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by Aquarius
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:30 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

I see nothing to reassure me at all, there. That's the Chinese "sailing scene" that I'm familiar with. A production line of wanna-be Ben Ainslies. Nobody will ever have heard of Jack Holt nor will they care. There's not a lot of money in waste paper but any marginal contribution to the cost of reloc...
by Aquarius
Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:49 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

I am very much more worried about boats going to China. China has no tradition of or interest in dinghy sailing outside fielding a national team for the Olympics. I am rather sure that they will be treated just like Britain's biggest export to China, which is waste paper for recycling. That is to sa...
by Aquarius
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Advice on owning an Uffa Fox International Fourteen, please?
Replies: 60
Views: 43988

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
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Boat race bilge pumps
Replies: 10
Views: 10027

Re: Boat race bilge pumps

Interesting thread. In my day there was a coxing handbook which did have a chapter on Tideway conditions, but that was long ago, and I was nowhere near good enough to need that chapter... I remember thinking about fitting self bailers in the college boats, at the time. Particularly after we sank in ...
by Aquarius
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Advice on owning an Uffa Fox International Fourteen, please?
Replies: 60
Views: 43988

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

"That young whippersnapper, Holt, and his clever ideas!" :wink: My first job, now that she can be worked on,must be to clean everything - she is indescribably filthy! 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 j...
by Aquarius
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:42 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

The forum might like to know that most of the boats in Lowestoft are evidently going to China. I find that quite remarkable, as I lived in China for some years, and found that there is precious little sailing of any sort there. The only person I met in the whole of China who shared my enthusiasm fo...
by Aquarius
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:37 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

Letter found tucked into a box of bits that I bought from Lowestoft and which T_G kindly collected for me (we had a rendezvous in the rain in the Martlesham Heath Tesco car park and I handed over Flying Cloud's Gayle Heard lugsail which I had collected from Eyemouth). I pass it on here as evidently ...
by Aquarius
Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Advice on owning an Uffa Fox International Fourteen, please?
Replies: 60
Views: 43988

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

Wow! Your gooseneck is on a track! What will these dinghy racers think of next! Ours is fixed - at what I am tempted to describe as "original Firefly height!" Limbo dancing skills at a premium... the lug that fits into the boom has the round and square sections which permit primitive roller reefing ...
by Aquarius
Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Advice on owning an Uffa Fox International Fourteen, please?
Replies: 60
Views: 43988

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

Looks great! Some 14s had a support strut despite being hog stepped, but there should be signs of it on the underside of the mast gate area. Thank you. That is must be the explanation. It would brace the mast thwart against unexpected loads imposed in stepping the mast. I will look carefully tomorr...
by Aquarius
Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Advice on owning an Uffa Fox International Fourteen, please?
Replies: 60
Views: 43988

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

The next Mystery Object is a mahogany strut, found loose in the boat, which I would have taken to be the pillar under the mast thwart if she had a deck stepped mast like the 1930's boats.. but she is a 1940's boat and has a keel stepped mast with mast jack and integral winches. Suggestions welcome! ...
by Aquarius
Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: Centreboard winch for vintage Uffa Fox Fourteen
Replies: 3
Views: 4889

Re: Centreboard winch for vintage Uffa Fox Fourteen

I certainly have one winch with drum.....and I suspect a couple of free drums. But they are not all absolutely identical.....what dimensions is the hog that would take the saddle of the winch? Mine are all down in Cornwall, although could get it up to Clywedog next week... eib Thanks. I feared that...
by Aquarius
Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: Centreboard winch for vintage Uffa Fox Fourteen
Replies: 3
Views: 4889

Centreboard winch for vintage Uffa Fox Fourteen

Galatea K 478 was "modernised" at some point - the centreboard was "de-ballasted" and the bronze differential winch removed and replaced with a modern type tackle. I hope to "restore" her to her 1946 condition. Anyone using one for a door stop, etc? Photo shows where the original one went... (And wh...
by Aquarius
Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Advice on owning an Uffa Fox International Fourteen, please?
Replies: 60
Views: 43988

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

The bits... I'm posting the pictures as a record of what one 1946 Uffa Fox Fourteen looked like after perhaps fifty years at the back of a shed and before an "amateur restorer" got at her... We have an un-ballasted wood centreboard;it has bronze link arms pivoted on the centreboard pivot to hold it ...
by Aquarius
Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:58 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

I rather expect many will stay just where they are. With no fork lift truck available, the boats on the upper levels of racking in the Ostrich Shed at Eyemouth and the polytunnel at Lowestoft seem very likely to do just that. Almost by definition, these will include many boats of interest to the CV...
by Aquarius
Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Advice on owning an Uffa Fox International Fourteen, please?
Replies: 60
Views: 43988

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

Retrieved Galatea and her gear from Coldingham Road also a set of Firefly cotton sails, and Flying Cloud's Gayle Heard lugsail for T-G, from the Ostrich shed. It looked as if more half the boats are still in those two places. I see a winter spent stripping varnish in my future. I am heeding Chris's ...