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by LASERTOURIST
Sat Jun 11, 2016 3:21 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: What is it?
Replies: 4
Views: 5699

Re: What is it?

It is french made allright, but it is not a 320 (The 320 was always yellow hull -polyéthylène- and black ABS foredeck, made by Tabur, today bic of windsurf andO'pen Bic fame). This orange deck self bailing boat is an Apache by french boatyard La Prairie, a now extinct prolific boatmaker . Their best...
by LASERTOURIST
Sat Jun 11, 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Yet another ID
Replies: 1
Views: 3643

Re: Yet another ID

It's a german boat called Kolibri (humming bird) Interestigly enough the manufacturere was called Atlanta and made a great hit in germany with a bigger boat (14ft ) called koralle The Koralle was very light , cartopable and had a very unusual feature : twin pivoting centreboards in the sides of the ...
by LASERTOURIST
Sat Jun 11, 2016 2:36 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Any ideas?
Replies: 2
Views: 3613

Re: Any ideas?

Sunfish...maybe , or may be his earlier and smaller brother the sailfish (same design but shorter ) both were made from plywood before going "plastic" and the early Sailfish had no cockpit (interestingly enough Cortland Heyniger had submited for a lifegards order for a rescue surfboard, had been tur...
by LASERTOURIST
Sat Jun 11, 2016 2:29 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: ZOOM DINGHY
Replies: 3
Views: 4157

Re: ZOOM DINGHY

Wasn't the Zoom dinghy a singlehander ISAF tried to promote as a boat for the youth's championships (a boat designed somewhere in scandinavia, maybe) This Zoom were mant atempts to make a smaller laser for kids (Byte, Spirou, Zoom, and Dutch Splash) ...and all but disapeared when the 4.7 rig for the...
by LASERTOURIST
Sat Jun 11, 2016 2:23 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Itom dinghy
Replies: 3
Views: 4563

Re: Itom dinghy

As far as I know Itom was an italian motorcycle famous for it's sports 50cc racers in the late fifites. They made history when an english girl was the first woman ever to compete with a sports Itom at the Isle of Man TT in the 50cc Grand prix Class...
Ididn't know there was o boat called Itom
by LASERTOURIST
Sat Jun 11, 2016 2:09 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: 420 no. 3
Replies: 5
Views: 4817

Re: 420 no. 3

restoration of 420 N° 62 can be found here, but unfortunately a good numbre of the pics are no longer available http://www.forumvoile.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=33 On this early Lanaverre , not only the cleats were made of wood but the jibsheet fairleads were bronze , typically 40's or 50's ish ...
by LASERTOURIST
Sat Jun 11, 2016 1:55 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: 420 no. 3
Replies: 5
Views: 4817

Re: 420 no. 3

hink the earliest 420 unearthed in france some years ago was N° 62 (manufactured 1959) It was in good condition and had been somehow upgraded. Lanaverre made conversion kits to upgrade early 420's especially a retrofit traveller kit with fibreglass straps to bolt on the side tanks and a round travel...
by LASERTOURIST
Thu Sep 03, 2015 7:14 am
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Club 420 Date of Mfg.
Replies: 17
Views: 11583

Re: Club 420 Date of Mfg.

The 420 is at it's best in 15 Kts+ or with a very light crew in lighter weather... This has been in the 420 DNA since the beginning The initial designers team (Maury Latxague Lehoerff) had wanted a trainer for sailing schools, with the initial prototypes being rather crude but with a bigger spread o...
by LASERTOURIST
Sat Aug 08, 2015 9:02 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Club 420 Date of Mfg.
Replies: 17
Views: 11583

Re: Club 420 Date of Mfg.

420 was initially a popuboat , a "poor mans yacht" so expensive gadgets were barred or limited in the early years.* The mainsheet system was a crude transom vaurien style main , the vang had its's block sheaves included in the mast to save costs , no traveller (it came back later as a retrofittable ...
by LASERTOURIST
Sat Aug 08, 2015 8:12 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Club 420 Date of Mfg.
Replies: 17
Views: 11583

Re: Club 420 Date of Mfg.

the transparent flap was not watertight...it was used as a bailer when sailing fast (on the right tack, with the window leeward) . Later the rules accepted a tube type or elvström type self bailer somewhere in the centreboard case area. The idea behind the transparent flap was that it helped the cre...
by LASERTOURIST
Sat Jul 18, 2015 7:30 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Club 420 Date of Mfg.
Replies: 17
Views: 11583

Re: Club 420 Date of Mfg.

420 was mostly a french thing and only started expanding in the angosaxon countries in the early / mid 70's so french / Spanish /belgian /Italian numnbering should be coherent for that period....a19000 class numbr would mean early seventies ..1973 / 1974...maybe
by LASERTOURIST
Sat Jul 04, 2015 10:38 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Corsa 16?
Replies: 22
Views: 14828

Re: Corsa 16?

still the FJ is only 14 Ft long ....there are two feet missing somewhere
by LASERTOURIST
Sat Jul 04, 2015 10:32 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Corsa 16?
Replies: 22
Views: 14828

Re: Corsa 16?

Alpa was a "mass manufacturer" in 70's italy , like Lanaverre in France...The Flying Junior was intended a 14ft version of the olympic FD (by the same designer , Gus Van Essens), like Maury's 420 was an attempt to make a 14 Ft 505 . In Italy there were refined racing FJ's by small artisanal boatyard...
by LASERTOURIST
Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:04 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Pierre Marique's "Europa" vs Alois Roland's "Europe"
Replies: 10
Views: 8913

Re: Pierre Marique's "Europa" vs Alois Roland's "Europe"

Think it depends on the intrinsic boatspeed...if it is non planing and slow with a straight beat downwind shrouds are a nuisance specially with a low aspect ratio sail as is used on the Europe...fast boats and even more foiling ones behave differently (zigzags and gybes downwind with the boom rarely...
by LASERTOURIST
Tue Jun 16, 2015 5:52 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Pierre Marique's "Europa" vs Alois Roland's "Europe"
Replies: 10
Views: 8913

Re: Pierre Marique's "Europa" vs Alois Roland's "Europe"

I'm chiefly a laser sailor, so had only a distant seat in the Europe circus...which declined sharply when the boat ceased to be olympic so i don't know what exactly happened to Cristalli , who was , as you mentioned Roland's assistant. On french sailing forum somebody mentioned he had got his europe...