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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 into the wood, sheared off, and had to be drilled out. The curved pieces of deck at the aft end of the cockpit are also in poor shape, but I have not got to them yet!
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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 forward to some great sailing in the rest of the season. A124 has managed to borrow a berth right by A1.  I suspect they have met before in the distant past of East Coast Atalanta-ing, or have they?
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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 contact Luke on their Facebook page, ASAP. https://www.facebook.com/groups/boatscrapyarduk/?notif_id=1595337214135810&notif_t=group_r2j_approved&ref=notif See a video guide to the boat created by the breakers here.
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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 (just flick a catch open and it self deploys) and best of all a folding boarding ladder for swimming. The inflatable tender fits transversally over the aft deck, tucking under the port rail neatly. I will add an outboard mount on the rail but am in no rush. Possibly the tubing angles could be refined for a better visual appearance ...
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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 few yrs back at a cost of £400 is almost identical to Fairey item in measurement .. spreader brks to make  I now have the relevant info to make this work thanks to.. Nick Phillips, Richard James  & Jonathan Stearn for all your help..
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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 to separation, water ingress, rot, and my son putting his foot through the deck, It was patched up and reinforced with a steel bar under the deck join. As part of the deck was found to still have rot, it was stripped back. The top part of the frame by the companionway was also rotten in parts so this was cut ...
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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 from the photos and there are few details in the ad. Although a lot of work would be required there doesn’t seem to be much damage on the outside. Of course you would have to have a good look or talk to the person selling. Whilst the add is live on eBay you can check it out at https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fairey-Atlanta-Yacht-restoration-project/164235425079?hash=item263d31b537:g:X4cAAOSweT5e3OhS
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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 Keels just in the process of prepping the boxes for Epoxy primer having  clear coated with 3x coats SP320. Any one know the best solution for slot seals  thinking heaviest sail cloth possible and sandwich between two strips of brass..Any ideas  ?? just 
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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 with a stainless item.
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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 this thread). Well, significant progress appears to have been made. Apparently since Boris gave permission last Wednesday A89 can be seen early every day trialling her new keels and rudder for the East Coast Race. They are certainly quite impressive! Asked whether he thought the set up was legal Richard pointed out that nowhere in the Association Rules or ...
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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 is a good replacement  I have a Gm10 in bits  being a single it would be a little harsh and noisy  ..not sure which way to go
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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 sixties as well as into Fairey Marine and the Atalanta. The films were produced by Fairey Aviation Unit and are now managed through the British Film Institute. The film on the right is promoting the benefits of the Atalanta and features some interesting footage of A22 Mary Jane of Moreton being trailed and sailed. Another of the films details ...
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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 came across this video on Youtube. It is a light-show / series of video sequences shot in the submarine pens whilst the museum was open and features A35 in a rather eerie sequence starting at 8min 20s. It only lasts for a short period – the video immediately below will start playing as A35 comes into view. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RgGLDhntA8&feature=youtu.be&t=490 You may be ...
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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 both boats in a workshop since the mid 1990s. Both boats were stripped down and a lot of work had been accomplished. Both boats also still required signficantly more work. The family approached the AOA for advice on selling the boats. One of the Committee did visit the boats to assess their condition, taking the photographs below. Although requiring a ...
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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 combination of wet weather and other projects has meant that I have not made any progress with her since these photos were taken in 2016. Looking at the for sale notices on this site I see the likelihood of finding a buyer is remote but I must try as she will gradually deteriorate – although not in a shed, she ...
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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 fitted to the aft-deck which greatly increases the space in the aft cabin and provides comfortable sitting headroom. Joann is masthead rigged and well equipped. Unused for a few years she is in need of some tlc. She has been well kept in dry storage.. Lying in Suffolk. Please contact Hal for details by emailing him here. Full Details: Hydraulic ...
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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 a fresh and younger owner and offering a blank canvas for someone to complete the internal fit-out. There are no internal furnishings at the moment. The interior is currently finished in undercoat.Noggin is lying under cover in Kent, with an excellent four wheeled trailer. Inventory 2 stroke 6hp Yamaha which has had less than 15 hours running and is a perfect match ...
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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 been an extraordinary interest in A1’s progress. Many thanks to all who have expressed interest.
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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  concerning the boat in question ( A35 “Scherzo”). Mark Urry
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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 further 12mm of marine ply on each side, totalling 36 mm. To stop water ingress in the future and so I can leave it in the water all the time (at the moment I remove it from it’s stainless steel cassette at the end of every sailing day), I am thinking of sheathing it. The local glass fibre specialist says ...
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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 A175’s history. Inyoniamanzi during the 1960s and early 1970s: “..my late father owned in the sixties and early seventies. He kept it on lake Geneva, Switzerland and towed it to the Mediterranean a couple of times. It was sold to a man who kept it on Lake Neuchâtel. It could be the only Atalanta that ended up on the Swiss lakes.” Editor – ...
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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 being exhibited  in the Bordeaux Maritime Museum submarine pens in the 1990s. He has been unable to find out what happened when the museum shut and wondered if we knew. See this post in the Forum. Bernard has provided these photos from his period of ownership.
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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, Richard James and others were there to see her safely ashore. All went smoothly.
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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 but in the mean-time Mike launched Atalanta this Summer. And boy has that all that blood, sweat and tears paid off. Mike will be writing more about the launch but here are some highlights. The plan was to launch A1 in the week before the East Coast Race and West Mersea Regatta. However teething troubles and the weather had different ideas. ...
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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 discovered and resolved, cracked mast step, and curiosity satisfied with no major bulge problems under the oil pan!   I’ll have some questions, like How do I correct the listing info, like the motor specs and home port.  I will also have questions, like has anyone continued to use the Ford 100E with a new transmission?  if so what kind?  if ...
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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 Gauntlet Bardu. We got into conversation about boats (what else) and Atalantas. We suggested that the Atalanta would make a good subject in the Classic Boat ‘Affordable Classics’ series. Peter agreed, gave us a contact and put in a good word. Its not that the article carries anything new but rather that it puts the Atalanta name out in the ...
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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 new home.
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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 of Aquilo under sail as the basis for painting he wants to create.  If anyone has any such photos which they are prepare to share please could they post the on the site and we will pass them on. Thanks Nick AOA Webmaster
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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, spinnaker and pole.New gas stove in galley. Yanmar 1GM10 diesel needs some attention – either a head gasket problem or an oil leak.Aft cabin deck is a bit spongy and would benefit from work sooner rather than later. Expandable dingy (needs re-certification).New covers for cabin cushions. Arosa is lying between Edinburgh & North Berwick. £2,000 ono. Please contact: Andrew Karsgaard, andrew.karsgaard@gmail.com    07793 080 320 A104 Arosa FOR ...
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A176 Persephone – Last Call (2019)

2019 July - We were contacted by someone who was looking to help a friend dispose of an Atalanta. They did not know many details but provided the photos below. From this we were able to identify that it is A176 Persephone in a very sorry state. She has had a chequered history being stored for 30 years on a drive, then sold on eBay and evidently just deteriorating. The person did not get back to us so we assume that she has been broken up ….
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Diesel Bug in Fuel Tank

Diesel Bug in Fuel Tank

2019 July - Why you should always add a biocide to your diesel fuel (see photographs)! The algal gloop formed a mat lying on the bottom of the tank. As there was a 3 cm gap below the fuel pickup to the flat bottom of the tank, the fuel siphoned out of the tank was clean. Removing the tank to clean it was not an easy job. Better not to let the bug grow in the first place. The fuel was red diesel and the tank had been fully topped up before storage, as recommended. ...
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Modification – F53 ?

2019 July - I used to own a fairey fulmar,   I think it is this one, mast replaced   with an alloy one, a distinct modification  was carried out to the  center plate,    it was  modified to be lifted by a wire  rope from a winch in the  cockpit. the original  plate  lifting  point was  cut off  ,  this  made the top of the center plate flat if this is the  boat, I have some  photos, Brian
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A89 Colchide stars at the 2019 Suffolk Yacht Harbour Classic Regatta

A89 Colchide stars at the 2019 Suffolk Yacht Harbour Classic Regatta

2019 June -  
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Bluster in two big bits (and many small bits)

Bluster in two big bits (and many small bits)

2019 June - Bluster is now under an all-weather cover so it is possible to work on her even when the weather is not as fine as it should be. Many of the fittings have been stripped off, and today the coachroof was separated from the deck. This was quite a job, but needed doing as she had developed some major leaks at the deck-coachroof join over the last few years and the decks at the aft end of the coachroof had become quite weak. The biggest problem was that almost all the brass ...
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Base camp Terrapin

Base camp Terrapin

2019 May - base camp established we are missing the magneto from the Coventry and need a model number  we are also wanting all the sponge replicating
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Saving A49 Terrapin

Saving A49 Terrapin

2019 May - I saw A49 on ebay and I am bringing her home to restore. 
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Refit of Bluster Started

Refit of Bluster Started

2019 April - Work has started on Bluster’s major refit, now that the weather is warmer and dryer. I am starting to strip off the bits that have not been off for a long time, if ever, to expose what lies beneath and repair it if necessary, starting with the deck as many of the known soft and weak spots are there. No major shocks or surprises so far, but lots of grinding and drilling required to remove rusted-in bolts. Almost all of the brass screws holding the rubbing strake on were de-zinked and ...
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Colchide back in the water

Colchide back in the water

2019 April - Colchide went back into the water on a very cold 3 April 2019. Winter work included: Changing the impeller on the Farymann diesel Moving and greasing all 6 stainless steel keel pins Replacing propshaft and rudder cassette anodes T-cut and polish hull Re-fitting 115 Ah and 90 Ah batteries Renew antifoul (gone for Royal Blue this year) Re-fitting mainsail Re-fitting sheets & warps after their winter wash
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Atalanta trailer winter refurbishing

Atalanta trailer winter refurbishing

2019 March - Atalanta trailer winter refurbishing
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A1 Restoration - Spars, Rigging, Sails

