Regatta. Five floating motor homes rafted up in river centre.

Left to right they are: Unknown, Fantasy, possibly Gran Turismo, Vita  of Guernsey and Ocean Therapy II.

If you can fill in the gap and / or confim let me know on: feedback@TVFTDO.com

15 July 2021 - 18:28:40

In daylight they look nowhere near as attractive.

Left to right they are: Unknown, Fantasy, possibly Gran Turismo, Vita  of Guernsey and Ocean Therapy II.

If you can fill in the gap and / or confim let me know on: feedback@TVFTDO.com

17 July 2021 - 13:40:34

A floating Surrey with a fringe on top. Oh, okay, so it's more a boat with a tent.

15 July 2021 - 10:31:21

And who's lurking within tent ?  Look hard, top left.

17 July 2021 - 22:19:02

Dartmouth's newest fishing boat, the Frank Henry unloads its first catch.

18 July 2021 - 08:31:04

Seems unfair. There can only be one winner. The Border Force cutter, HMC Seeker departs after an overnight stay.

Whilst a solitary rower tries not to attract attention.