As I’m sure you’re all aware, the class association decided at last year’s AGM that it would be a great idea to follow on from the loan boat that Bob Bourne provided last year, by purchasing a boat with a view to refurbishing it over the winter and offering it out to prospective members for the coming season. We were offered up an old Hein, GBR 2064 and combi trailer, at a price that wasn’t to be missed.
Without being too unkind, she needed a bit of work to get her up to the kind of standard needed so that the association would be happy to offer her up as a highly competitive racing dinghy . A rough, and not exhaustive list of the works included: Sand back and fill hull and decks
Replace old mast foot
Fit a new mast foot bearer and bearing
Lay new glass/epoxy in cockpit area
All the above works I could either do at home or sneak into the workshop at work. The problem would be the respray. Enter Alex Scholes of Idol Composites with an offer to do the paint job for the association, free of charge. As it turns out, Alex had a bit more to do than first thought, due to my attempt at getting epoxy filler to go off in -3c and freezing fog the day before it was due to go up to Alex. Sorry Alex, but thanks for putting it right!
Full respray and new non slip progrip
Complete re-fit including machining a new mast deck bearing
One of the many problems with this project was the prospect of spending the association’s money (Or, your money should I say!) on getting an up to date rig. Carbon was obviously the way to go, but as I’m sure you’re all aware, even a 2nd hand mast is quite an expense. Enter the 2nd of our heroes in the shape of one of the most eloquent guys in the OK fleet, Mr Robert Campbell-Grey, he of Fox’s Yacht Sales. Rob very, very kindly donated his Ceilidh mast to the project, again, free of charge. Although it did cost me a 10min delivery journey with his new mast and a half hour set up session……….some people!
Last, but certainly not least in the list of charitable heroes is none other than our very own, 2 time OK World Champion, Jim Hunt of HD Sails. Although the boat had come with 2 sails that were plenty usable, if a little tired, the boat would obviously be more appealing with a new sail. Jim most kindly offered a brand spanking new Radial sail towards the project which was delivered to me, along with a beautiful bunch of flowers, in perfect time for the launch weekend. What a guy!!
In all seriousness, the association owes a depth of gratitude to these guys for stepping up and putting something back into this great class of boat that we all love and enjoy and I’m sure that all the hard work by everyone involved in this project will pay dividends towards the class’s future success.