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  • in reply to: Just aquired GP14 #3644
    Oliver Shaw
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    To add to Kev’s comments,  this is a Mk 1,  not a Series 1;    i.e. a GRP boat.      The mast step is not identical to that of the Series 1;   on at least  some of the early GRP boats there is a stainless steel plate bonded into the GRP,  to which the mast step is bolted.    Further information is available,  albeit with some searching,  in past posts on the GP14 Owners Online Community site,  or some of our GRP experts may well be able to advise.

    Regarding the tiller,  the current class rules leave virtually all aspects of the tiller optional.    If your tiller is straight,  and you wish to stay with a straight one,  then   –   as Kev says  –  there is no structural need for it to be laminated;  lamination is merely a nice cosmetic touch.   However if you want it cranked,  then laminating it is really the only way to make a satisfactory job,  as a sawn cranked one would almost inevitably result in grain running partially across the curved section,  at a point of maximum load.

    You don’t state whether your one is straight or cranked,  nor do you describe the nature of the crack.   If it is merely that the glue has failed and the laminations have separated you could do worse than take it apart and relaminate it.  Or even attempt to reglue in situ,  without taking it apart,  using a product such as WEST Epoxy Six10 Thickened Epoxy;  this is supplied in a cartridge which fits a standard cartridge gun,  mixes automatically in the extrusion nozzle,  and is capable of being injected into cracks as it emerges from the extrusion nozzle.

    http://www.westsystem.com/ss/six10-introduction/

    I am not yet familiar with this product myself,  but expect to be using it very shortly on one of my own projects.   However  I have used enough of the WEST epoxy products over many years to have full confidence in the brand.

     

    Oliver

    in reply to: The Sail Number Register #3600
    Oliver Shaw
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    “Who is best to contact currently then in relation to boat identification or history?”

     

    Julie Courteney,  at the Association Office,  in the first instance.    If the boat is currently registered with us Julie should have the file;  if not currently registered but has been in the past she can then pass on the enquiry to the Archivist,  who can check the older files.

     

    Oliver

     

     

    in reply to: The Sail Number Register #3597
    Oliver Shaw
    Moderator

    I have no knowledge of why that is no longer on the new site,  but I would hazard a guess that all these things take time and labour to migrate them properly from the old site to the new one,  and the work is done by volunteers who also have other responsibilities within the Association,  as well as having home lives and responsibilities for their jobs and their families.   Not to mention having some time to sail their own boats.

    However that web page did have three limitations (three at least):

    • A great many boats were not listed,  because their owners did not list them,  so it was at best a very incomplete record
    • A number of boats,  predominantly those in Sri Lanka,  were entered with purely local sail numbers not only gave the impression that they were very early vintage boats (from about 1951) when they were actually fairly new boats,  but which duplicated existing genuine sail numbers of genuine vintage boats  –  and sometimes precluded the genuine holders of those numbers from registering their boats.  This is not just conjecture;   to my certain knowledge it did on occasion cause genuine confusion,  and it did on occasion prevent owners of very early boats (with sail numbers in either single or double digits) registering them.
    • The information was incomplete;  it did not provide a means by which one could contact a fellow member (via the boat).

    On the plus side,  the opportunity for a photo and for a history of the boat was excellent.

     

    Oliver

    in reply to: The Sail Number Register #3585
    Oliver Shaw
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    Oops:  I had forgotten that although this website does recognise some text enhancements it does not recognise underlining,  and the result is a gobbledegook of formatting commands that interfere with the text.

    Last line should have read “But that means that some volunteer has to be found who is willing to do the work. Any offers?”

     

    Oliver

    in reply to: The Sail Number Register #3584
    Oliver Shaw
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    For the first few decades of our history we published a full register of boats and owners,  including names and addresses,  in the annual Handbook;   certainly most if not all of this information was still there in 1988,  for which year I happen to have a Handbook still in my possession.

    More recently the feeling has been that we are no longer allowed to publish this information because of data protection legislation.

    But surely it should not be beyond the wit of man to devise a system by which the information could be published (in the Members Only area of the website) in the case of those members who were happy for publication to their fellow members,  while also giving all members the opportunity to individually opt out.   Perhaps even partially opt out,  i.e. individually decide just how much to publish (perhaps sail number and boat name,  query owner,  query club,  query address,  query phone number,  query email address).    And with an online system there should be the technical capability to update it at any stage,  as a member’s circumstances (and indeed wishes) change.

    But that means that some <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>volunteer</span> has to be found who is willing to do the work.     Any offers?

