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by Michael4
Wed Dec 25, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Robbins Ply Delivery cost
Replies: 3
Views: 179

Re: Robbins Ply Delivery cost

I buy Robbins stuff through my local boatbuilder who orders regularly from them. He makes a small mark up that is significantly less than the carriage I would have to pay.
by Michael4
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: 'Salty' ply
Replies: 4
Views: 366

Re: 'Salty' ply

Repeated sloshings with warm wet water followed by the greenhouse heater works. The decks dry off nicely and stay dry even when it is damp outside. There are areas around old nail holes that behave a bit like seaweed nailed over a back door but they are black and a bit soft so they will receive furt...
by Michael4
Sun Dec 08, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: 'Salty' ply
Replies: 4
Views: 366

Re: 'Salty' ply

Thanks for the replies. I too see salt water as 'good' and try to leave a couple of inches in the boat when 'on station'. It is clinker. For the winter I attempt to get the thing dry and de-salted before putting it in the garage. I guess what I want to do now is to get it dry enough to varnish. Alth...
by Michael4
Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: 'Salty' ply
Replies: 4
Views: 366

'Salty' ply

I've started to strip the ply side decks of my dinghy prior to re-varnishing. The varnish was starting to lift in places. In one area I stripped down to bare wood (heat gun) and the following day it had darkened and felt damp to touch. Upon further investigation, a good lick that is, it appears to b...
by Michael4
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: A Wotzit Fairey Marine 15 Ft converted into a fine oddity
Replies: 5
Views: 468

Re: A Wotzit Fairey Marine 15 Ft converted into a fine oddity

Also noye Batt sail and Chichester Harbour sticker in first pic (East Head behind?). I'd suggest this hasn't n
been in France that long.
by Michael4
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: A Wotzit Fairey Marine 15 Ft converted into a fine oddity
Replies: 5
Views: 468

Re: A Wotzit Fairey Marine 15 Ft converted into a fine oddity

WWSC on the transom. West Wittering SC where only locals can join. I am something of a Coventry Victor afficionado, that is a small post war one (based on removable cylinder heads). I'd love to see the Hotchkiss water jet, they made some great cars (and trucks) and I am currently rebuilding a waterj...
by Michael4
Sun Dec 01, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: A bit on the wild side
Replies: 5
Views: 1071

Re: A bit on the wild side

Once my back has improved I will send a search party into the attic in an attempt to capture said item.
by Michael4
Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Not an easy project...
Replies: 0
Views: 475

Not an easy project...

...nor a racing dinghy, but it needs saving, maybe. A chap in Worthing has had this in his front garden for many years. It is a 13ft Sussex Beach Boat built by Lowers of Newhaven in, I guess, the 40s or 50s. As such it is a rare survivor of a working clinker dinghy. It has a 'lute' stern, centreboar...
by Michael4
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: A bit on the wild side
Replies: 5
Views: 1071

Re: A bit on the wild side

Of interest maybe? That Shearwater kit looks fun. http://www.vmyg.org.uk/index.htm In the attic I have a lovely carvel built keelboat signed by E Bostock of Wallasey. It is around 3ft long and probably from the 30s/40s/50s?. I had thought to restore it but suspect it is best left. On one side the va...
by Michael4
Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Need help.
Replies: 1
Views: 940

Re: Need help.

Try Google.

This is the first thing I came to:

http://www.gunfleetsailingclub.co.uk/gs ... sea-ranger

One has attended CVRDA meetings this year.
by Michael4
Thu May 30, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Banter
Topic: Disposal
Replies: 4
Views: 3428

Re: Disposal

Reciprocating saw. I managed to get a Reliant Scimitar down to the tip in this way (well the body only).

If the unmentionable is full of foam it might get quite messy!

Quite fun though for those with a mean streak.
by Michael4
Sun May 26, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Pup? I thought a Pup was something Australian...
Replies: 0
Views: 1805

Pup? I thought a Pup was something Australian...

What's this then? A new one on me and looking at the sail number over 300? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Wooden-12-Foot-Pup-Sailing-Dinghy-incl-Mast-Sails-etc-Trailer/133062873762?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649 In my mind a Pup was a pre war una rigged Aussie dinghy....
by Michael4
Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Trolley tyres
Replies: 10
Views: 3492

Re: Trolley tyres

In the end they wouldn't fit because they would foul my launching bars (or whatever you would call the poles on either side of the trolley that I have made to make it easier to launch and retrieve with a strong cross tide). I am using ancient cracked trolley tyres pumped up to around 10 psi. Gives t...
by Michael4
Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: Smaller sails for a GP14
Replies: 8
Views: 2138

Re: Smaller sails for a GP14

Thanks for the help all, we think we have found an old GP14 main to put some reefing points into which may be the best option.