A1 Restoration – Spars, Rigging, Sails

2019 February - 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 been an extraordinary interest in A1’s progress. Many thanks to all who have expressed interest.
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A1 Restoration - Topside Veneering

A1 Restoration – Topside Veneering

2019 February - 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 been an extraordinary interest in A1’s progress. Many thanks to all who have expressed interest.
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Wood needs to breathe - A59 Julietta re-launch delayed

Wood needs to breathe – A59 Julietta re-launch delayed

2019 February - I have had an update from Dennis Clarke on the progress of Julietta’s restoration. As often happens timescales for the work planned extended significantly but Julietta was finally prety much ready for the water as can be seen in the header. And disaster! The mast collapsed whilst being lowered – it had rotted from the inside out. It had been epoxied and then rotted from the inside. So Dennis has passed on this warning – ‘Be Warned. Wood needs to breathe’
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A1 Restoration - Aft cabin companionway and cockpit coaming

A1 Restoration – Aft cabin companionway and cockpit coaming

2019 February - 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 been an extraordinary interest in A1’s progress. Many thanks to all who have expressed interest.
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A1 Restoration - Engine Space

A1 Restoration – Engine Space

2019 February - 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 been an extraordinary interest in A1’s progress. Many thanks to all who have expressed interest.
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Wooden Mast and Boom Rebuild

Wooden Mast and Boom Rebuild

2019 February - A169 “Elle” (formerly Kerry Piper) Wooden Boom and mast rebuild 2018 Boom Boom rebuild was completed over the last week in August – see photos for work stages etc. Still a few coats of varnish to add to the UV resistant clear epoxy coat – as shown in photos. The new Sitka spruce lower section is a couple of shades lighter than the original salvaged top part. The bronze Lewmar gooseneck and end fittings were salvaged from a vintage yacht of similar size. Barton sliding track/block has been added for the new slab ...
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A1 Restoration - Foredeck Veneering

A1 Restoration – Foredeck Veneering

2019 February - 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 been an extraordinary interest in A1’s progress. Many thanks to all who have expressed interest.
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A1 Restoration - Aft Deck Veneering

A1 Restoration – Aft Deck Veneering

2019 January - 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 been an extraordinary interest in A1’s progress. Many thanks to all who have expressed interest.
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Atalanta Mary hibernates

Atalanta Mary hibernates

2019 January - Clearing up the photos on my camera, I came across these. Alistair, I hope you don’t mind me posting them. Atalanta Mary was moved in November to a home out of the weather for a few months. A stone’s throw from the her marina berth on the Orwell the barn is a great space to get work done.
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A1 Restoration - The Cockpit Area

A1 Restoration – The Cockpit Area

2019 January - 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 been an extraordinary interest in A1’s progress. Many thanks to all who have expressed interest.
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A1 Restoration - Transom

A1 Restoration – Transom

2019 January - 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 been an extraordinary interest in A1’s progress. Many thanks to all who have expressed interest.
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A1 Restoration - Trailer

A1 Restoration – Trailer

2019 January - 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 been an extraordinary interest in A1’s progress. Many thanks to all who have expressed interest.
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A1 Restoration - Hatches

A1 Restoration – Hatches

2019 January - 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 been an extraordinary interest in A1’s progress. Many thanks to all who have expressed interest.
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A1 Restoration - Hull veneering, tools and equipment

A1 Restoration – Hull veneering, tools and equipment

2018 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 been an extraordinary interest in A1’s progress. Many thanks to all who have expressed interest.
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A1 Restoration - Keel Support Brackets

A1 Restoration – Keel Support Brackets

2018 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 been an extraordinary interest in A1’s progress. Many thanks to all who have expressed interest.
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A1 Restoration - Somewhere to do it, and initial investigations

A1 Restoration – Somewhere to do it, and initial investigations

2018 November - Do you need a shed? An often asked question when carrying out work on a boat, the answer to which I would argue is – Yes.
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Restoration of A1 'Atalanta' 2016 to 2019

Restoration of A1 ‘Atalanta’ 2016 to 2019

2018 November - 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 been an extraordinary interest in A1’s progress. Many thanks to all who have expressed interest.
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3 piece suit for A169

3 piece suit for A169

2018 November - Winter Cover: Removed the waxed canvas cockpit tent for valeting; so have made up a new winter deck cover for A 169. NB:  Article on making the cover will be in AOA Bulletin.  
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Peanut in Beaumaris 2018

Peanut in Beaumaris 2018

2018 November - Peanut is based in Beaumaris, North Wales. Andrew Willat posted photos of her in 2017-18 on the Facebook group ‘Uffa Fox Designs‘. Peanut is far from standard with an extra mast and fixed keels. Members may be interested to refer to the 1975-76 Bulletin (right at the back) where Wendy and Brian Burnett explain how Peanut came to be as she is. Wendy is the daughter of (then) Capt.Bill Urry of A1 Atalanta and A5 Diaphony fame. Wendy and Brian fitted out a bare A31 hull themselves to create ...
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A48 Seen in barn in Dorst

A48 Seen in barn in Dorst

2018 August - Nick contacted us to say that he had come across A48 Theodora in a barn in Dorset. It was not clear what the owner planned for her.
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Bluster arrives in Scotland, from Suffolk

Bluster arrives in Scotland, from Suffolk

2018 August - After many years of being based at Ramsholt on the Deben and sailing the Thames Estuary with forays to Holland, France and Scotland (by trailer), Bluster has now moved to Scotland where she will undergo a refit before hopefully cruising the east, north and west coasts.
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A1 Atalanta gets a new Iron Topsail

A1 Atalanta gets a new Iron Topsail

2018 July - As part of her restoration Atalanta a1 has now received a shiny red Beta diesel. You will be able to read about the details of the installation in the future but in the short term listen to that heart beat below! https://youtu.be/1iLCmTtMVUE
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A90 Mourne Goblin - Offers around £5000 SOLD

A90 Mourne Goblin – Offers around £5000 SOLD

2018 July - Reluctant sale, due to purchase of larger boat. A90 Mourne Goblin had a full rebuild 2000/2005 – see A90 Boat Page (detail requires site registration). Ashore on trailer West Yorkshire, offers around £5000.
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A86 Sassi - On the hard....refitting....Surrey

A86 Sassi – On the hard….refitting….Surrey

2018 July - Photos covering the refit in 1990 and subsequent sailing across to Cherbourg on her first cruise. She was still powered by her Coventry Victor engine at this point. Subsequent photos cover her journey to Gruissan in the Gulf of Lyons around 1994, and on the hard there for repainting around 1995. Maurice Killen was her custodian at this time.
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A1 is measured up for some James Lawrence sails

A1 is measured up for some James Lawrence sails

2018 July - A1 travelled from Market Harborough to Brightlingsea for Mark Butler, of James Lawrence sails, to measure her up for new sails. This meant Mike was able to prove his tow car, his trailer, the mast raising gear AND get the sails measured.  And everything went very well!  The mast raising pole and braces worked very smoothly and the mast was soon rigged. Mark arrived with a bag full of long tape measures and a set of medical locking forceps. Tapes were hoisted on the halyards and then the forceps used to ...
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Major Robin Shinkwin

Major Robin Shinkwin

2018 July - Major Robin Shinkwin was apparently the second owner of F8 “Iona”. The photo shows Him on A5 ” Diaphony” on a cruise down to St Malo, with my Father, myself and Nigel Case. It turned out to be another case of Father convincing people of the virtues of Fairey’s products. By the time we got back to Poole, Robin had agreed to become the fourth owner of “Diaphony” and Nigel was to become the third owner of “Iona”! There’s this little bar in St Malo….             …but it’s probably best to ...
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Someone is always watching...

Someone is always watching…

2018 July - Spotted in Marans near La Rochelle by no less than two local Fulmar fans ! Looking good, very good!
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A1 Atalanta Interesting Keel Hoist

A1 Atalanta Interesting Keel Hoist

2018 July - A1’s keel plates and hoist have been completely refurbished. The lifting gear is of interesting design – the same principle was used in the production Atalantas but the original has cables in place of stirrups. (Click on a photo to expand)
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Original Owner

Original Owner

2018 July - A48 was launched as “ATALA” and was originally owned by John A. Strubbe FRIBA, his wife and children . Interestingly it was John who was responsible for the Black Night Rocket Engine Test site on High Down close to the Needles. A site that has intrigued so many of us while sailing round the Isle of Wight. {See here for more information – Ed} During John’s ownership, “Atala” was moored on the Beaulieu River near Bailey’s Hard and wintered in her custom built boathouse nearby
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A1 Atalanta dresses in her new rigging

A1 Atalanta dresses in her new rigging

2018 July - Mike’s new sails are to be made by famous sailmaker Jimmy Lawrence, of Brightlingsea.  The loft insist on measuring the boat themselves. So all Mike has to do is get her to them, with the rig on. The rigging was redone by Traditional Riggging of Bristol to Mike’s measurements.  A1 came with no rigging and some key parts (spreader sockets). Mike had gone to a great deal of trouble to design replacement parts and define rigging lengths and he was keen to see if it all fitted. The newly refurbished mast (which ...
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A1 Atalanta Trailer (ex Kotora) - a different type of trailer

A1 Atalanta Trailer (ex Kotora) – a different type of trailer

2018 July - Mike bought Kotora’s old trailer and heavily refurbished it.  It is of an interesting design, quite different to others I have seen.  It has central supports for the keel and a fore-and-aft side rail (bunk) for the bilge on each side.  This rail is shaped to rise at the forward end and the four support posts can be adjusted individually enabling the rail to be set as a snug fit throughout its length. Quite different to the transverse chocks normally found this trailer fits the boat extremely well.  Note that in ...
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A1 Atalanta Restoration - Sunlight for the first time in 18 months

A1 Atalanta Restoration – Sunlight for the first time in 18 months

2018 July - A1 Atalanta has been tucked up in her workshop for the last 18 months after rescue from a garden in Essex. Mike (Dixon) has achieved an amazing amount of progress in that time, transforming her from the state indicated in this post.  There is still much to do but A1 is planning to be at Suffolk Yacht Harbour for the AOA60 celebrations and Mike needed to get her on the trailer, with the mast up, in order to organise new sails from Jimmy Lawrence. The sail-loft will not make from ...
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A162 Nip down to Spain

