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by Ancient Geek
Thu Jul 01, 2010 10:28 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Bought a boat last night...
Replies: 20
Views: 5539

Re: Bought a boat last night...

Use the Snark Rig and name the canoe "Boojum" or even "Toasted Cheese".
by Ancient Geek
Thu Jul 01, 2010 10:24 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Is it me?
Replies: 14
Views: 4324

Re: Is it me?

Michael I think you are mixing your music hall songs, my Grandmother spent her youth in East End Music Halls and sang all the songs to me. Daddy wouldn't buy me a bow wow............................... Cant get away to marry you today, my wife won't let me!!!! At to good Burgundy or any good wine yo...
by Ancient Geek
Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:05 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Is it me?
Replies: 14
Views: 4324

Re: Is it me?

Nigel is again right as to the worth of this ship but no I have never owned a 505!
From the picture it does look very origina, and at least in good nick,l could it be an Austin Farrar one? David Chivers would know, or a Tormentor one Decks look too rounded for a Fairy finished one.
by Ancient Geek
Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:02 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Bought a boat last night...
Replies: 20
Views: 5539

Re: Bought a boat last night...

I think nigel is right the Indian in Cochin do just that on their narrow canoes using Blue Plastic tarpaulin as sail cloth look like a fleet of Enterprises with the rigs turned through 90 degrees, confusing when the local Enterprise Fleet is racing as well!
by Ancient Geek
Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:31 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Buoyancy in boats designed to have none
Replies: 5
Views: 1751

Re: Buoyancy in boats designed to have none

I assume it is Swallow? Well she's wood so she will float but without much if any freeboard her internal ballast will take care of that. Some years back now after a few sinkings and before we got bulkheads the Dragon Class fitted on a voluntary basis self inflating bags rather like grown up versions...
by Ancient Geek
Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:15 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Bought a boat last night...
Replies: 20
Views: 5539

Re: Bought a boat last night...

A bit of quiet inspiration for you. Here's a rig drawing, good luck with it. The last present I bought my ex wife (2nd) was abeautiful Rob Roy Canoe made in cedar veneer with an amazing rolled edge to the cockpit and a rig rudder n everything I found it in a boatyard on the Broads sadly she's left b...
by Ancient Geek
Thu Jul 01, 2010 2:07 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: The Merlin Rocket Book
Replies: 22
Views: 7878

Re: The Merlin Rocket Book

BTW, I do not think Robin Fowler had any problems with Sugar Plum 1663 (Beautifully home built.) and deserved better luck with her than he had. Any death roll is down to basic handling problems in boats if it begins to roll beyond where you can control it pull in a length of mainsheet your mainsail ...
by Ancient Geek
Thu Jul 01, 2010 2:04 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: The Merlin Rocket Book
Replies: 22
Views: 7878

Re: The Merlin Rocket Book

Surf Scoter, 1451 Beat Nik 1523 et al (all 7 of them!) were never out of the first 6 in championships from inception to retirement John Harris had Paragon 1561 but it was the first two that shone, really a Wyche & Coppock mk 9 rip off crossed with a MK11! Beat Nik should have won the 65 Championship...
by Ancient Geek
Thu Jul 01, 2010 10:51 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: The Merlin Rocket Book
Replies: 22
Views: 7878

Re: The Merlin Rocket Book

Lets get picky! David proposed a chute for "Unit"! Article Yachting World 1966 if he ever built it you know better than me, he share a house with us for the 1967 MR Champs at Poole and he had unit there as well I do not recall seeing either it or evidence of it being there! I was refering to Merlin ...
by Ancient Geek
Thu Jul 01, 2010 10:15 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: The Merlin Rocket Book
Replies: 22
Views: 7878

Re: The Merlin Rocket Book

DH
BAZ was a very odd boat she was however the very first Merlin Rocket spinnaker shute in 1969 it was an alloy thing over deck! She was at the the 1969 Championships as was Hugh's King Louise. Neither shone!
by Ancient Geek
Wed Jun 30, 2010 5:21 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: The Merlin Rocket Book
Replies: 22
Views: 7878

Re: The Merlin Rocket Book

DH, You would expect me have a view on this wouldn’t you! When Jim Park (Now sadly minus a leg!) wrote the book which is a good read, if deficient, the class was indeed South / South West/ Midlands centric with enclaves in the Industrial North West, A tiny fleet at Alnmouth and an equally small if v...
by Ancient Geek
Wed Jun 30, 2010 4:16 pm
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: Merlin Rocket bits - 950
Replies: 39
Views: 10440

Re: Merlin Rocket bits - 950

It is a matter of the correct wire, which I will admit is hard to get it for perfection should be crane/lift construction 19X19X19 Harvey Churchward of the Racing Dinghy Equipment Company (No longer with us in either case.) had a vast quantity made up in dinghy and keelboat sizes (He overordered by ...
by Ancient Geek
Wed Jun 30, 2010 12:04 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Oulton Week 2010
Replies: 115
Views: 39341

Re: Oulton Week 2010

However thinking of Oulton Weeks past "experienced" was all that was required.
by Ancient Geek
Wed Jun 30, 2010 11:24 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Early International Moths
Replies: 21
Views: 10318

Re: Early International Moths

Anthrax?
by Ancient Geek
Wed Jun 30, 2010 9:41 am
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: Merlin Rocket bits - 950
Replies: 39
Views: 10440

Re: Merlin Rocket bits - 950

I am never a luddite but for all its minus points wire has one advantage that you can see well in advance of its need for replacement and because of it resistance to abrasion its MTBF is higher anyway.