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NEW POST> A124 Helene reaches new heights
May 14th, 2022 by
Helene looking amazing beside the Stour

I popped by to help ready Helene for final fitting out tasks – putting her ‘in the air’ for work inside the keelboxes on the new posts at the rear. It isRead More…


NEW POST> Christchurch A5
April 25th, 2022 by

Title: A5 Diaphony a long time agoCaption: A5 Diaphony a long time ago Title: 20200921_202043-c0bc6bc5


NEW POST> A5 restoration
April 25th, 2022 by
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Have decided to fit the keel  mechanism from Jack of London T4  as it was all made from stainless steel ,Problem is getting this lot to fit in the keel box   asRead More…

NEW COMMENT: May 7th, 2022 by Nick Phillips
Great to see so much progress. She really is going to be fantastic when finished! Looking forward t

NEW COMMENT: May 7th, 2022 by simon
Epoxy primer undercoat ( EPU) 3x coats in succession allowing flash off between coats . Found this

NEW COMMENT: May 19th, 2022 by Mike Dixon
Simon, As ever - perfection continues! I thought I'd seen the last of T4's keel bolts - should h


NEW POST> Uffa Fox Celebrations in Cowes - APRIL PRESS RELEASE
April 13th, 2022 by

The organisers for this four day festival in August have issued and update (27th February). The event is growing with detailed plans for the sailing and a host of activities around theRead More…


NEW POST> Atalanta - more than the sum of her parts?
April 9th, 2022 by
Late 1970s Restoration for A124 Helene by Godfrey Holter

The following paper was conceived in the cabin of an Atalanta during the East Coast Cruise in 2021. New owner Jim Sumberg was reviewing the innovations within the Atalanta and its partRead More…

NEW COMMENT: May 19th, 2022 by Mike Dixon
Nick/Jim, Pretty much the only comment to make is "why didn't anyone do this before?". It seems


NEW POST> A89 with new Tiger stripes
April 2nd, 2022 by
A89 Tiger Paint Job (2)

I have always like the “Tiger design” NATO jets, so yesterday, I gave Colchide a “Tiger design” to her hull. Title: A89 Tiger Paint JobCaption: A89 Tiger Paint Job

NEW COMMENT: April 2nd, 2022 by meleager
Wow! Nice job. I knew Hempel did a Tiger antifoul but I didn't realise they were doing gloss too.


NEW POST> Old Atalanta Sails wanted
March 31st, 2022 by
Uffa Fox 50 sails request

The Uffa Fox 50 celebrations are calling for old sails from Uffa boats, to be used in creating regalia for the event. If you have any hiding at the back of yourRead More…


Uffa Fox Celebrations in Cowes - PRESS RELEASE
February 27th, 2022 by

The organisers for this four day festival in August have issued and update (27th February). The event is growing with detailed plans for the sailing and a host of activities around theRead More…

NEW COMMENT: March 27th, 2022 by AOA
LATEST - We have SIX! Atalantas lined up. It would be great to see as many Atalanta supporters as


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 COMMENT: May 17th, 2022 by Fairey Mary
I have committed to the UF50 celebrations so won't sell until after that. Sorry.

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NEW TOPIC>RUDDER PROTECTION ON TROT MOORING ? (New Topic)
May 20th, 2022 Doug Odgers

At last  A90  ‘Jenaka’  afloat after at least 4 years. However,  every advance brings a new challenge.  There are two mooring lines coming off the stern buoy and despite keeping them relativelyRead More…


NEW TOPIC>Refurbishment and Maintenance (New Topic)
May 19th, 2022 Mike Dixon

I don’t know about you, but I’m inspired by the spate of truly great  work being done on our boats.  I’m thinking of Helene, Atalanta Mary, Diaphony and Bluster – but thereRead More…


NEW TOPIC>HELP- LEAKY KEEL BOLT NUT (New Topic)
May 1st, 2022 Doug Odgers

At last  A90 is afloat after 4 years. Now the learning begins :  the nut and sealing rubber on one of the pivot bolts  is leaking, to such an extent that IRead More…

NEW REPLY:May 20th, 2022 by Doug Odgers

Mike, Thanks for that guidance. It would appear that the ‘pivot bolt nut’  leak has stopped.  I did change my approach to tightening up the bolt by pulling the nut to midshipsRead More…

NEW REPLY:May 17th, 2022 by Mike Dixon

Doug – couple of thoughts.  Nick is correct that the seals do harden and deteriorate over time and putting new ones in makes sound sense.  No use in putting replacements in ifRead More…

NEW REPLY:May 9th, 2022 by Doug Odgers

Nick, thank you so much for your reply and offer of new seals. I am okay, a quantity of new seals came with the boat. I think the seal in place isRead More…

NEW REPLY:May 7th, 2022 by Nick Phillips

Doug From your text it is one of the two pivot, rather than the four clamping, bolts which is the problem? How old are the seals – they deteriorate with age. IRead More…


NEW TOPIC>Iron sickness (New Topic)
May 1st, 2022 Fairey Mary

A question to the wise men… Yesterday I took the chain-plates and bow roller off Mary and in general she is in good condition.  I believe the bolts were galvanised probably hardwareRead More…

NEW REPLY:May 17th, 2022 by Mike Dixon

I bow to the expert’s opinions and suggestions. Whilst aware that ‘sealed in’ S/S fittings rust alarmingly quickly given the wrong conditions, I have used S/S extensivley on all three Atalanta familyRead More…

NEW REPLY:May 7th, 2022 by Nick Phillips

The wise men are apparently all on tour. But they left me keeping the teapot charged, so whilst they are away the mouse is going to play…. Sounds like good progress isRead More…

NEW REPLY:May 7th, 2022 by Fairey Mary

I have just read Jonathan’s post on Bluster and see the preference for A2/A4 Stainless.  I am tempted, but believe there is a different hardness/frailty.  I don’t expect these bolts to sufferRead More…


NEW TOPIC>Duckling Hull/Sail Number Location? (New Topic)
April 13th, 2022 Derrick Ardron

Hopefully Jaunty A100 will go into Chichster Harbour before the end of April and I then hope to renovate a Duckling I have before the Duckling World Championships. Currently the Duckling isRead More…

NEW REPLY:May 4th, 2022 by Mike Dixon

Hello Derrick Location of numbers seems to vary.  The hull numbers and sail numbers don’t necessarily match up. My Dinky (non-sailng) has its hull number 446 punched into the top surface ofRead More…


NEW TOPIC>Fairey Band in Darkest Dorset (New Topic)
April 19th, 2022 Doug Odgers

As a relative newby I imagine this will come as a bit of old hat. The audience in Beaminster Church were given a magnificent afternoon performance by this band that had comeRead More…


NEW TOPIC>Atalanta Archaeology (New Topic)
March 27th, 2022 JimSumberg

Yesterday, while cleaning up the two fittings on Helene’s forehatch, I discovered that what I thought were washers were in  fact coins. They are both dated 1968 and have a face valueRead More…

NEW REPLY:April 2nd, 2022 by AOA

I love it! I wonder how many other Atalantas have similar artefacts as yet uncovered? Great that you are putting them back into service. Will you be providing spotlights and a plaqueRead More…