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by Hotspur
Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:24 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: The worst classic dinghy.
Replies: 37
Views: 19186

Re: The worst classic dinghy.

My old scout group had two boats called Ladybirds. I don't know old they were but they must have been at least 10 years old at the time and this was 20 years ago. They were dreadful, flat bottomed things built from half-inch thick chopped strand mat and with no side-decks. They were overweight, chro...
by Hotspur
Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:58 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Merlin Rocket Proctor XVI MR1711
Replies: 18
Views: 12446

Re: Merlin Rocket Proctor XVI MR1711

Now on MR site including a pic. I can provide more pics if required

http://www.merlinrocket.co.uk/secondhan ... sp?id=1221
by Hotspur
Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:48 am
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: ???????????????
Replies: 14
Views: 5344

Re: ???????????????

The Sea Scout group I used to belong to had an Express (one of several oddities people donated or loaned to us which included an Alpha MkI and a Beaufort). The main problem we had with it was that the centreboard case seemed too low, and water constantly slopped into the boat through it. Not sure wh...
by Hotspur
Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:00 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Merlin Rocket Proctor XVI MR1711
Replies: 18
Views: 12446

Re: Merlin Rocket Proctor XVI MR1711

Thanks Chris, have now filled in a form and waiting for it to appear on the site.
by Hotspur
Fri Sep 07, 2012 2:11 am
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Merlin Rocket Proctor XVI MR1711
Replies: 18
Views: 12446

Re: Merlin Rocket Proctor XVI MR1711

For sale again - haven't had time to get it onto the water. There's another suit of sails now a bit newer than the others.
by Hotspur
Fri Sep 07, 2012 2:03 am
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Rannoch: Uffa Fox International Canoe - SOLD
Replies: 6
Views: 4383

Re: Rannoch: Uffa Fox International Canoe for sale

Thanks for your kind words Gavin. I agree about classic forms of transport... Some more than most, with the likes of the Fairey Firefly, Albacore and Swordfish all being aircraft as well as dinghies, the latter built with techniques developed on aircraft. Uffa Fox designed a lifeboat for air-droppin...
by Hotspur
Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:07 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Rannoch: Uffa Fox International Canoe - SOLD
Replies: 6
Views: 4383

Re: Rannoch: Uffa Fox International Canoe for sale

Beautiful - would love one of these.

If only I could afford it... :oops:
by Hotspur
Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:27 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: 1939 International 14...Free to a good home!
Replies: 5
Views: 2074

Re: 1939 International 14...Free to a good home!

If I can't find her a home soon it might be a bonfire! I think I have one sorted...will keep you posted. Oh Lordy.... if it's going to be a bonfire, I'll take it. I would dearly love to own one of these pre-war 14s, but ideally not for a few years. Still, I can't bear the thought that such an histo...
by Hotspur
Thu Mar 22, 2012 7:50 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: mystery
Replies: 6
Views: 2514

Re: mystery

Definitely looks like one of those singlehanded mini-keelboats - it looks like a seat back integrated into the deck moulding behind the daggerboard case. I wonder what class it is, and if the rig from one of the better known types might fit. No idea where the 'Topper Spirit' name comes from - to the...
by Hotspur
Thu Mar 01, 2012 6:32 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Jack Chippendale
Replies: 8
Views: 3636

Re: Jack Chippendale

GAVinT wrote:When I got back into sailing about 12 years ago, the guy who ran the training centre that subsequently closed, at Ardleigh,
Has it closed? That's a shame. My first job was at that training centre, it's still the best job I've ever had.
by Hotspur
Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:23 am
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: As you were - it's a Graduate
Replies: 6
Views: 2897

Re: Wooden hard-chine Ebay 'what is it'?

:oops:

In my defence... er, no, there isn't any. Sorry everyone
by Hotspur
Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:44 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: As you were - it's a Graduate
Replies: 6
Views: 2897

As you were - it's a Graduate

Any ideas? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/sailing-dingy-and-road-trailer-/280836034385?pt=UK_Sporting_Goods_Sailing_Boats_ET&hash=item416321cf51 I thought perhaps Fleetwind but it's been years since I saw one Edit: The page does indeed say it is a Graduate. My bad. Having said that, has anyone ever seen ...
by Hotspur
Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:32 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Jack Chippendale
Replies: 8
Views: 3636

Re: Jack Chippendale

My MR is a Chippendale boat, so I read this with a heavy heart. I haven't sailed it yet, but I have already had much enjoyment out of inspecting the beautiful craftsmanship of this 48-year-old boat.
by Hotspur
Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:54 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: supposed to be an Ent...
Replies: 4
Views: 1230

Re: supposed to be an Ent...

Kestrel?
by Hotspur
Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:51 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: first wotizit of 2012
Replies: 30
Views: 8748

Re: first wotizit of 2012

I was hoping for more pics of the hull... Unless I'm missing something very obvious, you can't make out the hull shape from the original image. Presumably it could be round bilge or any number of chines?