Topic : One string conversiuon to a Winder Mk1

I have a Winder Mk1 3586 with a  nose drop to a Mk4 and considering doing a one string conversion.Not sure whether at my standard its worth all the effort? I dont want to take a trial and error approach to the conversion as I have an  aversion  to drilling redundant holes in the hull. I would ideally like to view and copy an existing Winder Mk1 conversion. I  now live on Hayling island and will be sailing at Hayling Island sailing club . Is there any body out there locally that could help in viewing and advising on the mod to a Mk1 by an owner to keep the costs down? Thanks Rod

Posted: 03/02/2009 12:50:18
By: Rod 3586
Send it to winders, the cost will only be a little more than what you can do yourself and they get all the ropes and materials a lot cheaper than you can. The controls will be a lot smoother if they do it and nothing will go wrong. Winders charge £1000 (ish) it will probably cost you £800

Posted: 03/02/2009 15:05:26
By: chris
Phil Scott is more local and has done one (His own).

07973 720 732

Posted: 03/02/2009 16:39:18
By: Chris M
Hi Rod.  As the the only previous owner of "Same Old Magic", 3586, I had the Mk4 Drop nose done and it was well worth it. I considered the one-string but decided to sell (to you) and go for a new boat because EVERYTHING gets better. The new boat, White", 3675, is still a joy. She is far better than this old fart deserves and I can't really do her justice. I recommend this route to you as new wine in old bottles doesn't always do the trick. If you do try the pro's for a conversion don't forget to remind them that 3586 is one of the only two Winders that was fitted out by an amateur non-Merlin-expert and is a bit different here and there. Good luck any way you go.
Mike Fitz

Posted: 03/02/2009 20:23:05
By: mikefitz

Mike is partially right, but fittings are not a huge issue because you can't re-use all that many of them. That's why it's so expensive to convert. The positions of the fittings may be more of an issue but again, most are positioned differantly anyway and would need to be moved in any case.

Posted: 03/02/2009 21:04:09
By: Chris M
thanks Mike and others, I had not fully appreciated the cost of the conversion nor that fittings can not be easily reused. I have to say a newer boat does have some attractions . I think I still have a long way to go in getting the basics of Merlin sailing honed and may be better off spending the money on some coaching and attending longer events, a newer boat in 2010 perhaps

Posted: 04/02/2009 08:36:31
By: Rod 3586
Does anyone have a kit list of whats required to convert to one-string, and maybe string lengths?

Posted: 22/06/2009 12:13:17
By: :)
Andy Hay converted 3386 to one-string and has just sent me some pics.

Posted: 23/07/2009 15:27:15
By: Mags


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