How old . . .

GP14 Sailing Forums Forum How old . . .

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  • #16572

    tbr.roberts
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    My fantastic GP14 is hull number 2823. The sail number matches the hull number. I even have the original oars that also have 2823 stamped into them. Would anyone know how old she is?

    Many Thanks

  • #16574

    Oliver Shaw
    Moderator

    According to my records,  sail number 2823 was issued in 1958-59.

    If you are a member of the Class Association you can request a digital copy of our entire file for your boat.   This should include the original measurement certificate,  which will have details of the builder (and I would be interested to know who that was),  the name of the first owner,  and the date of measurement.     The file is likely to also have names and clubs of at least the early owners,  for however long successive owners kept up the registration,  plus anything else which has crossed the office desk.    However contact details of past owners are not divulged,  for data protection reasons.

    The building of your boat must have been about the time that R. R. Sills were emerging as the Rolls Royce of GP14 builders of their time,  although I think that their real fame was with their later boats,  in the 4000 to 8000-plus range.   I was fortunate enough to own one of theirs,  no. 4229,  from early 1967 through to the mid-seventies.

    Hope this helps.

     

    Oliver

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 3 weeks ago by  Oliver Shaw. Reason: Typo
  • #16578

    tbr.roberts
    Participant

    Hi Oliver,

    Thanks for the info. I will request a copy of the file for my boat and see what that throws up.

    She’s a lovely boat and all that’s been required recently is a fresh lick of paint on the hull and a bit of re-varnishing up top.

    The mast also looks to be original and is in superb condition. I would assume that it’s Douglas Fir or similar?

    Many Thanks

    Terry

     

  • #16579

    Oliver Shaw
    Moderator

    According to Collars’ website,  the two species used for masts are Douglas Fir (a.k.a.  Oregon Pine,  or British Columbian Pine) and Sitka Spruce (a.k.a.  Silver Spruce,  Pacific Coast Spruce,  Mast & Spar Spruce,   or Tideline Spruce).

    They say that Douglas Fir is the primary choice for gaffers,  for its stiffness,  and Sitka Spruce the primary choice for performance dinghies because it is lighter and more flexible.

    http://www.collars.co.uk/uk_galaxy/info/1/masts/15/timber

     

    Oliver

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