My old Hornet - Rev. Dr. Syn

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Simon Hewitt
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My old Hornet - Rev. Dr. Syn

Post by Simon Hewitt » Wed Jan 27, 2016 12:45 am

When I was 17 - which amazingly was in 1972 - my brother and I owned a lovely Hornet called Rev. Dr. Syn. She had a sliding seat, black hull and varnished deck, and at the time I though she was the coolest boat I had ever seen - I still think so ! just wondering if she is still alive - I really hope so.

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Re: My old Hornet - Rev. Dr. Syn

Post by alan williams » Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:25 pm

Hi Simon what was her number?
I owned Hornet 1786 2063 2153 . I was at Uni at the time you were in the fleet but remember the boat and sailed Hornets For 35 years.
Cheers Al

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Re: My old Hornet - Rev. Dr. Syn

Post by Simon Hewitt » Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:29 pm

Sadly I cannot remember what number she was, and do not have any photos. Photos were scarce in those days !

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Re: My old Hornet - Rev. Dr. Syn

Post by roger » Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:15 pm

It may be worth contacting the Hornet association on their website http://www.hornet.org.uk.

there are some people with long memories and old yearbooks who may help with the history.

There has been a resurgence in numbers of old Plank Hornets. At one point we thought there were none left but there are a few emerging from sheds.

There Class is trying to put together an archive of known boats so the whereabouts of your boat may be known.

Good luck in your search and if you find her come out and play I currently have four in various states of repair.
Hornet 191 Shoestring,
Hornet 595 Demon awaiting restoration
Hornet 610 Final Fling
Hornet 353

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Re: My old Hornet - Rev. Dr. Syn

Post by roger » Sun Feb 21, 2016 4:39 pm

Simon,

I have asked some questions(on facebook page)and got some info but she is not on our current list of boats.
However they do appear on ebay occasionally.
We are currently starting up a classic fleet which we hope will bring some of the older boats out of the sheds to come and sail.

Here is the reply I received which gives you the sail number but not much more than you already know.

The boat has the sail number 1141 and was built in 1966, owned originally by P.W.Pragnell and based in Middlesex. He sold it to S and N Hewitt in 1972 who were based in London. Nothing is known by me. The black hull be caused by the use of graphite paint, introduced that year, to make the boats go faster. The boat was built at the beginning of Rigden being the preferred builder.
Hornet 191 Shoestring,
Hornet 595 Demon awaiting restoration
Hornet 610 Final Fling
Hornet 353

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Re: My old Hornet - Rev. Dr. Syn

Post by Simon Hewitt » Sun Feb 21, 2016 5:26 pm

Thanks, that's interesting. I have in fact just come across an old photo in my Mum's attic of the boat - it was indeed sail number 1141.

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Re: My old Hornet - Rev. Dr. Syn

Post by keithr » Mon Feb 22, 2016 11:49 am

Graphite !!!! I remember it well and mothers comments when we returned from the garage after an afternoon cutting back to get the finish required.
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Re: My old Hornet - Rev. Dr. Syn

Post by bornagainmothie » Mon Feb 22, 2016 12:05 pm

Graphspeed (graphite paint) was a wonderful invention that was supposed to make the surface slippery in water. Sadly it wasn't waterproof, although it did a good job of keeping a soggy bottom soggy.
Kept my Dad in the boat repair business busy for many years after the craze.

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Re: My old Hornet - Rev. Dr. Syn

Post by alan williams » Wed Feb 24, 2016 3:51 pm

Be careful the last thing you need is a soggy bottom. Never used the black stuff but did use smoothy in both the white and baby pink versions.
Cheers Al

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