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6 days ago

I've was told this was a A class hull the design was called Greenfly and it was by R Griffin. I can find no information on this boat. But the measurement 71 inch LOA and 11 Inch Beam. Suggest it's a 10r. Any thoughts.

Thanks Brian
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Ive was told this was a A class hull the design was called Greenfly and it was by R Griffin. I can find no information on this boat. But the measurement 71 inch LOA and 11 Inch Beam. Suggest its a 10r. Any thoughts.

Thanks Brian

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Hi Brian could be an A, fin looks a bit short for a 10r, lines look good

definately a 10

That’s almost certainly a 10r

If you scroll down this page to the comments, a chap called Phil Coburn mentions the Greenfly/Tenafly 10R. If he is still around at Clapham he might have more info. cmyc.wordpress.com/about-the-boats/

6 days ago

Spent part of today sorting out the rudder linkage for my old Dambuster A class, which hasn't sailed for a number of years. Did that and sorted out the winch travel, etc so she is basically ready for a test sail. Out of interest this evening, I pinched the bathroom scales and plonked her on them. Just the hull (with fixed fin and ballast) with the radio gear , no sails or rigging weighed in at 23 kilos or 51lbs in old money. I must have been fitter in my younger days when I sailed her regularly at Emberton Park and used to swing her into the water without thinking about it! ... See MoreSee Less

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Oh the thought of trying to swing it into the water casually these days

6 days ago

The hull is just about done, most of the deck fittings are in place, just a couple of eye bolts to guide the jib sheets and a tension spring and pulley under the foredeck for the winch line. Re cut the 01 for the number and spray the rudder to match the bulb.
The rig needs a slight sort out but is basically in excellent condition.
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Great stuff Geoff, sadly going back to work curtailed my fun.

Work????? Never did like that!

1 week ago

25gsm glass and 4 coats of epoxy shows off the build quality, what a pity it has been covered up for years.
At least it won’t end up as a decoration in a bistro!
The resin is now dry after 24 hours but I’ll leave it another day until it is hard enough to wet sand and polish. Probably the deck needs another clear coat. The cf discs are where the turnaround pulley and fairlead will go as they didn’t fully cover the screw holes. Pad under the fin retaining screw and at the bow disguise a few excess holes. As in the human body, only the correct number of holes on a boat are desirable!!!
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25gsm glass and 4 coats of epoxy shows off the build quality, what a pity it has been covered up for years. 
At least it won’t end up as a decoration in a bistro!
The resin is now dry after 24 hours but I’ll leave it another day until it is hard enough to wet sand and polish. Probably the deck needs another clear coat. The cf discs are where the turnaround pulley and fairlead will go as they didn’t fully cover the screw holes. Pad under the fin retaining screw and at the bow disguise a few excess holes. As in the human body, only the correct number of holes on a boat are desirable!!!Image attachmentImage attachment

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I have had two of my old timers treated in this way and looking at the hull you would never know they have been treated in this way .

I was lucky that there was no damage under the paint and that the planking was well executed. Too many beautiful old yachts end up with antique dealers asking crazy prices and ending up as ornaments. This one is not vintage but definitely classic.

2 weeks ago

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Too fast for me, RC plane skills required😁

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2 weeks ago

A bit more progress on the JL 1.5M.
The bulb secured, faired and sprayed with 2K paint an the whole lot clear coated.
The hull has been covered in 25gsm glass cloth and Easy Composites XCR coating resin, which is UV resistant.
The deck has now been clear coated too and shows a nice grain pattern.
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A bit more progress on the JL 1.5M.
The bulb secured, faired and sprayed with 2K paint an the whole lot clear coated.
The hull has been covered in 25gsm glass cloth and Easy Composites XCR coating resin, which is UV resistant.
The deck has now been clear coated too and shows a nice grain pattern.Image attachmentImage attachment
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2 weeks ago

Hi to all members and thank you for the ADD. Looking forward to seeing the posts and adding a few myself. ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

All that nasty paint is off , now she’s stark naked and looking lovely. John Lewis designed 1.5M ... See MoreSee Less

All that nasty paint is off , now she’s stark naked and looking lovely. John Lewis designed 1.5MImage attachmentImage attachment

2 weeks ago

All that nasty paint is off now, still no nasties! ... See MoreSee Less

All that nasty paint is off now, still no nasties!Image attachmentImage attachment

2 weeks ago

A lightweight A class any ideas welcome as to what it is 64.5 inch LOA 12.5 inch extreme beam Hull weight 12 kiloa ... See MoreSee Less

A lightweight A class any ideas welcome as to what it is 64.5 inch LOA 12.5 inch extreme beam Hull weight 12 kiloaImage attachment

2 weeks ago

No nasty surprises under the paint, a nicely cedar planked hull. Still plenty more elbow grease needed to get the rest of the paint off.
Will be a clear glass/ epoxy finish . The last picture shows an Ellipsis IOM shell for size comparison.
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3 weeks ago

