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by Brian 42
Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: O'Day (Gmach) Wildfire Dinghy
Replies: 2
Views: 2850

Re: O'Day (Gmach) Wildfire Dinghy

Hi Chuck, We have a Wildfire and I think I was chatting to the previous owner of your boat a year or two ago when he was refitting it - you are in the US right? Happy to help with rig plans etc and any other info you might need. Probably easiest if you email me directly on briandotwhitmeyatkenttmsdo...
by Brian 42
Fri Nov 29, 2013 12:38 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Good Quality Snipe for Sale in Kent
Replies: 0
Views: 1392

Good Quality Snipe for Sale in Kent

Hi, A club member passed away recently and I have been asked to help sell his Snipe dinghy. I haven't looked at it recently myself just yet, but I understand that it is probably still in the excellent condition it was in the last time I saw it. The owner was something of a perfectionist, so this is ...
by Brian 42
Sat Aug 17, 2013 6:55 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: £150.00 Composite Hornet For Sale
Replies: 5
Views: 2466

£150.00 Composite Hornet For Sale

My daughter's Hornet, Sail No 1964. I believe it is an early composite Goodwin, with raised crew deck. The Good Bits: *Fibreglass hull that is essentially sound and less damaged than you would expect as the boat spent most of the last twenty years upside down under a car port. *Good mast boom and ri...
by Brian 42
Mon Oct 22, 2012 2:42 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Moth sailing tips needed
Replies: 2
Views: 2067

Re: Moth sailing tips needed

I sailed a Ghoul for a while .. a couple of things I learned the wet way which might help. 1. Launch on its side - pull it up, run to t'other side, run back, repeat until it all settles down. 2. Getting going - they seem to hate bearing away, but I discovered if you sit with the windward wing just i...
by Brian 42
Mon Oct 22, 2012 2:22 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Wildfire dinghy 133
Replies: 2
Views: 2187

Re: Wildfire dinghy 133

Hi, Good to hear from you and well done for choosing one of the most under-rated boats around. I sail W84 and there is at least one other user of this forum with recent Wildfire experience .. To answer your questions: 1. Lead: Use shotgun pellets in bags sewn up from old sails. 1 bag should be aroun...
by Brian 42
Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:22 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Wildfire Dinghy
Replies: 28
Views: 8604

Re: Wildfire Dinghy

Ah the pleasures of owning old boats that have had decades of owners trying out their ideas on them. I can't better the parasol suggestion for the post thingy .... I notice the bailer is off centre as well - ours is bang in the middle. Perhaps someone fitted some kind of centre mainsheet hoop?? The ...
by Brian 42
Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:21 am
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: wildfire for sale northumberland
Replies: 2
Views: 1072

Re: wildfire for sale northumberland

Hi, I'm collecting contact details of Wildfire owners. Please feel free to pass my email address on to whoever buys the boat. There's a small bunch of us now, happy to swap ideas etc and it might be helpful to the new owner. Brian@KentTMS.co.uk Good luck finding a buyer. (Do you kknow what sail numb...
by Brian 42
Sat Feb 26, 2011 11:20 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: WILDFIRE DINGHY s/n 15
Replies: 4
Views: 3163

Re: WILDFIRE DINGHY s/n 15

Hi, Good to hear from another wildfire sailor (or perhaps more accurate to say Wildfire repairer at the moment ;) ) My father owns 84 (the boat JB9 was talking about in the previous post) and as the IT literate one in the family I've been compiling a list of owners. who knows, maybe a website will b...
by Brian 42
Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:10 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Getting a decent paint finish?
Replies: 39
Views: 10698

Re: Getting a decent paint finish?

As one with little time to spend and definitely subscribing to the theory that time on the water is better than in the garage ... my technique for a quick and passable finish on the Nat 12 after the fairing and machining everyone has mentioned: Use the bog standard cheap and cheerful (well - not the...
by Brian 42
Fri Jan 23, 2009 7:29 am
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Wildfires
Replies: 5
Views: 3542

Re: Wildfires

Thanks for this guys. Interesting stuff. I'm not trying to re-establish the class or anything - just interested in getting current owners together. Yes you can vary the amount of ballast you take out - although I feel that for racing this just wouldn't be gentlemanly. The system is ultra low-tech; t...
by Brian 42
Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:37 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Wildfires
Replies: 5
Views: 3542

Wildfires

Hello everyone - My first post to this forum. I'm member of Bough Beech SC down in sunny Kent, and I believe we may well be seeing some of you later this year. Currently I sail a B14 (not quite a classic yet - give it a couple more decades!) and a National 12 (31 years old this month - so definitely...