GP14 with a cuddy
01/07/2018 at 4:06 pm #15216
Most will crucify me for the following Idea, but here goes:
I have an old GP14 (built in the 60s that is basically beyond refurbishment and almost needs to be re-built/restored. I need to replace the seats, bow decking and some other pieces. Since I will not be racing and only cruising, I am playing around with putting up a small cuddy.
Any of you have done this conversion before or seen it?
01/07/2018 at 4:32 pm #15217
You won’t be the first to radically transform an elderly GP14, or indeed other dinghies.
There is Philip Hoath’s GP14 Harbour Launch, there is the Wayfarer complete with (detachable) wheelhouse, seen at Alnmouth a couple of years ago.
Not for real, just playing around with Photoshop, there is my A Capella sporting the rig of a 40-ft gaff cutter,
And, splendidly, there is the 1/13 scale model of HMS Belleisle, one of Nelson’s line of battle ships. http://www.festinalente.org.uk/belleisle/belleindex.html
Apologies for the duplicated photos; the site won’t let me delete any once posted.
05/07/2018 at 6:39 pm #15282
05/07/2018 at 9:43 pm #15284
A canvas cuddy has the benefit that it can be folded down out of the way when not deployed.
The practical problems will include the very limited space, including the limitation posed by both the height of the boom and the presence of the kicker; you could manage without a kicker, particularly if you have (and use) a full width sheet horse, but it does limit your ability to sail safely on a dead run. But there are also benefits to having a cuddy, and the balance of drawbacks and benefits will depend in part on the type of sailing you intend to do.
Dare I ask the question; what do you want a cuddy for? And, related to that, would a good boom tent serve you equally well (or even better)? A boom tent cannot of course be used underway, but it can give more shelter than a cuddy when at anchor or mooring.
- This reply was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by Oliver Shaw.
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