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East Coast: Fitting Out lunch and Workshop
March 24 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
52 Westerly owners, partners, crews, friends etc. escaped, from working on their boats and enjoyed a lunch and an excellent talk from Joe Kershaw (a local yacht surveyor) and talks/reports from 3 Westerly Owners who had done extensive and interesting works on their Westerlys.
As for the AGM in 2017 RCYC laid on a beautiful sunny day and some sailing to view from the upstairs bar and restaurant. The RCYC staff really excelled themselves in providing a delicious carvery together with trimmings followed by a super choice of Sweets. The beer and coffee were good too!
Joe, who is based in Colchester, explained the role of the associations for Yacht surveyors together with the occasions that we all need them (eg. Pre- Purchase, Insurance company requirements and damage surveys) together with his experiences in surveying older boats (which most Westerlys are now!) which inevitably have various faults most of which aren’t serious.
The most obvious and common Westerly problem is obviously headlining droop which is clearly visible without a surveyor! Osmosis, although reasonable common on older model Westerlys is seldom an urgent or dangerous problem although he did recount an example of a non-Westerly where the osmosis surrounded a skin fitting where the local area of the boats bottom was severely weakened. Hard grounding was sometimes a problem with severe cracking around the keel stubs and on occasions owners had bodged the repairs. Other significant problems which were potentially dangerous included corrosion of seacocks and crevice corrosion of stainless steel. Interestingly he did not see a strong need for anode protection or wiring up seacocks.
Shaun Robinson described how the very high specification Konsort Duo was developed and the history of his boat Revolution together with the extensive works he had carried out on this underused but neglected version he purchased in 2014. For those of us trying to upgrade or at least look after our aged Westerlies he had found some interesting products at highly competitive prices. Examples are deckpaint by Premier paints (https://premiermarinepaints.co.uk/) , plastic gratings very suitable for cockpit floors (from builders merchants), varnish for external woodwork – Ronseal 5 year garden furniture woodstain, Lidl hall carpet runners for deckheads to be glued on with Evostick timebond. Bill Redgrove explained a detailed process for replacing deck toe-rails and handrails in his Sealord Camomile while in the tropics. He did this by using a reciprocal saw cutting off the old heads of the bolts with a bit of the old teak and rethreading nuts from the outside rather than removing headlining and leaving holes in the deckhead while doing the work. Dealing with deck cores, stabilising the bolts and lining up the new holes in the new toe-rails and handrails was critical.
Rather than explaining Roger Clark’s works on his Fulmar Concerto in detail he has put all the information on the Westerly-Owners website – https://westerly-owners.co.uk/activity/?hashtag/concerto/ .It was particularly interesting to note how Roger so much preferred a ‘good old’ Westerly Fulmar and getting it into tip top condition than buying an inferior new or nearly new equivalent sized modern boat. His bills have not been small and he has given an awful lot of time and loving care to Concerto.
There were inevitably a number of questions for all four speakers and hopefully all of us learned a lot more off each other.
As previously advised, we had very sad news in January when our long serving treasurer Rick Dines died. In his memory and respecting the wishes of his family, we had a collection for the RNLI and Walton and Frinton lifeboat specifically. Ian Bartlett and Andy Clark presented this collection which we hope will be of great use to all yachtsmen.
The session ended just after 3pm and the ECG committee took advantage of all being present to have a short Committee meeting to update us all and progress the East Coast Groups Activities.
- Late June early July – Feeder rally for Centaur Rally at Bembridge – Who has Centaurs??(one person already booked from Medway – who?)
- 26th June – 2nd July – Association Summer Cruise – Bill Miller planning to join Paul Common also possibility
- 5th – 8th July – East Coast Rally, three rivers – organisers, Bill Drew/Alan Thomas/Ian Bartlett
- 16th – 18th Aug – Ipswich Rally for Maritime festival – organisers, Alan Thomas/Bill Drew
- 22nd – 23rd Aug – Brightlingsea Rally and Clacton Air Show – organisers Bill Drew/Alan Thomas
- Early Sept – A Specific Medway/Swale/Stangate Creek Rally – organiser Roger Clark
- 13th Oct – ECG AGM, Cruising Association, Limehouse – Speaker – Jeremy Batch, – organiser John Elliott
Other matters discussed include:
- Alan Thomas will write up last year’s Ipswich Rally shortly;
- A reminder to all organisers to try and find volunteers to do the write ups;
- We will be looking for a new Chair, Secretary and Treasurer at the AGM;
- Andy Clark has volunteered to do the Treasurer job until then and just may be willing thereafter.
John Elliott Chair, East Coast Group