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  1. Mike I have several boats of varying ages and I would like to trace them and theire designers. Are you aware of any sourseof historic boats info?
  2. very interesting i always regretted selling my original Dolphin so was pleased to pick up another one recently. I is complete apart from the rig and has never been completely fitted ou. It is not registered so have no idea of how old it might be or which variant. but it will hit the water later this year, when my health improves Val
  3. I have finally managed to get these vane gears identified and an opinion on value from two sources. The first one is either an Asher or a Metcalf, fairly small and probably made for a Vane 36 at some point in the 50s to 60s. The opinion on value was £200 + The second one is unused and is identified as being an early Clem Edwards model. Certainly is certainy big enough for an A. and a very beautiful thing it is. I am advised that the asking price should be at least £300 Please remember I am selling these for a third party and so am obliged to secure the best price possible. I have pics if you want to see them but they would be easier to send by email. ,
  4. That entails the usual struggle with this blasted laptop which is not only illiterate but manages to hide all the pics that I download, but I will do my best tomorrow. Thanks Derek.
  5. Val Provoost

    Vane Gear

    I have two vanes to sell but I have no idea of what type they are. Any help much appreciated
  6. To protect the finish, use clear lacquer and thats handy stuff to keep in your kit as when you get a scratch you can dry the place off and respray it with clear. No more resin please. With these boats,less is more. Keep us posted.Most of us have been there at some time.
  7. I can see 'first build euphoria' setting in here. I felt much the same when I built my 10r. Its got 8 coats of varnish on it and a raised foredeck. Beautiful but definitely overkill. Dave has given you all the tips so let me consolidate a bit foryou. Carbon is prohibited in the hull of the IOM (read the rules. All of the rules. It saves a lot of time later) and excellent material as it is the impact resistance of one carbon sheathing layer is minimal to say the least. Glass is tougher. Think how you will feel when, on your first sail, you get T boned and come back with an interesting shaped letterbox in the side or worse, a trail of bubbles.One layer should be enough given Dave's preparation instruction and it weighs less. Regarding paint, I prefer 2 pack because when you want to clean those nasty bits of glue that remain where the deck patch was, the paint stays put as well as resisting the paint ripping off when you pull off the patches. Rattle can paint is a quick fix and gives a good finish that you can polish. Just dont take the solvent to remove the afformentioned nasty glue as it will bring the paint off too. Cellulose thniners or acetone will do a good job andthe paint will just wipe of
  8. After looking at all the posts I came to the conclusion thbenefit ubs getting cheaper all the time and is widely available and the only tangible benefit .would be that you can have a tapered mast. Probably a bonus on the top rig, not so sure about the rest.So I would vote to scrap the rule and let the owners decide. In truth I have little I doubt that there is any real benefit unless you are in the Brad Gibson/ Graham Bantock elite group. But what a boat. Just the job for a fiddler like me!
  9. Mark, a good starting point is Sails etc who have plans for Iota, Iona and Graffito 10R. Iona is a free plan and I sold an Iona recently for a customer.Its an elegant boat and not extreme in shape. Traplet have a variety of older boats available in plan form though I havent checked to see if there is a 10R amongst them. If you want to have a vintage boat then contact the Vintage Model Yacht Group and see what they might have. Good luck with your plans and above all - enjoy!
  10. Yes Darin, good idea. There must be a lot of members out there who have never seen a 36 vane or radio. Maybe I'll get round to finishing mine.
  11. Roger,could you please include me in your circulation of the 36 rules doc. I have always admired the rules for these boats as they are simple and accurate so the boat is easier to measure than most and so less hassle for the owner. As regards the RTR classes they have their place,just as when the IOM started and look where that has got us!
  12. WEll I have ploughed through all this and have a few points to make. With the growth and strength of the IOM, so long as you can maintain a national comittee which the makes contact with the International one, you have what is known as a 'self administered' class which runs its own affairs but under the MYA umbrella, to maintain contact with other classes and make use of MYA facilities, such as Technical. The only pitfall to being self administered is that the inevitable paranoia sets in over the rules whenever anything new comes along and makes the hot shots feel threatened. This leads to all sorts of exotic rule drafting and strange unenforceable rules being passed. The other drawback is that the majority of owners dont want to get involved in tedious things like rule minutia so the top 5% tend to drive the development in the class and sometimes an uninvolved third party to run things by and assess if it is really necessary or even achievable is worth it's weight in gold. Enter the MYA. When the IOM came into being it hit the three other classes hard and they have struggled at various times to keep going but they also need to be self administered so that they can control what rule changes are desirable and which not. If they are going to thrive again, their rules must be pitched to encourage that and a practical approach is needed. The new classes that are coming along are a healthy sign. They may well be 'Tupperware' boats or lightly converted boats like the ThunderTiger et al but so what? Many years ago I was at the London Boat Show - the year that the Mirror dinghy was launched and while I was looking I found myself standing beside Jack Knights, a well known yachting journalist. I asked him what he thought about the boat and after a long pause he said 'It will get a lot of people sailing and then they will go out and buy a boat.' Different times and different classes but as true now as then. When I hear about people not getting enough sailing because the 'new' classes are using the water I think that the MYA hasnt made a bad fist of things since the mid nineties. Gosport then had about 30-odd members of which about 5 were actively sailing radio and half a dozen or so in vanes. Now both the lakes are in use for a variety of classes most of the week. I would call that win,win. So basically, go for self administration and make the class(es) flourish and then let MYA continue to support the sport and the sailors for the optimum result.
  13. Val Provoost

    New 6m

    Sounds as if you have a jib twitcher on this boat which allows you to fine adjust the sheeting of the jib only, while the boat is sailing. Quite useful in light and shifty stuff but not essential. I also have a Tern, sitting in the queue and mine had the old heavy fibreglass deck removed and replaced with a sapele ply one so she will certainly need remeasuring also. Get it sailing and go enjoy it. you can fit the twitcher up later if necessary. I have another boat with a twitcher so if photos would help, just ask.
  14. I’ll hold my hand up straight away. I have an RG65,waiting for me to make a rig or three for it and,no, I am not a member of the class – yet. I read the various forum posts re the current situation with IRSA and see your reactions. Let me then add my contribution. I am a measurer of full sized boats, certified by the RYA and have been one since 1965. I have worked with several classes as either a Chief measurer, an advisor or have represented classes at the (then) IYRU annual conference to present our rule changes for ratification. If you want to be able to keep control of your rules and the future well being of the class, you need to create an international class association, as IOM have done with IOMICA. That way you deal with your rules yourselves and ask IRSA only for ratification. As to the format of the rules, joining the other classes in the standard format is a good idea because then manufacturers, measurers, and owners will be on familiar ground, which always helps to minimise mistakes and misunderstandings. Daunting as it looks, it is pretty straightforward and you can add or remove to suit your class’s requirements so long as you follow the layout. I think IRSA’s heavy handed approach is intended to spur you into action to form an ICA and I think you should do so. Then the balance of power shifts to you. Good luck and above all, enjoy. If you don’t why the hell are we doing it at all?
  15. Thanks John, I did know that but I have a steady turnover in boats and almost everyone I buy has an RMG which has been abused, neglected or damaged. Sure I can send them to Ken Binks and get them serviced but the simple things, I like to at least try and do myself,saving time and money and the reset would be a good starting point for any winch. They are robust things but I never fail to be amazed at what people manage to do to them and even more amazed that they still function. Not always properly though.
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