Getting Those Unused FF’s Back on the Water ….!!

 Do you have Silvers and Classics languishing in the boat park unused??
At Llangorse we are trying hard to get these boats back in use.
Yes we have a number of mainly silver boats that are not in any sort of racing trim.
The owners are keen (sometimes)but do not want to spend a lot of money to start with.
We have got them more interested by suggesting improvements that do not cost a great deal.
Get the keel smooth.
Get the rudder smooth
Rudder in the right place (Gap to hull)
Help set their boats up for them.
Correct rig tension
Make sure the sails go up down smoothly. ( I know it sounds simple but people get fed up when things do not work & then make excuses to go home)
The next step is we get some of the more experienced crews to go out with them. Suggesting improvements.
From this we have generated more interest from those that did not initially get involved asking for help & advice.
They then move on to better sails(Second hand of course) and better kit.
My apologies if I am stating the obvious.
We also use the handicaps at the Club for all racing
Open                                       1010
Silver & Classics                     1035
This gives the slower Silvers more chance to get a better result.
Best Regards
Dave Hemingway

4 thoughts on “Getting Those Unused FF’s Back on the Water ….!!

  1. I agree totally with the PY local change for the Open fleet David, but I am a bit baffled by the Silvers sailing on the same PY as the classics, I know you have and had some really fast classics at Llangorse but are Shepherds and Copelands buillt in 1975 really as fast as Windebank 4’s built in 1990? Perhaps your experience on the water tells us something, I would be interested to know?

  2. Well i think the real problem is with all these unwanted ffs sitting in dinghy parks sheds etc the owners have usually moved on to other pursuits or have got too old to sail their boats .
    the association should buy some of these boats make them sailable and offer trial sails to interested parties at our open meetings with a view to selling them on

  3. hello my question is much more basic i have just got a 1967 bout with alu mast and boom but i can work out how the main sheet works is it succoured / fixed at the stern and then though blocks to the main sheet block in the centre ? has any body got a rigging plan or lay out ?

    • Vincent
      I know the boat well she was called Piffle and was owned for many years by Ian Cameron of Loch Earn Sailing Club she was a very successful boat and won many open meetings
      she has a wooden deck and glass hull and made by wyche and coppock if you
      send me a photo of the current deck layout I will be able to advise you what to do
      Kind Regards Bobby Salmond email

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