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  • 01/09/2020 at 21:57 on Raising and Lowering the MastI don't know where you got the "special winch" from? I have not mentioned...
  • 01/09/2020 at 21:15 on Raising and Lowering the MastNot sure why you need a special winch. Only having done this on dry...
  • 11/08/2020 at 23:43 on ChainplatesCheers Nick great help .Got to be one of my next jobs ..
  • 11/08/2020 at 22:24 on ChainplatesHi Simon Not sure if it answers your question but does drawing A24761 help?...
  • 05/08/2020 at 08:07 on T4 about to be scrappedUpdate - A large quantity of Brother Jack's fittings and parts have been saved...
  • 03/08/2020 at 23:20 on Cockpit RestorationHi I like your solid reinforcement on the starboard side. This corner seems to...

Recent Posts

Cockpit Restoration

Cockpit Restoration
2020 July - I am now restoring Bluster’s cockpit at deck level. Getting the jib sheet tracks off (all four of them) was a struggle as many of the brass bolts were corroded ...
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A124 meets A1 – not for the first time?

A124 meets A1 - not for the first time?
2020 July - A124 Helene was launched at last on Monday (with much thanks to Mike Dixon for driving miles to assist). It felt good to have water under the keel again and looking ...
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T4 about to be scrapped

T4 about to be scrapped
2020 July - Titania T4 will be chopped up tomorrow, 22 July 2020 at boatscrapyard.com in Gosport. If you want any bits from her, please phone Steve on 023 9298 4666 ASAP or ...
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Bluster Refit Progress

Bluster Refit Progress
2020 July - Making the most of the warm weather and Covid19 lockdown to work on repairing the deck laminations and replace the rotten frame tops. Progress is slow, but steady.
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Aft pushpit

Aft pushpit
2020 July - Not sure I every shared any photos of the new aft pushpit. This push pit works by providing storage for a modern life ring, Seago lift raft complete with easy release ...
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Replacement keel bolts


2020 June - A 31/11 has 316 L stainless steel keel bolts and controling plates (Posted by F O’Riordain using the AOA Website ‘Guest’ posting facility)
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Renovation update 11th June 2020

Renovation update 11th June 2020
2020 June - Replacement engine arrived today now the fun begins fitting it Nanni 14hp with heat exchanger..Sorting out bearers tomorrow. My New Mast which I picked up on holiday in Cornwall a ...
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Side Deck Strengthening

Side Deck Strengthening
2020 June - On Bluster, between the companionway bulkhead and the main bulkhead the side deck and blister were joined without any reinforcement other than the quarter round on the outside. This led ...
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A55 For Sale on eBay as restoration project

A55 For Sale on eBay as restoration project
2020 June - A55 is for sale on eBay (finishes 14th June at 14.23) as a restoration project. She has been stored in a barn for a few years. Condition hard to tell exactly ...
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drg number 24833


2020 June - Hello fellow owners I am looking for  drg no 24833 Mast head rig metal mast are they available still and how much.. regards Simon
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Furlough work

Furlough work
2020 June - 3 months Furlough Had to do something   Full speed ahead on Diaphony  working on the keel boxes  Mtg brackets blasted and  Galvernised  and painted with Epoxy Primer  as are the ...
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A5 Rudder

A5 Rudder
2020 May - Mk1 Rudder  in very good condition  has finally found its way on to Diaphony A5 .  And have lowered the top pintle down about 2 inches, also replaced lower pintle ...
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Scoop – A89’s secret weapon for East Coast Race

Scoop - A89's secret weapon for East Coast Race
2020 May - Our East Coast representative has sent us this scoop from secret waters somewhere near Harwich. Getting the Atalanta to go faster has pre-occupied many in recent years (check out ...
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A160 Moyra video of sailing holiday in 1968

A160 Moyra video of sailing holiday in 1968
2020 May - There’s a video of this boat A160 ‘Moyra’ from an 8mm film I made in 1968. David Clover. https://vimeo.com/420750645
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Engine transplant


2020 May - Is there anyone running a Yanmar GM20 in an Atalanta 26 I already have a RCA Dolphin 12 hp two stroke twin fitted in the boat. I would like to know if this ...
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Fairey Marine Promotional Videos

Fairey Marine Promotional Videos
2020 May - We have recently placed five Fairey Marine promotional films on the ‘Videos’ page. These are entertaining and provide an interesting insight into sailing in the late fifties / early ...
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A35 features in Audio-Visual treat