A162 Nip down to Spain

2018 June -           Back in the depth of winter my wife Lara announces that she is taking part with my eldest daughter in the annual diving club trip in ¨Rosas¨ Spain .   My thoughts jumped to the possibility of taking advantage of the situation and suggesting we all stay on Solone .  The logistics of five staying onboard had not been considered at this point but to my surprise was take as a good idea.            The final months of the winter gave me ...
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A104 Arosa Hull to Whitby in June 2010

A104 Arosa Hull to Whitby in June 2010

2018 June - I found these images of A104 Arosa whilst looking for something entirely different and thought they might be of interest.
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A144 CYN For Sale - € 1500 / offers

A144 CYN For Sale – € 1500 / offers

2018 June - Yet another year has passed and I haven’t had time to touch Cyn. She is complete and watertight wooden mast and a yanmar engine which isn’t fitted. There is a rough yard trailer Located 30min from Rosslare port €1500 euro / offers if it’s going to be restored
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A160 Moyra from the Archive – use with the RONA Trust

2018 May - As part of the continuing transfer of the AOA archives online I came across this note from the RONA Trust about Moyra’s first owner Lord Amroy, and Moyra’s role in the Trust. This note was published on the RONA website. Lord Amroy had been appointed High Commissioner for Canada and wrote to ask Waltere Scott to arrange for a small yacht, suitable for lake sailing, to be bought. The result was a Fairey Atalanta which he named from an anagram of his own name, MOYRA. When he retired as High ...
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Atalanta 26 For Sale - A161 Amber Ellen SOLD

Atalanta 26 For Sale – A161 Amber Ellen SOLD

2018 May - Atalanta 26 for sale – A161 Amber Ellen. Based near Ullapool Amber Ellen is offered with a trailer and some interesting modifications including wheel steering. With varnished hull and decks she now needs some attention and TLC. The exterior needs re-finishing and decks may need some repairs. The hull is in sound condition. Amber Ellen has had some interesting modifications through the years including raised tubular toe rails and wheel steering.
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Atalanta 26: A9 Ereina £2000 ono

Atalanta 26: A9 Ereina £2000 ono

2018 May - Atalanta 26 A9 Ereina is for sale. Ereina is part way through a restoration interrupted due to move to sailing a catamaran. She is out of the water in South Wales. Most repairs have been completed (see photos) – the hull needs stripping back and re-coating. Galvanised 4-wheel trailer almost unused, never been in salt water. Yanmar 1GM10 engine , stainless steel P-bracket. Original Dinky dinghy.
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A138 Sweet Sue spotted in St Peterport Guernsey

A138 Sweet Sue spotted in St Peterport Guernsey

2018 May - A138 Sweet Sue picture in Guernsey 5th May 218
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A117 Turtle May 2018 - progress in Cornwall

A117 Turtle May 2018 – progress in Cornwall

2018 May - Our Secretary Richard has been on his travels, sailing tupperware yachts and popping in on unsuspecting Atalanta Owners. Richard visited Chris Berry in Truro. Chris has taken on A117 Turtle – Turtle had been languishing in a barn for many years. Chris is well on with the often disheartening process of stripping back and seeing what you have to. The great thing is that in most cases the repairs are relatively simple even if they take a long time. Chris, and others who are taking on similar projects, would appreciate ...
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A169 Kerry Piper 100W Solar Panel for 48V charging

A169 Kerry Piper 100W Solar Panel for 48V charging

2018 March - Above: 100W “Fuji Wave” panel – delivers a high voltage with exceptional low light energy capture. Mid afternoon March last w/e measured input was 300V+.These are designed for commercial solar installations, but are readily adaptable to use on boats – campers etc. The great thing for the Atalanta is that it is exactly the correct length (3.45 metres) for the boom with a few inches to spare at each end. Constructed from a tough polymer plastic which insulates the solar panel elements. rolls up like a carpet runner into a ...
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Raising A86 off her trailer after repositioning in the barn

Raising A86 off her trailer after repositioning in the barn

2018 March - Today, the 5th March 2018, A86 was moved on her trailer and repositioned in the barn so that all round access was possible. Many thanks to Mike Dixon for coming to the aid with his 4×4 and manoeuvring the trailer. After this, Mike organised the lift off evolution, using four beer kegs and much timber of various sizes and wedges plus two hydraulic jacks to gradually lift the boat safely off the trailer and finally have the boat sitting on two oil drums and two beer kegs, with supporting tantalised sleepers. Start ...
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A110 Memories from an Owner

A110 Memories from an Owner

2018 February - These photographs relating to A110 Turnstone (now Trientje P, being restored in Germany) were kindly provided by Richard Salter.  . The boat was owned by Richard’s Father who bought it off a neighbour of the owner of A146 Bluff which crossed the Atlantic.  A110’s purchase included a self-steering gear ‘cast-off’ from A146 which never really worked as A110 was 3/4 rigged and A146 masthead.  Richard’s father had owned F9 ‘Petronella’ since 1960 and sold ...
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Portsmouth Bound Prt 7 Lizard Point to Portsmouth

Portsmouth Bound Prt 7 Lizard Point to Portsmouth

2018 February - So I have finally got round to writing the final instalment of our journey from Isle of Man to Portsmouth. We had a fairly uneventful journey from Lizard to Portland Bill across Lyme Bay. However the wind picked up to approx F5 to F6 on approach to Portland Bill which gave us chance to kill the engine and enjoy some great sailing for a couple of hours albeit at 2am in the morning. We decided that after having sailed for 2.5 days solid we would take a refuge in Portland to get ...
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Barbara Calder, ex owner of Terrapina, dies

2018 February - See the Forum post for obituary of Barbara Calder, corinthian ex-owner of Terrapina. Quite a sailor and quite a character.
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Memorable family sailing  on Holland waterways summer 1960

Memorable family sailing on Holland waterways summer 1960

2018 February - A memorable time for the family which we did not regret.The tide was running out fast in the Zandreek. so we went aground not exactly where we would have wished!. No problem with an Atalanta and we prepared to spend the night in our cosy arch until next high tide. What an intent moment when we woke up to see the sunrise and watch the water rising quickly under the double keel. We were free to move on.
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A128 Echo in 1989-1990

A128 Echo in 1989-1990

2018 February - Pictures of A128 Echo iin 1989 and 1990 kindly provided by Piers Beckett.
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A125 Bacardi - A 'Barn Find' which died in the barn

A125 Bacardi – A ‘Barn Find’ which died in the barn

2018 January - Below is a story of a long distance affair between Peter Nicholls and A125 Polaris II in Mexico. 1960 Polaris moves to Mexico Fairey Atalanta hull no 128 left the Hamble works on 10 May 1960 and was bought by Enrique Huber in Mexico. 1992 – Peter meets Polaris as prospective buyer In August 1992, the AOA received a letter from Peter Nichols about A125: “Mr Huber and I examined A125 yesterday, as she had been in storage for over 28 years. She was still painted in the original Fairey Marine colours. We found some ...
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Building Colchide in 1958

Building Colchide in 1958

2018 January - A photo record of Bernard Upton building Colchide in 1958
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History of A89 Colchide

History of A89 Colchide

2017 December - COLCHIDE   Bernard Upton bought an Atalanta kit, hull number 104, directly from Fairey Aviation, Hamble on 25 November 1958 for £2800 and had it delivered to Cambs. The hull was built in a canvas shed in the grounds of a printing works in Wisbech. Bernard Upton and Wally Green, a former shipwright, worked on the hull in the evenings and at weekends. They used the new CIBA Aerodux glue for most of the hull work, which was very successful. Colchide is unique in having extra stringers in her hull. Bernard contacted ...
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A16 Dervorguilla gets a makeover

A16 Dervorguilla gets a makeover

2017 December - A16 Dervorguilla gets a makeover at Pin Mill. A Mark 1 Atalanta Devorguilla is still in remarkable condition despite her age. There are quite a few interesting differences: The aft-cabin is longer, the cockpit shorter and the galley is about half the length The rudder design is different The hull shape at the stern looks to have a sharper turn on the bilge. The blister is shorter and with only two windows. Devorguilla was built to Lloyds 100A1 at Woolverstone. The Dinky stowage with raised main horse are original. The refit is concentraing on epoxy for the ...
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Paint job (mostly) complete

Paint job (mostly) complete

2017 December - So today was the day that all the prep has paid off. I hope the colour gets the nod. When I stripped off the old black paint, I found some of this colour underneath and thought – why not? I’ve used Dulux trade weathershield for the white and colour, and Safekote polyurethane for the deck paint. All very flexible. The woodwork is all in Woodskin from International, so I hope this should all last a few years now. I can’t wait to get all the woodwork back on – and the window trims. Next ...
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Zambra progress - coming along, slowly but steadily...

Zambra progress – coming along, slowly but steadily…

2017 December - I thought I’d better drop in the latest news on the Zambra project, as it’s been a while. I’ve made some good progress over the last few weeks, including: Finishing all the prep work on the hull, including fitting all the deck woodwork and hardware Coating up all the woodwork in three coats of Woodskin Priming and undercoating Top coating the topsides in white gloss finish – I’ve gone for trade weathershield, as it’s really flexible. Made new rubbing strakes including the really tricky curved bits at the front, Iroko throughout. Engine has been dropped in and ...
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A92 Sea Major - Sound with galvanised trailer - £995 ono SOLD

A92 Sea Major – Sound with galvanised trailer – £995 ono SOLD

2017 December -  
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F14 Noggin for sale £6,000 - SOLD

F14 Noggin for sale £6,000 – SOLD

2017 November - Christopher Perkins has put Noggin up for sale. She has had a great deal of work done by professional boatbuilder Alan Staley. Lying in Faversham, with an excellent trailer. Contact details christopher.perkins at orange.fr Telephone 0033 2 51 00 91 18 See details of Noggin on her boat page
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Portsmouth Bound Prt 6 Padstow to Lizard Point

Portsmouth Bound Prt 6 Padstow to Lizard Point

2017 November - Made a cheeky visit to Brother Jack as it was my wifes birthday last week and she wanted dinner at Rick Steins’…. (Its a Malay thing)… We gave the engine a run and the cabin a good airing. After about an hour I wondered why the exhaust
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Finally... launched on the River Bure at Martham

Finally… launched on the River Bure at Martham

2017 October - The culmination of work since acquisition from Derek Buckton in 2006… everything should work! Taka Maru stayed moored up for a week, during which it transpired the exhaust system needed repair, and the keep sealing strips were too tight for comfortable raisin and lowering. But she floated and was quite watertight after three days.
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A169 Kerry Piper-out of the shed!

