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by highburyal
Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:54 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Firefly centreboard pivot
Replies: 4
Views: 1948

Firefly centreboard pivot

Ok, so its been a while since I contributed to the forum; in the mean time I've trailed a firefly to the Alentejo in Portugal (does anyone know of any other other firefly sailors in Portugal?), been arrested by the Guardia in Villa Nueva de Millefuentes for sailing an Wayfairer without the correct d...
by highburyal
Sun Jul 13, 2008 5:28 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: B****y wildlife...
Replies: 7
Views: 2457

Re: B****y wildlife...

At least they waited until the first coat was touch dry, it could have been worse....

Al
by highburyal
Thu May 29, 2008 10:25 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Free uffa king
Replies: 22
Views: 4680

Re: Free uffa king

I would guess at damping the mast when in two bits then weigh down on a flat floor and let it dry off. That has worked for me with old table tops and stuff but never done a mast as mine did split but was not bent. I was wondering if I should try to steam the bent section before staightening, would ...
by highburyal
Thu May 29, 2008 5:50 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Free uffa king
Replies: 22
Views: 4680

Re: Free uffa king

I reckon the mast will open up into the two halves easily so no problem about regluing in a straight line. Chris Chris (or anyone else), The mast is coming unglued, so should split without too much difficulty. There is a definate bend about 2/3 the way up the mast; do I need to straighten this firs...
by highburyal
Thu May 29, 2008 3:38 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Firefly Centreboard
Replies: 6
Views: 2595

Re: Firefly Centreboard

Thanks for that Ed, I was thinking of doing something similar. Al
by highburyal
Thu May 29, 2008 3:37 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Firefly Centreboard
Replies: 6
Views: 2595

Re: Firefly Centreboard

I think it looks like they have not renewed their domain name subscription, and therefore their site has been taken down. :cry: Al
by highburyal
Thu May 29, 2008 10:38 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Firefly Centreboard
Replies: 6
Views: 2595

Firefly Centreboard

Started getting on with restoration of F2451 Spadger. The centreboard casing was well rotten and I have had to remove all wood, including the keel and hog, for most of the length of the casing. Unfortunately the structure fell apart while it was being removed, so I do not have a template to cut the ...
by highburyal
Thu May 29, 2008 10:32 am
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Free uffa king
Replies: 22
Views: 4680

Re: Free uffa king

She's home now and undercover to dry off. First inspection shows the hull to be in reasonable condition though the decks will need replacing. The wooden mast is also bent quite a bit towards one side, can this be straightened? No doubt I'll be posting more soon for advice on how to proceed. Al
by highburyal
Wed May 14, 2008 11:42 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Free uffa king
Replies: 22
Views: 4680

Re: Free uffa king

OK, have now spoken to the owner and will hopefully collect the boat next week, however it'll be a while before i can do anything with her, so if anyone has more immediate plans for restoration please let me know and rescue me from my folly!!!!

Al
by highburyal
Mon May 12, 2008 11:30 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Free uffa king
Replies: 22
Views: 4680

Re: Free uffa king

I sent an email to owners of this 12 about a fortnight ago and am thinking of following up by phone as I haven't received a reply yet, but before i do would like to check that no one else wants the boat as I already have a queue awaiting repair.... Can offer sheltered storage in the mean time until ...
by highburyal
Fri May 02, 2008 8:18 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Just like buses - none at all then all turn up at once
Replies: 2
Views: 1254

Re: Just like buses - none at all then all turn up at once

First boat says hull is fibreglass, but surely it can't be. Certainly looks like an early 14 and 684 must be quite early, before fibreglass?

Al
by highburyal
Thu May 01, 2008 5:55 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: ? Possible problem with PMs
Replies: 5
Views: 2835

Re: ? Possible problem with PMs

Do messages stay in the outbox until they are read? Is this how it works? Confused, Al
by highburyal
Thu May 01, 2008 1:42 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: ? Possible problem with PMs
Replies: 5
Views: 2835

? Possible problem with PMs

Probably not the right place to post this, but not sure where it should go.

I sent messages to Michael (Brigg) and Ed on Tuesday, but they're still languishing in my outbox. Did either of you receive them? If not does anyone know how to make these messages go?

Cheers,

Al
by highburyal
Wed Apr 30, 2008 1:30 am
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Early 420s
Replies: 18
Views: 8742

Re: Early 420s

PS were french built lanaverre boats of this period equally soft or was this just a characteristic of the Honnor Marine hulls?
by highburyal
Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:43 am
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Early 420s
Replies: 18
Views: 8742

Re: Early 420s

Yeah, transom flap on port side, self bailer on starboard. Boat does feel very flimsy, but sails well non the less, and only cost £106 ready to sail. Ok for blatting about in though I doubt she'd hold her own in a modern fleet (understatement)! Al