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    Isla...I've often thought that the Moray coast should be able to sustain a 'Scaffie scene' in the way that South Connemara manages to keep the Galway Hooker thing going with regattas in the various villages and one big one at Kinvara coming soon...was up there recently at the St MAcdara festival ...was glorious..also saw a new one ..just planked..great to see. And the Scaffie woukd make a 'valid' recreational boat..and the Moray coast has a nicely spaced chain of villages....Oh well ho hum..sorry thread drift...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Craig-Bennett View Post
    From what I can gather, it is a long sad story, culminating in Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs bringing a claim for back taxes against a tax lawyer. But looking on the bright side all these boats were at least kept more or less out of the weather.

    For an example of the right way to run a maritime museum, look here:

    http://www.hkmaritimemuseum.org/eng/
    Thanks Andrew, the Hong Kong museum looks like a brilliant place to visit one day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    Thanks Andrew, the Hong Kong museum looks like a brilliant place to visit one day.
    It is down to the energy and enthusiasm of one man - Anthony Hardy, of Wallems, who spent a lot of time and money over decades of a very sucessful career in merchant shipping hunting down and acquiring exhibits for it and then cajoling the Hong Kong Government into giving it a home in a superb location - you can look up from the exhibits, look out through the big windows and see ships in Hong Kong harbour...

    The thing is, it's curated.
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    I have found out the life history of K478 GALATEA;





    she was built by Uffa Fox in 1946 (like all right thinking British boatbuilders, he had hidden his stash of good materials from the prying eyes of the Admiralty whilst on war work) and her last registered owner was Bob Tough... the Queen's Boatbuilder...

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obit...Bob-Tough.html

    She is one of Uffa's "river type" Fourteens (more deadrise, to give better windward performance in light airs, at the expense of some planing ability and stability) and has "BMYC" on the transom - the British Motor Yacht Club was practically the Tough dynasty's private yacht club... so it all falls into place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Craig-Bennett View Post
    It is down to the energy and enthusiasm of one man - Anthony Hardy, of Wallems, who spent a lot of time and money over decades of a very sucessful career in merchant shipping hunting down and acquiring exhibits for it and then cajoling the Hong Kong Government into giving it a home in a superb location - you can look up from the exhibits, look out through the big windows and see ships in Hong Kong harbour...

    The thing is, it's curated.
    Wow, well done that man.

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    One of the members of my yacht club has taken it on himself to find, rescue and restore many of the sailing dinghys on the major trophies. State and national champions, The boats tend to be kept because of their heritage but often are neglected.
    Andrew and his daughter and son in law have the bug and have boats stacked 3 deep in some of their shedding.
    All of the restored ones get an outing at least once a year at the clubs Vintage Wooden Dinghy Regatta every January.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp View Post
    One of the members of my yacht club has taken it on himself to find, rescue and restore many of the sailing dinghys on the major trophies. State and national champions, The boats tend to be kept because of their heritage but often are neglected.
    Andrew and his daughter and son in law have the bug and have boats stacked 3 deep in some of their shedding.
    All of the restored ones get an outing at least once a year at the clubs Vintage Wooden Dinghy Regatta every January.
    its important that they all get at least one annual outing.. otherwise you get this...

    There are at least three Prince of Wales' Cup winners in these two photographs.




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    Alex and I drove to Eyemouth and collected Galatea..





    Yes. Mouse droppings. I see a winter's varnish scraping in my future...

    Someone must have left a ratchet strap on too tight for too long in hot weather - but you can see the Honduras mahogany under the thickness of old varnish...

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    Now begins the search for genuine copal varnish.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    Now begins the search for genuine copal varnish.
    There was a time when you could hardly give it away. I remember laying deck canvas in it to use up a gallon that I had bought for a quid.

    Le Tonkinois is close, imho.
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    Might see if judiciously controlled heat would help to lift the old varnish.
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    Really lovely boat that ACB, with a good story. Glad to see it go to a good home.

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    Update: most of the boats in the auction were bought by a Mr You Zhefang on behalf of a museum in China.
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    Maybe that means they will be properly curated/preserved/restored?

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    In a sandpit, for around 2000 years.

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