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  • #1540

    beetroot
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    I acquired 1606 after she was kept in a barn in St Austell for many years with a view to racing her at the nationals. Time was running out and I had the opportunity to purchase a boat (1731) ready to race from a club member, so 1606 is surplus to requirements. So far I have repainted the hull, replaced flushing strip, the decks are in good condition, I have purchased a boom, trolley and cover to complete the kit. All that remains is to fit new hatch covers and reassemble the fittings, I would also check the bonding of the transom where I have repaired it. I would like to recover my costs so I would like around £180, a quick sale would be ideal. If anyone is interested I think she will make a good classic Scorpion, I don’t know the builder but the deck and tanks are very nicely made and she seems a good quality boat.

    #1543

    John Purdie
    Keymaster

    Hi Michael,

    Might be worth adding this to our site classifieds,

    Thanks

    John

    #1544

    beetroot
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    It seems the classifieds section does not like tablets, the I am not a robot bit will not allow selection of the choices… Or maybe I am a robot and it is very clever!

    #1594

    Steve Mitchell
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    I can fill in a few gaps in the history of 1606. She was built by myself, and Ian Furniss who had formerly built Scorpions for Westerly Boats. We bought the jig for a tenner, but I cannot remember who from, although I do remember the seller had no idea what it was. It was probably the one used by the St Austell Scorpion builder Peter Johns (prior to his untimely death). It was also possibly one of the jigs used by Blue Dolphin Boats.The jig which was thoroughly checked and adjusted before being used to build 1606 as a replacement for Malcolm Christie’s SC No 388 (Extravagance) which sank at the 1974 Beer Open and was written off.

    The timber (Sitka Spruce, Cedar, Mahogany) and deck marine ply was supplied by an exotic timber importer in Bristol. They specialised in supplying exotic timber to cabinet makers, making furniture for the landed gentry. They matched the deck veneer to the Mahogany balks of timber they supplied. The bottom ply was a single machine scarfed 16 x 4 sheet of Gaboon cored Marine Ply (the best available).

    At that time Trevor Stewart and Gordon Frickers (SEBB) used a ply fillet for the turn in the side tanks and we decided to use a spruce fillet instead. It looked better and improved comfort. We also built a sister ship, 1607 which suffered severe damage caused by an accident on the motorway, whilst travelling to the 1975 Nationals.

    We had intended to build boats professionally, but that accident and the short recession in the dinghy industry, delayed things. However, the final straw was my parents selling their house and my workshop, which finally put paid to our plans. The last boat I built on the Jig in my parents garage was 1784, and shortly after the jig was cut up and burned.

    I saw 1606 launch and sailed, and she appeared to be quick against boats of that time in the Porthpean Fleet, but shortly after Malcolm gave up sailing. I saw her again about 4 years later, stored in a backyard before disappearing, possibly being put into that Barn in St Austell.

    I hope that helps filling the history.

    #1595

    beetroot
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    Steve
    thanks so much for filling in the details. What you say tallies with the information I had from Sean Christie who gave me the hull.
    The story has one more interesting turn. During filming of the remake of Far from the Madding Crowd, I met Sean who was a carpenter for the film sets. The film crew used the barns at my bicycle shop, Riley’s Cycles, as their workshops and as usual there was a dinghy stored there which got us chatting. Sean knew he could not put 1606 on the water and invited me to collect it from St Austell. I drove down and found her in a barn shared with chickens and rinsed her off by driving back up the 303 in pouring rain.

    I was already sad not to finish the project and mainly gave up because of the lack of a measurement certificate which prevented entering the Nats. I am minded now to hang on to her and put a simple rig on without all the extra bells and whistles of a raking rig as it sounds like she is worth the effort, unless I can know she will go to a good home.

    #1596

    John Purdie
    Keymaster

    Have you inquired with the RYA re the measurment cetificate.
    Chances are it does have one on file with them.

    #1598

    beetroot
    Participant

    Yes I have emailed the person in the RYA who deals with measurement certificates several months ago. I guess I could try the general technical dept rather than an individual. Another option is to give Jo a chance to practice her measurer training.

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