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ChrisB last won the day on June 11

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    North Norfolk (one mile inland, 40 metres ASL)
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    Competitive Sailing (retired), walking, Country pursuits, our a bit too large garden!

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  1. ChrisB

    Broad Ambition - Underway on the H2O

    Grass! Mine is all strawcolour and has given up. Picture from a week ago it is worse now.
  2. I think it is a real shame that this forum is becoming so confrontational. He has come here on holiday and makes a simple statement about not wanting to be hit and the world and his wife are down his throat. My boat was on The Broads for 10 years and I was equally careful. In that time I was never hit by a private boat but three times by hire vessels. I am not saying everyone but I am afraid there is an element of less pride when something is hired or rented. As I said I have noted a more agressive attitude creeping into this forum and it is a pity.
  3. ChrisB

    When Did The First Grp Boats Arrive?.

    I also have a fibreglass fly rod from the 60s but mine is Canadian. Were they all that dull orange? They seemed to be back then. Mine is a 1965 vintage so 53 years old and I still use it.
  4. ChrisB

    When Did The First Grp Boats Arrive?.

    Absolutely correct Peter. In the UK many of the early boats were layed up using a Scott Bader product that was a Crystic Polyester Resin which I have been told was a way round DuPonts patent. Awful stuff, never really had any useful life in it.
  5. ChrisB

    Blue Green Algae

    It is just the weather as Vaughan says for Blue Green Algae. Remember it is highly toxic to dogs. It goes without saying humans stay out and was hands after lifting mud weights. For anyone who is new it looks like this colour on top of the water and can be streaked as though it was oil.
  6. ChrisB

    When Did The First Grp Boats Arrive?.

    I have just looked up the NMM. Cornwall page. They say that Tods Brochure was over-optimistic. I say that The Advertising Standards Legislation was a good thing. I quote:- "Stronger than steel", "will not absorb water", and that damage could be "easily repaired without special skill or tools".
  7. ChrisB

    When Did The First Grp Boats Arrive?.

    W.J Tod of Weymouth produced the first sailing dinghy in the UK. The National Maritime Museum in Cornwall have one from 1951. Please see my other post re Halmatic. This is the Tod boat9
  8. ChrisB

    When Did The First Grp Boats Arrive?.

    It seems like the next phase, in sail boats anyway is already underway. This is where a chassis is fabricated in stainless steel and encapsulated in either GRP or composite if not cost sensitive. Chain plates, wnches, engine, in fact all the workings are bolted direct to the chassis so the hull and superstructure are non structural and are there to keep the water out allowing a very light layup.
  9. ChrisB

    When Did The First Grp Boats Arrive?.

    I learnt to sail at Itchenor sailing school and the bottoms/soles of most of their boats were semi-transparent. I had forgotten that, it was quite common in early mid 60s, thanks Peter.
  10. ChrisB

    When Did The First Grp Boats Arrive?.

    GRP actually predates this by ten years Tods produced a 12' dinghy in 1951 the next year a cooperation by Uffa Fox and Patrick de Laszlo ( founder of Halmatic) produced a Flying 20. In 1954 Halmatic produced the 48' TSMY Perpetua. Perpetua was produced at Halmatic's expense to prove to the Admiralty that GRP was able to withstand the torque and vibration of diesel engines. Early GRP boats were seriously over-engineered with very heavy layup. Various oil crisis and the high degree of cost control applied by todays mass producers in the USA, Poland, France, Spain and Germany lead me to think the their lifespan will be considerably shorter than those produced in the late 60s early 70s when we also had big producers like Westerly, who produced 2500+ Centaur most of which are still sailing.
  11. ChrisB

    Monte Carlo Or Bust!

    I think it was more attractive when you owned it.
  12. ChrisB

    Memories Of The 80's

    Cant think of any others with a gallery encircling so I say Berney as well. Having said that not seen it for years.
  13. ChrisB

    Broad Ambition - Underway on the H2O

    It aint horses or weight with displacement it is waterline length that counts. Your Hull Speed is 1.34 × square root of LWL = SPEED IN KNOTS. All imperial so waterline in feet. Look how Trixie is digging in BA would not do so until a much higher speed
  14. ChrisB

    My Day

    Going back a number of years my wife and I had an early spring holiday In Lanzarote. We decided to go back in October so I never changed back any money. Unfortunately business got in the way and we did not go back. Years later when we were moving from Bucks to Norfolk I found a wallet with £250 in worthless pesetas. What you have never missed etc.
  15. ChrisB

    Bread Is Not Harmful To Water Fowl!

    I have heard that these are not too healthy an option for duck and geese. In fact I have seen them prove fatal on the saltmarsh.

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