Sunday, 13 August 2017

Erection problems

So I'm being kept away form the water by jobs on the boat that need to be done while it's warm. Too warm it would seem, even for 10am on an otherwise wet month of August. I was worried that my West 205 epoxy, with a use by date of 01/01/2012 would not go off. I shouldn't have bothered looking for a local supplier of glue. As I can confirm that even if the hardener is dark brown the stuff goes off much quicker than you want it too!!! More of that in a bit...

So jobs to do. It's been awhile since I've sailed, and to be frank the uniqueness of rolling the boat over for the small performance gain I have decided is not worth it. This may have something to do with age? Needing to save as much energy as possible? ;-) or just that the foreshore in the UK is never really conducive to this procedure. Oh and the fact that the original downhaul line was about to break. Which meant it needed to be changed anyway.


Unfortunately this meant 'Drimmeling' out the spinnaker piston lock that the mast was originally built with, so I decided to put a mast head sheave box in instead. Tick.

After spending the requisite - almost £30 for a 10ps worth of injected plastic. Just because it is to do with sailing. I installed the mast head sheave. Meaning that I now have a conventional external main halyard system. No more rolling the boat over. Tick.

Next carbon over the holes that the old halyard system used. As a test for the super out of date epoxy. To my surprise the glue worked fine! Ace, my wallet is relieved. I think it's important to seal the mast. Especially the opening at the mast head. This should stop / slow the water coming in the mast when capsized. Giving me a little extra time to get not the board.

Doh! Whilst transporting the mast I seem to have lost the rotating mast foot. Balls! This is a problem, I'm hoping it fell off in the boat park. Otherwise it's air freight from NZ time, as they are not an off the shelf item.

I'm really do hope I can find this sucker, as I need to get my water wings before October and the Lyme Regis S.C Nationals. It's been quite a while since I last sailed (4?5? years!), and I know fitness is going to be an issue as I know I have a complete lack of it. My back isn't getting any better with age. Sitting at a desk all day, Scoliosis, tight hip flexors from a reasonable youth athletics career and falling out a tree all cause me quite a bit of pain. One of the reasons I went for the 3.7 in the first place. Hiking killed my back.

Back to the jobs.

Now to replace the 'intermediate shrouds'. Originally #384 had 3mm wire inters bonded to the mast. After a while sailing the boat the electrolysis created between the carbon and the stainless corroded the wire at the intersection. Causing the wire to break. At the time I decided to replace these with SK78, believing in the hype about it's, No / V Low stretch qualities. This resulted in a loss of power. As they did stretch.


Guy who I bought the boat back from had had some wire inters made up. So whilst sorting the mast it was a good time to put these on.

Now for the big test of the glue! I shouldn't have worried! I was intending to sink the hard eye into a bog mix of glue, by wrapping it down with peel ply. I wasn't working slow, but it seems 10am sun shine and a black mast was to much for my filler mix, and it went off before I got the carbon top layer over it and wrapped it down. Meaning I now have a large bump on the front of my mast.

Oh well I'm sure it will be secure enough. It just doesn't look very pretty. At some point I may cut it back and re-do it, but for now it will have to do.

Need to get on the water.

BTW - if you see a brass fitting that looks like this at B.S.C it's from my mast!!! Send me a message here!













Sunday, 6 August 2017

Back in the game

After a time in the wilderness, I'm back in the game, having recently just bought back 'Sacré Blue' from Guy Revill who had been looking after her at Lyme Regis sailing club. More to follow...

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Footing off...

Recently, at the RYA Dinghy Show 2017 where I was manning the UK 3.7 Farr stand over a very successful weekend.  It was mentioned to me by a Swiss reader of this blog, who is also building a 3.7. That this blog could give the wrong impression. In other words, it looks to the reader that this 3.7 project just upped and stopped after I sold 384. This is farr (sorry could resist) from the case!

So having realised that the last blog entry left this impression. I thought I should write a new entry to point everyone toward the UK Farr 3.7 Class Association website.

This is now where I am active as the UK Farr 3.7 Class President.

Under this role I am pleased to say that the UK Farr 3.7 class is going from strength to strength. With new boats being home built and new boats being bought from Butler Boats. The UK's class builder.

So if this blog has tweaked your interest in a Farr 3.7 the association site is one of the best places to get your information from now on. You can also look in on the World organisations Facebook page here or the Farr 3.7 Facebook Builders page here if you are interested in building a boat. Or have need of tips from previous home and professional builders.

See you on the water...!


Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Hand over...



Congratulations to Ewan, the proud new owner of 'Sacre Bléu!'... Ewan is the perfect new owner for 'Sacre Bléu!' An RYA Youth Coach and previous test sailor of 'him', he will be very well placed to move the 3.7 fleet forward in my short absences. In fact there is already talk of two boats being built over the coming winter. One for Ewan and one for Ben Brown. Ewan has also started his own blog to record the events of Farr 3.7 - 384 and to keep the momentum building around these great boats. His first blog post is already up - go here: Monkey Farr Story to read it.

So what next? House moving and extension building, is what next. So this blog may go a little quite for a bit. But rest assured, as Mr Schwarzenegger said...'I'll be back'.


Tuesday, 21 May 2013

For Sale!

Sacré Bleu! Is being put up for sale. What the heck... I here you say! Well it's not what you think. I'm currently in the process of moving house which will then involve some major building work to create my design studio and extension etc... and this is already sucking up huge amounts of time. Which is already impacting on my sailing time.

So it seems the most logical thing to do is to put 384 up for sale during this in-forced stay of sailing. I intent to import another 3.7 whilst I am sorting the house, so I am ready to go for next season. Or depending on the availability of the right 3.7's I may embark on a self build project later in the year, if the house has gone smoothly. All in all this seems the best course of action to keep momentum going around building the class. Especially as Butler Boats, through pressure of Streaker orders - have not as yet been able to finish building there demo boat! ( It's all there: Mould, laser cut timber, carbon rig the lot and I believe they even have 2 orders for new boats, but they just can't get to it! )

Anyway there's enough info on this blog for you to get a good understanding of the quality of 384 and what comes with him.

Asking price: £3700 ( boat, sail, and amazing trailer )

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