Boat history,moulders plates,sail numbers
23/11/2017 at 9:23 pm #13302
I know it is a simple check, but have you looked under the floor boards in the area aft of the centre board case where should be a plate with the hull / sailnumber or the sail number may be engraved on the hull
Steve23/11/2017 at 11:29 pm #13303
Very different deck supports than mine which are almost concealed unless you peer at the underside of the side decks and are principally a means of bonding the hull sides to the deck. Thanks Steve for the heads up on the the possibility of the hull number being stamped into the hull aft of the centreboard case. I’ve had the floor boards out for re-varnishing but didn’t notice anything as the interior glass has had a fairly rough coat of paint. Will examine more carefully tomorrow and will photograph my deck supports.24/11/2017 at 2:44 pm #13305
Deck support bracket, (camera lens about 5 inches from bracket and level with side seat moulding) … hullfloor with an interesting 3×1.5 inch raised plastic oblong about 16 inches aft of centre board case (unfortunately this has been painted and a screw fastening from the skeg rubbing protection penetrates it). I can feel no raised or indented surfaces on this small plate and I’m thinking about how I might remove the paint without damaging anything that may have been printed on its surface. Centerboard case with no sign of thumbwheel mounting either side (the present board is positioned with jam cleats forward and aft). And lastly; aft centreboard case where some sort of cleat or jammer has been removed, or possible a kicking strap fixing. All posts on the subject have been much appreciated by the way.24/11/2017 at 2:52 pm #13308
And the two that didn’t load …24/11/2017 at 4:14 pm #13311
Removing paint from the identification plate: I don’t know of any fully reliable method, but with the corresponding problem on my bigger boat I had some success with very careful use of paint stripper.
Apply it, and leave it the bare minimum of time to soak in – err on the side of too short rather than too long – and then remove it as gently as possible, so that you remove ideally just the top layer. Then repeat as necessary, removing just a little at a time.
Ideally choose one of the more gentle paint strippers, and if you are buying specially I would read the instructions to see what jobs they are formulated for; some are specifically formulated for the more easily damaged substrates, at the expense of being less powerful at stripping the paint. Perhaps use steel wool, used gently, to remove it, rather than a scraper. Wear protective gloves!
Oliver24/11/2017 at 6:15 pm #13312
Just found a boat with many features identical to mine, on the Yahoo Owners Community site! The centreboard casing looks identical, as do the side deck supports. This is Faugh A Ballagh, obviously from Ireland, sail number 8077.25/11/2017 at 1:52 pm #13316
Eureka. A bit of gentle rubbing with acetone soaked cloth and her build/sail number is 8385 putting her firmly in Nettleship’s “Early Plastic Boats” extract as a Thames Marine. I guess this would just about be enough to re-register her with the class association and get the sail number id sorted? In any case, thank you very much for spending so much time on this one. Your help has been absolutely invaluable. The only question I have left is: why on earth would anyone rudely paint over a makers plate?25/11/2017 at 6:58 pm #13322
Excellent, and I am delighted that my guessed identification has proved correct.
I am reasonably sure that this is not merely a build number, but the registered hull number; but do check that point with the Association. Now that you have this data you have a positive identification, and can ask the Association for our digitised records of her. And you can indeed re-register her with the Association.
Why would anyone paint over a maker’s plate? – It happens all too often, and not only with boats. Usually because whoever did the paint job did not appreciate, or have any personal interest in, the data in question; and simply could not be bothered to either paint round it or mask it off. Yes, I know; Philistines! …
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