Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: MIA- but I bought a boat

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Zbigit
    Posts
    1,186

    Default MIA- but I bought a boat

    Well, I wanted a Scottish Loch Long One Design, but some of you might remember researching the remains of the one and only LLOD in North America, with grat help from WBF member and generally Nice Guy Hreoj. That thread is here: http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...highlight=LLOD

    There are two other local One Designs there on the Clyde, in Scotland. One is the Gareloch One Design, a 24 foot wooden beauty of which all of 16 have been built. Incredibly, all of them are still sailing on the Gare Loch. The other is the Piper One Design. The Piper was the brainchild of famous British designer, David Boyd, who designed a number of 6-meter world champion boats, as well as two of the British Challengers for the America's Cup in twelve meters.

    Here's the Class Website: http://www.piper-od.co.uk/


    Here's a *big* picture of a couple of them sailing at their 50th Anniversary Regatta: https://mcnair.smugmug.com/Boats/Pip...ng/i-R4mLd55/A

    Basically, the Piper is a scaled-down version of the British 12-meter, "Sovereign". 58 Pipers were built from the molds created by modelling the wooden prototype, which is still sailing in England. Subsequently, many years later, the company "Cornish Crabber" took molds off of Hull #25 and made 5-6 boats. Another UK Company, Rustler Yachts, bought those molds and has created the Rustler 24. This is the exact same hull, with an interior liner and updated, and simplified rig. I think about 40 Rustler 24's have been built.

    Imagine my shock when Piper Hull #35 appeared for sale in Craigslist, about a 5 hour drive from my house. Immediate negotiations began, and I'm now the owner of Piper One Design Hull #35, "Alpha". She's fiberglass, of course, but a complete classic in terms of hull shape.



    One of the incredibly cool things about joining the class is that the secretary sends you a pdf of David Boyd's original drawings and construction details for "Sandpiper", the wooden prototype. If I were made of money.......

    So I am now a two-boat owner, and since I sold the skerry about 6 months ago, have nothing wooden in my driveway any more except cabers. I'll continue to snoop the forum, though. I still want to do the Texas 200, and a Welsford Saturday Night Special is a real possibility for that.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Zbigit
    Posts
    1,186

    Default Re: MIA- but I bought a boat

    You all might enjoy some videos..

    Sail-By at the 50th Anniversary

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6n02C5gg5cM

    Some local racing out of the Holy Loch Sailing Club

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfUBJvi2BsM

    Cornish Crabber Promotional video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8e1f3vgYkP8

    Rustler 24, the "updated" version. Note the higher-aspect sail plan. I'll be keeping my boat pretty completely "stock".

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkLTd9MOkRE

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Central Texas
    Posts
    145

    Default Re: MIA- but I bought a boat

    Congratulations!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2000
    Location
    Cummington
    Posts
    5,443

    Default Re: MIA- but I bought a boat

    Have fun! Need one say such a thing?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Zbigit
    Posts
    1,186

    Default Re: MIA- but I bought a boat

    The decks are plywood cored, but sound. That's huge, as the primary issue with these hulls is deck delamination.

    I have a plywood partial bulkhead to rebuild. There's some standing rigging wire to replace. The big job is the rudder, as it's completely shot. I have the old one for a template, and it's barely functional for even that. The trailer needs some significant bits cut out and new stuff welded in. All the little bits of wood deck trim are weathered to uselessness. The inside needs a pressure wash, cleanout and painting, but it's all wide-open and accessible in there. This boat is about as simple as it gets. This is all significant work, but nothing beyond my skills. Then there's the matter of sails.

    The hull is aqua-blue-green paint over white gel coat. It's worn through in a couple of places and there's a bit of bubbling in two other. It's not terrible. I'm not entirely sure what to do about the paint. I might sand, sand, sand and recoat with the same color.

    I think I will take a hard look at the inside of the Ruster interior mold and see if I can fabricate something vaguely like that, for a comfy place to sit. I won't be racing this on San Francisco Bay, or at least not in any "big water" as the freeboard is minimal, but she should make a gorgeous daysailer and flat-water Estuary racer.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Hills of Vermont, USA
    Posts
    26,048

    Default Re: MIA- but I bought a boat

    That's a really pretty boat. Have fun with her!
    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2000
    Location
    Auckland ,N.Z.
    Posts
    24,983

    Default Re: MIA- but I bought a boat

    Beautiful boat, excellent.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    atascadero, ca.
    Posts
    375

    Default Re: MIA- but I bought a boat

    Cool!

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Sydney Australia
    Posts
    828

    Default Re: MIA- but I bought a boat

    Jealous.
    Have fun.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2018
    Location
    madrid,spain
    Posts
    24

    Default Re: MIA- but I bought a boat

    Beautiful boat, congrats

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •