Topic : Anyone Know Of any History For MR1943

Having just bought MR1943, I'm just wondering if anyone has come across this boat before or how I would go about find its history. From this site I know it was built between 1964 and 68.

Its going to take a fair bit of work to get her looking proper again as she's a bit of a shed at the moment, but I floated her yesterday for what is apparently the first time in 5 plus years.

Posted: 28/06/2010 12:59:14
By: Neil
You will know that she is an Ian Proctor design mk9b a well regarded design that won two championships -though built by Bob Hoare- your boat was built by Jack Chippendale a very well regarded builder but going out of fashion by the time 1941 was built (1996/7). It was thought at one time Chippendale boats were closer to Ian Proctors designs than those by Bob Hoare and Wyche and Coppock, how much truth there is in that - who knows.

Posted: 28/06/2010 13:56:21
By: :):
Think that should be 1966/7 actually!!

Posted: 28/06/2010 14:40:14
By: Garry R
According to the 2006 yearbook, she's a Proctor IXb built by Wyche & Coppock in 1966 called Haymaker.  We have another of her example registered the same year at Tamesis called Jabberwocky (sail no 1950), whose new owner has been restoring.  Although the hull needed some repairs, the decks and internals are in very good condition and the boat looks very solidly built - she just needs updating a bit.  If you can get to the club (Teddington/SW London), come and have a look at her if you need some reference points for your restoration.

Posted: 28/06/2010 16:21:27
By: Richard (3233/1231)
Sorry it is W&C.

Posted: 28/06/2010 17:29:18
By: :):
Thanks for the information so far. Really appreciate it. Where can I get purchase a copy of the yearbook? Sounds like it is a wealth of information. I will endevour to get up to London to have a look at its sister.

I will be putting up pictures here, mainly for my own posterity and so my old man can badger me if I'm doing it wrong.

Feel free to follow the slow progress,

Posted: 28/06/2010 22:31:35
By: Neil
Your links dont seem to work

Posted: 29/06/2010 08:59:17
By: Rob
To get a year book simply join the MROA see elsewhere on this site so easy so inexpensive.

Posted: 29/06/2010 11:29:41
By: :):
Sorry try

Posted: 29/06/2010 13:17:22
By: Neil
She could be pretty Neil, with a bit of work. Join the association and you can have access to the library on here too. There allot of refurb jobs posted on there to give you ideas. You will get your year book with all the information of other owners in your area and clubs to visit to see the real thing, not to mention that you get 3 magazines a year with lots of helpfull and entertaining stuff in them.

You will find the details of Colin the man you need to speak to under the committee section on the home page.

Good luck

Posted: 29/06/2010 13:30:03
By: Jez3645
The 1967 Year Book shows her original name as 'Little Boxes' and her owner as Mike Nokes who worked at Wyche and Coppock Ltd, the builders of the boat. He was a member of Trent Valley S.C.
The 1969 YB records her name changed to 'Haymaker' and her new owner as J.E.Saunders at the same club.
By 1972 she had another owner R.B.Overton still at Trent Valley S.C.
I regret that all the subsequent Year Books show no further information.
Where did you find the boat? If it was at Trent Valley or near there the club records may show subsequent owners.

Posted: 29/06/2010 13:35:47
By: Tony Lane
Looks like she has travelled a bit. I picked her up in Poole. Her two previous owners had been full of good intentions, but never quite got very far with restoration. So far I've got the loose varnish off ready for the hot air gun, removed all fittings and lifted the rear deck which was rotten. The last owner had replaced all the other upper decks. On first inspection the hull is solid and early indications will sand back to something 'Varnishable'. If not I may have to go for a colour!!

Posted: 29/06/2010 14:07:06
By: Neil

Good luck with the restoration. I have been restoring MR908, for what seems like a lifetime! I'll post some images to Mags (our webmaster) for uploading now that she is near as damn it finished. There were some originally posted but they are quite outdated now. Picking up on your comment about the decks, I had to go with the colour thing in the end although I used a 2 pack light grey finish RAL 7035 (system 65) inside & out. The paint was obtained from Serene Paints in Henfield, West Sussex. They can provide all RAL & BS colours. It's tough as old boots and very low maintenance compared to varnish

Any info on the restoration just ask here and we will try and give a response.

Posted: 29/06/2010 14:27:12
By: Richard Battey
Some updated images of MR908 which might give some guidance on restoration. ATB

Posted: 01/07/2010 13:38:08
By: Richard Battey
MR1943 is now up for sale. I started restoring her, but have recently taken on a house with much work required, so lack of time forces sale. She comes with trailer and launching trolley. Loads of gear and spare sails. email me for info or pics. This is a full restoration.

Posted: 01/07/2012 20:59:33
By: Neil


To Reply, please join/renew membership.

Owners Association

Developed & Supported by YorkSoft Ltd


Merlin Rocket Owners Association