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by Keith66
Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:20 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: 16ft Dinghy restoration begins
Replies: 10
Views: 4191

Re: 16ft Dinghy restoration begins

An update for you all. She has been sitting in the shed all summer while a succession of paying jobs got done. Got the new keel marked out a couple of weeks ago & cut it out with the skil saw, final shaping done & fitted in one day. I re assembled the centreboard case temporarily with studding & bol...
by Keith66
Tue Jul 27, 2010 11:09 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: 1963 Nore Race, Swift cat and others
Replies: 1
Views: 1149

Re: 1963 Nore Race, Swift cat and others

I was in that race, aged 2 under the foredeck of my Dads 18 ft National 3rd in class, could have done better but i was too young to helm!
by Keith66
Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:39 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: turning over
Replies: 14
Views: 3362

Re: turning over

Last boat i turned over was a 28ft Saunders launch, one sling attached to a deck beam frd & aft with the bight of the sling under the boat, one chain block lifts one side & rolls the boat into the sling. Half hour single handed with the boat never more than six inches of the floor, few tyres to stop...
by Keith66
Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:38 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: identi-fictiion and his-story
Replies: 3
Views: 1761

Re: identi-fictiion and his-story

It could be an unregistered DB the stern looks very similar but there was no bow shot to see, funny that the number happens to be an unregistered one though! Some of the early DB's differed quite drastically from the plans, my Dad built one just after the design came out & ran out of planking timber...
by Keith66
Fri Jun 11, 2010 12:46 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: National 18
Replies: 15
Views: 5619

Re: National 18

Yep thats Phantom no 53, Marlenemar / Tipple was no 263.
by Keith66
Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:26 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: National 18
Replies: 15
Views: 5619

Re: National 18

My Dad had an old Uffa Ace 18 called Phantom in the late 50's built by Andersons of Whitstable, He sold her in 1962 & built a glued clinker one Also to the Uffa Ace design, Marlenemar as she was called was a beautiful & wickedly fast boat. My first memory of sailing is of that boat. Aged 3 snuggled ...
by Keith66
Tue Jun 01, 2010 11:06 pm
Forum: Banter
Topic: Boatbuilders
Replies: 35
Views: 14238

Re: Boatbuilders

When i was there we had a technician called Sam, big thickset guy who used to sharpen the planer knives himself, he used to finish them off stropping them on the palm of his hand, he also had several fingers missing, actually the result of a bandsaw accident with a hangover when an apprentice. Dick ...
by Keith66
Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:13 pm
Forum: Banter
Topic: Boatbuilders
Replies: 35
Views: 14238

Re: Boatbuilders

I was at Falmouth from 78 to 79 what about you?
by Keith66
Mon May 31, 2010 10:34 pm
Forum: Banter
Topic: Boatbuilders
Replies: 35
Views: 14238

Re: Boatbuilders

I learnt from my dad & helped him build several dinghies & rebuild several more. When i left school went to Falmouth tech college to do the C&G boatbuilding course. Then went to Thames Marine for a while then Mikes boatyard, J&Js then set up on my own. Decided if i was going to be skint i might as w...
by Keith66
Mon May 31, 2010 10:19 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: holes in hulls
Replies: 72
Views: 10222

Re: holes in hulls

A useful technique for holding the surface veneers of a cold moulded boat down is to use a banding or strapping machine used for strapping carboard boxes. I just did a repair on an elderly cold moulded coastal four rowing boat that had an old patch delaminating. A piece of ply was fixed across the g...
by Keith66
Thu May 13, 2010 7:24 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Family 14 'Lady Jayne'
Replies: 8
Views: 3421

Re: Family 14 'Lady Jayne'

You can scarph planks but remember to stagger the joints well, the scarphs should trail aft on the outside if that makes sense. The most invaluble tool you can buy is a black & decker powerfile this will remove the riveted over portion over the roves with ease & allow the nails to be knocked out eas...
by Keith66
Wed May 12, 2010 1:14 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Family 14 'Lady Jayne'
Replies: 8
Views: 3421

Re: Family 14 'Lady Jayne'

What do you want to know? i have plenty of experience with clinker boats both trad & glued.
by Keith66
Mon May 10, 2010 3:24 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Prout Catamaran Heads up
Replies: 4
Views: 1742

Re: Prout Catamaran Heads up

Its a Shearwater, GRP hulls, mast is okay has suit of sails though i didnt see them, its on a seviceable road trailer, generally tatty but would be easy to do up. Person to speak to is John lawrence 07519 173061 bridge boat sales, he is a dealer but is open to offers, nearest post code is SS8 0QT (C...
by Keith66
Sun May 09, 2010 11:13 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Prout Catamaran Heads up
Replies: 4
Views: 1742

Re: Prout Catamaran Heads up

No worries i will be goin past there tomorrow.
by Keith66
Sun May 09, 2010 6:08 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Prout Catamaran Heads up
Replies: 4
Views: 1742

Prout Catamaran Heads up

Just appeared at Bridge boats a secondhand boat junk emporium near here, Looks like a Shearwater or Cheetah catamaran as built by Prouts in the 60's, looks to be all there on a trailer with spars.
If anyones into such things i can find out if its for sale & if its worth having a crack at.