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January 22nd, 2023 by

I did learn before I bought  A90  that the enemy of an Atalanta  was not sea water  but rain. So off to Sturminster Newton and Hansons’ massive material warehouse. Then bumping backRead More…

NEW POST> Repairs to top sides
December 30th, 2022 by

The Uffa fox event was the perfect excuse for me to finally address the top-sides.  Mary was in good condition when I took over her care.  But the paint had definitely goneRead More…

NEW POST> Does anyone own Baby Seal?
November 27th, 2022 by
A137 Baby Seal on trailer 1983

Hi. Does anyone own Baby Seal? I would love to hear that she is still around. My Uncle, John Berry of HM Coastguard in Margate, Spurn Point and Liverpool, bought this boatRead More…

NEW POST> A3 Andana and A137 Baby Seal
November 26th, 2022 by
A3 1978 Amanda and Baby Seal at Margate 1978

This photo was found in my late Uncles records. He owned Baby Seal and look like this might be a rare photo of A3…!

NEW COMMENT: November 28th, 2022 by AOA
Howard This is fantastic - a photo of A3! And not just a photo. The hand written legend on the ph

NEW POST> First owner
November 22nd, 2022 by

My father Dr Francis George Elvins was the first owner, from 1960 until 1971 when he died. He kept her moored on Wareham Quay, Dorset where he lived. He crossed the channelRead More…

NEW COMMENT: November 22nd, 2022 by AOA
Very many thanks for posting about Sabrina on the website. It is always a great pleasure to be conta

NEW POST> Winter Quarters, 2021/22
November 12th, 2022 by

This is a late, but nevertheless. Helene was lifted on 18 October 2021 at Mistley Marine on the River Stour in Essex. It proved to be a somewhat quirky but very pleasantRead More…

NEW POST> Atlantic crossing A115 moves South with new owner
November 6th, 2022 by
Mara Leaves Manchester for Emsworth

We are delighted to hear that A115 ‘Mara’ has been sold. Her new owner has moved her to the South Coast to complete her restoration. This is great news. In 1975 EricRead More…

NEW POST> Enjoy Our Renewed Home Page
October 28th, 2022 by
AOA and website news

If you use the AOA Website regularly you will have noticed a big change to the Home Page. Below are some thoughts which might help you understand the changes. Why has itRead More…

NEW POST> A sad day for A179 Emma Duck
October 25th, 2022 by
A179 Emma Duck deteriorating in Rye

A small team visited Rye last week to rescue parts from A179 Emma Duck before she is destroyed. The Secretary and Committee have worked hard in recent years to support the ownersRead More…

Duckling Worlds 2022 - You should have been there
September 26th, 2022 by
.. nearly there

The first ever Duckling World Championships were held at Bosham Hoe after the Uffa Fox 50 event. The weather was kind and the Currey did a great job of organising the eventRead More…

NEW COMMENT: October 7th, 2022 by Bernard Marshall
Wonderful photos ...many thanks for posting them Nick, and for taking to the water to capture them a

Ahamkara Fairey Atalanta - Free to a good home
November 26th, 2015 by

Ahamkara is a custom built Atalanta – see details here and also here – lying at Benfleet, Essex. Maree Ellis is keen for her to go to a new home. Please contactRead More…

NEW COMMENT: January 8th, 2023 by Chris Henderson
Is this boat still for sale?

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NEW TOPIC>Bilge Pumps (New Topic)
January 21st, 2023 Gregory Manning

As the Atalanta has compartments that are effectively water tight what do other owners do about a bilge pump?   The most likely damage for those who sail bow first will be theRead More…

NEW REPLY:January 22nd, 2023 by Trevor Thompson

Greg It is difficult to create a satisfactory bilge pumping system for an Atalanta.  I don’t think many actually have a working bilge pump. Mikes solution is probably as good as youRead More…

NEW REPLY:January 22nd, 2023 by Gregory Manning

Thanks Mike, you identify the conundrum I have with so many compartments.  I will look into your suggestion and try to identify were I could mount the pump and route the suctionRead More…

NEW REPLY:January 22nd, 2023 by Mike Dixon

Greg, A thorny problem.  A1 has three separate compartments, the fore cabin, the engine space and the aft cabin.  Most Atalantas have a further short space, the couple of feet or soRead More…

January 20th, 2023 Doug Odgers

I’ve put them in when replacing the Pivot bolts. I don’t want to remove the Pivot bolts (done enough of that for a while thank you!), How do you get the oldRead More…

NEW REPLY:January 21st, 2023 by Doug Odgers

Richard, many thanks, It’ll remind me of picking-out cockles on the Helford !

