Being a bilge rat is a filthy job, but someone has to do it, and besides, you never know what treasures you may find...

‘Cleaning the bilges would, I thought, take me a day. It’s taken a week and it’s still not over…’

Every month we publish a new Dick Durham podcast where he looks back at the episodes that stand out in vast cruising experience.

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