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by SoggyBadger
Sat Oct 01, 2016 7:12 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: It's not an Enterprise... but what is it??
Replies: 32
Views: 20375

Re: It's not an Enterprise... but what is it??

PeterV wrote:But is that centreboard case the one out of the bottom of this hull or another?
In photo 3 I can see the boat's centreboard and the top of the case where I'd expect it to be. It is a bit worrying though!
by SoggyBadger
Sat Oct 01, 2016 7:04 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Down to one boat... each... plus a spare
Replies: 38
Views: 21386

Re: Down to one boat... each... plus a spare

Wineglass?
by SoggyBadger
Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:51 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Enough to start a sailing school?
Replies: 4
Views: 4133

Re: Enough to start a sailing school?

Might make a good little fleet of club boats.
by SoggyBadger
Sun Sep 04, 2016 9:42 pm
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: Sail cloth
Replies: 2
Views: 3806

Re: Sail cloth

4oz or 5oz? I've got both.

EDIT: should also add white insignia cloth which might repair a small hole without the need of sewing.
by SoggyBadger
Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:18 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: It's not an Enterprise... but what is it??
Replies: 32
Views: 20375

Re: It's not an Enterprise... but what is it??

The thing is with an Osprey is that unlike say a GP14 there isn't much of a frame to re-skin so since the hull is in such poor condition you're basically building a new boat. So a thumbs down from me I'm afraid :(
by SoggyBadger
Fri Sep 02, 2016 8:19 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Early Heron
Replies: 15
Views: 11329

Re: Early Heron

Great news :D
by SoggyBadger
Wed Aug 10, 2016 7:16 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: 1973 Merlin Rocket
Replies: 13
Views: 8770

Re: 1973 Merlin Rocket

I never liked those plastic rudder-retaining clips. A piece of shock-cord over the tiller and made fast to the transom knee used to work really well for me but I used to use a fixed rudder on my Merlin.
by SoggyBadger
Wed Aug 10, 2016 2:47 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: ENTERPRISE No.878 emerges blinking into the light
Replies: 10
Views: 10548

Re: ENTERPRISE No.878 emerges blinking into the light

I raced Ospreys for over 20 years so I feel I have some knowledge of the class. Possibly a bit biased towards them too :D She's obviously a long-term project but I'll l;eave you with this thought to perhaps whet your appetite:Tthe class rules allow a crew of three. Strictly speaking only one of thes...
by SoggyBadger
Mon Aug 08, 2016 11:12 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: centreboard case recoat
Replies: 4
Views: 4443

Re: centreboard case recoat

I used to be able to get my Osprey on and off its trolley by myself. Putting on its side was easy enough with the mast on but I think you might need a helper otherwise.
by SoggyBadger
Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:51 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Cotton sails
Replies: 9
Views: 6192

Re: Cotton sails

You might find that the ones with 7.5 inches between seams have false seams i.e. the cloth is simply folded over and sewn to look like a seam. This was done in the belief that the more seams there were, the less the stretch.
by SoggyBadger
Thu May 12, 2016 12:17 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Merlin, tacking the top batten
Replies: 14
Views: 9569

Re: Merlin, tacking the top batten

It's been many decades since I raced Merlins. Never had a problem tacking the top batten though. The "secret" is the quality of your roll tacking. It needs to be very smooth in light winds to avoid shaking the wind out of the sails. Also, after you passed through head to wind ease the main so that t...
by SoggyBadger
Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:44 pm
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: vagabond sails
Replies: 4
Views: 4703

Re: vagabond sails

My best guess would to be to put him in touch with one of the still trading UK lofts which were making dinghy sails in the 60's. Banks and Jeckells springs to mind. I'm sure there must be others still trading. One of them may still have the measurements in some dusty old filing cabinet....
by SoggyBadger
Tue Feb 23, 2016 9:57 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Which sewing machine for cover repairs and more?
Replies: 5
Views: 4973

Re: Which sewing machine for cover repairs and more?

The other thing I'd advise is use the best needles you can get. On my industrial (a far-east 20U copy) I switched from "normal" needles to Titanium Nitride coated ones and it made a significant difference. And that's with being powered by a 1/4 horse clutch-drive motor.
by SoggyBadger
Mon Feb 15, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Typhoon.
Replies: 7
Views: 6773

Re: Typhoon.

I remember drooling over the Typhoon when I was young, fit and agile.
by SoggyBadger
Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:07 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Heron centerboard case leak
Replies: 12
Views: 10723

Re: Heron centerboard case leak

I have been considering fitting a bulkhead at the front with big hatches in ,so it could double as storage BUT the purist in me says its just wrong on a 1952 ! . The jury is still out on this. I've read of a number of these conversions. None were particularly satisfactory in the end. Always leaked....