P&B Catalogue for 2014

RJON 140118 PBax Brochure CoverIt probably sounds a bit nerdy for me to admit that for years I have always slept with a P&B catalogue under my bed.  But it’s true.  Invaluable for planning the sailing year, and brilliant for a midnight read. I note that this year the cover (left) has a Flying Fifteen photo – brilliant !! Thank you, Alan!!

In years gone by, much distribution was by direct mail and there might also have been a year when it came with Y&Y magazine.  For 2014, it’s all change !!  Now you should apply for it online or, for very advanced people, apply for it via the P&B facebook page.

Or click here

P&B In The South!!

It’s great news for Flying Fifteeners that P&B are going to open up in the South as well !!

Do you know where it is??  Here’s the address…..

Unit 1 Mitchell Close
PO15 5SE

Basically just off junction 9 of the M27.  For the Datchet Fleet this is almost exactly equidistant with Northampton – so which you choose is going to depend on where your home is, what the traffic is like and all that!!

Watch out for the official opening!

Jib Turret Enhancement….!!

I really liked this idea on Ian Cadwallader’s new P&B Fifteen at the Show this year.

1303_2013_dinghy_show_009They have taken the jib turret and carved a panel out – can you see what I mean in this photo?  So now, when inevitably the cleats have to come off for maintenance, the turret can stay in place. It also means a somewhat neater, hidden way to finish off any control lines and blocks in that area. See the way that a black control line finishes off just on the left?  Very good….. Ought to be standard!!

Clearing Up the “Hayling Trailer Thing”………!!

I wonder how much of our National Fleet sits on a Hayling Trailer??  A third, maybe more??

I realise that with all these EU Laws coming,  a trailer will be a vehicle from October 2012, so it will be “all change” for owners of new Flying Fifteens.  I’ve decided to try and get my next trailer sorted out right away before all that hoo haa starts up. May as well as it’ll be cheaper this way.

Anyway, we have at least three really good manufacturers with trailers built for our Fleet.  It’s not as if I don’t have a choice, but I’ve had a few Haylings in a row and life is rather tuned up for them – our parking bay, our wheel ramps through the grass, our hitching post height etc etc – the list goes on.  You kind of grow into a trailer design I think.

Then the rumour spread like wildfire that Hayling Trailers may be in some difficulty. A famous fleet person popped in there for me a week or two ago and did find some trailer building happening, but not much “going on” and not much, “Can we help you, Sir” in evidence.  So that’s it as far as I’m concerned.  Need another answer…

Then with some relief, Alan Bax called from our favourite Chandler, P&B, and filled me in on the background. Basically, all those years ago for the Flying Fifteen Class, Roy Windebank was living down there and Alan had won the worlds, Ovington were sorting out the hull product and becoming definitive in the market. And the Hayling Trailer design that we/I know and love evolved between those guys. Hayling Trailers were ‘just around the corner’ and they started building the design for the Class.

Time has moved on – P&B have always listed the Hayling as the FF Trailer in their catalogue, and I got spooked suddenly when I couldn’t find it on the P&B website – hence Alan’s call.  It would seem that P&B became concerned about the relationship at Hayling and “went their own way” as Alan called it a couple of years back.  I noticed last year that Andrew Murphy’s new P&B boat came on a trailer bearing a different manufacturer’s nameplate. Same design and Andrew has been very pleased with his and put 12,000 miles on it in no time (Belgian Champions and all that).  Alan says he pretty much always has one in stock and has regular deliveries. They can be delivered or collected,  so if you want another Hayling Trailer before the EU takes over, then give P&B a quick call…. Might save you some money in the long run.

Where should the Heavy Metal Go???…..

The lead goes in the middle, right? It keeps the “ends light” is the idea. I must have a climb around a modern P&B boat though for I am told that this principle does not apply laterally across the boat. Alan apparently fits metal strengthening behind the jib tracks, inside the side tanks. Interesting – so is this about pitching, yawing and rolling moments?? You can see the logic though, can’t you? You bring lateral stability to the boat by pushing the weight away from the centre, thus increasing the rolling moment. I guess it is the same logic as the helm and the bowman sitting opposite sides of the boat on a broad reach.

Our correctors now have to be visible and stamped with their weight. Phil Evans slaps his lead under the console and very central. All of it. You may have read that Charles and Gavin’s boat has recesses in the double floor to even keep the lead weight as low as possible in the boat – and Charles tells me he can feel the difference (blimey!).

So I suppose I was quite surprised that the New Ovington Deck Mould did not follow suit. I think Phil Evans did something about this on Geoff Bayliss’ carbon boat. I think under the tunnel cover, Phil created two boxes in the floor right there to take the visible lead – low down and right over the keel.  Interesting. Standard one day, I’ll bet….