International 14 Restoration

We are currently restoring a classic McCutcheon-built Kirby V International 14 for James Anderson, who has owned the boat since new. She has suffered significant delamination and glue failure so repairs have been quite extensive. All external  work has now been completed and the hull has been sheathed in 180 gsm glass twill/Pro-Set epoxy resin. Work will now begin on the interior.

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Contender Repair

Paul Ross’s Bonezzi-built contender was in for repair recently. Whilst Paul was out sailing a chainplate pulled out of the deck. As the area was all covered in Pro Grip, it was initially difficult to assess exactly what had failed. When the covering was stripped away, the extent of the decay was quite staggering. Longstanding water ingress around the stainless chainplate had reduced the surrounding deck, hull skin and internal structure to mush. Further investigation revealed the other side to be nearly as bad – how the mast

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stayed up for as long as it did is a mystery! All of the rotten timber was cut out and replaced ready for the Pro Grip to be refitted.

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National 12 performing well

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The new Dead Cat Bounce 4-planker has been performing extremely well and appears fully competitive. Owner Stuart Walsh kindly leant the boat to David Conlon and Sarah Bines for Burton Week, the class’s National Championships, at Brightlingsea Sailing Club. Despite having very little time in the boat prior to the event, they finished a very creditable 9th overall in a very competitive fleet, including a 6th and an 8th on the final day. This performance was even more impressive given the fact that they were using some pretty tired sails. They won the Arrows Trophy for best performance overall by a first-time helm. Fiona Brown took the photos below from the deck of Steve Heppel’s smack ‘My Alice’

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National 12 at Dinghy Show

The new Dead Cat Bounce 4-planker was displayed on the National 12 Owner’s Association stand at Alexandra Palace in March. Below are a few photos taken at the show, as well as some taken during the final stages of the build

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‘Never Say Never’ launch

Thanks to Fiona Brown for this great video

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More Photos of C56 build

Here are a few more photos of the final stages of the build

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‘Never Say Never’ on the water

BOD C56 ‘Never Say Never’ is now afloat and owner Geoff Gritton has been getting some very promising results indeed in his first season. Geoff has had a number of handicap race wins at Brightlingsea Sailing Club, and took 5th overall at Pyefleet week in the  ultra-competitive BOD class. All of the innovations we incorporated into the build have been entirely successful. Thanks to Fiona Brown and Tim Bees for their additional photos.

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