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by Alan P.
Sun May 06, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Capsize aid.
Replies: 9
Views: 4888

Re: Capsize aid.

Yes Rupert. I thought they were a bit pricey too The only boat in my small fleet to sport a righting line is the Dart ,of course. No stirrup on the end but, taking advise from those who know far more than I, I've put knots in it at regular intervals down it's length (it's long). These have been a gr...
by Alan P.
Sun May 06, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Capsize aid.
Replies: 9
Views: 4888

Capsize aid.

Hello All. When I sailed at CVRDA events (happy days indeed) there were a few older, less nimble crews who obviously did not relish the thought of a capsize. There has been some chat on the Gull forum about this and someone has found John Claridge in Lymington stocking something that may prove usefu...
by Alan P.
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Gull get together at Bowmoor SC
Replies: 2
Views: 3072

Re: Gull get together at Bowmoor SC

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

The Bowmoor club member and fixer could not attend due to personal commitments that cropped up at the last min. As nobody else wanted to take up the baton and there were only a small number of people and boats expected, it was decided to cancel. Great shame.
by Alan P.
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: Halyard wanted for Classic Finn with Needlespar mast.
Replies: 9
Views: 4676

Re: Halyard wanted for Classic Finn with Needlespar mast.

4mm dia works for me. Excel D12 .Or the cheaper 16 plait polyester covered type but this is stiffer and may not run through the mast head pulley so easily although it is less prone to wear around the knot. Pays your money and takes your choice. If you have more than one sail you use often, you can p...
by Alan P.
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: Halyard wanted for Classic Finn with Needlespar mast.
Replies: 9
Views: 4676

Re: Halyard wanted for Classic Finn with Needlespar mast.

I and others have been using the dyneema rope with knot set up for some time with OKs. Eventually there is wear around the knot where it fits in the V cleat but if you start off with a goodly length of halyard, you can cut the knot off, reattach shackle to the "new" unworn end and put a new knot at ...
by Alan P.
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: Gull Dinghy lines plan / sail plan
Replies: 5
Views: 3782

Re: Gull Dinghy lines plan / sail plan

You are after the info on the original mk1?. Put an appeal for this on the Gull forum. You will have to register on your first visit but it’s quick and easy. www.gulldinghy.proboards.com I believe Harleys are building jolly good Gulls but these are very much to their own design and very different to...
by Alan P.
Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Gull get together at Bowmoor SC
Replies: 0
Views: 3265

Gull get together at Bowmoor SC

Full details of this non CVRDA event in the Events section of this forum
by Alan P.
Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Events
Topic: Gull get together at Bowmoor SC
Replies: 2
Views: 3072

Gull get together at Bowmoor SC

Hello one and all. Not a CVRDA event but one that may well appeal to those of you lucky enough to have a Gull dinghy. This is not a regular event but one that has been organised to see how things go as there are still many of these little boats being sailed ,the forum is quite active, a Gull blog an...
by Alan P.
Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Gp14 8171
Replies: 3
Views: 5105

Re: Gp14 8171

So how goes it?
by Alan P.
Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Any ideas?
Replies: 9
Views: 5952

Re: Any ideas?

692 came with a newish Holt jib to the larger plan and was a totally different ride downwind to Dad’s Ent in which , in the early days, we always seemed to land up swimming on this point of sailing. In 74 when I left school I lost my supply of crews for the Grad so got a Laser. Had this for only a y...
by Alan P.
Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Any ideas?
Replies: 9
Views: 5952

Re: Any ideas?

Well, perhaps I should have said that the Grad is not very demanding to sail rather than vice free. Dad and I had been learning in an Ent (9677) up until the time I got my Grad. I have a huge soft spot for Grads but feel nothing for Ents. I wonder what the modern flat head main does to the Grad's ma...
by Alan P.
Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Any ideas?
Replies: 9
Views: 5952

Re: Any ideas?

A Graduate 100% most certainly. Pos 1960s as the early ones had a wooden square hatch on the rear deck and one just in front of the mast on the forward deck. My very first boat ( no. 692 from 1958) when I was 12 years old. Much later I had 856 from 1960 and even later, just a few years back, I had 2...
by Alan P.
Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Laser 1 possibly very early #39
Replies: 19
Views: 11574

Re: Laser 1 possibly very early #39

I took delivery of a new Laser from the factory in Banbury in Feb 1974, sail no 12268. But I was young and easily impressed. Had it for one year only. Sold and replaced by a six year old OK and so, at 17 years old, my world changed forever. I still have this OK today. K1211. Some of you may recall t...
by Alan P.
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Ironic innit
Replies: 12
Views: 6630

Re: Ironic innit

[quote="Rupert"]The answer to the original problem is surely to simply keep on sailing south?[/quote]

Yep, I'd say this is the best option!
by Alan P.
Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Any information on my GA Feltham built Stormalong dinghy
Replies: 7
Views: 6526

Re: Any information on my GA Feltham built Stormalong dinghy

Hello Peter Stormalongs were a big class at Portsmouth S.C. back in the 1950s and Feltham's workshop was just a few doors away. When I was a member there in the 1980s with the OK some of the older members who sailed them were still about, one or two boats were still in the dinghy yard and Feltham's ...