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Wildfire Dinghy

Post by simonsmith » Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:36 pm

Hi members. So, we've started stripping all the fittings and rotten wood off of our newly acquired Wildfire in preparation for gel-coat repair and painting. A couple of items have caused us to scratch our heads, not difficult when working in our cold Inverness driveway. Please take a peek at the photos to see what I mean, I'm probably being thick, but what are these?

1. There’s a 2x2 inch hole in the transom. It can’t be for the tiller, so what’s that for?
2. Aft of the center thwart there’s a small wood-filled pole, just beside the self-bailer??

Cheers in advance for any help. :idea:
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Post by Rupert » Thu Dec 01, 2011 3:51 pm

Can the transom one not be the Tiller? I agree it looks small, but it would stop you over steering!

The post - to slot the parasol into when picnicing?!
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Re: Wildfire Dinghy

Post by JB9 » Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:01 pm

W42 had a hole just like that for the tiller. It looks as though the fittings have been added later.

The wooden post is a little odd.
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Re: Wildfire Dinghy

Post by Brian 42 » Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:22 pm

Ah the pleasures of owning old boats that have had decades of owners trying out their ideas on them. I can't better the parasol suggestion for the post thingy .... I notice the bailer is off centre as well - ours is bang in the middle. Perhaps someone fitted some kind of centre mainsheet hoop??

The tiller hole is definitely a tiller hole. The tiller is quite a narrow section and doesn't come near the edges (it bumps the side tanks before then.

Keep the pics coming - it'll be interesting to see the rebuild coming on.

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Post by Ed » Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:41 pm

A quick game of quoites if you get bored?

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Post by jpa_wfsc » Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:13 pm

Heavens preserve us... but if someone used the boat for angling, then a post in the middle makes some sort of sense as a rod prop. Also for cruising, there would be sense in a strut there for the camping tent?

If it was for a centre mainsheet system then there must have been some horizontal supports - there should be evidence of their fittings.
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Re: Wildfire Dinghy

Post by iowlen » Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:53 pm

1. Tiller hole.

2. Toilet roll holder !!!

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Post by simonsmith » Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:25 pm

Hi Folks,

Your replies have certainly caused a smile, although I'm not sure it's ever sunny enough up here for parasols. Here's another poser for you. As you undoubtedly remember, the Wildfire has a hollow daggerboard which is ballasted by lead weights. Does anyone know how heavy these weights should be? Too heavy, I sink, too light, I flip over!! :shock:
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Re: Wildfire Dinghy

Post by Nigel » Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:44 pm

Apparently 6 pairs of bags, each containing15lb (6.8kg) giving a total of 180lb (81.65kg).......according to Burrett

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Post by simonsmith » Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:05 pm

Wow! That's a lotta lead. Still, I suppose that's about the weight of an adult on the end of a capsized centerboard. Not wanting to show too much ignorance, but who's Burrett anyway?
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Post by neil » Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:04 pm

simonsmith wrote:Wow! That's a lotta lead. Still, I suppose that's about the weight of an adult on the end of a capsized centerboard. Not wanting to show too much ignorance, but who's Burrett anyway?

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Re: Wildfire Dinghy

Post by Nigel » Fri Dec 16, 2011 7:32 am

Quite a lot of cash too for that much lead shot I would have thought.

Anyone have any sourcing suggestions for Simon.

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Re: Wildfire Dinghy

Post by Rupert » Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:44 am

I have lead - in flat form - if that is of any use, down Swindon way. I was quoted approx £1 per kg if I take it to the metal merchant, so you can have it for the same.

Long, long way from Inverness, though...
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Re: Wildfire Dinghy

Post by jpa_wfsc » Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:48 am

Depleted uranium is cheaper...

http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/in ... 830AAbVehn

and heavier, so you would need less.

Its OK as long as you rarely get closer than 3' from it (how deep is that daggerboard?)

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Post by JimC » Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:52 pm

jpa_wfsc wrote:Its OK as long as you rarely get closer than 3' from it (how deep is that daggerboard?)j./
The radioactivity in depeleted uranium is so minimal and of such low power it would be doing well to get out of the sack you put it in the keel with. But, and its a very big But, Uranium is so chemically toxic that I for one would not want to go anywhere near it.

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