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by LASERTOURIST
Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:10 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest
Replies: 52
Views: 28793

Re: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest

The Pete Goss boat was a freak and somewhat "out of the box" , not quite tried and tested.... awkwardly supported twin masts (Tim Coleman's crossbow 2 style, only was sailing on inshore flat waters at Weymouth), windsurf style wisbone booms that do not give much control over sail shape , What's more...
by LASERTOURIST
Wed Jan 28, 2015 6:38 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest
Replies: 52
Views: 28793

Re: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest

The Mailboat is said to be made of polystyrene foam (AKA Klégécell), didn't know about this one but there were two "rather ugly ducklings" made this way : the lateen rigged Sunflower (the first one , sponsored by a US Chewing gum company were bare white klégécell while the later ones wer clad with t...
by LASERTOURIST
Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:50 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest
Replies: 52
Views: 28793

Re: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest

and yes , there is definitely a trapeze on the boat in the ad....The infamous wishbone rigged Wizz claimed it could do without a trapeze wire being so wide...but it was comletely flawed design...JM Finot was a great designer of Vendée Globe planig keelboats , but a small dinghy is working in a quite...
by LASERTOURIST
Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:44 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest
Replies: 52
Views: 28793

Re: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest

Paul Elvström once was in charge of designing an AC 12 metres boat, in a period when the then new huge "Maierform" bulbous bows worked wonders on big tankers and ore carriers ... Tank tests on models seemed promising and America Cup was so tightly boxed in the rules and under Sparkman/Stephens contr...
by LASERTOURIST
Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:14 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest
Replies: 52
Views: 28793

Re: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest

I think the catboat :mast forward rig was the first marketed (vague recollections of reviews in nautical press)....Question is was the 2nd , version (classic sloop rig) made to correct some behavioral defect or just to give the crew something to play with (jib and possibly asy spinaker) ? Some boats...
by LASERTOURIST
Sun Jan 18, 2015 9:08 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest
Replies: 52
Views: 28793

Re: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest

The designer 's name is pierre Souaille, that's the reason for the silly name...

The alternative silly solo rig (right on the bow) is also quite weird...somebody tried to re-invent the wheel...

http://www.bateauxonline.fr/essais/deri ... e-sur-leau
by LASERTOURIST
Sun Jan 18, 2015 6:33 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest
Replies: 52
Views: 28793

"Ugliest dinghy ever" contest

Hello and happy new year Did CVRDA ever tried to put up a "ugliest dinghy ever" contest? Here is a likely contender (no pun intended) The rationale was probably making a mould out of curved thin plywood , origami style, but it is truely freakish (has been launched in the early 90's and was called SW...
by LASERTOURIST
Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:28 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: GP14 age and 3 stud trailer wheel availability?
Replies: 33
Views: 21399

Re: GP14 age and 3 stud trailer wheel availability?

Well, maybe this will do for pensioned old sailors...the version for beaches is equipped with tank tracks but a tarlmac wheeled version also exists... http://www.nenuphar.com/fr/chariots-de-mise-a-l-eau/6256-nenuftract-petit-remorqueur-electrique.html Nevertheless many clubs and sailing schools in B...
by LASERTOURIST
Mon Oct 27, 2014 3:24 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Peter Milne HIT 14 Dinghy
Replies: 117
Views: 46575

Re: Peter Milne HIT 14 Dinghy

Thing is , as always, established classes tend to drag on for quite some time (think of the Snipe in the US !) and OK's were the staple singlehander for the non- finn, non 90 Kgs Athletes sailors on the Continent , there was nothing as the Solo, Hit or Sliding plank british wonders back here... With...
by LASERTOURIST
Sun Oct 26, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Peter Milne HIT 14 Dinghy
Replies: 117
Views: 46575

Re: Peter Milne HIT 14 Dinghy

Looks like the Hit was some missing link in the darwinian evolution between the OK dinghy and the Laser , it even retains the tupperware hatches that were such a nuisance ion a capsized OK...Trouble is it was advertised as the Singlehander for the 80's while in the early 80' s the laser was already ...
by LASERTOURIST
Thu Sep 25, 2014 10:40 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Unmistakably british but what is it?
Replies: 5
Views: 6127

Re: Unmistakably british but what is it?

Flexible tops were easier to obtain with the turned tapered round tube (Z spars , needlespars..etc) than with the cut and weld technique, but i remember the 70's Elvstrôm black anodized masts...some were cut / welded / tapered very thin and flat at the top , they did flex quite a lot ...but better n...
by LASERTOURIST
Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:10 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Unmistakably british but what is it?
Replies: 5
Views: 6127

Re: Unmistakably british but what is it?

Firefly seems likely , after hecking the database , bt still the wood / aly mast is a strange concept, may be it is like moden aly base and carbon tops on some modern boats, was it a known feature inthe late 50's early 60's
by LASERTOURIST
Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:01 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Unmistakably british but what is it?
Replies: 5
Views: 6127

Re: Unmistakably british but what is it?

What's more the mast is part wood , part aly wih the diamonds anchored in the lower ..is this a known trick, a quick fix for a broken mast , butchered tinkering, just plain sabotage or an attempt to fit in a rules change without spending too much on a brand new mast?
by LASERTOURIST
Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:43 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Unmistakably british but what is it?
Replies: 5
Views: 6127

Unmistakably british but what is it?

Hello!

Says 3,7 m (makes 12 Ft ?) looks hot molded , veneers quite shot in some places , unusual in our climate, obviously much restoration needed, but what is it exactly?

http://www.leboncoin.fr/nautisme/710139293.htm?ca=12_s

Thanks for your help
by LASERTOURIST
Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:57 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Laser Fun New Wave
Replies: 17
Views: 12701

Re: Laser Fun New Wave

The Laser 2 was certainly created in the early 80's , after the Tasar failed to fill the bill as a 2 men Laser... I don't know the intricacies of the CVRDA constitution ...but as soon as this boat is of significant interest in dinghy history (15000+ built) and is still being sailed (yes we used a la...