B.O.D. C56 nearing completion

Geoff Gritton’s new B.O.D. C56 is nearing completion. The interior is finished, the deck structure is complete and the deck panels are cut and ready to fit this week. Then it is just the carlins and gunwales left to do before we are on to varnishing and fitting out.

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National 12 3546 nearly ready

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The new 4-plank Dead Cat Bounce is nearly finished. Just a bit of varnish work left to do on the decks and I will be ready for fitting out next week. The boat is going to be exhibited on the 12 stand at the RYA Dinghy Show next month. If anyone else wants one, I will be offering the boat at all stages of completion from bare shell through to ‘ready to sail’. More details to follow in the near future.

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Work starts on Geoff Gritton’s new BOD, C56.

I have now taken delivery of the latest BOD hull moulding from White Formula and am embarking on my part of the build. This boat is for Brightlingsea’s one and only Mr Geoff Gritton and is going to be something rather special. Anyone that knows Geoff will know that his attention to detail is the stuff of legend, and in all respects this boat will be the very best that we can make it.

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National 12 progressing well

I am now well underway with the National 12 internals. Will be getting ready to start the deck within the next couple of weeks.

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National 12 hull finished

The National 12 has now been epoxied, faired, primed and taken off of the mould. The retro Pipedreamesque paint job looks great (I think!). I am now going to get straight on with the internals,

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New National 12 progress

I have now finished planking up the 12 hull. The first two gunwale laminations and stem capping have also been fitted. Next, it will be faired, epoxied, painted and removed from the mould. The slightly peculiar shape of the original has been somewhat of a challenge to recreate in plywood, although I am very happy with the result. I have used bevel joints at the chines where possible, although where the angle between the planks is insufficient I have changed to butts reinforced with carbon tape.

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Next phase of Hadron H2 development complete

I have now finished work on the Hadron H2 internal plug and the mould has been made by Henry White. The moulding should be done and bonded into hull #1 next week, after which I can start on the deck plug. We are aiming to have the first boat sailing some time in November.

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