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  1. I have happily used Kingmax sail winch servos for some time. When you buy from some outlets they say that the servos are programmable but you can only seem to buy them preset in terms of number of turns,  almost all of them have the same rotation rate etc.

    For the sw22hv, it would seem to be able to be set to what you want except that you have to have  the means to do it . I believe that you need this little gizmo to do it 

    https://www.amazon.com/KINGMAX-22kg-cm-programmable-Bearings-Waterproof/dp/B07SMSWVF8.  Does anyone know any different ?


  2. I am restoring an older wooden built Revival at present.  A friend of mine has access to a spreadsheet of registered 6 metre boats and  came up with the details of a registered Revival.

     They were   displacement = 12.2 kg.

        A for mainsail = 1720 mm

     B for mainsail    = 539 mm

     J  measurement = 541mm

    Mast measurement mark from front = 591mm.

    My own boat looks like it will turn out just over 12 kg  (keel and bulb being detachable and weigh just about 10kg)

    A = 1720

    B  = 520

    J for these sails = 560    

    Mast measurement from front currently looks like it is going to be around 570mm. The rearmost position for the mast is limited by the way the boat has been constructed, there being a keelbox which limits how far aft the mast foot can go, the mast itself fitting into a wooden box presumably held in place with wedges

    Only problem with this is, with the existing sails , the front forestay mark is literally falling off the front of the bow.  I may look at a different sail plan with a reduced J measurement.

    Hope this is helpful.  




  3. If the hull is 50 inches long, the yacht is almost certainly a Marblehead of some design, although I don't know which. Don't think it is a Moonraker, which was kitted by Nylet. Frank Parsons at Nylet could probably confirm that either way. Think there was a "Kingfisher" design around , as well.


    Despite the card and the winch, it may not actually be a Tony Abel boat.  I bought a Vic Smeed designed "Harem" Marblehead some time ago  which was advertised as Tony Abel boat, simply because it had several of his stickers attached!.

  4. Hi Mike,

     Not to worry. I hope that the Secretary is better soon; I wasn't aware that Geoff wasn't well.  Just as well I didn't ring him as I know that he had a Revival at one time and I was going to pick his brains. Should have also thought about people being away on holiday given the time of year. 

    Given the friendliness of the TI folk I have met, I didn't think that if I turned up that I would be sent away with my tail between my legs but didn't want to presume😀.




  5. Hi Mike ,

    Thanks for that.  For the mast I was actually thinking in terms of one of Mr Bantocks mast slides on the deck and some form of mast step at the bottom of the box while I can get at it.

     I am afraid that I am spoken for on Wednesday, though I appreciate the offer.  I am not sure if I am a member of TI yet, as I applied a month ago and haven't heard anything back yet. Perhaps I have been blackballed!!

  6. Well just got back from the mayhem that is the British motorway system under roadworks, having collected the Revival.  Actually better than I thought it might be with no major issues other than needing the deck affixing after the internals have been sorted. Even that should be relatively easy as it has a rebate around the top of the hull for the deck to fit in.  Looks like the ali groovy mast is useable and possibly the Bantock sails although they have a couple of nasty stains which look a bit like something rusty has dripped on them.  

    The mast has no proper step at present, simply a rectangular slot in the deck with a box in the hull, neither of which will actually locate the mast properly. That will probably be the first job, followed by a decent mounting point for the shroud plates as what is there (no plates on the deck at present) looks a bit scrawny.  Was actually surprised at the weight of the removable keel, it seems very heavy compared with the Tern. Must get the scales out and weigh the hull and the keel .  Next step might be to try and get a copy of the plan to see what was intended.

  7. Hi Shaun,

    Thank you very kindly for that.  I thought that if it were a 6m, Mike Ewart would know something about it!   I am a member of Abington Park MYC and have also applied to join Two Islands as they seem to be quite active in the class.



  8. Having just about finished my light restoration of a Lewis "Tern" (K924 pictured) , I have got back a bit of enthusiasm for 6 metre boats. Due to a change in interests within my club, these graceful boats have been replaced in favour by the DF95 which is probably a more convenient size for most members.   Just before a weeks holiday , I put a bid on a boat on Ebay that I had noticed previously being sold as a Marblehead, but being described as 55 inches long, obviously wasn't.  The seller then replaced the ad with one querying that the boat might be a 6 metre which looked more on the mark.   He was asking for offers on his starting price and in a moment of weakness ( beware late night Ebay viewing) I put in a quite low bid.        To cut a short story even shorter, she is now mine to collect when I have the opportunity.   Will be interesting to see how close she comes to being a 6m.  If anyone has any inkling as to design or origins of the boat, comments would be welcome





  9. I have finally got my act into gear and have received the new groovy mast material and fittings to get the Tern back into sailing condition.

    I took the opportunity to contact the class Registrar who tells me that he has the boat still registered and will transfer it to me , sending any details that he holds. Looks like the 6 metre is pushing its way to the front of the "get sailing again" queue ahead of the A Class Dambuster and a couple of older Marbleheads. Think

    we are going to be busy.

  10. To be fair , many clubs will not be the arbiters of what happens to the water they sail on as the "owners" will be local councils , water authorities or commercial ventures. You may, as a club, have permission to sail on the water but not to undertake "groundwork" by adding chemicals, straw or whatever. The club that I joined recently sails by grace of the local sailing club on a reservoir which they use by arrangement with the local water authority. Presumably , anyone wishing to undertake weed suppression would have to get that Authority's clearance.

  11. Hi Val,

    Thanks for that. Looking purely at the geometry of what is there, I had pretty much concluded that it was a twitcher rather than a fine trim set up. I am off to the USA tomorrow on holiday, but when I get back I shall be ordering a new mast and the necessary fittings to re-rig the boat. I think that once I am able to rig it, I may be able to work out how the thing was meant to work! Presumably the idea is to flick the jib out to catch the wind in light airs rather than adjust the jib to mainsail relationship ?

    I haven't actually tried to see if the Whirlwind winch works yet, if not then I do have a new Tornado winch that I bought for a Marblehead that I have to renovate so that might end up in the 6m instead. Given the current internal rigging, looks like it might be fun to set up! The chap that sold me the boat actually had a spare deck moulding which he offered to me if I wanted it but given how nice the boat looks at present, I think that I will resist the temptation of ripping the current deck off as I doubt that it would improve anything on what I have.

    Once again thanks for the help.

  12. Earlier this week, I took delivery of my first 6 metre boat. It is an older design ( a Tern) in fibreglass with a couple of suits of Bantock sails. It needs a new mast and a set of rigging. At present the hull is basically complete with a rudder servo, Whirlwind Olympic winch and a 3rd servo with an arm in the front of the hull.

    The lines from this 3rd servo run forward to the bow, out onto the deck through twin fairleads back to a pulley block each side and towards the rear of the jib boom then forward of the swivel point of the jib where they join together at a metal ring. As not all of the fittings are in place on the jib, it is not clear to what the ring connected. I have been trying to work out what function this rig has and presume that it is either 1) some separate trim function for the jib boom or 2) a form of jib twitcher.

    My question is do current users of 6m's think that there is any great advantage in either of these functions as , at present, I am minded to simplify the rigging by deleting the servo and tidying up the deck, or at least not bothering to connect it up .

    The boat in question has been out of commission for a while and has been with a club mate for a while after he bought it , I believe , from an estate sale. It was registered as K924 at one time but I have no certificate or measuring papers for it so presumably will have to get it remeasured. From a sticker inside, I believe that it was originally built in the general Gosport area, or spent some time there



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