A. All Fur Coat.....

We have joined the A-Z challenge during April and will be blogging through the alphabet every day but Sundays. A-Z: Our 30 day mission: to bring you a tasty boat life tidbit of the day, washed down with a shot of snarky slang. Boat.Life.Larks

A is for All Fur Coat and No Knickers. This is a very funny way of saying all show and no substance.

Hastings has a heavy thick fur coat! And there's NOTHING underneath but more Hastings!
When we first looked at our boat online, the photos showed lovely bedding, ace orchids, and happy hotties.

When we inspected the boat in person, we noticed that the owners had made a bizarre attempt at tarting up the engine rooms and rusty anchor with shoddily done spray paint. The lovely bedding hid moldy berth foam and the happy hotties had wilted and fled along with the orchids. Reality can be cold water on dream like expectations. As Frances Burney (1778) would say "To diminish expectation is to increase enjoyment".

Now that our expectations were set on an even keel, we accepted the boat. Now she's all kitted out with knickers, plumbing, and non-rusty anchors. No fur coat needed!

What experiences have you had with "All fur coat and no knickers"? Let me know in the comments!

Other A mentions

  • Adams Ale - water. Adam's Ale is a precious resource on a cruising boat!Agony Aunt - advice columnist. You'll be writing your favorite Agony Aunt when you find out your Tinder connection was All fur coat and no knickers!Argy-Bargy - forceful and cross (angry). When I found out that the toilets on our boat weren't plumbed, I marched into the broker's office, all argy-bargy.
  • Ace - wonderful, brilliant, spot-on. Mold free bedding? It's ace!
  • Aggro - aggravation. The feeling you feel while looking at the moldy bedding.
  • Ace - wonderful, brilliant, spot-on. Mold free bedding? It's ace!
  • Aggro - aggravation. The feeling you feel while looking at the moldy bedding.

Additional Vocab

  • Tart - dressed up.
  • Shoddily - badly done. Our brand new bottom paint was shoddily done; it peeled off within two weeks!
  • Knickers - underwear
  • Kitted out- completely set up; has all the gear necessary

Reference: Burney, F. (1778) Evelina, or A Young Lady's Entrance Into the World. Thomas Lowndes, UK

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  1. Hysterical! I can't believe they tried to disguise a rusty anchor with spray paint. The vocab at the end is great too.

    Awesome start to the challenge - looking forward to tomorrow!

    Cheers - Ellen | http://thecynicalsailor.blogspot.com/2016/04/a-is-for-anchor-nancy-drew-investigates.html

    1. Thanks Ellen!
      It's always fun wondering why Previous Owners did what they did!

  2. My mother teaches English and I am forwarding this to her :D This is really fun! I only know sailing terms as we used them in Hungary, which is a mix of Hungarian, Dutch, and German, most of the time. So I can sail in Hungarian but I can't sail in English... XD
    Cute pup!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary

    1. Thank you! Sailing terms are a whole language of their own!

  3. Loving your sassy take on the process! And I'm keeping a vocabulary list. ;)

    Jaye from Life Afloat (http://lifeafloatarchives.blogspot.com/)

  4. Sadly I think many second hand things are that way, but thankfully not all. I love the expression, hadn't heard it before.

    1. It can be dicey buying second hand. I love second hand books though- especially when the previous owner has written notes in the margin!

  5. Fascinating and just crazy how they tried to trick the buyer! I went to buy a sofa once that had been tarted up with a slipcover (well concealed cover - couldn't tell in photo!). When I went to purchase it, they'd removed the cover and the sofa was horribly stained. Needless to say, I did not buy the sofa!
    Have a great weekend!

    My A2Zs @ As the Fates Would Have It & Promptly Written
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    1. Too funny! And why would they think you wouldn't notice! Naught so queer as folks- as my mother would say in her best fake Scottish accent!


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