GUNTER RIG / CLASSIC

Aim of this section “promotion of a non racing YW Dayboat”

Contact – John Yonwin and John Lokier
Define the characteristics of a non racing Dayboat
Obtain feedback from Members / Chris Somner as to what constitutes a Cruising YWDB (especially Penny Davies)
Cruising version does not have to fall within the Racing Spec. Measurement definition (?Smoothies)
Consider and work up a specification (with Chris S) for the cruising DB and then mould configuration
Should we spend some of our cash reserves to try a gunter spec boat and other possible “enhancements”?

Research what is meant by “Small Classic”

……Is it wood or GRP? etc
Classic Boat Show…what dates? Should we be interested in exhibiting? Venue?
5-7th June 2009; Beale Park Thames Boat Show

Research Cruising potential and Cruising venues

(plus potential for training sessions)
Ask Members to define their interest…..?racing ?cruising ?both or ?non boat owning member
Assess if there is potential for Rallies amongst the Membership

Approaching our “60th” year….opportunity or threat?

7 thoughts on “GUNTER RIG / CLASSIC

  1. bozidar zabavnik

    I have a smoothie no 658 which I have had adapted to incorporate both bermudan and gunter rig and it revolves around using the same boom in aluminium for both masts as well as having the same foot. The use of the same boom in aluminium was on the advice of the boat’s builder , she has a prejudice against wooden booms. Moreover I have had a cruising chute made by Sanders to the same size as the now defunct spinnaker that uses a snake to snuff it. The one area that needs to be looked at is the rudder; I have had one snap off at the cheeks. A common aerofoil section moulded in solid polypropylene used by other classes would be the best bet. The rowability of the dayboat leaves a lot to be desired and proper modern sculls with outriggers could be the answer. Full battening of the mainsail needs to be looked at as well as making such a sail easy to reef. The other bug bear is that the kicker takes too much room in the boat thereby limiting its use as a dayboat. What I really want is more control over the centre board raising and lowering to feather it better.

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  2. Tim Parkinson

    Bozidar’s comments are interesting.
    I share his view that the ‘rowability’ of the Dayboat with minimum length 5′ 11″ oars and plastic rowlocks is dreadful.
    I suggest that we should add an extra foot in length and insist on metal rowlocks

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  3. David Cake

    Having recently moved my kicker back for race tuning reasons I know they can impinge on the crew space, but it is adjustable. I suppose the alternative would be a gnav or strut pushing from the other direction.
    I also agree that a easily reefed main would be an advantage.

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  4. Peter Hewitt

    Some radical ideas in there Zac but nice to know you are using and enjoying(?) the Dayboat. Re lifting the centreboard. The most effective system for raising the plate is with a spindle and drum used as a winch. The mechanical advantage obtained allows the plate to be moved with the min. of effort.

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  5. Dan Davies

    Seems relevant to this thread, so I’ll post here!

    I’ve just acquired DB350, 1963 Walker clinker-build. It appears to be a repo job, so I must apologise to the previous owner. However, it seems he had removed some of the parts, taken them home for safe keeping. So the boat as I now have it is missing much of the rigging, the tiller (the rudder’s there) and the boom. The mast appears original, hollow wood, roughly pear shaped, which seems to comply with regs. I’m interested in restoring the boat to something like original condition, and would like to include side seats (long removed, but you can still see the place where they were fitted) and floorboards. Does anyone have a drawing of these, and the boom, as fitted in Walker built boats? I’m also missing the foresail, so again, if anyone has one they no longer need, I’d be interested in acquiring it. It looks as though the boat was set up with a standard Bermudan rig, and I have the main, but no tackle to actually attach it to the mast…
    OK, I’ll stop there! I’m itching to get the boat on the water but obviously, I have some work to do first! Can anyone help with info or drawings?
    Cheers
    Dan

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    1. Dan Davies

      Excellent, thanks for the info, Tim. I have a programme that opens dwgs. What charge would we be talking about for the whole set, out of interest as much as anything? I probably only need a couple, but I like looking at drawings!

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