NEW REPLY:January 20th, 2023 by Richard James

Hi Doug, Try using a hook or pick type tool, similar to a dentist:  

NEW TOPIC>Selling Blue Jackaroo (New Topic)
January 18th, 2023 fraser20000

Hello guys long time since I posted I am putting blue jackaroo up for sale as I do not have time to really get it finished and can not keep it inRead More…

NEW REPLY:January 20th, 2023 by AOA

Hi Fraser Sorry to hear that you are selling and wish you success in the sale and your bricks and mortar purchase. Do keep us informed of progress. And make sure theRead More…

NEW TOPIC>Keels not moving (New Topic)
January 11th, 2023 Trefor Goronwy

Hi all, new owner of A161, Amber Ellen. Most of the work so far is going well however I can’t get the keels to move at all. The keels have been leftRead More…

NEW REPLY:January 14th, 2023 by Richard James

Hi Trefor, Above is the main cabin keel viewing plate, which I have replaced with Perspex, so I can keep an eye on what’s going on. Below is the outer keel boltRead More…

NEW REPLY:January 13th, 2023 by Gregory Manning

If you go into the forward cabin there is a small amount of the keel box there.  Remove the covers from the top and you should be able to see the forwardRead More…

NEW REPLY:January 13th, 2023 by AOA

Hi Trefor Great to hear that things are proceeding with Amber Ellen. As Trevor says ‘Paper F Keel Servicing’ on the Technical Papers page is an essential start point.  It gives a reallyRead More…

NEW REPLY:January 11th, 2023 by Trevor Thompson

You really need to download the Keel servicing manual which is among the Technical papers on the website. It will tell you everything about the keels and how they work. The keelsRead More…

NEW TOPIC>The ‘Uffa Test’ – you be the judge (New Topic)
December 1st, 2022 JimSumberg

Some decades ago, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) guru and amateur yachtsman, Billy Blister, found himself high and dry on the mud of the River Stour. With hours to wait he made aRead More…

NEW TOPIC>What every Atalanta needs - a new Fairey Marine tender (New Topic)
November 23rd, 2022 AOA

The latest from Fairey Marine. A new tender to go with your Atalanta. Some great detailing – branded fenders and carpets. And you are guaranteed to get to be the first ashore. CheckRead More…

NEW TOPIC>New owner looking for advice (New Topic)
November 16th, 2022 Trefor Goronwy

Hi all. Have just bought Amber Ellen, A161. Looking at doing her up over the winter to sail her back home to Arran from Ullapool. She’s been undercover in a barn forRead More…

NEW REPLY:November 22nd, 2022 by AOA

Welcome Trefor! You may have already found some of the links Chris refers to above.  Two excellent references are the Boat Pages for A183 Bluster and Mike Dixon’s A1 Atalanta.  Both pagesRead More…

NEW REPLY:November 22nd, 2022 by Chris Green

Hello Trefor  – There are plenty of rebuild examples for hull repairs on AOA – if you try a search with key words you should find plenty. Repairing damaged, delaminated or rottedRead More…

NEW REPLY:November 19th, 2022 by Mike Dixon

Hello Trefor, Welcome to the AOA and great news that you have become the new owner of Amber Ellen.  Chris Green kindky mentions my laminating experiences, but my efforts are only thoseRead More…

NEW TOPIC>Fairey Owners Club have a new website (New Topic)
November 9th, 2022 AOA

Not sure how long it has been there but the Fairey Owners Club have refreshed their website.  They have some great pages about Fairey Marine’s history and key players. Worth a browseRead More…

October 29th, 2022 Richard James

We took A89 out for a lovely sail a few days ago in super weather and hoping to go out again next week. Just wondering if any other boats in UK areRead More…

NEW REPLY:November 6th, 2022 by AOA

Looking good Richard. There have been some amazing days up until the last few which have been very wet! You’ll go fast in the coming week! Nick