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NEW POST> 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 POST> The times they are a changing, dear Maurice
July 24th, 2021 by
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To escape the worst of the expected heatwave I thought I would visit what has quickly become my favourite anchorage, and do some relaxed mud listening. After a beat down the StourRead More…


NEW POST> Website Updates July '21
July 16th, 2021 by

Triggered by some recent (unsuccessful) attacks on the site we have updated the way people can request an account. It is now more manual than before. This does not affect existing usersRead More…


NEW POST> Fairey Marine Pixie Tender For Sale
July 7th, 2021 by
Pixie for sale - garage stored for 40 years

Very rare Fairey Marine Pixie Tender for sale. Open to reasonable offers. The tender has a deck over one half and has been stored in a garage for forty years. It willRead More…


NEW POST> Repairing the Split in the Topsides
July 2nd, 2021 by
Split in Topsides

As reported in Bluster’s last blog post, there was a worrying split in the topsides at the starboard aft end of the cockpit where the aft deck moulding is joined to theRead More…


NEW POST> 2021 Suffolk Yacht Harbour Classic Regatta
June 30th, 2021 by
Colchide is visited by a cousin

A89 Colchide attended the 2021 Suffolk Yacht Harbour Classic Regatta over the weekend 25-27 June. This Regatta encourages both motor and sail boats and this year was graced by half a dozenRead More…


NEW POST> Repairs around the rubbing strake
June 12th, 2021 by
Port Side Repairs

The hot sunny weather we are having in Scotland at the moment is ideal for wood repairs as the exposed laminates are nice and dry before being sealed in with epoxy. WaterRead More…

NEW COMMENT: June 21st, 2021 by Nick Phillips
Jonathan Great to see the progress on Bluster continuing. I don't envy you the repairs on the starb

NEW COMMENT: July 1st, 2021 by Jonathan Stearn
Nick, Thanks for the tip on replacing the rubbing strake in two parts. Someone had mentioned this p


NEW POST> A184, Aquilo II, £5,500
June 10th, 2021 by
Preparing to recover Aquilo onto her trailer

Aquilo II is in a barn on her trailer near Bridport in Dorset. She is possibly the last ever 26ft Atalanta to be launched, which she was in 1969. She has beenRead More…


NEW POST> A Dozen at The Two Keels
May 31st, 2021 by
2021 May Beer an Natter at The Two Keels

The AOA ‘Beer & Natter’ at ‘The Two Keels’ on Saturday 22 May 2021 at 6 PM was a great success and 12 members attended: Mike Dixon (Commodore A1), Jane Stearn (Vice-Commodore), Read More…


Furlough Work cont
March 25th, 2021 by
A5's new Python drive and prop-shaft 2

Made a mtg for the python drive from 19mm Ply /Mahogany and 2.5 mm A4 stainless.. A new propshaft from Clements  engineering made from Duplex with couplings for conversion from 3/4″to PythonRead More…

NEW COMMENT: May 24th, 2021 by simon
A little more Work on Diaphony bearers cut to length and angled for Engine alignment

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NEW TOPIC>Pixies - Do they make good tenders? (New Topic)
July 15th, 2021 AOA

Triggered by the Pixie for sale on the site the question has arisen: Do Pixies make good tenders for the Atalanta? Apparently they row very well in flat water. But can theyRead More…


NEW TOPIC>Whipstaff tamer and portable elec keel adjustment (New Topic)
June 29th, 2021 JimSumberg

I wanted a way to control Helene’s  whipstaff while I was otherwise occupied, and thought about the peg-board and belaying pin system I had seen on a Maurice Griffith Golden Hind. AfterRead More…

NEW REPLY:July 3rd, 2021 by Mike Dixon

I like both these ideas – very neat Jim! Mike

NEW REPLY:July 2nd, 2021 by Jonathan Stearn

I like the idea of using a portable drill for raising and lowering the keels. Much simpler than converting to hydraulics!


NEW TOPIC>Rudder Hauling Wire Arrangement (New Topic)
June 22nd, 2021 Doug Odgers

Is there a drawing showing how  the two ‘hauling’ wires are threaded and connect to the rudder of an Atalanta ?

NEW REPLY:July 8th, 2021 by Doug Odgers

Thanks Nick,  C24865 did the trick. New Barton blocks just arrived.

NEW REPLY:June 30th, 2021 by AOA

Hi Relevant drawings is C24865 – Atalanta 26 Arrangement of rudder uphaul and downhaul. Friction is the enemy. On Helene the wires exit through the transom over a bolt. The bolt hasRead More…

NEW REPLY:June 29th, 2021 by Mike Dixon

Hi Doug, There probably is a drawing somewhere, but previous owners seem to have spent the intervening years ‘improving’ the arrangements.  Dom is on the money as usual – minimise the frictionRead More…

NEW REPLY:June 26th, 2021 by Doug Odgers

Thanks Dom for excellent advice. Doug

NEW REPLY:June 26th, 2021 by Dominic Dobson

Doug, from memory the wires pas up through rudder head over a couple of pulleys, the down haul sits in a groove on the leading edge of the blade,  they then enterRead More…


NEW TOPIC>Vertical crack at forward end of aft deck - thoughts (New Topic)
June 21st, 2021 Nick Phillips

Jonathan provided details of his gunwale repairs in his latest post about A183 Bluster’s restoration. In this post he also provided a photo of a crack between the aft deck and cockpit:Read More…


NEW TOPIC>Keel Bolt Seal lubricant (New Topic)
May 30th, 2021 Richard James

I am interested to hear what keel bolt seal lubricant, if any, others use. My personal favourite is silicon grease, as used in a new rubber impellor as it will not attackRead More…

NEW REPLY:June 4th, 2021 by Nick Phillips

I have always thought that lubricant is only really any use wile the pump is dry, after changing. Once there is water flowing that is sufficient. Some kits come with silicon grease.Read More…

NEW REPLY:May 31st, 2021 by Dominic Dobson

Richard, i never bothered but I suppose the deep waters of the Clyde are different from the muddy ditches of East coast, once the keels were down at start of season theyRead More…


NEW TOPIC>Keel Bolt Seals (New Topic)
May 30th, 2021 Richard James

The AOA is running short of keel bolt seals, so Nick and I decided to have a look around to see if any new suitable products had come to market since theRead More…


Rudder Anodes
May 13th 2021 by Doug Odgers
NEW REPLY:June 4th, 2021 by AOA

Oh dear, I am really sorry to have misled you Doug. Dom is absolutely right. I allowed myself to become confused having just fitted magnesium to a boat on the broads. LookingRead More…

NEW REPLY:May 31st, 2021 by Dominic Dobson

I thought magnesium was for fresh water use I used standard zinc discs on A90 when I had her