GP14 Sailing Forums Forum New owner requesting some advice and a few more questions.

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    • #21763
      Lee Wheatley
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      Hi I’ve recently purchased a GRP GP14, I believe it to be a MK2, I can’t find the makers plate  I presume it should have been here, you can just about make out where two fixings hav previously been

      Also there is this on the thwart

      it came with sails showing the number 8866 (the previous owner, whom owned it for the last 6 years said he also got them with the boat), I was hoping to find out a bit more about the manufacture and the boats possible history (I’m not keen on the current name and would like to know if she had a previous one!)here’s a few more pictures…

      So as for my question on floorboards are they to sit on the floor of the boat or should they sit on the lip of the centre board casing? I’m having trouble trying to find any pictures to aid me in finding out.

       

      Thanks in advance

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    • #21770
      form3d
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      Certainly looks like my former GP14 with the mahogany rubbing strake and formed bench seating on all GRP hull and topsides. The mains’l traveller arrangement along the transom is typical of the Mk2. The Westcliff Davies badge is probably the original seller or club membership. As I recall the shape of the thwarts is often an identifier between types and I will try to find my files from the old boat. My makers plate and serial no. was on the hull floor which in your case looks to be covered with a load of rough white paint. Mine was an approx. 3″x2″ metal plate with a stamped identification no. of around 6 digits towards the port side stern. Look for a slight raised rectangle inside the hull and if you find something like that which has no real reason to be there some very gentle paint stripping may reveal a plate. I will try to locate my files and post again to confirm that my memories are correct.

    • #21771
      Lee Wheatley
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      Thanks for the reply, the rough white paint appears to be a top coat gel coat, the previous owner said that the guy he bought it off restored it in 2007,  I presume that’s when the transom flaps were filled in rather roughly too ( I intend to restore these as the GRP there is only 1mm think at most.  I can’t see any raised rectangular shapes any where internally, I also notice that most early Grp boats seem to have a metal tube reinforcement attached at the bow end of the centre board casing, mine however does not and I can’t see any evidence of it ever being there either.

       

       

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    • #21776
      steve13003
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      Hi,

      Taking this in easy steps,

      R W Davies was a boat builder and repairer based in Westcliff on Sea, Essex.  His son Ray sailed a wooden GP at Leigh on Sea Sailing Club late 1960’s to early 1970’s now lives near Brightlingsea, but he never did any serious work in the family boat yard.

      I didnt ever remember RWD moulding GPs I think they bought part finished hulls from Thames Marine on Canvey Island and finished them.

      Do the side bouyancy tanks run full way to the transom? that would be Mk2, or do they stop just before the stern deck? with a full width tank under the stern deck? which would be Mk1.

      If there is registered number it will be on a plate mould or fixed to the inside of the keel just aft of the plate case, will be beneath any floor boards.  The number 8866 would be correct for an early MK2 GRP hull.

      When you open up the transom flap holes you will need new hinged flaps – perspex or other stiff plastic and shockcord to hold shut.

      Hope that helps

      Steve GP14197

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