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by Stephen Hawkins
Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:03 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Sparkle, New Gunnels and Fordeck
Replies: 16
Views: 7422

Re: Sparkle, New Gunnels and Fordeck

Which is the one that goes black, if you are not careful?

I vaguely recall a discussion some time ago about this very subject, but am not sure what to search for.

Cheers

Steve Hawkins
by Stephen Hawkins
Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:08 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Sparkle, New Gunnels and Fordeck
Replies: 16
Views: 7422

Re: Sparkle, New Gunnels and Fordeck

Staples - I will give it some thought

Back to my original question:

Wood for the gunnels? Light colour to offset the mahogany?

Cheers
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:17 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: N3246
Replies: 12
Views: 5884

Re: N3246

Sorry Stuart,

Your boat is a late 4 planker. So you should be okay for the 4 plank mini-series assuming the N12 are running one next year. It is a lot more developed and later than mine : ) I think the were only 4 or 6 events held this year as a trial.

Good luck,

Steve H
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:03 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: N3246
Replies: 12
Views: 5884

Re: N3246

That is nice to know, as if I were to go down to 1 boat, it would be Sparkle.

That said, the wife is talking about renaming Planet to Planter, if I do not watch out.

Cheers
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:57 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Sparkle, New Gunnels and Fordeck
Replies: 16
Views: 7422

Re: Sparkle, New Gunnels and Fordeck

As far as the foamy glue is concerned, I used it on the only other re-deck I did - a Cadet, and it was fine. I think OBC has hit the nail on the head - use it sparingly. I have a limited number of clamps. The deck I pulled off was nailed and lasted 47 years. The deck is only coming off as the top la...
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:41 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Sparkle, New Gunnels and Fordeck
Replies: 16
Views: 7422

Sparkle, New Gunnels and Fordeck

So, finally, I have bit the bullet and remove the gunnels and the foredeck of my beloved Sparkle. The gunnels put up a terrific fight it has to be said, and as a result of their removal, I have a little collateral damage to repair. But before I ring Robbins up I need some advice on what I need to or...
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:27 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: N3246
Replies: 12
Views: 5884

Re: N3246

The National 12 Classic scene seems to mainly be aimed at the Clinker boats, from what I can see. But there is now renewed interest in the '4 plankers' from the 70's, with a 'mini series' being run for them this last year. Hopefully this is a good sign of things to come. Smooth finished molded boats...
by Stephen Hawkins
Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:36 am
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: National 12's of the 60's and 70's - Knowledge Please?
Replies: 17
Views: 9496

Re: National 12's of the 60's and 70's - Knowledge Please?

Yes, I agree with Rupert and Michael, get it on the water as soon as you can. It sounds like I am nit picking on what a very well turned out boat. But make no mistake, it would have been mine had I get there first. And if the tank is water tight it would be staying. I was just talking to Jim Aldis (...
by Stephen Hawkins
Wed Sep 03, 2014 8:24 am
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: National 12's of the 60's and 70's - Knowledge Please?
Replies: 17
Views: 9496

Re: National 12's of the 60's and 70's - Knowledge Please?

I have seen a couple of boats of this era that have had these tanks removed, which was why I mentioned it. Also you will find that the National 12 is a very responsive boat to balance and trim, with a need to move your weight quite far back when going downwind in a blow. Some designs even have a ten...
by Stephen Hawkins
Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:41 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: National 12's of the 60's and 70's - Knowledge Please?
Replies: 17
Views: 9496

Re: National 12's of the 60's and 70's - Knowledge Please?

Pay particular attention to the rear buoyancy tank. I have to say I prefer bags at the back. But I could forgive it if it were one of mine as she is in such lively order.

Cheers
by Stephen Hawkins
Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:51 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Making you own boat cover - good idea?
Replies: 9
Views: 5436

Re: Making you own boat cover - good idea?

I would like to add to this thread on some recent experience. I thought in the short term I would attempt to replicate the old poly cover with some new poly and plastic eyes, etc. I was disappointed to find a general lack of a boom up covers from many sources for an old N12, even if I had the spare ...
by Stephen Hawkins
Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:39 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: glues for cold moulding
Replies: 8
Views: 4713

Re: glues for cold moulding

I like the foamy stuff.but I understand that you have to be careful where and how you use it. I am about to embark on a redeck of my favourite National 12 and I will be using the balcotan equiv and g4 as the basis of the repair. However I will be using a nailed redeck method as a nod to the way it w...
by Stephen Hawkins
Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:04 pm
Forum: CVRDA organisation
Topic: The AGM
Replies: 42
Views: 28803

Re: The AGM

Can we get people to stop parking their boats next to the slipways and then walking off for an hour and a half.....Oh, sorry wrong AGM!

Cheers
by Stephen Hawkins
Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:00 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Spider...removing the cobwebs! N12 2523
Replies: 33
Views: 12696

Re: Spider...removing the cobwebs! N12 2523

That might be a better answer, thanks, although I am sure I could push the blighters through a bit of tape if the need arose.....But I do want to spend as little time as possible under the boat.

Cheers
by Stephen Hawkins
Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:15 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Spider...removing the cobwebs! N12 2523
Replies: 33
Views: 12696

Re: Spider...removing the cobwebs! N12 2523

Just an additional to my findings on sailing Spider. She seems to go quite well. My 12 year old daughter was crew for me on Saturday in light conditions and to be honest, initially we were almost trying to sit on each other. We both seemed to want to use the thwart. It was so light that neither of u...