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by Michael Brigg
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: One Design from Cornwall??
Replies: 3
Views: 538

Re: One Design from Cornwall??

Looks like many 14ft clinkers and is quite possibly a "One off" built to a National Restricted formula. These had 2 knees for the Middle thwart, a minimum keel depth of 1 inch and a mast tabernacle supported by the front thwart and were undecked. (Amongst other features.) (I have the formula somewhe...
by Michael Brigg
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Lucky Escape
Replies: 1
Views: 423

Lucky Escape

As I am unable to sail (convalescent thumb #) Torment has been living in the garden this past few weeks. Lucky escape today with combination of lots of breeze and too many leaves https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/68612113_1511000892375592_6829652197173624832_o.jpg?_nc_cat=108&_nc_oc=AQlx...
by Michael Brigg
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Collier 13 ft Sailing Dinghy
Replies: 2
Views: 200

Re: Collier 13 ft Sailing Dinghy

Laser/Rondar Firefly cross... a "Flasar?" :P Maybe even some Lark tucked away amongst its Uncles??
by Michael Brigg
Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Calling Firefly Experts
Replies: 11
Views: 4431

Re: Calling Firefly Experts

Regarding your centerplate etc... The Firefly was originally designed with a mild Steel 8mm plate (As you have noted.) There was some debate at the original Olympic event about how to minimise rust accumulating on the surface and how much it would affect speed. Nobody is in any doubt that these "Hea...
by Michael Brigg
Wed Jul 24, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Banter
Topic: Disposal
Replies: 4
Views: 1294

Re: Disposal

Sorry to burden you with my ongoing saga... I still have L***r "White Trailer-trash" now sitting in my garden and creating a certain amount of unmarital bliss! Like all guilty secrets however she can still serve a purpose. My latest plans to do the IC10m Nationals and Europeans in TormentK102 having...
by Michael Brigg
Wed May 29, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Banter
Topic: Disposal
Replies: 4
Views: 1294

Disposal

I have a "guilty secret" L***r sitting in a boat park and paying a worthless berthing fee, as I never use it and when I last looked at it, the deck finish has become "powdery" and there is a separation developing between the hull and the deck affecting most of the port side. (No doubt the consequenc...
by Michael Brigg
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Proctor C mast repair
Replies: 2
Views: 1004

Re: Proctor C mast repair

I would think that the length of the internal sleeve needs enough to spread the point loading of the mast over about 18 inches either side of the join. Think of boats that come with a 2 piece mast such as a L***r :twisted: I doubt the stresses on an Otter rig will much exceed the stresses seen on to...
by Michael Brigg
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Perchance to dream.
Replies: 1
Views: 623

Perchance to dream.

I would only be allowed this if I cleared out boat sheds, both garages and my study. :oops: To be fair it would probably give me more than enough challenges https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Flying-Dutchman-Sailing-Dinghy/192861113384?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160727114228...
by Michael Brigg
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Buss and Elston info please
Replies: 39
Views: 14806

Re: Buss and Elston info please

I think we would need to see an image or two. When you say a moulded hull of 12foot length.....made in similiar way to the Mozzie....and connections to Uffa Fox, you can really only be talking about a Uffa Fox designed Fairey 12ft Firefly. These were made in the 1940s and most would of been finishe...
by Michael Brigg
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Minisail No 10
Replies: 4
Views: 2417

Re: Minisail No 10

The boat is very sound, including the decks, but due to some discolouration in the varnish I will strip the deck back to bare wood. In the process I don't want to cause any discolouration of the mahogany ply which is really beautiful, so am trying to decide whether it is best to use a heat gun or p...
by Michael Brigg
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Graham Cockle auctions
Replies: 18
Views: 5196

Re: Graham Cockle auctions

Well, it has got me thinking about another Finn. SA 276 is no longer on the market, but I'll keep on hunting I know of a wooden Fairy Finn that is in need of some TLC here in Gosport. I can take a good look at it in the next day or so and let you have photos, find its number etc. (It also has the o...
by Michael Brigg
Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Mast carrying on vans
Replies: 20
Views: 4561

Re: Mast carrying on vans

I recently talked to the secretary at Eton Excelsior Rowing Club about the possibility of borrowing a rowing tailer and he was very keen to help. A small cotribution to club funds would have sealed the deal. At this time of year there aren't too many regattas althogh there are quite a few head races...
by Michael Brigg
Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Mast carrying on vans
Replies: 20
Views: 4561

Re: Mast carrying on vans

Do remember that in France the rules are much tighter on overhangs. Check (with AA or RAC for advice.) There is a strict limit on how much the load overhangs both the Axle (front and back) and the lighting board, A pain in the neck for rowing shells but most dinghies on a trailer (including the mast...
by Michael Brigg
Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Trolley tyres
Replies: 10
Views: 2263

Re: Trolley tyres

If you want thicker tougher tyres you are best advised to get "Lawn Tyres." (As used for sit on mowers or miniature garden tractors. These can be 16,18, or even 20 inch dimeter and can be quickly found on ebay for @£30 - 60 a pair. (If you are lucky you might even find some used ones at £10 -£20. ) ...
by Michael Brigg
Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Mast carrying on vans
Replies: 20
Views: 4561

Re: Mast carrying on vans

The rules on Racing Shells (eg Sculling boats) are here: (Scroll down to page 122... https://www.britishrowing.org/upload/files/Association/WaterSafety/TrailerDriving.pdf ...and apply equally to sailing masts. The key is to mark the ends with a flag at the back and I use a reflective cone (as found ...