A169 Kerry Piper-out of the shed!

2017 September - Last week (of August), after several postponements due to inclement weather, KP’s scaffold shed was dismantled. The scaffolding has been reconfigured to provide a higher lift on the winched slings ready for the undersides
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Portsmouth Bound Prt 5 (Update)

Portsmouth Bound Prt 5 (Update)

2017 August - Made a cheeky visit to Brother Jack as it was my wifes birthday last week and she wanted dinner at Rick Steins’…. (Its a Malay thing)… We gave the engine a run and the cabin a good airing. After about an hour I wondered why the exhaust
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Portsmouth Bound Prt 5

Portsmouth Bound Prt 5

2017 August - So progress so far we have
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Portsmouth Bound Prt 4

Portsmouth Bound Prt 4

2017 August - So after the false start first time round, myself and another 2 others set sail from Aberystwyth in the dead of night (11pm to be precise).
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Italian/Croatian adventure

Italian/Croatian adventure

2017 August - Its a pretty well worn path for Titania / Atalanta owners but its certainly a big adventure for us, family crew of five, including George 6, below, Jemima 10 and Freddie 9.  With lots of great advice  from Trevor, we trailed and launched off in Sa
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Portsmouth Bound Prt 3

Portsmouth Bound Prt 3

2017 July - Hi All Sorry its been a while since I updated but suffice to say we have made progress to N Devon but since then progressed has stalled due to work commitments. Anyway here is the update from Aberystwyth to Padstow (but ended up going nowhe
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A154 Deannie - restoration

A154 Deannie – restoration

2017 July - Deannie is available, free of charge, in the Lake District area, near the M6. The owners have entrusted the AOA to find a good home for her. Deannie has been under a heavy duty tarpaulin for some years and she is dry and solid inside. Her internals and cockpit blister have been removed but are stored in a nearby garage. She sits on a trailer, which appears sound but the tyres are poor but with some inflation, should good be able to take her up the garden to a low loader ...
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The madness has paid off

2017 July - Firstly I would like to introduce myself to the members of AOA.  My name is Simon and I am the proud new owner of yacht Solone. Back in May I began negotiations to buy an Atalanta Solone, some of you may have seen her advertised her
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2017 T12 Harrier re-launched

2017 T12 Harrier re-launched

2017 July - 2017 T12 Harrier re-launched. Photo: Ready for launching.
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A86 in storage

A86 in storage

2017 July - A86 in storage. Photo: A86 in storage.
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A124 Helene gets new electrics panel

A124 Helene gets new electrics panel

2017 July - Helene had been professionally rewired before I bought her. There were one or two aspects I didn’t like, mainly that some of the cable routing was very visible, the sockets provided were of the DIN format and there was no volt meter or ammeter. I also managed to damage one of the switch fuse carriers (with the bottom of a bottle of wine). I decided to reposition the offending wiring, moving more of it beneath the bunk level and running cables over the galley and chart table in routed channels ...
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A124 Helene gets her old boom back with slab reefing

A124 Helene gets her old boom back with slab reefing

2017 June - Helene’s previous owner had invested in the hope of a return in silverware. Helene (3/4 rig, wooden mast) had been set up with new sails and gear for racing. This included leading main halyard and topping lift aft to the cockpit. A significant downside in this approach for me was the aesthetic blight of an aluminium boom, offset by the practical internal slab-reefing lines. I set about converting the original wooden boom for slab reefing. This posed a few challenges: how to fasten reefing blocks securely to a hollow boom? how to securely ...
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AOA Toco demise 2017 - A sad tale

AOA Toco demise 2017 – A sad tale

2017 June - Sadly we watched the A99 Toco demise in 2017. She had been lying outside the owner’s house for many years. He had intended to restore her but never quite got started. The owner was keen to sell her and was threatening destruction if a buyer could not be found. A few of us visited to assess what state she was in. She was uncovered and had some water inside but was in surprisingly good condition, considering. A lot of work would have been required but ...
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2016 Mary on the way home

2016 Mary on the way home

2017 June - 2016 Mary on the way home. Photo: sep 06b to st tropez 010_modified.
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Hullabaloo for sale SOLD

Hullabaloo for sale SOLD

2017 May - Reluctantly the owner of Hullabaloo has decided to sell as he is no longer able to use and maintain Hullabaloo. Basically in very sound condition Hullabaloo is offered for sale on eBay.
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A124 Keels and their mechanism

A124 Keels and their mechanism

2017 May - The keels, keel brackets and clamping plates all looked in excellent condition but I wanted to get them out to check. I got the boat in the air and prepared to remove the first of the bolt-covers and discovered that they were glued in place. The person who had last had them off had used sikaflex to put them back. They were STUCK! Well and truly STUCK! Using a chisel I tried to remove the first one and made a bit of a mess. So I stopped ...
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A124 Replacement Windows

A124 Replacement Windows

2017 May - The windows on Helene were very cloudy and needed replacing. There is a lot of excellent information in bulletins about how to replace them so I got stuck in. The only variation to established practice I adopted was the use of closed cell sealing tape in place of the more usual butyl tape. Slightly more expensive but so worth it. No mess, excellent seal. Highly recommended.
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Portsmouth Bound Prt 2

Portsmouth Bound Prt 2

2017 May - So during our trip around Anglesey was quite uneventful although we did witness an amazing sunset in the Irish Sea.
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Portsmouth Bound 2017 Part 1

Portsmouth Bound 2017 Part 1

2017 May - So we arrived on a blowy Saturday morning to set off from Castletown with a view to reaching at least the North Coast of Somerset/Devon. This was slightly ambitious in hindsight now we have completed the sailing. The winds were in our favour on th
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Sadly Remnants of A99 Toco on eBay

2017 May - A99 Toco has been scrapped and broken up. Seller badgersden10 has a number of parts including windows, sails, prop shaft, and fuel tank listed on eBay at present. At somewhat inflated prices. If you need anything like this it would be worth
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A95 Hiran Cockpit Tent

A95 Hiran Cockpit Tent

2017 May - Photographs of the cockpit tent installed on Hiran, which may be of interest to others.
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Lifting the boat from the trailer

Lifting the boat from the trailer

2017 April - I adapted a methodology for lifting the boat off the trailer that I have used for other boats. It involves a cross-beam with a jack at each end. In the past I have dropped the nose of the trailer, positioned a cradle under the stern of a boat, and then used the beam to lift the front. For Helene I bought two more jacks and had beams at both ends. All very controlled and safe. {See this topic or the Videos page to see a video ...
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2016 Brother Jack heads South

2016 Brother Jack heads South

2017 April - 2016 Brother Jack heads South. Photo: T4 Brother Jack Lift in. Brother Jack about to get her backside wet after 6 months in the dry.
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Atalanta 26: A179 Emma Duck £500 ono - SOLD

Atalanta 26: A179 Emma Duck £500 ono – SOLD

2017 March - Emma Duck was excellently looked after for many years by AOA members, and she retains many original Atalanta features, with some later additions attributed to an extended stay in the Med. She is currently ashore in Chichester Harbour. Sound Interior with smart vinyl berth cushions, varnished table/chart table/coachroof, sink, cooker, water tank and sea toilet. She sleeps 5 including a double in the rear cabin. The cockpit was rebuilt in 1999 in varnished ply, varnished coachroof has been epoxy-glassed, varnished forehatch re-veneered. Stainless steel pulpit, pushpit and lifeline stanchions, with stainless steel ...
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A162 Solone For Sale - £5,000 SOLD

A162 Solone For Sale – £5,000 SOLD

2017 March - Keith Viewing’s wonderful Solone is now for sale. Set up for serious cruising Solone is looking for new adventures. Invoices available for all works carried out. Solone has been laid up ashore undercover for some time and will need some work to re-commission her. Please contact Keith’s daughter in the first instance at piaviewing<at>free<dot>fr (replace <at> with @ and <dot> with full stops).
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A95 For Sale £4,500 - SOLD

A95 For Sale £4,500 – SOLD

2017 March - Hiran is up for sale after over 30 years of ownership. Sale Details
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A33 - a fascinating Atalanta in the USA

A33 – a fascinating Atalanta in the USA

2017 February - A33 – a fascinating Atalanta in the USA. Photo: A33 under trees.
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Salizanda blog update

2017 January - I have just finished updating the Salizanda blog following her successful re-launching and I have posted the link here. http://salizanda.blogspot.co.a
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Photos of A33 from Michel Lapierre in Canada

Photos of A33 from Michel Lapierre in Canada

2017 January - Photos of A33 from Michel Lapierre in Canada
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Electric Motor Installation

Electric Motor Installation

2017 January - Electric Motor Installation. Photo: Electric motor installation 1. Electric motor components set up in situ to check all OK before final insta
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A117 Turtle Sizing Up the challenge

A117 Turtle Sizing Up the challenge

2017 January - A117 Turtle Sizing Up the challenge. Photo: IMG_1785.
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A117 Turtle on the move after 10 years

A117 Turtle on the move after 10 years

2017 January - A117 Turtle on the move after 10 years. Photo: IMG_1814.
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A117 Checking her out

A117 Checking her out

2017 January - A117 Checking her out. Photo: IMG_1804.
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A169 Aft Cabin refurbishment

