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  • #14866

    Mitch
    Participant

    Hi.

    I have newly joined the Forum.

    During 1981 I learned to sail in a Wayfarer when I undertook a two week RYA sailing course at Forth Crusing Club on the Firth of Forth after which I bought a Mirror dinghy.

    I moved to Rotherham in 1982 and took the Mirror with me. Once settled there I joined a sailing club on Underbank Reservoir near Stocksbridge and once I became more proficient I bought a single handed Laser which I enjoyed racing at the club.

    After I moved back to Scotland in 1987 I turned my attention to power boats until the mid nineties after which I more or less gave up boating.

    Since then I have always had a hankering to try sailing again and last week I bought a GP14, which by all accounts, seems to be a good all rounder.

    I am fettling her at the moment in readiness for getting afloat once again and I am interested to know roughly how old the boat is (sail number 10547).

    Also I would be pleased to receive some advice as to where the kicking strap should be fixed.

    At the moment it is shackled to the top front port side of the centre board housing which I really feel is not quite right.

     

     

     

     

  • #14867

    Oliver Shaw
    Moderator

    Congratulations on your return to sailing;   enjoy!

    According to my records,  sail number 10547 was issued in 1973.

    You are absolutely right that the kicker should not be fitted to its present position;  that has all the potential for a real nightmare!   It should be secured to a pin on the aft side of the mast extrusion,  and there are plenty of photos available of the various ways it can be rigged,  both on this site (browse the Members Area) and the GP14 Owners Online Community site.

    Hope this helps,

     

    Oliver

    • This reply was modified 1 week, 4 days ago by  Oliver Shaw.
  • #14869

    Mitch
    Participant

    Thank you very much for your feedback Oliver.

    Looks like yet another visit to the local marina is imminent.

  • #14870

    Oliver Shaw
    Moderator

    Do you have any sailing clubs near you which sail GP14s?   Failing that,  any clubs even if they don’t sail GP14s?

    That might be both an excellent way to return to sailing,  and enjoyable camaraderie,  plus mutual assistance,  and a very useful source of hands-on help in sorting out your new acquisition.

     

    Oliver

  • #14871

    Oliver Shaw
    Moderator

    Do you have any sailing clubs near you which sail GP14s?   Failing that,  any clubs even if they don’t sail GP14s?

    That might be both an excellent way to return to sailing,  and enjoyable camaraderie,  plus mutual assistance,  and a very useful source of hands-on help in sorting out your new acquisition.

     

    Oliver

  • #14911

    Mitch
    Participant

    I am not aware of any nearby clubs that sail GP14’s however I joined a sailing club on the Firth of Forth at the beginning of last year when I had a small SIB.

    Most members sail weekenders but we would like to build up a small dinghy fleet once again.

     

  • #14931

    Oliver Shaw
    Moderator

    I know very someone prominent in the Association who I hope may be able to be of help to both you and your club,  and I have just emailed him.

     

    Oliver

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