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  1. Hi Michael, I did a bit more research into your model and came across another design by F G Draper who designed Plane Jane. It was slightly later, in 1967 and called Coquette III. It does not look quite as much like yours as Plane Jane, but it is a metre long. There is an article about it in the Sept 1967 issue of Model Boats but I don't have a copy. In the VMYG list of plans, Coquette III is described as International 10/40, 1 metre, but I have never heard of this class. It may be that your model is another design by F G Draper from the mid 60's but I am just guessing there. I
  2. The shape is reminiscent of a Plane Jane 36R but its difficult to tell how close it is to that design from the photos. Maybe it was scaled up from that or something similar. Gareth
  3. Val, I believe Charles Smith of the Vintage Model Yacht Group is trying to reconstruct the lost 6M register and also has another project on older 6M yachts. It might be worth you contacting him on tradboat2017@gmail.com
  4. Derek, It would have been Serica 2, K1000, that Norman Hatfield was sailing in 1979. Serica 1 was transferred to Dr J S Rix at Poole in 1974. Serica 2 was registered to Norman Hatfield as owner in 1976, with Arthur Levison credited as designer and Belton/Hatfield as builders. Best regards Gareth
  5. The Serica rating saga The saga of Serica’s rating measurements is complicated, confusing and in some cases contradictory. It is not helped by the fact that there are three A class yachts named Serica. However for Derek, Bill and any other A class anoraks out there I will try and explain the story as best I have been able to uncover it. The original Serica, henceforth to be known as Serica 1, registered as K750, was designed by Bill Daniels and built by Arthur Levison for Norman Hatfield. When we acquired our hull in 2015, we were loaned the original Serica drawing, signed and d
  6. Bill, Thanks for that information. I realise it's a bit cavalier to ignore QBL but Bill Daniels original calculations suggested the penalty was small so i decided to simplify matters and ignore it. However maybe that was part of his original mistake as it seems to be well established that there was a major error in the original Serica design calculations that he did back in 1955/56. I think the most likely explanation, as you say, is that either Arthur Levison or John Gale changed the hull shape of what became our Serica 3, or something else happened during the 45 years or so when it w
  7. Thanks for that Bill, it pretty well confirms what I thought was the situation. I doubt that I will get Phaedra officially measured. I will probably do what I did with Serica III and do some basic measurements myself, weight, waterline length, freeboard and draught and then work out the permissible sail area. If it comes close to the John Lewis figures I might reduce the ballast weight a bit to get the design sail area. I will leave QBL and all the other complicated stuff for someone else to worry about. Hopefully I wont have the same problem that I did with Serica III. Norman Hatfi
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    Frank Russell does a 'modern' 6m plan for a design called Cerberus. There is a link to his website here :-http://www.frankrusselldesign.com/plans/ I recently saw a video of one sailing in the UK and there is a link to it here:- https://www.facebook.com/984091914998651/posts/4550253138382493 You can probably contact the builder for information via the Facebook page.
  9. We have used knitted bow bumpers on a number of our restored vintage yachts (usually made by my wife). I think it would work quite well on our A class, particularly with a small sponge rubber ball underneath, partially impaled on the point of the bow. However, as you say, it probably won't be strictly in accordance with the latest class rules We have found that a length of hook type Velcro stuck on the stem is quite effective at stopping the knitted bumpers riding up or down the stem. It is not necessary to have a piece of loop Velcro on the bumper, the hook type alone will grip it.
  10. During the Marblehead discussion we had last year it was apparent that there were two sides to the coin. Owners of modern, measured boats may not mind competing with unmeasured 'classics' on the grounds that their significant performance advantage would probably outweigh the fact that the classic might have a bit more sail area or waterline length than the class rules allow. However the owners of a lightweight, expensive and relatively fragile A class boat might be reluctant to risk it being rammed by an old 67 pound monster with a less than ideal bow bumper.
  11. I am just starting to progress the build of an A class hull that my wife and I acquired about 3 months ago. It is a 1970 John Lewis design, Phaedra 2, possibly one of the most beautiful A class designs ever, or at least I think so. We bought the hull as a bare shell, no deck beams or anything above, and a nicely cast lead keel, weighing 53 pounds. I have been pondering whether to build the boat to be fully compliant with the A class rules and get it measured and registered on completion, perhaps with a view to competing in the classic group of some vane sailing events. We had the same iss
  12. I spoke to Frank about a week ago to order some fittings, which arrived a couple of days later. We also discussed a set of sails and mast for an A class yacht, to be ordered in a couple of months and he did not mention any intention to retire.
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    Hi John, Thanks for responding to my 36R query. In the absence of any feedback when I first posted the question I went ahead and finished the yacht using the supplied keel weight 'as is' on the basis that if the worst came to the worst, I could shave some lead off the sides of the weight. In sailing condition with the vane fitted, the bottom of the stem and transom are both slightly below the water line, probably by about 5 mm. I spoke to Ray Baker at Gosport last August and he suggested the boat is a bit heavy and it would be worth reducing the ballast weight to get them both just at
  14. Your yachts look like a 1970 Roger Stollery design called Bloodaxe.
  15. You could well be right there tiggy_cat Gareth
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