A169 Aft Cabin refurbishment

2016 December - A169 Aft Cabin refurbishment. Photo: Aft cabin refurb 1. The secondary bulkheads were made in two sections (top and base)
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A169 Nav Station

A169 Nav Station

2016 December - A169 Nav Station. Photo: Kerry Piper- Nav station mod’s. Slide out chart table allows access to storage/quarter berth below cockpit seat. Form
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A169 Saloon

A169 Saloon

2016 December - A169 Saloon. Photo: Saloon – shelving and seat mod’s. Full length shelves added to each side of saloon. Fitted cushion back below shelves NB:
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A117 Turtle on eBay

A117 Turtle on eBay

2016 November - A117 Turtle on eBay. Photo: s-l1600. As seen on Ebay.
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Memories of my ownership of A179 Emma Duck in 1970s

Memories of my ownership of A179 Emma Duck in 1970s

2016 November - Memories of my ownership of A179 Emma Duck in 1970s. Photo: 7 – Julie & Steve in Emma Duck’s Tender 1972. My children in the Duckling Dinghy.
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A166 Hullabaloo for sale on eBay

A166 Hullabaloo for sale on eBay

2016 October - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fairey-Atalanta-yacht-26-/322290972915?hash=item4b0a09f8f3:g:4aAAAOSwpLNX~Vgj Here is the URL NB
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Suffolk Yacht Harbour-Mary maintenance

Suffolk Yacht Harbour-Mary maintenance

2016 October - In my previous blog I spoke of bringing Mary home because the maintenance backlog was exceeding holiday expectations.  Well that kind of thing.  So now Mary is in Suffolk Yacht Harbour under her lovely cover with the expectation that I address the
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Salizanda re-launched

Salizanda re-launched

2016 September - FINALLY  🙂 Salizanda was finally re-launched on the 3rd August. There is still lots to do but after 14 years it was a wonderful moment. She sails like a dream even though I can only partially lower the keels as the depth in our pond is les
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Ready for winter storage

Ready for winter storage

2016 September - So it with great pleasure that I have taken on an Atalanta Titania (T4). I am still looking into the history of her and previous owners and names (Gellie,Katya and currently Brother Jack). It is with great thanks to a fellow club member that she i
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A1 Recovery from Essex

A1 Recovery from Essex

2016 September - A1 Recovery from Essex. Photo: A1 Recovery (1).
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09 Sep - Hyeres

09 Sep – Hyeres

2016 September - 09 Sep - Hyeres
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09 Sep - St Tropez to Le Lavendou

09 Sep – St Tropez to Le Lavendou

2016 September - 09 Sep - St Tropez to Le Lavendou
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07 Sep - St Tropez

07 Sep – St Tropez

2016 September - 07 Sep - St Tropez
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06 Sep - Past Agay to St Tropez

06 Sep – Past Agay to St Tropez

2016 September - 06 Sep - Past Agay to St Tropez
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05 Sep - Past Cannes to La Napoule

05 Sep – Past Cannes to La Napoule

2016 September - 05 Sep - Past Cannes to La Napoule
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04 Sep - Antibes

04 Sep – Antibes

2016 September - 04 Sep - Antibes
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03 Sep - Around Monaco

03 Sep – Around Monaco

2016 September - 03 Sep - Around Monaco
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02 Sep - To Monaco

02 Sep – To Monaco

2016 September - 02 Sep - To Monaco
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01 Sep - San Remo

01 Sep – San Remo

2016 September - 01 Sep - San Remo
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31 Aug - San Lorenzo Al Mare

31 Aug – San Lorenzo Al Mare

2016 August - 31 Aug - San Lorenzo Al Mare
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30 Aug - Alassio

30 Aug – Alassio

2016 August - 30 Aug - Alassio
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29 Aug - Savona to Loano

29 Aug – Savona to Loano

2016 August - 29 Aug - Savona to Loano
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28 Aug - Genoa to Savona

28 Aug – Genoa to Savona

2016 August - 28 Aug - Genoa to Savona
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26 Aug - Genoa

26 Aug – Genoa

2016 August - 26 Aug - Genoa
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25 Aug - Portofino

25 Aug – Portofino

2016 August - 25 Aug - Portofino
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25 Aug - Past Cinque Terre to Portfino

25 Aug – Past Cinque Terre to Portfino

2016 August - 25 Aug - Past Cinque Terre to Portfino
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24 Aug - Portovenere

24 Aug – Portovenere

2016 August - 24 Aug - Portovenere
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23 Aug - La Grazie

23 Aug – La Grazie

2016 August - 23 Aug - La Grazie
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La Spezia

La Spezia

2016 August - I have driven past Genoa and La Spezia a number of times and although the west of Genoa has some beautiful driving roads.  Well they were before they filled them with cars etc.. But it is usually with a sigh of relief when you exit the mountains and are on the highway south.  Looking at it from the water is a whole different perspective. The bay is quite busy but easy enough to get about in, probably comparable to north of the Isle of Wight.  We headed for La Grazia as ...
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23 Aug - Past Lerici, Viareggio and Carrera

23 Aug – Past Lerici, Viareggio and Carrera

2016 August - 23 Aug - Past Lerici, Viareggio and Carrera
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23 Aug - Leaving the Arno

23 Aug – Leaving the Arno

2016 August - 23 Aug - Leaving the Arno
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22 Aug - Arnovecchio

22 Aug – Arnovecchio

2016 August - 22 Aug - Arnovecchio
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21 Aug -  Florence, before we get afloat

21 Aug – Florence, before we get afloat

2016 August - 21 Aug - Florence, before we get afloat
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Leaving Pisa to La Grazie (near La Spezia)

Leaving Pisa to La Grazie (near La Spezia)

2016 August - We , and I say we, because our Nick joined me, had a delay before we could get into the water.  So we spent the day in Florence drinking stupidly expensive beer on roof top gardens.  I think the reason for the delay was that I needed a new battery?  We were treated to a spectacular storm as we headed back.  The Alps creates a strange weather system so we could see the storm over the alps but it was warm and dry at the marina.  I think it was something ...
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Atalanta Mary Comes Home (2016)

Atalanta Mary Comes Home (2016)

2016 August - –>
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A136 Amsara needs a home

A136 Amsara needs a home

2016 August - A136 Amsara needs a home. Photo: Amsara 2016 01.
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A17 Gambol - £9,350

A17 Gambol – £9,350

2016 July - The wonderful A17, Gambol, is for sale. Gambol has had much work done by Simon Garrett and is in great condition. Asking Price £9,350 Currently Lying Under Cover a Few Mins From J17 M6 Part 1 registered, Gambol is on the National Small Boat Register Database No 2155 3/4 Rig Yanamr 2GM20FC with Brand new 2014 PRM 150 hydraulic gearbox Doyle 2006 Mast head Code Zero Furling Sail with Bartels Furler. £1,500 upgrade to original 4 wheel braked painted steel trailer in 2006 by Mersea C & L Trailers Ltd. Since then – 2 x spare wheels ...
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Bringing Mary Home-Non abbastanza vacanze

Bringing Mary Home-Non abbastanza vacanze

2016 June - I am going to need your help here.  It has become evident that I should bring Mary home. When I visited on the 2
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Boat cover for Mary

Boat cover for Mary

2016 June - As you will know from Nicks posts I have had a cover made for Mary.  As described by the Pisa Marina owner ‘she is beautiful’.
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F53 Pilgrim for sale SOLD

F53 Pilgrim for sale SOLD

2016 June - F53 Pilgrim for sale (2017 – now sold)
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Atalanta A1-The Prototype-What a great project for someone

Atalanta A1-The Prototype-What a great project for someone

2016 June - Atalanta A1 was the very first ‘prototype’ Atalanta. She is smaller than the Mark 2 and 3 but has all of the same features – twin keels, centre cockpit, blister and so on.  She is now needing someone to restore her – if you are interested please c
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2014 A1 Condition Survey

2014 A1 Condition Survey

2016 June - 2014 A1 Condition Survey. Photo: 2014 A1 – 1 of 28. A1 had been stored near St Osyth for many years. The owner had died and the Association be
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2016 Atalanta Mary's new cover

2016 Atalanta Mary’s new cover

2016 June - 2016 Atalanta Mary’s new cover. Photo: Atalanta Mary’s new cover – fitting review on Helene.
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Ahamkara-free to good home?

2016 May - Colin has been in touch with the current owner Eles Ellis who is very anxious to get rid of her and has offered the boat for no payment! The original 
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Deck repairs complete

2016 April - There has been progress – the decks are repaired, filled and primed.
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A169 Kerry Piper Galley refurb

A169 Kerry Piper Galley refurb

2016 March - A169 Kerry Piper Galley refurb. Photo: KP Galley refurb.
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A169 Kerry Piper Cabin Table

A169 Kerry Piper Cabin Table

2016 March - A169 Kerry Piper Cabin Table. Photo: Kerry Piper – Table project. Further detail to the bulletin article. Provides a functional foldaway table
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A136 Amsara-Want to save her?

A136 Amsara-Want to save her?

2016 February - Mick Doyle kindly contacted us about A136 Amsara, which is in a boatyard in Portchester. The current owner had started work on her. There is more to do, and apparently she will need a new engine. If you are interested let me know and
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A5 Diaphony Restoration Update

A5 Diaphony Restoration Update

2016 February - A5 Diaphony Restoration Update. Photo: A5 lower pintle.
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T4 Brother Jack sailing

T4 Brother Jack sailing

2016 February - T4 Brother Jack sailing. Photo: Photo of T4 Brother Jack. Sir, We struggle with computers.T4 Brother Jack is a serviceable boat, there are all
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A46 Theodora pictures from 2005

A46 Theodora pictures from 2005

2016 January - A46 Theodora pictures from 2005. Photo: Theodora 2. Theodora was towed in by the lifeboat during the race at the 50th anniversary. She had rep
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Arnoveccio in Pisa

Arnoveccio in Pisa

2016 January - After leaving Bosa I decided the next overwintering would be Pisa.  I would go up the eastern side of Corsica and head to the mainland.  I think the distances around Sardinia were too great for short holidays and I think I was kind of heading home.. I found Arnovecchio through the cruising association on the Arno it was as small outfit comfortable and inexpensive.  10 minutes by bus to Pisa and cheap flights and a walk to Pisa de Marina which is a small seaside town on the mouth of the ...
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A46 Theodora-anyone know where she is now?