To all UK A Class Skippers

A Class Racing in 2020

Fellow sailors, it has indeed been a very strange year so far and it is only very slowly getting better. We now need to look at the way forward, which of necessity will be slow, first we need the A’s out on the water at your clubs, if you do not already do it organise regular A Class sailing and racing days, I don’t actually think we can run much in the way of large events for some time and to this end the intention is to cancel the A Class National Championships for 2020, these will now move to 2021 at Manor Park at a similar time of year, we also are intending to run all the events we had planned for 2020 in 2021 just adjusting the dates by the requisite day to cope with the calendar. I understand that the event planned for Rotherham can’t be held next year and I’ll be talking to Askern to see if they can help out. In addition, the remaining two PRACC events at Gosport and Poole are also cancelled. It is possible that dates held in calendar can be used for A class racing can be held. Should this be the case I will let you all know.

I feel that an explanation of this is required and as you probably suspect it is due mostly to the ongoing pandemic. The demographic of the model yachting fraternity puts the majority of us in the vulnerable zone, thus congregation in large groups, overnight stays in hotels, etc are not the ideal situation. In addition, the MYA has a requirement that National level events should be available to all skippers who wish to attend, the possibility of local lockdowns in the case of surges in infections could happen at any time with very little notice, thus necessitating cancellations, we cannot ask a club to go to the expense and hard work of organising an event at this level, only to have to cancel at short notice.

The events, ie:- open meetings, we have in the calendar for the rest of the year are totally depending upon the regulations in force at the time of the meeting. I, for one, am sure I will go to meetings if I’m able and allowed to go but I will not be staying overnight and until things change and will not be walking up and down lakesides in a group of skippers. We at Bournville, like many other clubs, have developed the art of social sailing from a chair and it looks like that this is the way it will be for some time.

As you will appreciate this decision has not been taken lightly and I do realise this news is probably not that welcome in some quarters but I’m sure with some thought on the matter you will agree with our feelings and agree that this is the only safe way forward. Hopefully 2021 will be back to some form of normality and we can get back to sailing these superb yachts. If you look at this positively it gives those of you planning to join us in the Classic A Class fleet longer time to get them fettled up in the racing shape. Please take look at the International A Class and the MYA Downwind Facebook pages and you will find some interesting A Class things going on across the world.

Keep Safe


Bill Green

RA Class Captain.
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To all UK A Class Skippers

A Class Racing in 2020

Fellow sailors, it has indeed been a very strange year so far and it is only very slowly getting better.  We now need to look at the way forward, which of necessity will be slow, first we need the A’s out on the water at your clubs, if you do not already do it organise regular A Class sailing and racing days, I don’t actually think we can run much in the way of large events for some time and to this end the intention is to cancel the A Class National Championships for 2020, these will now move to 2021 at Manor Park at a similar time of year, we also are intending to run all the events we had planned for 2020 in 2021 just adjusting the dates by the requisite day to cope with the calendar. I understand that the event planned for Rotherham can’t be held next year and I’ll be talking to Askern to see if they can help out. In addition, the remaining two PRACC events at Gosport and Poole are also cancelled. It is possible that dates held in calendar can be used for A class racing can be held. Should this be the case I will let you all know.

I feel that an explanation of this is required and as you probably suspect it is due mostly to the ongoing pandemic. The demographic of the model yachting fraternity puts the majority of us in the vulnerable zone, thus congregation in large groups, overnight stays in hotels, etc are not the ideal situation. In addition, the MYA has a requirement that National level events should be available to all skippers who wish to attend, the possibility of local lockdowns in the case of surges in infections could happen at any time with very little notice, thus necessitating cancellations, we cannot ask a club to go to the expense and hard work of organising an event at this level, only to have to cancel at short notice.

The events, ie:- open meetings, we have in the calendar for the rest of the year are totally depending upon the regulations in force at the time of the meeting. I, for one, am sure I will go to meetings if I’m able and allowed to go but I will not be staying overnight and until things change and will not be walking up and down lakesides in a group of skippers. We at Bournville, like many other clubs, have developed the art of social sailing from a chair and it looks like that this is the way it will be for some time.

As you will appreciate this decision has not been taken lightly and I do realise this news is probably not that welcome in some quarters but I’m sure with some thought on the matter you will agree with our feelings and agree that this is the only safe way forward. Hopefully 2021 will be back to some form of normality and we can get back to sailing these superb yachts. If you look at this positively it gives those of you planning to join us in the Classic A Class fleet longer time to get them fettled up in the racing shape. Please take look at the International A Class and the MYA Downwind Facebook pages and you will find some interesting A Class things going on across the world.

Keep Safe

 
Bill Green

RA Class Captain.

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As i wrote elsewhere thankyou for the update and i unfortunately however sad it is have to fully support the decision on events the correct decision. I am glad it has been made and explained.

Is that carbon A similar to a Diamond 10 Rater? 🤔

Nicky Ennion it's designed by the same person!!☺

Yes it’s the original Sword by Graham Bantock. All carbon construction

And if you twist my arm the Sword is available through BOATSetc

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