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Flying Saucer!

Post by Nessa » Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:20 pm

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Re: Flying Saucer!

Post by solentgal » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:06 am

Not the same as the flying saucer I had..... mine was more like a Swallow...or Minisail.....ie single hander, una rigged.... and I know it WAS a flying saucer too, even though I can't remember exactly what it looked like.....was a long time ago! So there must be 2 designs of that name.......may be just as well to check which one this is with the vendor before bidding, even though she has put a link in......she describes it as more like a single hander with room for 2, whereas the one in the photo in the link is clearly a 2 man craft....seems a little odd.
BTW, I'm definitely NOT bidding on this one! :)
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Re: Flying Saucer!

Post by Stephen Hawkins » Fri Jul 26, 2013 10:38 am

It looks nice. Pity no pictures in the ebay auction.

Not that I need another boat.
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Re: Flying Saucer!

Post by SoggyBadger » Sat Jul 27, 2013 12:13 am

The dinghy I remember was more like a Minisail.
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Re: Flying Saucer!

Post by davidh » Sun Jul 28, 2013 7:27 pm

Okay - the boat in the flea bay ad is, I'm sure, a Flying Saucer - the boat in the boat data picture isn't - I was going to say Duo, certainly it is one of the boats of that ilk!

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Re: Flying Saucer!

Post by roger » Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:55 pm

My dad had a flying saucer but neither of these. He and a friend built it themselves in late forties/very early fifties. No access to marine ply or any kind of ply so they made it with hardboard and tried to seal it with lots of paint or varnish. I believe it lasted about a season and a half and was mentioned as "a most unusual craft seen on the Lymington river" by the local paper. They called it the flying saucer and somewhere there is a picture of it. I will try to find it and scan it.
My Grandfather had rashly said that if they built it he would supply a mast and had to live up to his word and sure enough had a mast made. The mast outlived the boat but it was the fastest thing on the river.
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Re: Flying Saucer!

Post by solentgal » Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:56 am

It is back on:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Flying-Saucer ... 19e03ff7ac

This is the type I had, and yes it is rare........didn't sail all that well from memory, but interesting all the same.....have to admit I'm slightly tempted now :?
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Re: Flying Saucer!

Post by Pat » Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:38 pm

So what is the boat in the boat data picture? Sail logo looks more like a hamburger bun!
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Re: Flying Saucer!

Post by solentgal » Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:18 am

My guess is an American design Pat......that pic looks like it is from an American magazine from the late '50s/early '60s to me....just got that sort of look that I used to see in the imported mags my Dad used to buy (and still has I believe).
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Re: Flying Saucer!

Post by Rupert » Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:27 am

Looks like quite a fun boat, looking more closely. But then old pictures of people sailing in shorts with no safety equipment in sight always look more fun...
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Re: Flying Saucer!

Post by Pete54 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:37 am

The boat in the ebay advert is definitely a Flying Saucer.

For a couple of years my father managed the company (whose name unfortunately escapes me at the moment!), based in Shoeburyness which built them.

This boat is one of the latter ones having the small cockpit well with a self bailer. This was one of the minor improvements my father made during the production run. I sailed the prototype in the Nore dinghy race - it had two tubes that were intended to drain the cockpit. Unfortunately they leaked (the bottom of the hull is very flat and flexed!). So the 'double hull' filled with water and I ended up sailing a submarine. I beached it close to the foot of Southend pier and let the tide drain it. Of course when my Dad arrived the boat was empty and he took some convincing.

The company specialised in producing oars and paddles - virtually all of them were laminated in contrasting timber - just like the one recessed into the Flying Saucer's aft deck. My fathers real passion was the power boats they built, the Flying Saucer was the product of the owner and as commented above - it did not sail well, being substantially slower than the Minisail.

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Re: Flying Saucer!

Post by PaulM » Wed Aug 07, 2013 3:36 pm

Fenton Hill Marine - I still have an old ad for the Flying Saucer and Apollo in my scrapbook.

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Re: Flying Saucer!

Post by Pat » Wed Aug 07, 2013 7:55 pm

All information, pictures and scans of articles, adverts etc would be welcome for the dinghy database - I now have the sellers permission to use their photos too so the Flying Saucer (UK) will soon get a better writeup.
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Re: Flying Saucer!

Post by Rupert » Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:21 am

You know, the posts above are exactly what the cvrda is about - the gathering of information that is otherwise effectively lost. Thank you for sharing!

At some point in the future, I would love to get all the sailing surfboard boats we can find together in one place, to celebrate the weird and the wonderful. Better be on flat water, I guess!
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Re: Flying Saucer!

Post by Obscured by clouds » Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:41 pm

I'd certainly be interested if people bought along any old surfboards they might have lying around :)
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