2015 December - We have had an enquiry through the website about the whereabouts of Theodora. John Black who used to own her would like to hear how she is fairing.  The last owner we have in our records left the Association in 2013, at which time her home
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2015 A89 Winter Lift Out

2015 A89 Winter Lift Out

2015 December - 2015 A89 Winter Lift Out. Photo: A89 winter lift-out.
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Propellor  sizes

Propellor sizes

2015 December - I took A89 Colchide out of the water for winter a few days ago, accompanied by East Coast Rep- Nick Phillips and Mart
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Ahamkara Fairey Atalanta - Free to a good home

Ahamkara Fairey Atalanta – Free to a good home

2015 November - 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 contact Maree at: mellistrees at gmail dot com
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Sail sizes

2015 November - Hello fellow members, After 2 seasons sailing A89 COLCHIDE back in the UK, it is obvious that she is over-canvassed for UK conditions. Uncle Bernard specified and fitted an oversize genoa, as he was sailing in 3-7 knots on Lake Gene
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2015 Mary to Pisa

2015 Mary to Pisa

2015 September - 2015 Mary to Pisa. Photo: Bastia. We just do it for the photos
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Mary 2015

2015 September - Well I have finally managed to put Mary back in the water and I think the plan is basically to find my way home. The distances here are too great and the contradiction between waiting out mistral and having to fighter 3 weeks holiday once a year has
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A115 Moved Home

A115 Moved Home

2015 August - A115 Moved Home
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2015 A89 Sailing on the R.Orwell

2015 A89 Sailing on the R.Orwell

2015 June - 2015 A89 Sailing on the R.Orwell. Photo: A89 off Harwich.
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A89 Colchide sailing on the River Orwell

2015 June - Took some pix of Colchide yesterday when you sailed past Sandack on a mooring near Clamp House, Ipswich. Will send them if you let me have an email address.
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A124 Engine Tidy Up

A124 Engine Tidy Up

2015 May - The engine was not in bad condition but needed a tidy and paint up. Some of the ancilliaries and pipework were a bit untidy. I removed the cockpit floor and the engine to clean up the engine bay. The whole of the engine way is lined with 35mm foil backed sound insulation which is why the engine noise is so low. However it had been screwed directly into the engine bay walls which are the sides of the keelbox! This didn’t feel right so I removed the screws, ...
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Blister Repairs

Blister Repairs

2015 May - The join between the deck and blister was distressed at the forward end. Upon investigation it was clear that the laminated ‘quadrant’ in this corner was delaminating and there was evidence of water ingress on the centreline at the forward end of the blister. There were also cracks in the surface near the centreline of the Blister.
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A124 Foredeck Repairs

A124 Foredeck Repairs

2015 May - The foredeck didn’t seem too bad away from the Blister (coachroof). However on investigation it transpired that the top veneer was breaking up in a few areas, particularly in the corners on the ‘uphill’ side of the deck slats. Treatment was relatively simple as there were no complete holes. The ‘king plank’ on the centreline turned out to be in two parts – below and above the deck – and I renewed the section on deck which covered the join between the two sides of the boat.
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A124 Helene Aft Deck Repairs

A124 Helene Aft Deck Repairs

2015 May - The decks appeared to need some paint. Sadly on investigation it turned out that areas were delaminating and that the stern deck on the starboard side had been badly repaired in the past and was shot! The deck framing, although not generally rotten, was also weak and at some point a post had been put in centrally to support the deck. I decided to put in new ‘hoop’ frames, add additional deck beams fore and aft and replace all of the rotten timber. It has been a ...
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Perkins 4107 rides again

Perkins 4107 rides again

2015 April - So, after much knuckle scraping, seized bolts and antiquated parts, she’s running again. Here’s a video: http://youtu.be/V6PNkCOqNio And a pic:
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A124 Helene - Renovations

A124 Helene – Renovations

2015 April - I bought Helene in 2007 expecting to do some light renovation of the decks and then get sailing. I got her home and started the work. And then I made my first mistake…..I built a large ‘tent’ around he from scaffolding and tarpaulins so that I could work in the dry. The second mistake followed quickly as I decided ‘whilst I am doing this, I might as well do that’. Warning: Aim for a ‘rolling restoration’, not a full-on rebuild! Progress was good in the first year around ...
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2015 Mary check in Bosa

2015 Mary check in Bosa

2015 April - 2015 Mary check in Bosa. Photo: new keel box seals. I managed to get new blocking plates made by a local carpenter. By all accounts a good man
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The engine bites back

The engine bites back

2015 April - We’ve finally got the engine stripped down, and I’ve ordered some various parts. Amazingly, Perkins still sell most of what I needed! But, it turned out the heat exchanger was too corroded, so a replacement one is on the way – secondhand – from Ch
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More progress on Zambra

More progress on Zambra

2015 March - Today we’ve stripped out the thrust bearing and drive – it looks like an old Aquadrive sort of affair, with two universal joints, a thrust bearing and a 4″ hub connecting to the motor. Installed length is 204mm, the shaft diameter is 31.8mm. And i
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It looks a bit scary at this moment...

It looks a bit scary at this moment…

2015 March - We’ve nearly stripped the whole boat now, and found a few ‘nasty’ bits of rot, but some other bits are really looking much better!
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And out came the engine....

And out came the engine….

2015 February - So, having a forklift definitely helps this process, especially with the weight of a Perkins 4-107 with hydraulic gearbox. And, the excellent design of the Atalanta meaning the engine lifts out vertically!
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A169 Kerry Piper Aft Deck repairs

A169 Kerry Piper Aft Deck repairs

2015 February - A169 Kerry Piper Aft Deck repairs. Photo: Aft deck repairs collage 1. Aft deck rebuild – top section repairs. Weather very cold for epoxy glui
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A31-10 Zambra renovations

A31-10 Zambra renovations

2015 January - When I first took ownership of Zambra, she looked fantastic: But, as many
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Atalanta 26 for sale on eBay

2015 January - Seven days to go at 9th January 2015 Judging by the stub
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Tim Arnold (A31/8) writes

2015 January - Tim previously wrote from USA to say that he had reluctantly decided to break up A31/8 “Trio of Playford”, after trying unsuccessfully to sell her as a potential restoration project to oth
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A17 Gambol is for Sale

A17 Gambol is for Sale

2014 December - Asking Price £9,350 Currently Lying Under Cover a Few Mins From J17 M6 Part 1 registered
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A104 For Sale SOLD

A104 For Sale SOLD

2014 December - A104 For Sale ‘Click’ on a photo for a slideshow.
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A99 Toco for sale

A99 Toco for sale

2014 November - Complete boat and trailer.   Been standing for 3 years at Kings Lynn   6 x excellent sails.   4 clocks on hatch for speed, depth, wind, lean.   The mast was
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F2 Steel Deal for sale in the US $2,000 USD

F2 Steel Deal for sale in the US $2,000 USD

2014 November - Lying Michigan, USA Contact George Wietor email: wietorg at yahoo.com Tel: 616 452-1021
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A31-7 Moby Dick & A31-13 Project Atalanta 31s £enquire

A31-7 Moby Dick & A31-13 Project Atalanta 31s £enquire

2014 November - Peter and Ian Brook have an unfinished A31 hill (number 13) and a donor boat in A31-7 Moby Dick. Peter Brook 020 8950 1313 See details of Moby Dick on her boat page
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A31/8 Trio of Playford - Restoration project in the US

A31/8 Trio of Playford – Restoration project in the US

2014 November - Tim Arnold is selling Trio of Playford. tw.arnold at gmail dot com 07960148158 See details on her boat page
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F53 Pilgrim for sale

F53 Pilgrim for sale

2014 November - Fulmar F53 Pilgrim is for sale at Stonehaven, Gairlochhead. She’s in good order, fitted with new Beta 10hp diesel, which has been run in for 180 hrs. New keel bolts with grease nipples fitted, no rubbers required. Taylors parafifn cooker, or if pr
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A169 Kerry Piper Hull repairs

A169 Kerry Piper Hull repairs

2014 October - A169 Kerry Piper Hull repairs. Photo: Exterior hull repair collage. Starboard quarter repair – veneer replacement, work in progress.
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Atalanta Mary 2014

Atalanta Mary 2014

2014 October - This blog covers a 2 1/2 week holiday I spent in Sardinia working on Mary. Before reading this look back at the condition of Mary when I sailed out of Portland in October 2012.  During 2013 she was exposed to a lot of strong UV.  With the a
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Kerry Piper-work in progress continued

Kerry Piper-work in progress continued

2014 September - Trying to complete as much of the epoxy /veneer repair work before the colder weather arrives. Added below some pic’s of the  the aft cabin repairs to the extensive dry rot. The rotten frame abaft the new aft bulkhead – s
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2014 A15 Artemis Photos

2014 A15 Artemis Photos

2014 August - 2014 A15 Artemis Photos . Photo: P1010092. Another image in Chichester,A15 again.
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A72 Rondar advertised on Gumtree

2014 August - A72 rondar was once sailed by RAF personnel in Singapore and Cyprus, sadly now neglected and for sale. Details and photos here:
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A169 Kerry Piper Transom and Cockpit Drains

A169 Kerry Piper Transom and Cockpit Drains

2014 August - A169 Kerry Piper Transom and Cockpit Drains. Photo: Collage – transom and cockpit drains.
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A169 Kerry Piper Bullhead & Galley repairs

A169 Kerry Piper Bullhead & Galley repairs

2014 August - A169 Kerry Piper Bullhead & Galley repairs. Photo: Fwd bulkhead and galley repairs.
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A169 Kerry Piper Keelboxes and aft bulkhead

A169 Kerry Piper Keelboxes and aft bulkhead

2014 August - A169 Kerry Piper Keelboxes and aft bulkhead. Photo: Collage – keelboxes and aft bulkhed.
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Kerry Piper-work in progress

Kerry Piper-work in progress

2014 August - A few photo’s of restoration work (so far) for A169 Kerry Piper. Apologies for the pick and mix  collages, I will be posting a more complete record of the ongoing restoration of KP later
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A147 Chamois to the Western Isles-Day 1-12th July

2014 July - Ballindean to Kilmelford
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A148 Johara for sale SOLD

A148 Johara for sale SOLD

2014 July - A148 has been beautifully restored by her owners, Terry and Jackie Wetherilt who very sadly decided to put her up for sale following their move up to Scotland:
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Exhaust for Coventry Victor WN4

2014 June -   Having replaced the CV Midget on A49 with the larger engine, I followed the original Midget exhaust line through the aft cabin using fabricated S/S injection exhaust stubs feeding into high temperature exhaust hoses, hence into a Y       junctio
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A148 Johara back to the water 2013

A148 Johara back to the water 2013

2014 June - A148 Johara back to the water 2013. Photo: imagejohara. <
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A31/4 Gellie for Sale, or offer to repair?

