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General National 12 chat / Re: N3438 Colour
« on: June 29, 2016, 09:09:31 AM »
Tom, If it was Winder built hull they should have a record and will supply.

Regards, Dave

General National 12 chat / Re: Vintage Champs 25/6 June
« on: June 16, 2016, 09:30:57 AM »
Hi Robo,

Your new 12 is the sister-shop to my boat - 2935. both were built by Dave Proctor in Whitstable, if fact he made three Cheshire Cats. I haven't sailed my boat much since the 90's but last year I decided that as she was 40 years old in 2016 she deserved dragging out of the shed and putting back in commision. In fact in a moment of craziness I have entered for Burton Week. Unfortunately there isn''t very much activity for 12's now in the London area so we haven't been out yet this year.

In answer to your question re sails it sounds like someone has picked up some used-sails for your boat. If they were made for a carbon rig you may need to change the luff-curve so it would be an opportunity to get the luff-rope matched up to the mast at the same time. So a trip to a friendly sail maker looks the best bet.



General National 12 chat / Re: Burton 2016
« on: May 16, 2016, 11:36:39 AM »
Who will be running measurement at Brightlingsea?

Thanks, Dave

General National 12 chat / Re: Paper Dart Project
« on: April 11, 2016, 12:13:20 PM »
Hi Alistair,

Glad to hear you've another 12. I think my boat has the same type of mast ram but it's fitted above deck, I think the problem may be the control rope chafing / jambing. From memory the first owner of that boat didn't sail a great deal so she has probably had a relatively easy life; certainly the Paper Dart was always a tiny bit quicker on the river than the Cat in the very light stuff, the tables turned when the breeze came on. I can tell you a bit of interesting history about that boat.

Let me know if you need a hand with the mast ram, you should have my number (Pip will if you don't).

Regards, Dave

General National 12 chat / Re: Carbon for tiller
« on: March 22, 2016, 12:10:46 PM »
Thanks for the advice Graham. Interestingly Carbon Profiles were by far the cheaper except for the 17 carriage!! (fortunately my daughter is passing by their place this afternoon)  :)

General National 12 chat / Carbon for tiller
« on: March 17, 2016, 02:28:23 PM »
I'm looking to make a rudder stock / tiller assembly, I'm thinking of using carbon tube for the tiller but I've never bought any before so, what spec should it be and who might supply it? I'm also wondering if something like a broken spinnaker pole or similar might work (I suspect it won't be strong enough). Any suggestions / advice would be welcome.

Kind regards, Dave C

General National 12 chat / Re: Carnac 2016
« on: February 04, 2016, 01:18:27 PM »
John you are allowed to do the May Salcombe open; Burton week isn't til August so you will have three months to recover :)

Biniou, we are planning on coming to Carnac in 2017

General National 12 chat / Re: Carnac 2016
« on: February 03, 2016, 05:03:05 PM »
Hi John,

So does this mean you are free to come to Burton Week then? Rosemary and i are all booked up - I don't want to be the only old bloke in an old boat!  :)
Cheers, Dave [/size]

General National 12 chat / Re: Milton Keynes SC Icicle Pursuit race
« on: February 03, 2016, 11:40:12 AM »
We have the Open in our diary too :)   - DaveC

General National 12 chat / Re: Burton 2016
« on: January 14, 2016, 09:22:52 AM »
I hear a rumour that N23 Farandole - Burton Cup winner in 1937 has been fully restored and may make an appearance!

General National 12 chat / Re: Ranelagh end Jan??
« on: December 25, 2015, 02:57:20 PM »
Hi Chris,

Yes, we are definitely interested.

Merry Christmas!

Dave C

General National 12 chat / Re: emptying a crusader - n3247 and paint
« on: December 24, 2015, 09:31:41 AM »

Getting the boat up you will  have pulled centerboard right down, once upright with all the sails flapping and chaos going on its easy to forget to pull it up before you try and sail off - the boat won't want to bare away with the centerboard right down. As you do bear away and pick up speed move right back, the crew too but not too soon.

International marine paints from any of the big chandlers, I have had success with paint from the DIY shops but make sure you buy oil-based not water based paint.


General National 12 chat / Ranelagh end Jan??
« on: December 23, 2015, 02:06:46 PM »
Hi, Is there a date yet for the Ranelagh open meeting usually held late Jan early Feb?

General National 12 chat / Re: How to catch a lobster. An appeal
« on: December 10, 2015, 11:46:40 AM »
Interesting. I think that something like this actually happened once, some years ago ... I recall hearing a story (I think it was Janet Bloor who told me) about a phone call one night from the coast guard. A capsized National 12 was found in the channel and the coast guard patched the phone call through to the SAR pilot... Maybe Janet could add some more detail, if I am right that is!
Dave C

General National 12 chat / Re: Burton 2016
« on: November 30, 2015, 01:10:24 PM »
My Cheshire Cat is 40 years old in August so the plan is to be there to celebrate... Her first major event was Falmouth Burton week 1976  :)

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