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March 29, 2014   No Comments

J17 – Allegria Falls to Pirates

Allegria - J17 falls to Pirates and is scuttled

Allegria - J17 falls to Pirates and is scuttled


Once upon a time I was a young man and used to crew fireflies for my school friend who sailed in Chichester Harbour from Itchenor. Tim’s dad had a Jollyboat, J17 Allegria, and occasionally I would sail in her too.

Skip on many years, I thought it would be quite fun to get a j Jollyboat to show the Wayfarer fleet at Lydney YC a thing or too. After a few searches on the internet, a suitable boat was found and we set off to collect her, only to find out that the boat I had found was Allegria.

Unfortunately, when I got her home, I discovered that the hull and Keel were in very poor condition with very little sound wood aft of the mast step in the bottom of the boat.

It was too hard to let her go though, so she sat in a corner of the barn for several years awaiting a mammoth restoration, but eventually my head won out over my heart and she was given to another friend to celebrate her birthday in.

So Allegria was eventually taken by rum drinking pirates and wrecked…

Al

October 13, 2011   No Comments

Rules & Measurement Form – Now online

We now have three sets of Jollyboat Rules and a Measurement Form on this site.

Of course, as the Owners Association is not currently established, there is nothing or nobody to say that you have to stick within these rules! In reality few of us have stayed exactly within the last known ratified set of rules from 1967, although most have tried to stay within their spirit.

There is some confusion due to the fact that we know that there was a set of amendments to the rules prepared for the 1971 AGM, which included a wide set of changes that reflected a wish by the class membership for a much looser set of rules allowing for some development by the owners. This included an extension to mast height and freeing of the rudder shape.

There was also a set of proposed rule amendments made in 1993, which we have, but as the class association was never re-formed, we can only presume that they were never ratified and we can only guess as to the support they had then or now from Jollyboat owners.

Anyway, they are now available from this website here.

April 2, 2011   No Comments

Bosham – 25/26th June – Be there!

A call to all Fairey Jollyboats in the UK.

Let’s try and get as many Jollyboats together as we can for the Bosham ‘Classic Boat Revival’.  You can see their poster on our site or watch their site at: http://boshamsailingclub.com/ and I am sure that something will go up there soon (if it hasn’t already).  This isn’t a CVRDA event, but there is bound to be a good turn of both local and CVRDA boats.  I think we have at least 5 Jollyboats who have shown an interest in being there…..so lets get more!

Our last nationals was in 1971 and since then we have had very few get-togethers.  The last of any real size was the Fairey Marine 50th anniversary regatta held at Hamble by MDL in the mid 90s.

Jollyboats line up at Hamble

Jollyboats line up at Hamble

We had 14 or 15 Jollyboats turn up for that with 8 or 9 racing in a range of trims from original with wooden mast and early Ratseys, to twin wire and fully battened main.

It was some of the best fun sailing I have ever had and I think it is well past time that we did the same thing again.

If you know any other Jollyboats, do give their owners a nudge and certainly put the date in your own diaries.

If you know you can make it, do drop a comment under this post.

Happy sailing!

eib

March 31, 2011   3 Comments

Jolly Fox J83 still looking good at Bosham

Photos of Jolly Fox at Bosham:

https://picasaweb.google.com/boshamsail … /JollyFox#

Looking forwards to seeing her in the flesh in June!

Jolly Fox - J83

J83 is still looking for a decent trailer of combi, so if anyone has got one, do get in touch.

March 29, 2011   1 Comment

How much is your Jollyboat worth?

The whole question of value is very hard to ascertain with any classic wooden dinghy, but it seems especially so for Jollyboats.  I think we would all agree that the Fairey Jollyboat is one of the most beautiful racing dinghies of the 50s-60s and yet with no functioning class association and no racing, the demand for these wonderful boats can be intermittent at best.

For quite a few years, none came on the market and there was certainly a few people who had money in their pockets who were prepared to pay a reasonable amount to get a boat.  This lead to some owners spending quite a lot of money on re-builds and in one case down here in Cornwall, of even starting afresh on a new-build.  But then a few came on the market and suddenly there was a very real absence of people wanting to take a Jollyboat on.  This has lead to a very abrupt fall in the expected price for a Jollyboat on the open market.

The crux is that most owners, when they want to sell a Jollyboat are far more interested in making sure their old friend goes to a good home, rather than in necessarily getting the best price.  This has meant that boats have sometimes been given away (to a good home) rather than being put on on ebay, where they may be sold for such a low price that they run the risk of being bought to be used as a garden ornament.

On the other hand, no-one would deny that the  Jollyboat is thoroughbred and a truly great boat, for fun, for racing, for the family.  Surely, therefore one would expect to have to pay a half-reasonable amount to buy one that is ready to go on the water?

But for sure, the marketplace is very confused on what is the going price for a Jollyboat:

For example, there was one on ebay recently for over £1500, whereas at the same time there was one on the CVRDA forum for £150.  I would like to believe that a good Jollyboat was worth £1500, but horrified that one could go for £150, but still the one for £150 sold (and is coming to Roadford Lake – which is great news!) and the other most probably didn’t.

So who’s to know?

Jollyboat for sale on Ebay

Jollyboat for sale on Ebay

and on the CVRDA Forum:

Jollyboat for sale on CVRDA Forum

Jollyboat for sale on CVRDA Forum

February 22, 2011   1 Comment

Class Rules

Does anybody have any thoughts on the class rules? I ask from the perspective of considering a new rudder for JB9 and would consider a more modern profile than suggested in my copy of the rules. I aim to keep mine within the spirit of the class but wondered what other considerations people had?