2014 May - Unfortunately health issues are preventing Bill getting Gellie sorted out after her disaster last year in the gales. She needs a new mast, some rigging and some repairs to the coach work all above the rubbing strake. Also a bit of TLC inside. She
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A71 Sailing Videos

A71 Sailing Videos

2014 May - A71 was bought by Lisa and Terry Greatrix. Terry’s brother had owned Blue Jackaroo earlier in her life and he helped Lisa and Terry restoration A71 to he former glory. Lisa and Terry made quite a few short videos of A71 which are available on a playlist dedicated to he on our Youtube channel.
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A31/4 Gellie-Urgent appeal

2014 May - Just received this message from Bill Johnston, owner of A31/4 Gellie: URGENT APPEAL You may remember me as the owner of A31/4 “Gellie” Unfortunately health issues are preventing me getting Gellie sorted out after her disaster last
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T12 Tily-Ho sold

2014 May - Just heard from Tim that he’s sold T12 Tily-Ho to what sounds like a very good home, so hopefully we’ll see her afloat again before very long.
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bubble repair

bubble repair

2014 April - As you may remember I managed to damage the bubble just forward of the hatch.  After damaging and repairing the hatch itself.  This repair scared me far more as a hash job here would be a significant scar on my self confidence.
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Calista's Adriatic Cruise 2014

Calista’s Adriatic Cruise 2014

2014 April - Calista will be spending May and June sailing in the Adriatic.   The plan is: Leaving Pembrokeshire on Easter Monday, driving through the channel tunnel, Germany and Austria to
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A89 Tastes East Coast Salt Water after years in Lake Geneva

A89 Tastes East Coast Salt Water after years in Lake Geneva

2014 April - A89 Tastes East Coast Salt Water after years in Lake Geneva. Photo: 2014-04-13_off_to_sea. A89 Colchide decked out ready for towing to Ipswich
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A17 Gambol Winter Home

A17 Gambol Winter Home

2014 February - A17 Gambol Winter Home. Photo: A17 Gambol Plans For Winter Home – Real Men only Reference In Case of extreme Emergency after The Event! Winter
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2013 A17 Gambol in France

2013 A17 Gambol in France

2014 February - 2013 A17 Gambol in France. Photo: A17 Gambol On The Ferry June 2013 – Who Says Cossing The Channel Is Difficult (Question Mark).
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2014 Winter check on A102 in Bosa

2014 Winter check on A102 in Bosa

2014 January - 2014 Winter check on A102 in Bosa. Photo: Check on Mary. I went back to check on Mary as I wasn’t there when she was hauled out.  Although I w
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What can we do about A31/8 “Trio of Playford” in Austin, TX?

2014 January - Tim Arnold writes: “Dear Atalanta Enthusiasts,We are regretfully disposing of A31 “Trio” Restoration is beyond our capacity. It is lying in Austin TX on a very substantial 3 axle trailer.Before it i
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A87 Methuselah update: on the move (again!)

A87 Methuselah update: on the move (again!)

2013 December - A87 is now in the new shed at home and we are planing some serious progress on her in 2014!
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A17 Gambol 2013/14 Winter Projects

A17 Gambol 2013/14 Winter Projects

2013 December - It has occurred to me (after my gearbox issues) that it might be good to share projects being tackled in real time as it’s very likely that others may be contemplating or tackling the same one. A few words & pictures may ease the pain for the next
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PRM Gearbox

PRM Gearbox

2013 December - PRM Gearbox. Photo: A17 Gambol – A Trio of PRM 150 Gearboxes.
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A17 Gambol-Wrong Gearbox Reduction

A17 Gambol-Wrong Gearbox Reduction

2013 December - Finally last Friday my replacement exchange PRM 150 hydraulic gearbox (needed because the original feathering prop on Gambol is left handed & the Yanmar 2GM20FC I re-engined Gambol
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2013 Atalanta Mary lays up in Bosa

2013 Atalanta Mary lays up in Bosa

2013 November - 2013 Atalanta Mary lays up in Bosa. Photo: vela coperta (3). Now she has been washed down there is little antifoul left.
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2013 A89 Colchide from Switzerland to East Coast

2013 A89 Colchide from Switzerland to East Coast

2013 October - 2013 A89 Colchide from Switzerland to East Coast. Photo: A89 side.
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2013 Atalanta Mary from above

2013 Atalanta Mary from above

2013 September - 2013 Atalanta Mary from above. Photo: Rare view of mary. I went up the mast of another Cruising Association boat to help feed an halyard. 
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2013 Atalanta Mary Alghero to Bosa, Sardinia

2013 Atalanta Mary Alghero to Bosa, Sardinia

2013 September - 2013 Atalanta Mary Alghero to Bosa, Sardinia. Photo: Alghero – making do. I guess it is not to compete with a fast cat but getting the most ou
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2013 Atlanta Mary from Corsica to Isola Rossa, Sardinia

2013 Atlanta Mary from Corsica to Isola Rossa, Sardinia

2013 September - 2013 Atlanta Mary from Corsica to Isola Rossa, Sardinia. Photo: The clouds before the Mistral..
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A144 Cyn for Sale SOLD

A144 Cyn for Sale SOLD

2013 September - A144 Cyn for Sale.
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2024 A103 - Sardinia

2024 A103 – Sardinia

2013 September - 2024 A103 – Sardinia. Photo: Tough times in isola rossa.
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A 81 Spotted in Netherlands by Peter on A31/09

A 81 Spotted in Netherlands by Peter on A31/09

2013 September - As far as I knew only one Atalanta situated in The Netherlands. Found a second one, the A81. No rigging and in a bad shape. The owner told me that he was about to do some seriuos work on her. I posted two photographs. Peter Bi
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A117 Turtle is still for sale

2013 September - Robert Handley-Fairbairn writes: An update, to say Turtle A117 is still available, so make me an offer. I could break her for 500 and keep the trailer, but I would hate to do it after resisting for 7 years. She is a compl
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More about Ahamkara, a most unusual Atalanta

More about Ahamkara, a most unusual Atalanta

2013 August - The story of Ahamkara, home built Atalanta and home in solid wood rather than veneers.
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2013 A102 - Corsica!

2013 A102 – Corsica!

2013 August - 2013 A102 – Corsica!. Photo: Corsica. I have arrived after an epic 36 hour haul on the motor today but a good 4 hours on spinaker yesterday.  
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2013 A102 - Out into the Mediterranean

2013 A102 – Out into the Mediterranean

2013 August - 2013 A102 – Out into the Mediterranean. Photo: Med. I will update the blog soon as I am expecting bad weather.   50km winds. I am anchored in
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A89 Colchide

A89 Colchide

2013 August - Here are some more pictures of A89 Colchide in Norfolk. I have some questions: 1. Should I open the foreward hatch a few inches and leave the top washboards out to encourage airflow through A89 in her outside winter storage? 2
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A 89 COLCHIDE returns to the UK after 50 years on the continent

A 89 COLCHIDE returns to the UK after 50 years on the continent

2013 August - I am delighted to announce that A 89 COLCHIDE returned to the UK today, after 50 years on the Mediterranian and in Switzerland.   She was picked up by Bob and Maria of
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A115 Cockpit

A115 Cockpit

2013 July - A115 Cockpit. Photo: Clean Cockpit looking Astern.
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2013 A146 Le Bateau Ivre moves to new home

2013 A146 Le Bateau Ivre moves to new home

2013 July - 2013 A146 Le Bateau Ivre moves to new home. Photo: 100_2188. Parked on road just past driveway. Realized that there were sections of the drive
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Keel

Keel

2013 July - Replaced most of outer keel in A77, Blue Goose. It was necessary to plane off 10 to 12 mm to get to solid mahogany. I used resorcinol from Aerodux that CP Adhesives stocks, the glue is also available from Spectrum Adhesives
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2013 A102 - Hatch Repairs

2013 A102 – Hatch Repairs

2013 July - 2013 A102 – Lyon and The Rhone. Photo: Boat repairs..
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Keel bolt grease fittings

Keel bolt grease fittings

2013 July - Trevor mentions three types of grease fittings in the Repair Manual for the Keel Assembly and Mounting Structure published in 2010 with supplemental info. from Murray, Dominic, & John.  The attached photo is the type in Blue Goose A77, looks like
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2013 A102 - Lyon and The Rhone

2013 A102 – Lyon and The Rhone

2013 June - 2013 A102 – Lyon and The Rhone. Photo: Lyon. <
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Electro hydraulic propulsion system

2013 June -  Adding an electric/hydraulic propulsion system to A169 (Kerry Piper) and thought it may be of some interest (attached plan). The mechanical installation is pending completion of structural  work to the hull and bulkheads, but I aim to have it ins
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Calista's road accident