A35 features in Audio-Visual treat
2020 April - Further to the investigations in what happened to A35 Scherzo after the Conservatoire International de la Plaisance  closed down in the 1990s we have continued to search periodically. I ...
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A76 and A98, a sad loss and an idea for the future

A76 and A98, a sad loss and an idea for the future
2020 April - We were saddened to hear at the beginning of last year that the long term owner of A76 Inshallah and A98 Beki had died. The owner had been restoring ...
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A148 Johara for sale £3,000 – SOLD

A148 Johara for sale £3,000 - SOLD
2020 April - It is with a heavy heart that I offer A148, Johara for sale. I moved to the Isle of Harris with the intention of finally sorting her out but a ...
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Spotted on Facebook group “Rotting in a Boatyard”

Spotted on Facebook group “Rotting in a Boatyard”
2020 April -
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A65 Joann For Sale – £4000 incl. unique trailer SOLD

A65 Joann For Sale - £4000 incl. unique trailer SOLD
2020 March - A65 Joann is for sale. A special Atalanta, Joann has a Titania coachroof ‘blister’ over the main cabin providing increased headroom there. She also has a standard Atalanta blister ...
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F14 Noggin for sale £5,950

F14 Noggin for sale £5,950
2020 February - Noggin has had a great deal of work done in recent years by professional boatbuilder Alan Staley and the previous owner. She is wonderful condition, looking very smart and awaiting ...
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A1 Restoration – The Final Push

A1 Restoration - The Final Push
2019 December - I took on the restoration of A1 ‘Atalanta’ in 2016. This post begins a series in which I will document the work done, in text and photographs. There has ...
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Contact from Norbert FRADIN in Bordeaux


2019 December - I have today received a reply from Norbert Fradin of the Musée Mer Marine at Bordeaux. He briefly states that he is, unfortunately not capable of giving us any information  ...
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Colchide’s rudder

Colchide's rudder
2019 December - Colchide came out the water last week and I noticed that the rudder had some delamination cracks on the trailing edge. It has a 12mm central oak core and a ...
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Memories of my Father’s boat

Memories of my Father's boat
2019 December - Alan contacted us to enquire about the fate of A175 Inyoniamanzi (African for ‘Water Bird’). We were unable to provide much more information but Alan added some information to ...
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Bernard Blavier

Bernard Blavier
2019 November - Bernard Blavier contacted the AOA in October 2019 to enquire of her whereabouts. (Connecting with ex-owners is one of the pleasures of the website). Bernard was the owner responsible for A35 ...
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A1 hauls out, watched by A89

A1 hauls out, watched by A89
2019 November - After her first few months afloat for over 25 years Mike Dixon took A1 out of the water at the Orwell Yacht Club in the middle of October. Colchide, ...
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A1 Atalanta floats for the first time in over 25 years

A1 Atalanta floats for the first time in over 25 years
2019 November - I hope you will have read the excellent series of articles by Mike Dixon about his restoration of the Atalanta prototype – A1 Atalanta. There are more to come ...
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Re-Restoration for Relaunch!


2019 November - I can’t seem to get my photos to load, but I am under my second restoration of the awesome T6 Kittiwake.  No major problems but some major projects.  Mystery leaks ...
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New owner and location


2019 November - Pilgrim is now ashore at Ullswater and owned by; John Hamilton Jr. , > Barrow in Furness Cumbria
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November 2019 Classic Boat – Atalanta as an ‘Affordable Classic’

November 2019 Classic Boat - Atalanta as an 'Affordable Classic'
2019 October - It started with a conversation at the Suffolk Yacht Harbour Classic Regatta in June this year. In the bar. Peter Smith, art editor for Classic boat was taking part with his 8-ton ...
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A38 – across Canada

A38 - across Canada
2019 October - For those interested, A38 has found its way across Canada from North Bay Ontario to Saltspring island, British Columbia . A five day 4000km journey.  Saltspring island will be it’s ...
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Ex Owner seeks photos of Aquilo sailing for a painting

Ex Owner seeks photos of Aquilo sailing for a painting
2019 August - Vic Carr, ex owner, had this letter published in the September edition of Classic Boat. The Secretary is getting touch with Classic Boat to connect with Vic. He is looking for photos ...
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A104 Arosa – £2000

A104 Arosa - £2000
2019 July - A104 Arosa for sale due to re-location Re-location to Canada forces reluctant sale.She is currently sitting on a roadworthy galvanised four wheel trailer.Good mainsail and genoa, some older jibs and genoa, ...
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