Bouyancy tanks -retro fit

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    • #18682

      Hi all

      I am Justin, I am new to this forum and have just purchased a ‘GP’.  You’ll see I have written GP in inverted comma’s because at the moment my garden shed is more of a GP than the one I have inherited.  In my years I have very seldom come across a boat as tired as this. I am  boat builder by trade and the plan is to bring her firstly up to a sailable level and then pretty her up thereafter. I’ve had a number of boats over the years but never a 14, I am messaging from South africa and although I do believe there used to be a good fleet here I am from an area where we don’t sail the boat, but if there’s wind and water one can sail so I’ll be the first. I have tried to get in touch with the relevant class contacts here but to no avail so I am reaching out to you to help me with my first small issue.  As mentioned the boat is really tired, its a glass boat and seems to have the retro fitted bouyancy tanks fitted. I would like to rip this all out and redo these because they are unsuitably done. Could someone please point me in the right direction as to where to find the relevant information /specs to build new ones. Many Thanks


    • #18706

      Welcome to the forum, and good luck with your new boat! I’m a bit puzzled about the “retro fitted buoyancy tanks” you describe. All GRP GP14s moulded in the UK had buoyancy tanks incorporated into their designs. Could you post a few photos to show us how the flotation in your boat is configured? Also, it would be helpful to know the age and hull number of the boat. In a GRP boat, this is usually engraved on a metal plate glued to the hull immediately abaft the centreboard case. You might have to lift up the floorboards (if they exist) to see this. Unfortunately, in many older boats these plates have come loose and are missing. You might also try looking around inside the hull for other identifying markers. For example, many older GRP boats have a moulder’s label, often located along the port side of the hull beneath the deck, that might hold some clues as to the age of the boat.


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