Rebuilding a Smokers
After supercrew Jon (alias Jon 711) did his best to pull off every fitting on 3025 - including the quadrant adjuster on the shroud, the boat has been in the workshop getting something of a rebuild.
David, I beleive the first part of the boat to make a bid for freedom was pulled off by you!! OK, I may be responsible for the other bits, that just slightly came off!!!
Pity, I saw a few alloy poles at Beaulieu on a dinghy bits stall. I was tempted but am banned from buying any spares as last time I bought a spare tiller extension, I then bought a Merlin to go with it :-)
Full width travellers, lovely (expensive) bit of kit. You need the (more expensive) version that uncleats from the leeward side automatically otherwise you WILL forget to uncleat it and even then sometimes playing the traveller is not enough for gusty conditions and you end up going for a swim trying to grab the mainsheet tail. Ever run a traveller car into your hand?
As you're going for the bloody uncomfortable full length traveller, has any one got some padded shorts for the poor old crew. I've forgotten, how difficult it is to walk the next day, after having perched on a traveller for a day!! ;)
I suppose I could beat my exploits at Whitefriars and pull that off as well!!!!
Don't forget the shin pads too Jon :-)
Have got two poles complete with alloy superspars boom complete with string...any good ?
I've ordered the plasters, but will need someone to apply them to my a**e after racing, however I am excited about the twin poles!!!
I believe the first Merlin Rocket centre mainsheet was on Brian Saffrey-Cooper's Proctor MK XI 'Racketeer' no. 863 built in 1958. She had a full width straight track several inches behind the thwart - see photo on Vintage photo page.
Robert, are you sure that was Baccarat? That is exactly what we had on Tobacco Road (2926) when we got her, which I assume was your brothers idea. We kept it for a long time and it is a good system but ultimatly does the same thing as the modern hoop and track does. It fell apart a few years ago now and so we just have a strpo in her now which is still a good system but gets in the way a bit when crossing the thwart. I am planning on deck stepping her soon and I might avoid going the whole way and putting a track on the hoop and go for a small strop on the top of the hoop instead. A much simpler way of river sailing I think.
No-one else has ever copied John Dalby's flip-flop block on a stick, which looked a very neat way of tackling the problem though it still needs moving across for every tack.
David, ref. boom and poles, send me an email and we can discuss further. I am in Bath and sail at Chew Valley, best regards, Rick
Jeremy. If you look at the photo of me and another Jeremy sailing 'Baccarat' in the vintage photos you'll see that she does have a rope strop. However a close inspection of the origional colour print reveals that the ends are probably attatched to the thwart. Nevertheless it worked well and John had two places in the first six in Championships in 'Baccarat.'
Ah. Tobacco Road must have been a later development of that system then. Worked well for a while.
David, we have RS200s at Chew on Sunday for their open and Flying Fifteens/ Scorpions on May 15th/16th, if you can think of anyone travelling for one of those events....
Right, got the plasters on order, HELP ME!! TELL HIM, HE IS MISGUIDED!!! Unfortunatly I know he isn't..
The problem that has affected the Smokers is now clear! Choosing to work on the boat at the weekend rather than sailing, I started by removing the awful alloy hoop. The traveller is all ready to go on... but then I took off the port side jib sheet track and shroud quadrant. Bad mistake!!
I thought that it was my raw, unbridled strength that had demolished the boat!! I was rather pleased with my strength!! Now very disulioned. Must get down the gym, so I can pull the restored boat to pieces!!
has anyone got an old jib sheet cleat - the one that is mounted at Right angles to the track?
Ian....am over the week after next - can do it then! Can you organise a get together with Mike Field but it will have to be over a non-alcoholic drink!!!!!!