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 )

Leave me a message or call: 01491 613873

Monday, 20 May 2013


Dave Barker launching his new Farr 3.7 this weekend.

I just wanted to say a really big congratulations to Dave for finishing what looks like a stunning boat. The first UK built Farr 3.7. Dave's also been tirelessly creating a fantastic blog of his build, which is a superb resource for anyone looking to build a 3.7. It's full of everything you might need to know - including costings for the complete build and event cut lists. Well worth a read... the blog link can be found on the UK Farr 3.7 class website. 

Monday, 22 April 2013

To Do List...

Ok so I have woken up from my... 'you must be kidding I'm not going sailing in that weather slumber!' and have got a few things sorted on the boat that need to be done before the boat and myself get wet again.

The first on the list was a new gooseneck. I looked around and found some off the shelf fittings that would do, but they were very expensive. £50!!!! So I ordered some 12mm 316 Stainless Rod from along with a stainless shaft collar and with the addition of a pillar drill made a new one £14 inc p&p.

Next on the list was to repair the C-Tec tiller extension. I have had to wait for the weather to warm up so I could glue this back together.

I ordered a short length of tube from, made an internal sleeve, cut the ragged ends off and then added a bit on the end of the extension to make up for what I'd cut off. Just add glue...Simples.