Marlin's Mission - A Talk by Dave Selby

We are delighted to be able to announce that Dave Selby will be giving a probably hilarious talk as an antidote to the London Boat Show which is being held at the same time. I think this will be more fun!

If you would like to come along please reserve your place by emailing Admission costs £5.00 or it is FREE if you buy a copy of the book (£9.99) or anything else worth £15.00 or over. The book can also be purchased in advance on this website - just bring your receipt for free admission.

Dave Selby is a passionate but useless sailor who's been fumbling around the east coast for years in Marlin, his 18-ft Sailfish, without dying once. In 2016 the PBO columnist set his horizons further afield, heading off on Marlin's Mission to sail 340 miles up the Thames to London and on to Southampton to exhibit his boat at The Southampton Boat Show. The aim was to demonstrate that cost is no barrier to getting afloat, that in this day and age sailing has never been more affordable. Another impetus of Marlin's Mission was to raise money for charity. In 2012 Dave was struck down by a rare viral condition called Guillain-Barre Syndrome. In Dave's case it means that the messages stop getting through to his legs every four weeks or so; then he spends three days in hospital where antibodies from the blood of 800 donors are pumped into him to restore his legs. So far Dave has raised over £9000 for the charity ( that funds research into this rare illness and provides support for those with it. Dave has also launched his first sailing book, The Impractical Boat Owner, a light-hearted commentary on “the yachting condition,” charting his meteoric rise from total novice to complete incompetent. “Everything I haven’t learned is in there,” says Dave proudly. Dave will be telling the tale of his adventures and signing copies of his book.
The Impractical Boat Owner is the new book by British writer Dave Selby, chronicling his meteoric rise from total novice to complete incompetent as he first took to the water in his 18ft tub and floundered around the east coast of the UK without dying once. Practical Boat Owner magazine columnist Dave describes The Impractical Boat Owner not only as “the ultimate how-not-to cut-out-and-throw-away guide to sailing,” but also the single most practical boat ever written about sailing, explaining: “There’s nothing practical in it whatsoever, which means you don’t have to spend months making stuff you can buy cheaper or go out and buy self-harming power tools.” It’s packed with no information whatsoever, particularly in the special “Lessons Not Learned” sections. It all adds up to an hilarious, wry, dry and wet expression of “the yachting condition” from the point of view of a budget boat sailor. “Everything I haven’t learned is in there,” says Dave proudly, but don’t take his word for it. “Didn’t understand a word of it – I’m off to the golf course,” gushed the editor of Golf Monthly. Others have been more favourable including Classic Boat magazine, who said: “Dave is the funniest commentator on sailing there is.” ( Priced at $14 and published by posh publishers Bloomsbury who also publish JK.Rowling - but she got a bigger advance, and her books don’t even have pictures in – The Impractical Boat Owner is the ideal Christmas gift for sailors, golfers, the person who has everything, people you don’t like and those who have nothing. Read it and you’ll have empathy for Dave’s dog. For more about Dave see and

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 18:45 to 20:00