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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. Gareth

    36R Information

    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
  6. Your yachts look like a 1970 Roger Stollery design called Bloodaxe.
  7. You could well be right there tiggy_cat Gareth
  8. Hi Paul, I think the winch would have driven a closed loop above the deck with the lines coming from the winch drum, through the deck via the two plastic tubes and round a pulley system on the deck. We have a Marblehead with a similar system, coincidentally also with a Nylet sailwinch. I have attached a photo below, its not as complicated as it looks. The sheets for the main sail and jib would be attached to the closed loop. I guess the aluminium tube is a telescopic main sheet post so that the sheet can be guided to a point just below the attachment to the mainsail boom. On the Marb
  9. Gareth

    36R Information

    I have tried putting the hull in our pond with the keel weight in approximately the correct position. The water line came up to less than 10 mm above the bottom of the stem and just on the bottom edge of the transom. On this basis I think the weight will probably be OK after all, provided I fix it in the correct location longitudinally on the centreline. However any advice would be gratefully received. Gareth
  10. Gareth

    36R Information

    I have been given a bare fibre-glass 36R hull which I would like to build as a vane steered model. I have been told the hull is a Jagermeister by Martin Dovey but unfortunately he no longer has any drawings of that design, which is about 30 years old. The hull came with a keel weight which seems to my inexpert eye to be a bit on the heavy side at 3.75 kg. Does anyone have any information on this design or could anyone advise me whether the keel weight is likely to be correct? Gareth Jones
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