April 15, 2009   1 Comment

Association Gets Full set of Jollyboat plans from ebay

Andrew Richardson – the association’s ‘Keeper of Records’  has just had a great success on ebay.

A full set of Fairey Marine plans came up for auction and the owner emailed me to ask if I was interested.  I was, but it made far more sense for Andrew to bid and me to pray that he got them rather than try and compete.

Well he did and I was thrilled!  It is a fantastic bit of news for the asociation and a completely irreplaceable part of the history for our class.  Not quite sure how yet, but I hope that we will be able to digitise them and put them up on the site here some time in the future:

Here is what the full set of plans  includes:

Full Listing::

Drawing number C18157  – Timber List
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size B3 )
Drawn by : G Wood… 1961

Drawing number A18068 sheet 1 – General Arrangement of 18 ft Jolly Boat – all hull and deck
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size 1310×740 mm )
Drawn by : R G 1962

Drawing number A18068  sheet 2- General Arrangement of Centreboard Box, Hoist and Keelhoist Gear
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size 1310×740 mm )
Drawn by : R G 1962

Drawing number A18068 sheet 3 – Hull Assembly Diagrams with fittings and procedures
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size 1310×740 mm )
Drawn by : R G 1961

Drawing number A18156  sheet 1 – Beams, Strakes Braces and Pads
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size 1310×740 mm )
Drawn by : G Wood 1961

Drawing number A18156  sheet 2  – Bouyancy Tank Knees, Centreboard Shelfs, Towing Post and Pad
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size 1310×740 mm )
Drawn by : G Wood 1961

Centreboard case diagrams and assembly method.

Drawing number B18074  – General Arrangement of Boom and all fittings thereto
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size 750×500 mm )
Drawn by : A E Young 1954

Drawing number B18150  – Sail Plans and Layout on Masts
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size 750×500 mm )
Drawn by : A E Young 1956

Drawing number A18041  – General Arrangement of Mast and all fittings thereto
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size 1310×740 mm )
Drawn by : W Osment

Drawing number A18041  – General Arrangement of (Wood) Mast and all fittings thereto
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size 1310×740 mm )
Drawn by : W Osment 1953

Drawing number A18054  – General Arrangement Metal Mast
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size 1310×740 mm )

Drawing number B18147  – Horse for Main Sheet
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size 750x500mm )
Drawn by : P Barnes 1957

Drawing number B18052  – Cable Lengths and Assemblies
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size 750x500mm )
Drawn by : F Heath 1953

Drawing number C18046  – Forestay Attachment Fittings
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size B3 )
Drawn by : F Heath 1953

Drawing number C18063  – Chain Plate for Shrouds
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size B3 )
Drawn by : F Heath 1954

Drawing number D18064  – Shroud Nut Plate
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size B3 )
Drawn by : F Heath

Drawing number C18075  – Fishplate
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size B3 )
Drawn by : F Heath 1953

Drawing number B15036  – Centre Board (detailing)
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size 750x500mm )
Drawn by : D Cheale 1955

Drawing number A18048  – General Arrangement of Fixed Rudder
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size 1310×740 mm )
Drawn by : H M Cole 1955

Drawing number C18101  – Fixed Rudder Cheek
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size B3 )
Drawn by : H M Cole 1955

Drawing number A18100  – Blade for Fixed Rudder
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size 1310×740 mm )
Drawn by : D Cheale 1955

Drawing number A18062  – Assembly of Retractable Rudder
(full detailing of all components and workings)
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size 1310×740 mm scale 1/1 )
Drawn by : H M Cole 1955

Drawing number B18084  – Retractable Rudder Cheek
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size 750x500mm )
Drawn by : H M Cole 1955

Drawing number C18096  – Centre Block for Retracting Rudder
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size B3 )
Drawn by : H M Cole 1955

Drawing number A18161  – General Arrangement for Rudder Blade for Lifting Rudder
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size 1310×740 mm )
Drawn by : A E Young 1954

Class measurement form (2 sheets A4)

Drawing number B18088  – Jolly Boat Rules
Diagrams to support rule forms covering hull, rudder, centreboard, cockpit.
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size 750x500mm )
Drawn by : R G 1962

Build and Finishing Procedure – by Fairey Marine, Hamble (3 A4 sheets)

Instructions for Varnish and Paint Finishes – by Fairey Marine, Hamble

Drawing number B12388 – General Information and Diagrams on Hull Repairs
By Fairey Marine, Hamble (size 750×500 mm)
Drawn by : A E Young, 1958

April 15, 2009   3 Comments

Jollyboats at Fairey Marine 50th Anniversary Regatta

This was the last time we all got together in 1996 or so.

Really about time we got back together again.

February 3, 2008   No Comments

Welcome

Hi this blog-site has been put together in January/February 2008 to replace the rather old website that has not been updated in over 8 years. It is hoped that by being a Blog-site it will encourage the Jollyboat owners in the UK and beyond to share stories and discuss the boat that we all love.

January 31, 2008   3 Comments

Jollyboats in Melbourne

2008 is the 50th anniversary of their Jollyboat Worlds – racing for the Ashes.

Jollyboats racing in Melbourne

Jollyboats in the Boatshed at Melbourne

Jollyboats in the Boatshed at Melbourne

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Jollyboats in the Boatshed at Melbourne

February 2, 2004   No Comments