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by Aquarius
Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Classic International 14 for sale, and advise please
Replies: 17
Views: 10913

Re: Classic International 14 for sale, and advise please

Well done for saving them from export to China. It looks as if ZEUS was refitted not so very long ago. As you may see from the "repairs" section I bought GALATEA, a sister of ZEUS, from Eyemouth, at the same auction and am currently tidying her up. Since GALATEA is sail number 478, built in 1946, sh...
by Aquarius
Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Advice on owning an Uffa Fox International Fourteen, please?
Replies: 60
Views: 43987

Re: Advice on owning an Uffa Fox International Fourteen, ple

And I am worrying about the garboard strake/hog area, not because I can see anything wrong there - I can't, at least, not yet - but just because I don't see any way of keeping the boat safe except to painstakingly dry the whole of the bilge with a sponge whenever one sails her, because there must b...
by Aquarius
Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: International 14 Storm Sails
Replies: 8
Views: 8633

Re: International 14 Storm Sails

I was thinking of doing this, as we already have a Firefly. The two boats already share the excellent Sovereign combi trailer... IIRC, according to Uffa, Firefly is 90 sq ft and the 14s of his day were 125 sq ft (plus unmeasured jib overlap!). The booms are almost the same length, doe to the Forefly...
by Aquarius
Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Advice on owning an Uffa Fox International Fourteen, please?
Replies: 60
Views: 43987

Re: Advice on owning an Uffa Fox International Fourteen, ple

Ribbed 14 horror story from a well known boatyard in Aldeburgh; a customer of theirs having a boat in similar condition to Galatea as found took a belt sander to get the old varnish off and took off the heads of the copper turned nail fastenings. She has to be refastened throughout.

Aargh!
by Aquarius
Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Advice on owning an Uffa Fox International Fourteen, please?
Replies: 60
Views: 43987

Re: Advice on owning an Uffa Fox International Fourteen, ple

I love these old 14's, we have one in the roof of our club house she is Destiny no 526? built in 1947 by Souters apparently the last one built the same way as yours. She had sat outside in the open & her bottom planking was nearly rotten & badly distorted aft of the plate case. No way of fixing her...
by Aquarius
Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: "Out, Damned Spot!" (oxalic acid on a Fairey agba hull?)
Replies: 4
Views: 5338

Re: "Out, Damned Spot!" (oxalic acid on a Fairey agba hull?)

Yes Oxalic usually works very well on solid mahogany. On a moulded hull the glue will have penetrated the veneer which can make it more difficult. Thanks again. This is after two applications: https://s20.postimg.org/9fppyu9fx/IMG_4200.jpg The worst bit (had been black): https://s20.postimg.org/lvm...
by Aquarius
Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Advice on owning an Uffa Fox International Fourteen, please?
Replies: 60
Views: 43987

Re: Advice on owning an Uffa Fox International Fourteen, ple

Last week - port side "as found", starboard side after first scraping

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The state of affairs tonight... first 50% thinned coat of Epifanes.

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by Aquarius
Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Advice on owning an Uffa Fox International Fourteen, please?
Replies: 60
Views: 43987

Re: Advice on owning an Uffa Fox International Fourteen, ple

Varnish stripped externally. The easiest way to get rid of "n" coats of copal varnish is to dry scrape as using a heat gun makes it sticky! One cracked strake, starboard side, some trolley scuffs, one rather nicely fitted graving piece and just as I was congratulating myself I found some rot in the ...
by Aquarius
Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: "Out, Damned Spot!" (oxalic acid on a Fairey agba hull?)
Replies: 4
Views: 5338

Re: "Out, Damned Spot!" (oxalic acid on a Fairey agba hull?)

yes a few appliocations completely removed a very black area onn aan Albi - just remeber it is acid! Thanks Chris. First application has turned "black" to "grey" and incidentally I noticed that it has a cheering up effect on the colour of the surrounding intact wood. The Firefly is sitting in the s...
by Aquarius
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: "Out, Damned Spot!" (oxalic acid on a Fairey agba hull?)
Replies: 4
Views: 5338

"Out, Damned Spot!" (oxalic acid on a Fairey agba hull?)

Has anyone had any luck with oxalic acid to remove the dreaded black stains where the varnish failed?
by Aquarius
Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Advice on owning an Uffa Fox International Fourteen, please?
Replies: 60
Views: 43987

Re: Advice on owning an Uffa Fox International Fourteen, ple

Tiny brass screw questions... 1. Is it a good idea to try to remove the brass keel band, and the gudgeon and pintle on the transom, for varnishing? 2. Should one try and remove the brass hood end screws and replace with bronze? since Photobucket are playing silly beggars, the photos are all here: ht...
by Aquarius
Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: EISCA Boat, back on the water where it belongs
Replies: 4
Views: 5884

Re: EISCA Boat, back on the water where it belongs

Bravo!

You beat me by miles!

Very, very, glad to see this.

A propos Sweeney Kincaid, we were well treated in Eyemouth and they did very well to locate and hand over Flying Cloud's lugsail which we were collecting for T_G.
by Aquarius
Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Roll up, roll up, buy an entire museum collection
Replies: 134
Views: 74540

Re: Roll up, roll up, buy an entire museum collection

A propos of nothing much, I have used a yuloh ,and they are very effective. The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (yes, it's still called that in English, and the suggestion that the Chinese name is "The humble persons' sampan association" is a vile calumny...) used to maintain a Club fleet of Bosuns. The ...
by Aquarius
Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Roll up, roll up, buy an entire museum collection
Replies: 134
Views: 74540

Re: Roll up, roll up, buy an entire museum collection

Good news about Chinese buyers, let's hope their is a market developing for classic boats in China, always more boats available than buyers. Perhaps their is a Forum in China for sailing we could twin with ? Very difficult country to access with google search etc. Google and Facebook are blocked by...
by Aquarius
Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Roll up, roll up, buy an entire museum collection
Replies: 134
Views: 74540

Re: Roll up, roll up, buy an entire museum collection

I agree with Toby's comments in the post above this one. I have just been told that the Chinese buyers are perfectly genuine, that they are setting up a museum, and that they took advice from the NMM, but that they "got a bit carried away" and bought many more boats than they should have done, parti...