This is a simple and really beautifully illustrated story about a grandfather who takes his grandchildren sailing, but then falls ill, and after a long-ish time, dies. The boat is neglected until the day when the family's immediate grief has faded, and they start work to bring the small yacht back into a seaworthy state. The boat is made safe, smartened up, and the family take to the waves where they have another way to remember the old man. The story is simply told, and the illustrations are large and boat-wise anatomically correct. The boat herself is maybe a little old-fashioned, but is easily recognizable as the kind of craft found in small marinas, boatyards and floating on river moorings all around the British (and European) coast. It's a good way to introduce a child to the idea of losing a grandparent, but keeping the memories alive.