31/08/2023 at 5:15 pm #26057
I have been asked by a member of Neyland YC to help him find a new home for his 1961/2 Lawrence & Plater boat. They were very prestigious builders at that time, but apparently got into trouble when they “pushed” certain design tolerances a little too far; but at the very least these boats are historically interesting.
She needs to go to someone who is able to restore her and get her back on the water. The present owner has had the boat for quite a while with the intention of doing the work himself but time has passed and he now accepts that he is not going to get it done. He doesn’t want anything for her himself, but a donation to the NYC Junior Sailing Section would be appreciated. However, most important is to get the boat being used again and not end up being unused. She has been stored in a garage for over 10 years and is thoroughly dry.
He started working on her a number of years ago and stripped the paint from the outside of the hull, and that is how she has remained. He has a mast, boom, two mainsails, a jib and a spinnaker. As far as he is aware, the only things missing are the wooden traveller rail from the stern, and the floorboards.
I hope to have some photos from him to add to this post shortly
02/09/2023 at 9:44 pm #26062
I referred in the first paragraph to certain issues with Lawrence & Plater boats. A couple of personal emails this evening from Graham Knox read:
“You might not be too surprised that I have looked at the Forum this evening and picked up this interesting item. Yes, L & P boats were controversial and caused quite a kerfuffle. I think it was an early 1970s Championship at Llandudno where the problem with them arose. As all the Boats were lined up on the Promenade, bow to the road, bow shapes stood out. At the time, there was not a measurement for frame 1 (I think I recall correctly) but boats were to be built according to the plans. L & P boats had a finer entry at this point and the Association required the builders to correct the anomaly. It showed up on the chine. (I might even remember who the individual owners were competing! I think they were from north London). It caused quite a rumpus with owners.
“Hope this helps!
“Of course I do not know whether this boat has been corrected or not.”
“This is the trouble with me having a memory bank!”
- This reply was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by Oliver Shaw. Reason: Geographical clarification
04/09/2023 at 11:31 am #26064
And from life member David Gilbert, on the GP14 Online Community forum today:
“Oliver, I think that Graham is confusing L&P with Knight and Pink. Lawrence and Plater stopped making boats sometime in the late 60’s, while Knight and Pink were a while after that. K&P were a South Coast firm, so most, if not all of their boats were Southern area. They did rectify the construction, but (fortunately) they were not faster than legal boats. I remember the cheat was picked up at Llandudno, helped by John Martin’s paint job, which accentuated the different run on the forward end of the chine!
“As an aside, Lawrence and Plater built beautiful boats in Walsall, (GPS, Albacores and Finns). John Tyler’s 4560 and Bill Morris’s championship winning Frantic were from there.”
- This reply was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by Oliver Shaw.
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