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by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Aug 17, 2015 1:36 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Planet and Hastings find a new home....
Replies: 13
Views: 5549

Re: Planet and Hastings find a new home....

New rubber bungs, a 2nd attempt at a new kicker - after failure of the first attempt, back to old main sheet blocks as supplied, and a new boom. It's what you get for using really old bits - they are often worn out - a jammer has got to be able to hold onto the rope and sheaves have to be able to ro...
by Stephen Hawkins
Thu Aug 06, 2015 7:26 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: More help needed please
Replies: 5
Views: 2911

Re: More help needed please

Cant help you with the falcon, but that's a nice tidy Airhead you got there. I have an R100 myself,

Cheers

Steve Hawkins
by Stephen Hawkins
Thu Aug 06, 2015 4:56 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Planet and Hastings find a new home....
Replies: 13
Views: 5549

Re: Planet and Hastings find a new home....

Sailed Hastings today with Katy crewing. I was very impressed. Even had her planing, briefly. Only leaked from the drain holes in the transom which currently have sherry corks in them. Otherwise very solid. Might have to do something with the feeble kicker, but nothing too drastic. The amusing raked...
by Stephen Hawkins
Wed Aug 05, 2015 7:53 pm
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: Old Firefly bits
Replies: 18
Views: 9194

Re: Old Firefly bits

Chris,

spares are spares. I take it its a fixed rudder? Always good for a laugh. I currently work in Bradford On Avon, so it would not be too much of a journey to pop by and see you one evening, if the kettle is on.

Cheers

Steve H
by Stephen Hawkins
Wed Aug 05, 2015 8:06 am
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: Old Firefly bits
Replies: 18
Views: 9194

Old Firefly bits

On the look out for old Firefly bits. 1. Tufnol main sheet block with Becket. Plus one without. 2. Tube bailer bits. I have one complete one and one outer shell. Wondering whether to reinstate, but moot point until I have two complete ones. I know they are pants! 3. Gubbins to reinstate original jib...
by Stephen Hawkins
Tue Aug 04, 2015 8:32 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Planet and Hastings find a new home....
Replies: 13
Views: 5549

Re: Planet and Hastings find a new home....

She is now up the club, but I have not managed to sail her yet. Let's hope the weather improves enough to give her a go soon. I'd rather sail her in more benign conditions first time out. I will probably mostly single handing her. On the hunt for a second self bailer and the odd tufnol pulley. She w...
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Aug 03, 2015 6:28 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Planet and Hastings find a new home....
Replies: 13
Views: 5549

Planet and Hastings find a new home....

Boat swap alert. Planet (N12 672) has found a new home in Chichester and Hastings (Firefly 1066) has also found a new home at Whitefriars SC. As the last custodian of Planet, I am relieved to have found someone who has the wherewithal and the enthusiasm to give her the thorough the going over that s...
by Stephen Hawkins
Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:09 pm
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: Gold proctor mast for 1970's N12
Replies: 2
Views: 3068

Re: Gold proctor mast for 1970's N12

Gavin,

I have one. From a 12 (orignially 2383). Its got a single Diamond on it, probably from 1967.

Swindon - if you are interested.

Cheers

Steve Hawkins
by Stephen Hawkins
Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:15 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Family sailing
Replies: 19
Views: 12070

Re: Family sailing

Rupert, yesterday, I was talking to a chap who lives in Crudwell, near Malmsbury, i.e. about 7 miles away from Whitefriars SC. He owns and sail a pocket cruiser called a 'Willow Bay Shilling'. Its 17 ft long, and was designed by a chap from the Lyme Regis Boat building Acadamy (?). his boat has a ca...
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Mar 09, 2015 10:52 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Standing rigging, Talurit etc etc
Replies: 5
Views: 3850

Re: Standing rigging, Talurit etc etc

Blimey! But they lasted a long while, assuming they were original.

Well done for catching that one, I would not have thought to investigate it unless it was obvious whilst the mast was down.

Its a long mast to have around, over the side, etc.

Cheers

Steve H
by Stephen Hawkins
Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:15 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: G4 problem?
Replies: 11
Views: 5880

Re: G4 problem?

I have a flat topped cover that was good at holding the water close to the varnish side decks. It lifted the varnish right off over last winter, wherever the wet cover touched the varnish. No G4 in this instance, but lots of layers of varnish ruined either way particularly near the rear quarters. Th...
by Stephen Hawkins
Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:57 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: G4 problem?
Replies: 11
Views: 5880

Re: G4 problem?

I understand that one of the advantages of G4 was that it comes off just like Traditional varnish, i.e. with a heat gun, rather that dynamite (for epoxy and hard 2pack finished). Having said that, I have not yet had to remove large sections of it.....yet. I used it on my N12 (Sparkle) this winter wh...
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Feb 16, 2015 4:54 pm
Forum: Banter
Topic: RYA - Dinghy Sailing Instructor
Replies: 3
Views: 4790

RYA - Dinghy Sailing Instructor

Just finished the course. What fun! I can heartily recommend it. And doing it over 3 weekends in winter. Got lots of varied weather, from a gale, to this weekend, which was pretty light. Highlight of the course was a bearing away exercise in a Topper Badger (Bahia?) with a fully reefed main and a fu...
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Feb 02, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Boat building acadamies/schools
Replies: 7
Views: 4470

Re: Boat building acadamies/schools

I was having an interesting chat with my twin brother this weekend on this very subject. I also happened to mention some stich and glue canoe kits on ebay (Stanley Small Craft), which my brother seem quite keen to have a go at this summer. The kit is supplied with laser cut parts, epoxy and tape, et...
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Feb 02, 2015 2:52 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Family sailing
Replies: 19
Views: 12070

Re: Family sailing

I thought you already had more than one boat........?

Fnurk

Steve H