Calista’s road accident

2013 June - Calista was damaged while on the way to the yard to be launched. The damage was caused by two vehicles hitting the back of the boat.  
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2013 A102 - Into the Rhone Valley & R.Saone

2013 A102 – Into the Rhone Valley & R.Saone

2013 June - 2013 A102 – Into the Rhone Valley & R.Saone. Photo: The Rhone valley. Today I crossed over from the Marne valley to the Rhone valley passing t
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2013 A71 Blue Jackaroo returns to former owner

2013 A71 Blue Jackaroo returns to former owner

2013 June - 2013 A71 Blue Jackaroo returns to former owner. Photo: oare_creek. A71 Blue Jackaroo is back with her former owner, Andy Greatrix. Seen here a
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2013 A102 - The Marne Valley

2013 A102 – The Marne Valley

2013 June - 2013 A102 – The Marne Valley. Photo: Lateral marne canal and Ay.. Ay is very much part of the Champagne district.
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A73 Lyde is no more

2013 June - David Dean emailed today to say “A73 Lyde is no more, cut up and burnt today.” 
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Atalanta on eBay

Atalanta on eBay

2013 May - Newly listed – Epenetus  Link to
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2013 A102 - East from Paris on the R.Marne

2013 A102 – East from Paris on the R.Marne

2013 May - 2013 A102 – East from Paris on the R.Marne. Photo: logs. The higher water levels are washing down some significant logs so you need to keep an
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2013 A102 Mary in Paris

2013 A102 Mary in Paris

2013 May - 2013 A102 Mary in Paris. Photo: Is that….
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Dave Allen is looking for someone…

2013 May - Dave Allen owns A66 Roamara and 168 Bloom, and he is looking for someone to share the work of restoring and maintaining the boats as well as the pleasure of sailing one or both of them. Interested ? Contact Dave on 07961 963921.
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2013 A102 Mary To Paris

2013 A102 Mary To Paris

2013 April - 2013 A102 Mary To Paris. Photo: beat this. Long on the somme.
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A31 Bare Shell in 2013

A31 Bare Shell in 2013

2013 March - A31 Bare Shell in 2013. Photo: Atalanta 31 shell looking forward.
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A73 Lyde is in desperate need of rescue

2013 March - David Dean has written: “I’m 70 this yr and retiring later to Spain. Sold Lyde for £500 over a year ago. The buyer has vanished, Lyde is still in my shed. Hull and deck sound apart from fairly simple repair under port quarter. Mast Proctor
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The Best Laid Plans-A183 Bluster's log-July/August 2012

The Best Laid Plans-A183 Bluster’s log-July/August 2012

2013 February - The best laid plans …… Or an enjoyable alternative “Where are you going for your summer cruise Jane?” ”Hopefully West, but if that
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2013 T10 Callista under spinnaker in Croatia

2013 T10 Callista under spinnaker in Croatia

2013 February - 2013 T10 Callista under spinnaker in Croatia. Photo: Calista3. Calista sailing in Croatis with the bimini in use
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2013 Atalanta Mary ready on the South Coast

2013 Atalanta Mary ready on the South Coast

2013 January - 2013 Atalanta Mary ready on the South Coast. Photo: 2012-12-24 14.51.57. Well we didn’t make the east coast. Ah well. All the easier to cross
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2012 A17 Gambol Summer

2012 A17 Gambol Summer

2012 December - 2012 A17 Gambol Summer. Photo: A17 Gambol Newtown Swimming Summer 2012.
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2012 Autumn A17 at Beaulieu for half term

2012 Autumn A17 at Beaulieu for half term

2012 December - 2012 Autumn A17 at Beaulieu for half term. Photo: A17 Gambol Sailing in Solent Half Term 2012.
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European holiday

2012 December - I am planning on a holiday next year along the lines of sailing from Chichester to St Valerie-sur-somme then across internal waterways to the south of France and then to spend the remainder of this year sailing towards and around the Tyrrhenian se
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Tuan Mac

Tuan Mac

2012 November - Tuan Mac. Photo: Tuan Mac. We’ve lured a Fisherman into our midst!
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2012 A102 Atalanta Mary travels to Chichester

2012 A102 Atalanta Mary travels to Chichester

2012 November - 2012 A102 Atalanta Mary travels to Chichester. Photo: mary bow. first site nose on
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A89 coming home in May 2013

2012 October - The Association’s senior member, Bernard Upton will be 94 next summer and has decided to stop sailing solo on A89 and to down-size his house, therefore 53 years of Atalanta spares and of course A89 herself will be coming home in May/June 2013. Ber
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2012 A88 Tenga in USA

2012 A88 Tenga in USA

2012 October - 2012 A88 Tenga in USA. Photo: First day out. On my first day out with a sail up. I only raised the main that day. The following day main and a
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A88 is in Cowichan Bay, British Columbia, Canada

2012 October - Hi all, this is just a quick introduction.  I have taken possession of A88 Tenga from John Denny (Thanks soooo much John!) and she’s in the water in Cowichan Bay, B.C.
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Bernard Upton

Bernard Upton

2012 October - Bernard Upton. Photo: Bernard. Photo:
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A77 Blue Goose Engine Replacement

A77 Blue Goose Engine Replacement

2012 September - A77 Blue Goose Engine Replacement. Photo: Raised Frame for Yanmar 2 cyl. Bridge Deck, Sort of.
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A31-6 Caperndonich at Anstruther

A31-6 Caperndonich at Anstruther

2012 September - A31-6 Caperndonich at Anstruther. Photo: A31-6 with Watson class lifeboat at Anstruther.
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A71 Blue Jackaroo moves to Chatham

A71 Blue Jackaroo moves to Chatham

2012 August - A71 Blue Jackaroo moves to Chatham. Photo: Chatham_smaller. Blue Jackaroo at Chatham, August 2012, after a fantastic sail up river against Win
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A89 Keel slot flushers

2012 July - Bernard wants to seal the slots above A89’s keels. I have experimented with moped tyres (3.0 x 19) and I can cut them into one long sausage, seal the ends and keep pressure for weeks. When inflated, they will expand to the required 100 mm s
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31ft Atalanta for sale in USA

31ft Atalanta for sale in USA

2012 July - A31/8 Trio of Playford Tim Arnold writes: Trio required quite a bit of work after being neglected under
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2012 A142 Sugar Plum at Portsoy

2012 A142 Sugar Plum at Portsoy

2012 June - 2012 A142 Sugar Plum at Portsoy. Photo: Portsoy 12-3. A142 Sugar Plum at Portsoy Traditional Boat Festival, 23/24 June 2012
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Scottish Traditional Boat Festival-Portsoy

2012 June - Greg Manning has sent a report on A142 at Portsoy, with this photo  
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Recommendation: Epenetus Blog

Recommendation: Epenetus Blog

2012 June - I can highly recommend Rob Woolley’s excellent blog (I am sure he wont mind) titled ‘Living with an Atalanta’ . It is a very interesting blog with good photos of Epenetus.   It can be found here:
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2012 A148 Refurbishment - getting there

2012 A148 Refurbishment – getting there

2012 June - 2012 A148 Refurbishment – getting there. Photo: Getting there!. A148 Johara
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2012 A176 Persephone for sale SOLD

2012 A176 Persephone for sale SOLD

2012 June - 2012 A176 Persephone for sale.
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Another Atalanta on eBay-251076562142

2012 June - A176 Persephone is up for sale on eBay – 5 days to go as of today. I understand she has been kept under a cover for 30 years, complete with mast sails and rigging. Is that an alloy mast?
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A89 Colchide Update as of 2 June 2012

2012 June - I visited Bernard Upton in Switzerland last week and we spent a few days working on A89 in the boatyard in Gland. The skeg was showing signs of cracking around the alloy rudder support, so I scrapped off the paint to find out the condition
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2012 A89 Rudder Pintle

2012 A89 Rudder Pintle

2012 June - 2012 A89 Rudder Pintle. Photo: IMG_0101. <
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A176 Persephone for sale

A176 Persephone for sale

2012 June - I’ve just received this message from Gary Topple: “There is a Fairey Atlanta A176 “Persephone” for sale at Felixstowe. It is in rough condition having sat in a driveway on a trailer for more than 30 years. It has a mast, sails and rig
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A17 New Chain Plates 2012

A17 New Chain Plates 2012

2012 June - A17 New Chain Plates 2012. Photo: A17 New Chain Plates Finished June 2012 – Rust Free Topsides This Season?.
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A31-6 Caperndonich at Anstruther

A31-6 Caperndonich at Anstruther

2012 May - A31-6 Caperndonich at Anstruther. Photo: Boat lift.
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Swing Keel Fittings

Swing Keel Fittings

2012 May - I may be one of the lucky ones, the pivot and brake bolts were replaced by Peter Lombard in the 1970s. Nylon bushings and grease fittings should make removal much easier. A driving head for bushing removal was found in the bilge.

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Calista's Easter Cruise 2012

Calista’s Easter Cruise 2012

2012 April - Calista took Dominic Dobson and myself on a cruise around the Milford Haven last week. Not actually Easter week, but the week after (Easter was early this year so it was still pretty early in the season)!   The weather was cold and w
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A77 Blue Goose Engine Replacement

A77 Blue Goose Engine Replacement

2012 April - A77 Blue Goose Engine Replacement. Photo: Hole in the bottom!.
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A137 Baby Seal is for sale SOLD

A137 Baby Seal is for sale SOLD

2012 April - Atalanta 26ft in sound condition. All items required by a 2009 Survey (available on request) have been actioned, only cosmetic work now required. Full inventry includes: Beta BD722 19hp diesel engine Hurth HBW35 gearbox Sin
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A104 Arosa

A104 Arosa

2012 April - A104 Arosa. Photo: A104 Arosa at Calais. <
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2012 A31-6 Crossing Crinan Canal

2012 A31-6 Crossing Crinan Canal

2012 April - 2012 A31-6 Crossing Crinan Canal. Photo: A31-6_Crossing_Loch_Crinan_2011. See 2010-11 Annual Bulletin
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2012 Sailing Today Article - Jaunty A100

2012 Sailing Today Article