The origin of Messing About In Sailboats

  • The original quote is from Kenneth Grahame's Wind In the Willows: "There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."

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June 23, 2007



Hey all,

This list needs to add "Damn Fine Sailor" by Pirate Jenny.


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Sean Mc Grath

You may want to check out "Pirates" by Emerson lake & palmer


I am looking for a sailing song, that might have come out in the 80's and it includes something about an Island. It is similiar to Loggins and Messin's Vahevela. Any ideas on what it could be - it has steel drums and is great to dance to with male singer.

Robin Allen

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I've been looking a long time to find out the name of my favorite sailing song. I used to hear it all the time & missed hearing it.

CSN - Southern Cross


I am looking for a song back in the 80s, with the words, "swabing the deck and set the sails"

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That's a great list. I think it's a very nice detail from you to send the copy of the CD. It's such a pity I didn't get to have it, but anyway, I can still download it anywhere.


Too bad no one submitted Salty Dog by Procol Harum...awesome song, one of many by this great group.


you need to add the long version of Zac Brown Band "Free" with Van Morrison's Into the mystic, IT'S AWESOME!

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Too cool! I kinda got but any help will be great. Thanks a lot for a bunch of good sharing.

polly rose

I'd add Mutineer, written by Warren Zevo, performed by WZ and Bob Dylan; Single Handed Sailor, by Mark Knofpler.


Jack I'm a huge fan of the song Salty Dog. I'm some people like the same music as me.

Van the sailor man

How about "Sea Cruise" by Cliff Richard, among others, i think.

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This post is good beacuse it can help people who have not blogged yet. It was very informitive and i learned some stuff i did not know about.

Teresa OR

Here's a great one. Fisherman's Blues by the Waterboys.

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