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NEW POST> Southampton Boatshow Success
October 13th, 2021 by
The AOA were positioned alongside the OGA (Association for Gaff Rig Sailing). The OGA boat was the marvellous Golant Gaffer, 'Satellite'.

Atalantas at a Boatshow? First there was one – the twenty four feet long Atalanta prototype, in 1955. Then, over the next decade, Fairey Marine built one hundred and eighty six AtalantaRead More…


NEW POST> 1966 - We nearly drowned
October 13th, 2021 by
1966 The World Cup - not as good as sailing

The AOA caught up with the son of an ex-owner at the Southampton Boastshow in 2021. This was great – it filled in an ownership gap in our records and provided theRead More…


NEW POST> Cockpit renovation
October 3rd, 2021 by
A5 Cockpit Seats

Having  decided that the cockpit seats need replacing . I set about ripping the old ones out  the reason for this was cracking either side  of frame work . Good thing  IRead More…

NEW COMMENT: October 4th, 2021 by simon
Another day on Diaphony


NEW POST> The Wrabness tender mystery. Part 2
September 27th, 2021 by

  On taking over a boat it is common to inherit a certain number of “special” items. Dredged from the depths of locker or lazarette, damp and probably rusty, their identity andRead More…

NEW COMMENT: September 27th, 2021 by AOA
Ah. Did you know that the dinghy was originally christened 'Ben Gunn' and had been owned for many d

NEW COMMENT: September 28th, 2021 by Bernard Marshall
Maybe "Wally" the Walrus has started to move north from the Scilly Isles...and had overnighted in th


NEW POST> The Wrabness tender mystery. Part 1
September 23rd, 2021 by
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  The plan was for an overnight to Pin Mill or the Walton Backwaters. We left Manningtree under sail around 1130 anticipating the ebb, without even a cat’s paw of breeze. TheRead More…

NEW COMMENT: September 27th, 2021 by AOA
I am very impressed that she floated, and floated level, just under the water And let that let be


NEW POST> A1 Generating Chatter At Southampton
September 9th, 2021 by
At at SBS

After a great deal of effort by Mike A1 is moored in the ‘Class Association’ area of the Southampton boatshow, alongside the Old Gaffers Association. She has already generated ‘chatter’ – sheRead More…


NEW POST> A102 Atalanta Mary for sale £4,000
August 25th, 2021 by
Atalanta Mary rubs shoulders with the great and the good.

It is time for me to pass on the ‘bateau’ on to a new owner.  Work commitments, blah..de..blah..  But she deserves to be used and should never be neglected. She is aRead More…


NEW POST> Out of hibernation
August 22nd, 2021 by
Back to the water

I am really glad that I managed to find ‘hibernation’ for Mary over the lock-down.  But it is time to get her back in the water enjoy a sail and make sureRead More…

NEW COMMENT: August 22nd, 2021 by AOA
Good to see 'Mary again! Looking forward to catching up at West Mersea on Friday. Better polish th

NEW COMMENT: August 24th, 2021 by Mike Dixon
Good to see Mary out of hibernation. Looking forward to seeing her at West Mersea. Mike


NEW POST> A117 Turtle project with trailer, free to be restored
August 20th, 2021 by
Turtle on the slow road to recovery in Cornwall

Free for restoration. Turtle is currently sitting on a four wheel trailer in Truro. If someone out there will take her please do, just send a lorry we can pull her onRead More…


NEW POST> Cockpit Corner Reinforcement and Repairs to Aft Bulkhead
August 17th, 2021 by
New Aft Bulkhead

Bluster has guard rail stanchions at the aft end of the cockpit. These were bolted through the stringer and the deck with a block beneath and above. Unfortunately, after being pushed aroundRead More…

NEW COMMENT: August 18th, 2021 by Richard James
Hi Jonathan, Thank you for posting such an interesting article of words and pictures. Really look

NEW COMMENT: August 20th, 2021 by AOA
Jonathan Very thorough as always! I like your beefing up of the corner in way of the stanchion bas

NEW COMMENT: August 20th, 2021 by Jonathan Stearn
Nick, The chain plate fairings were all in good condition with no water ingress behind them. I on


Cockpit comfort – orientation and curves
July 30th, 2021 by
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Since the mid-1990 I have owned a number of small boats including a Devon Yawl, Cornish Shrimper, Cornish Crabber (Mk 1), Kingfisher 22+ (jink rig), Anderson 26 (lifting keeI), Golden Hind andRead More…

NEW COMMENT: August 24th, 2021 by Mike Dixon
And it was just as comfortable on T4 Gellie in 1993 - when we were all just a tad younger...........

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NEW TOPIC>Canvas Cover (New Topic)
September 10th, 2021 Doug Odgers

Hi Everyone, This will be the first winter for at least  4 years that A90 ‘Jenaka III’  will be out in the open. I am sure my search of our website isRead More…

NEW REPLY:October 13th, 2021 by AOA

Chris. Can see your reply here. Not sure what went wrong with previous replies. Might be worth a telephone conversation to walk through steps you took so that I can see whatRead More…

NEW REPLY:October 10th, 2021 by Chris Green

Hi Doug And Nick) I have replied twice to this thread, with links to canvas covers for Mary and A169, but nothing has loaded – perhaps there is a problem with theRead More…

NEW REPLY:October 10th, 2021 by Doug Odgers

Nick, Many thanks,   Doug

NEW REPLY:September 27th, 2021 by AOA

Doug Just catching up after time at Southampton and other projects.’Search’ is still an ongoing subject (and needs volunteer ‘Archivists’ to help index website entries – anyone interested you know where IRead More…


NEW TOPIC>Original purchase price of Atalantas (New Topic)
September 7th, 2021 JimSumberg

I am interested to collate information on the cost of new Atalantas as they came out of the factory. If you happen to have an original invoice, would you be willing toRead More…


NEW TOPIC>Keel Boxes Inspection Before Launching. (New Topic)
August 21st, 2021 Bear_Grills

Hello, Is There Somewhere on the AOA’s website That Can Advise How to Inspect & Service the Folding Keels Please ? To Make Sure They Are Water-Tight etc. I’m Interested in anRead More…

NEW REPLY:August 24th, 2021 by Mike Dixon

Nick has sumarised well. I think you are understandably wise in making sure there are no major problems with the keels/clamping arrangements/keel boxes.  But as Nick rightly points out, if properly lookedRead More…

NEW REPLY:August 22nd, 2021 by AOA

Hi In general the keelboxes and keel mechanisms are more robust than you might think, but definitely worth checking. There is a technical paper which covers servicing of the keels but isRead More…


Keelbox Leak
August 11th 2021 by Doug Odgers
NEW REPLY:August 24th, 2021 by Doug Odgers

Red faced and embarrassed  ! Found the leak – port side pivot bolt cover. There was some wood movement and I thought I’d  compensated with filler. I used the suggested garden weedkillerRead More…

NEW REPLY:August 16th, 2021 by Doug Odgers

Thanks Mike, All good ideas. Am moving A90 to another yard where I will explore all these ideas which have given me a lot of encouragement. Doug