     

    Oliver

    in reply to: Advice for first time buyer #3365
    Oliver Shaw
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    Sorry;  the system seems to have garbled that post with intrusive gobbledegook which I can only guess is a set of formatting commands for underlining,  which the website does not seem to recognise.     Trying again, with emphases in bold rather than by underlining:

    With all due respect to Mike’s undoubted expertise, we seem to have a confusion of nomenclature here.  Marks 1, 2, 3, etc. (through to Mk IVa) are all very early (arguably vintage) GRP boats;    Series 1, and 2, are the wooden boats.    As vintage boats, although the hulls of Mk. 1, 2, 3 should theoretically be just as competitive as any others, in practice I don’t think any of us would put any money on it!!

    My understanding is that more modern plastic boats are generally referred to by the builders/moulders, e.g. Holt/Speed, Speed, Winder, Boon.

    Similarly the modern wooden boats, almost invariably series 2, are often further identified by the builder, and in the case of the Duffin boats some of them are sometimes known by the strictly unofficial designation Series IIa.

    Oliver

    in reply to: Advice for first time buyer #3364
    Oliver Shaw
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    With all due respect to Mike’s undoubted expertise,  we seem to have a confusion of nomenclature here.   <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Marks</span> 1, 2, 3, etc. (through to Mk IVa) are all very early (arguably vintage) GRP boats;  <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Series</span> 1, and 2,  are the wooden boats.  As vintage boats, although the hulls of  Mk. 1, 2, 3 <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>should</span> theoretically be just as competitive as any others,  in practice I don’t think any of us would put any money on it!!

    My understanding is that more modern plastic boats are generally referred to by the builders/moulders,  e.g. Holt/Speed,  Speed,  Winder, Boon.

    Similarly the modern wooden boats,  almost invariably series 2, are often further identified by the builder,  and in the case of the Duffin boats some  of them are sometimes known by the strictly unofficial designation Series IIa.

     

    Oliver

    in reply to: Last Day at the Office for Sue!!! #3234
    Oliver Shaw
    Moderator

    Many thanks to Sue for all her unfailing and willing help over the years.    Enjoy the retirement!

     

    Oliver

    in reply to: Road Base. #3172
    Oliver Shaw
    Moderator

    Not sure what you mean by the “standard” trolley,  as there are several different ones.

    The one with the rather nice twin cradle arrangement,  with padded vertical ends to the main cradle which give lateral support to the hull and can assist with docking, is essentially a West Mersea Trailers design,  although there are some clones of it around.

    Try West Mersea Trailers,  or Mersea Trailers (NOT the same firm  –  very confusing),   http://freespace.virgin.net/trailer.sales/,    http://www.merseatrailers.com/home.php;   or Chris Brown, http://www.cbcoverstore.co.uk/.

    A launching trolley with a more basic arrangement of chocks is (or at least was) made by Rapide,  as part of a combi-unit;  and I am fairly sure that Indespension also do one.

    Yet another design of combi-trailer is produced by Sovereign Trailers.    I had not previously heard of them,  but there was an article from them about the new trailer legislation in the Spring 2013 issue of Mainsail.

    I rather doubt whether launching trolleys of differing designs are interchangeable with road bases for alternative designs,  so it would be sensible to first identify exactly what launching trolley you have.     However I have successfully used a launching trolley from Chris Brown on my West Mersea road base,  but then this launching trolley is a near clone of the West Mersea one.

    Hope this helps,  and good luck.

     

    Oliver

    in reply to: Sailing The CHELSEA… #2573
    Oliver Shaw
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    Great to see this on here.

    After a period of decline,  there is now a small but apparently strengthening band of GP14 enthusiasts in what I think are the north-eastern states of the USA (Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey,  I think,  but my geography is rusty and I am very definitely open to correction),  and it is good to see that enthusiasm for the boat.

    There are certain issues with the standing rigging of this particular boat,  but we are already in discussion on this “in another place”,  to borrow Parliamentary terminology,  and I think we all now know the way forward.

     

    Oliver

    in reply to: Bass end of season #2571
    Oliver Shaw
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    Seconded;   a superb weekend,  with some excellent sailing,  in a glorious part of the country,  and a marvellous welcome for the Vintage fleet.

     

    > There must be hundreds if not thousands of clubs Series1′s just like mine

    Well,  Series 1s, yes;   not many (like yours) going back as far as 1950/51,  though,  with sail numbers in just two digits,  and as historically authentic as possible!

     

    Oliver

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