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    John Purdie

    This is relating to the Story recently published on the site relating to Number 5 (or possibly 8) which is being restored by Phil Slade. Phil is currently looking for any hints or tips of how the older boats were laid out.

    Feel free to add anything here, even if just recognition of what a good job he is doing!

    Phil, keep up the good work, and keep us posted on how this goes.

    Hope to see you at a few events this this coming season



    Hi John

    I built 482 from scratch from the original plans with an aft curver deck and end mainsheet. We then completed boats a Churcher 577 Westerly 1053 & South East Boat Builder

    Nick Mowll


    Phil Slade

    Hi guys, I am wondering if anyone has pictures of the earlier boats with rigging? Im nearing that stage and would like a rough guide, or idea to follow. I know that officially the rigging is personal preferance but have never sailed scorp before and would like some ideas.



    Peter Rose

    Hi Phil,
    Have you established the number yet. In 2012, I went to see a chap who was restoring a boat in Avonmouth and I’m pretty sure that was No.5 so perhaps yours is No.8 unless it was the same one and moved down to Plymouth.
    When it comes to restoration, you really need to decide whether you want to get close to the original 1959 configuration or to compromise and fit slightly better gear. You might like to contact the CVRDA Classic and Vintage Dinghy Association if your interests lie in the “authentic” restoration direction. You don’t say whether you have a mast, boom or sails. Masts have come on leaps and bounds in the last 50 years and its unlikely you would find an original one…. and if you did, modern sails probably wouldn’t set very well on it. You might still find 1960s fittings in boat jumble (some of us never throw anything away) or by buying an old wreck from the back of a dinghy park and salvaging stuff – but you’ll find that modern cleats and pulleys make for a much easier sailing experience. I’d advise against the expense of a state of the art fit out, but a compromise using new pulleys to recreate the relatively simple control systems expected on a boat of that vintage might be a good compromise. I restored no 517, built 1965 about fifteen years ago and made that sort of compromise. Key point – if you are going to use a modern cut jib, you need to match the sheeting angle of a modern boat – early boats jibs were a different cut and fairleads were out on the deck edge.

    Peter Rose


    Phil Slade

    Hi peter,
    Thank you for some great advice. I have a number now, I have been given 2035. It’s a modern number for an old girl, but at least it will never be questioned. It is possible that it is the same hull you saw as I bought her as a started project. In reality, I will never truly know. She has a new start, I have used more modern fittings, a modern mast and boom, even a cascading kicker.the essential build is kept original, so no raking rig or spinnaker shute.
    In all honesty, with the 54 year gap in her history, the RYA have done the right thing giving me the number they have. I will just have to take it as it comes with classic boat events.
    If you want to have a look at her, I plan on racing her at the plymouth regatta in July, now she is measured and legal.
    Once again thank you.



    John Purdie

    HI Phil,
    I you haven’t already put the numbers on, it would show it’s heritage maybe if the 5 on the end of 2035 was maybe in a different colour (as we think it is possibly number five)?

    Just a thought


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