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Old 29-06-2013, 15:33   #1
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Greetings Earthlings

Hello CF.

A little about myself as an introduction.

In the past I've been involved with building glass boats and structures, including some carbon fibre and autoclaves.
I was also a sail maker for near 10 years starting out with hang gliders and para-gliders and ending up in a marine sail loft for Paul Newell who was sail maker to Sir Robin Knox Johnson aboard Condor.

Regarding boats I have only ever been involved with new builds or crewing for others until apx 2 months ago when I purchased my first 'proper' yacht at the age of 45.

The yacht was advertised on a well known ww brokers but knowing the owner I approached him direct and made a very handsome saving of near 66%.

The boat ended up as the last owners garden shed, only being used to heat up some some soup, a cuppa and a lot of space for ashtrays.
After removing 11 bin liners of crap, 5 kilos of obsolete wiring, 3 days against tidal piles anti fouling / new anodes and two days spent in a dinghy later I'm now getting towards what is a respectable looking craft.

There's some way to go with bespoke stanchion sockets crafted out of 316SS being made, removal of the lazy jack system, twin spinnaker pole overhauls, complete washing of all sheets and halyards, install AIS, gel wash / floor paint the inside all interior cupboards and an overhaul of the steering system. Come winter there will be a whole lot more!

I've joined because I've not owned a yacht before that requires a mooring which just about explains some of my weaknesses in the knowledge department.

And because we all like pictures......

The first image is as I found her having not been moved for at least two years.
Second and third images are as of last Thursday.
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Old 29-06-2013, 15:35   #2
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welcome, nice looking boat
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Old 29-06-2013, 15:39   #3
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Re: Greetings Earthlings

great looking boat.
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Old 29-06-2013, 15:48   #4
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Thank you for the kind words. She is far more than what I was looking for.

She is one of the original 5 built by the Tyler Boat Company in 1975 for the RNSA. There are other 35's in existence but not built by Tylers.

I'm hoping to make a transatlantic solo in two years with her. She's completed 4 round trips across the big pond so far which gives confidence, as if its needed with an Ohlson.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Gavala.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:52   #6
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Nice boat... welcome to CF!
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Old 01-07-2013, 13:34   #7
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Welcome to CF and congratulations. If You are planning to cross the Atantic and pass through Gran Canaria(Canary Islands), give a shout...
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Old 01-07-2013, 13:53   #8
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Thank you guys.

Agustín that's a very kind offer and I'd love to take you up on this. I may make a trip down to the Canary Islands next year, then up the Azores and back to the UK. This is when I've had the wind vane fitted and am completely comfortable with it.

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I would be very please, we´ll see by that time. Welcome You and who ever comes trough this islands..
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Nice looking refurbishment on your boat!

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Old 01-07-2013, 14:12   #11
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Thanks Khagan. Its all elbow grease so far, no paint.

I'm going down tomorrow to hoist the Genoa having removed the sunstrip, the residual glue and giving it a wash. I'm then going to remove the lazy jacks and basket in favour of the traditional main cover.

If anyone on or near the Isle of Wight wants a free lazy jack system feel free to take it off my hands. Measurements to follow.
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
That is a proper appearing yacht.
Well done.
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