The Cairn Curran Classic Dinghy Invitation Weekend is now just FIVE months away, so you better get started on your preparations, it will be with us in no time!
And that means it is just SEVEN months until the 2018 Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta. This year’s Regatta was a turning point for the resurgence of the Australian Sailfish and we would like to have even more boats there in 2018, so start planning!
While it is to cold to be doing any painting in the southern states, you can still start to get things ready. Out with the gear, check those stays and blocks, make a list of what needs a coat of paint or varnish, in only another couple of months it might be warm enough to do some painting, I hope.
It has been a very long time since one of the Carroll clan has built a new Sailfish but it is now officially time for the rest of us to start worrying, Brian has made a start on his new boat, and the sail is already done! If you are building or thinking about building keep checking out the photos on this blog, you really won’t get a better guide.
Latest update now at the top, Brian is racing along!
In the above photo note the blocks for the traveller and for the footstraps.
For those playing close attention to Brian’s progress there are a few thing to be aware of in the above photo. Firstly, the use of plywood sides, this keeps the weight down but does require the recalculation of frame sizes due to the reduced width of the sides. Also note the reinforcing around the chainplate for strength and rigidity and that the inside has been epoxied to seal the ply.
And today’s helpful hint for all you budding boat builders out there – do both sides on the same day, DO NOT do one side and think you can come back tomorrow to do the other. You might find you have a slightly twisted hull.
Six days ago, Brian said progress might be slow, if that is the case I would be stunned to see what he could do when he was in a hurry! The three photos above were received this morning.
You might like to review Chris Cleary’s comments below about how fast a build can be!
And there has been progress, today’s photo update is above.
Chris Cleary has seen the photo above, his comment . . . . “But a Sailfish can go from next to nothing to a completed hull in a very short time. Good on ya Brian. See you at Cairn Curran”