I have been overwhelmed by all your comments on my last post. Who would have thought that a post entitled "The collywobbles" would have got 29 comments (and counting)? It must be a record for me. Thank you all who took the trouble to add your views. And I think the "tradders" might have won the day.
Negotiations on a boat we looked at are continuing, and I won't be betraying any confidences if I say that it has, indeed, a traditional stern.
If it comes off ... well, I'd better not get ahead of myself. But watch this space!
The photo shows two trad sterns: modern-looking motor Truro with butty Ditton above Claydon Top Lock on the Oxford Canal in October 2011