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  • Birthday 19/02/1952

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  1. Been practicing on my old A class which is even heavier
  2. Saw those. Put a tentative bid on the A.
  3. Actually guys, it was our own Mike Ewart who bought it. I pointed out to him that there was a 6 metre on Ebay, but he was aware of it. I had put a bid on it and then received the "bid cancellation notice" from Ebay. Looking at the item on Ebay , it shows it as item "no longer available" On emailing Mike saying that it had been pulled from auction, he confirmed that he had bought it and is collecting it tomorrow.
  4. This new Constitution is simply a flawed document. The Council have to accept that if presented with something like this in another sphere, such as house buying or legal business, it would be flung back in the face of those presenting it. The MYA comments above have bemoaned the fact that almost all the comments are negative. Rightly so in my personal view. While I am sure that very many of us would support the INTENT of the document, the CONTENT has so many confusions in it as to make it unacceptable without serious revisions. As pointed out . both in this thread and in answer to a recent one on membership rates, the current Constitution only allows a General Meeting to vote on the motion, not sensible amendments. With this document, the Council is surely asking for a vote against this at the EGM, which should be cancelled until some of the issues raised in the comments above and in Roger's letter to Council are addressed.
  5. Just as an aside to this, while I updated most of the electronics on the A during the Autumn (removing the Flight Link Duette 27mhz set up which still worked!) I left the original winch in place. This consisted of a large Monoperm motor driving a brass gear train with limit switches on a traveller arrangement. Something else probably knocked up in Brittania's Luton work shops. While a bit "old school" it is virtually impossible to move the winch drum by force except by energising the motor. This was originally via a pair of micro switches mounted on a servo but has been replaced with a solid state switch from a chap in the Channel Islands. The set up isn't lightning fast nor is it proportional, but it is basically simple and virtually foolproof. For the sort of sailing I am likely to do, the winch will probably be fine ( it was back in the 70's so should work just as well now). I did have a look around for something newer to replace it but with the seeming lack of RMG 300 series winches around , I was hard put to find anything that would reliably cope with the not inconsiderable forces involved in shifting the sails as there is a fair old area involved. Just wondering what others use in A's, given that the current breed are probably carrying less sail area. Any suggestions/observations welcomed.
  6. Interesting to note that the A class now has 2 Class Captains , championing the class. Quite appropriate really , as given the weight of some of the older designs that they want to get back on the water, you need 2 people to lift them! Well that's the impression I get when moving around my Dambuster A Class that I acquired back in the early 1970's and used to sail at Emberton Park when it was barely a reclaimed gravel pit. If I remember correctly, the bulb on the end of the keel is somewhere close to 60lbs. I spent some time this Summer, tidying up the A which hasn't sailed for a good few years and it is nearly ready for a rebirth , along with my 6 metre "Tern". The A class was one of 3 identical boats built by a sailor local to Emberton ( David Houssen) for himself and two friends and only "fun sailed" i.e. they were never officially measured . Given all the fuss when Mr Stollery introduced his ovoid designs such as Dambuster and Clockwork Orange that didn't really have a deck edge to measure to etc, this might provide Bill Green with some interest if dropped into his measuring tank!!. I bought mine off of the Senior Engineer of Brittania Airways, who was based at Luton. For medical reasons he had to downsize to a Marblehead and I was sailing my little Starlet on the periphery of the group and he gave me first refusal on the boat at the grand price of £40 if I recall correctly. That price included the boat, 3 sets of Nylet sails and a 4'x3' road trailer used to bring it to the lake! As I had a Mini Clubman at the time, the trailer was sort of vital. The trailer had been built by "the lads in the workshop" from a welded angle iron frame, Indespension units and tongue and grooved wood painted externally and varnished internally. It was probably better built than the A class actually! Unfortunately, the trailer is long gone !! I do intend to get her sailing again, as IMHO , no class of model yacht looks so majestic when set up and sailing properly, although I may have to join a gym and get into training so that I can lift her into the water
  7. tiggy_cat

    FR Cerberus

    Hi Steve, I also saw that another member of the forum said that they had bought the Cerebus plans, , https://mya-uk.org.uk/forums/topic/942-6-metre-rig-rule/
  8. tiggy_cat

    FR Cerberus

    I think that Geoff Raygada said he was buying a set of plans for this.
  9. Believe that there is a copy of Model Boats magazine for sail on Ebay currently, that has a review from 1978 when the yacht was available as a kit. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MODEL-BOATS-Magazine-July-1978-Trapper-Yacht/113943608256?hash=item1a87917bc0:g:dc8AAOSw6VRbDIe5
  10. Local Citizens Advice Bureau if you have one
  11. While the wooden one looks superb, I would probably go for the carbon one , simply because I think it would last better .
  12. tiggy_cat

    Is it a 6 m ?

    Hi Steve, The Revival is a long way off sailing at present. It has been on the back burner of late. The Tern is just about there though. My plan was to sneak over to Hollowell and have a quiet trial sail before its "public" unveiling but a rather silly accident at home this week end means that may have to be slightly postponed. Have to admit to being tempted by one of the 2 Rococo 's being advertised on the 6 metre site at present though. Would like to enter the Two Islands series this year although my large grey friend here will still be around for the first leg (no pun intended) of that
  13. Just trying to convince myself that I don't NEED another 6 metre. The wife is already convinced!
  14. Just out of interest, there are currently 2 sets of vane gear for sale on Ebay, both of which are said to be suitable for A or 10 Rater class boats. One, which is truly a beautiful looking piece of work is said to be a 1960's Kenneth Corby vane gear. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Model-Yacht-Vane-Steering-Gear-and-pintle/264518689662?hash=item3d968ae37e:g:~3EAAOSwa-hdvIyE
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