Last one for a while - views on 3428
I think I have found my next boat. Is there anything that I should know about 3428 before I part with the cash?
this boat was sailed one up at whitstable for a few seasons !
I've got an NSM IV that i'm intending to list next week. 3374, Rowsell, period rig, decent sails and all the kit. £1300.
Having been the first owner of 3112 I can attest that 3125 Footloose (Spuds) boat came off the frames first, 3112 was built by Jon Turner when he worked at Spuds.
>Go for it. Perhaps get yourself a secondhand set of National 12 sails, or have one >of the surplus mains cut off at the bottom batten, so as to avoid over excitment >when the wind is over 12 mph when you are on your own - and tie in a decent sized >bucket in case you do get blown over. A roller furling jib is also useful when >sailing single handed.
You can't make any progress to windward under jib alone in a Merlin in any wind strength in my experience.
It may well have been the Larks and the progress to windward may have been pretty limited, at that stage I didn't care. Anything was better than moping about on the shore.
btw. Has anyone got a jib furler they are willing to part with?
Oh dear, the illusion of originality shattered, but at least the then Desperado - now Lucky Strike - was probably registered first!
They don't sail too well with only the main and they don't sail at all without even a small one.
Well I bought 3428. She will definitely need some immediate work on the varnish and I fear that the cover will not be salvageable. (It is a frozen lump at the moment.) I couldn't see anything else that really worried me, but my inspection was less thorough than it should have been because of the snow. I forced Stuart to stand in the snow and rig her so that I stand a chance at home, which I thought was pushing my luck far enough.
A decent cover is absolutely essential. Breathable is best but a PVC cover set up so as to be just clear of the decks will do. There is a possible one for sale by Andy Beardshaw in the Equipment for Sale list. He could be open to an offer.
Thanks for that. I have sent Andy an Email asking for more details. I presume from what you are saying that PVC boom up covers are OK, but boom down covers would pretty much have to be breathable as they pretty much have to sit on the deck?
I would say that for a wooden boat if it cannot be kept undercover, that you should use a boom up breathable cover every time.
Excellent ones from Rain and Sun - see previous discussions on covers.