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by billytwiglet
Thu Nov 10, 2011 5:23 pm
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: mirror mast,boom etc.
Replies: 9
Views: 4334

Re: mirror mast,boom etc.

have mirror mast based sidcup
by billytwiglet
Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:44 am
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: sounds like a vintage 14
Replies: 26
Views: 5563

Re: sounds like a vintage 14

Ed, the thought of a cvrda stripping party is almost too much to bare :wink:
by billytwiglet
Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:45 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: another mystery hull
Replies: 5
Views: 2933

Re: another mystery hull

...not if it's ribbed clinker and 16' long!

should be investigated and saved but may be a day boat rather than a dinghy class
by billytwiglet
Mon Oct 17, 2011 5:50 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: sounds like a vintage 14
Replies: 26
Views: 5563

Re: sounds like a vintage 14

The owner has had several people look at this boat and it had to be cleared by 15th October, so I went up and collected it on 14th. Mr Bowles had rescued it from a boatyard in Norfolk ten years ago and has stripped the structure and transon and scraped out the insides. Never had the time or resource...
by billytwiglet
Sun Oct 16, 2011 12:23 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Merlin 16 decks
Replies: 15
Views: 4512

Re: Merlin 16 decks

Chris,

James Latham sell (finnish) birch ply often referred to as aero ply:-

http://www.lathamtimber.co.uk/images/Pr ... /Panel.pdf
by billytwiglet
Sat Oct 08, 2011 6:38 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Classic dinghy sailing clips
Replies: 6
Views: 2573

Re: Classic dinghy sailing clips

1953; 'dinghy sailing' shows Merlins and others including Merlin 220 which I am rebuilding at the moment (thanks for spotting that Chris)
Loads of good footage especially for the twelves.
by billytwiglet
Mon Oct 03, 2011 5:22 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Historic OK seeks new carer(!)
Replies: 6
Views: 2367

Re: Historic OK seeks new carer(!)

limbo dancing in a europe; now that I gotta see!!
by billytwiglet
Thu Sep 29, 2011 2:29 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Advice required - Slot Gasket fitting
Replies: 3
Views: 2628

Re: Advice required - Slot Gasket fitting

mike mc namara of sailmaking and wayfarer fame wrote an excellent guide to slot gasket fitting which works perfectly. used to be on the wayfarer website but I can't find it now. You could email mike via his website; he's a very nice and helpful chap, makes amazingly good sails too.
by billytwiglet
Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:17 am
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: Alloy mast wanted for Mirror Dinghy
Replies: 3
Views: 2578

Re: Alloy mast wanted for Mirror Dinghy

I've got a spare one; Sidcup
by billytwiglet
Wed Sep 21, 2011 2:05 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: A little classic
Replies: 2
Views: 1114

Re: A little classic

there's another for sale in Kent if anyone is thinking of starting a fleet or owners assoc.
by billytwiglet
Tue Sep 20, 2011 11:37 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: ageing brass
Replies: 5
Views: 2887

Re: ageing brass

Recipes to get the desired effect:-

http://www.sciencecompany.com/patinas/p ... rmulas.htm

(Don't get caught doing this in the kitchen!!!)
by billytwiglet
Tue Sep 20, 2011 11:11 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Twisting/bending 6mm plywood
Replies: 10
Views: 6911

Re: Twisting/bending 6mm plywood

If the decks are steeply curved and 6mm, they are probably pre-formed; ie layers of veneer layed up with adhesive on a former mould either male/female and maybe vacuum bagged.The finished component once set retains it's shape, cut to size then fixed in place. You can try cutting lines through the bo...
by billytwiglet
Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:24 am
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Classic, wooden Finn
Replies: 15
Views: 3239

Re: Classic, wooden Finn

Neil I got in touch with the owner via the ad on the classic finn website and yesterday identified the boat by looking up the name on the transom, Terrapin, in the boat register. There is a mast bend measurement guide on the north sails website too. Do I presume that they or any other sailmaker coul...
by billytwiglet
Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:19 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Classic, wooden Finn
Replies: 15
Views: 3239

Re: Classic, wooden Finn

Hi Graham would be very interested in a spare mast as the one that came with it has split top to bottom; daylight between the two halves for a metre from the top! It's repairable but this part might keep the boat off the water for too long. The rest of the boat is pretty sound but with very dry vene...
by billytwiglet
Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:53 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Classic, wooden Finn
Replies: 15
Views: 3239

Re: Classic, wooden Finn

'tis a 1961 Fairey, no. 95 called Terrapin, acquired today and soon to be moved for refurb in Sidcup.

Spooky, because Merlin 36 is called Terrapin as well!