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by JohnK
Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:13 pm
Forum: Banter
Topic: Introductions
Replies: 101
Views: 60530

Re: Introductions

Hi, I’m John, a 65 year old PhD student (don’t ask). My father was principal of a small FE college in the north and ran boatbuilding classes on Saturdays, led by a local village joiner, wheelwright and undertaker… Over the years the classes built many canvas covered canoes, Mirrors, Herons, Enterpri...
by JohnK
Sat Oct 13, 2012 5:10 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: non slip any ideas please
Replies: 12
Views: 2686

Re: non slip any ideas please

I use Sex Wax on drumsticks, wouldn't let it anywhere near my boat - well maybe the tiller extension.
John
by JohnK
Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:05 pm
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: Main sail
Replies: 3
Views: 2542

Main sail

On most of the days this year when I've been in a position to go sailing it's been blowing dogs off their leads. So I'm looking for a sail (however manky), either much smaller than a Lark main, or which I can cut down, to suit my advanced years and to help keep my Lark living up to its name "This wa...
by JohnK
Sat May 19, 2012 3:28 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: enterprise date
Replies: 6
Views: 2607

Re: enterprise date

If it helps, 9104 was built in 1962 - it was called Elextoo (LXII).
John
by JohnK
Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:59 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Jotun Pioneer
Replies: 6
Views: 1794

Jotun Pioneer

Has anyone used this? I've an old Lark in primer, and haven't anywhere inside and warm to used 2 pack.
Ta
John
by JohnK
Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:44 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Early Lark for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 1080

Early Lark for sale

Baker Mk1 Lark 512, hull, launch trolley, mast, boom, lifting rudder, no sails; open to any offer.
by JohnK
Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:07 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Hint of Ronseal?
Replies: 5
Views: 1303

Re: Hint of Ronseal?

Looks rather like a N12 Squid design to me http://www.national12.org/class/Squid.htm.
by JohnK
Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:18 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Centreboards and Baker Lark rudder for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 1480

Centreboards and Baker Lark rudder for sale

I have mahogany centreboards from a China Doll N12, about 130cm overall, 117cm from bolt to tip, and another from a Northern Light Merlin, about 145cm overall and 125cm from bolt to tip, also a rudder, tiller and extension from a Baker Lark which are surplus to requirements. They're in East Yorkshir...
by JohnK
Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:32 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Pimp my Merlin!
Replies: 38
Views: 6089

Re: Pimp my Merlin!

At last - a Marcel Duchamp reference! One of my great heroes from art college, in large part because I went the wrong way round the Tate retrospective and came to the Bride from the dust side not the paint side.
John
by JohnK
Fri Nov 19, 2010 5:02 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Swordfish on e-bay
Replies: 23
Views: 3552

Re: Swordfish on e-bay

Oops, sloppy typing - should have read "my money wouldn't be on Swordfish" - good job I'm not a betting man!
by JohnK
Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:25 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Swordfish on e-bay
Replies: 23
Views: 3552

Re: Swordfish on e-bay

Not a betting man, but my money would be on Swordfish. All the Swordfish I've seen and sailed have no stern deck and the same brass traveller arrangement as a Firefly. I remember an early Albacore sailing at Hornsea in the early 60s with the same deck layout as this with the raised bridge traveller....
by JohnK
Mon Oct 19, 2009 8:01 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: scrapers
Replies: 31
Views: 9004

Re: scrapers

Old hacksaw blades are good - they bend to follow curves. And, at the risk of annoying the Health & Safety Executive, shards of glass from broken window panes are excellent. But only if you carry out a complete risk assessment first.

JohnK
by JohnK
Fri Oct 16, 2009 12:47 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Marauder, Minisail and ???
Replies: 49
Views: 12376

Re: Marauder, Minisail and ???

OK, I know this is about the Mirror14/Marauder, but I thought this 1967 article about the Mirror 16 from Design magazine might be of interest.

http://vads.ahds.ac.uk/diad/article.php ... e=d.223.29

John
by JohnK
Thu Aug 20, 2009 6:22 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Freshman? on e-bay
Replies: 1
Views: 818

Re: Freshman? on e-bay

Yes, that's a Freshman.

JohnKn