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  • in reply to: Stripping Spark #16841

    fretz
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    I remember your post of getting the boat.  I actually made an offer on your boat.  AKA I offered to save it from the dumpster if no one wanted an old wood boat;-)  For some reason i thought you were in delco though.

    Keep up the good work and try to find a garage to work in before it gets too cold.

     

     

  • in reply to: Stripping Spark #16827

    fretz
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    Where are you located?

    I’m in East Norriton PA.  I refinished the hull of our GP14 last winter and will be redoing the varnish this winter.

    Chris

  • in reply to: Just thought I would share. #16608

    fretz
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    Congrats!

    I just put my GP away for the winter.  One thing i had to do was trim the rudder blade so it would go vertical.  There was too much weather helm for my taste and the boat now sails like a dream.  If you have any questions give me a call.

    Anyone know what the 2 boats sold for in the CBMM auction?

    Chris

    215-260-1195

  • in reply to: Bell Woodworking restoration #15714

    fretz
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    I have your article printed out.  We may try tightening the screws this weekend from the bottom so see if that slows it down.

    Went for a nice 3 hour sail and the water was sloshing through the floor boards.  Despite the leak the boat was just perfect sunday afternoon.  I sail on a place called Little Egg Harbor.  The joke is that if you think you are drowning simply stand up.  The bay is about 4 miles wide and you could walk most of the way if you plan your route through the shallows.  Anyway the GP sneaks across the shallows with ease and the water is so clear that you can see all sorts of critters moving about as you sail by.  It is something special sailing in a boat that was already 20 years old when i entered the picture.  Now i’m sharing our grandfathers love of sailing with my nephews and 2nd cousins in boat built by their great grandfather.

    I’m enjoying all the updates on facebook from Mounts Bay.  Maybe Ill join you all in a few years.

     

    Chris

  • in reply to: Bell Woodworking restoration #15400

    fretz
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    Second weekend on the GP was successful.  We cut the rudder allowing it to go vertical which was a huge improvement.  We also spliced a new bridle with a block for the main sheet making it 2:1 vs 1:1 which is easier for the kids to trim.

    I had blocked the boat so that a little water sat in the hull for the week hoping the case would swell and stop the leaking.  No noticeable improvement so in addition to refinishing the decks were going to need to remove the case and re-seal it this winter.    Is there any info on how to do that?  I’m guessing that the seats and thwart needs to be removed to gain access to the trunk.

    Thanks for the help and encouragement getting this project finished.  If you’re attending worlds sail fast and remember that there is a GP in the states looking for used sails if your ready to upgrade your kit!

    Chris

  • in reply to: Bell Woodworking restoration #15307

    fretz
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    A few questions…

    I set the mast up at 21’10.  This was the number in one of the tuning guides.  I only put about 15o on the stays as not to over stress the boat.  I sailed with a jeckells main and a ratsey genoa.  Dont ask the age…  slim pickings here in the states.  The rudder is swept aft like the plans.

    Tons of weather helm sailing in wind from 8-12.  I did rig a kicker so we were adjusting that as well.

    Should i modify the rudder blade to be more vertical?  Should i confirm that the CB is going to the proper angle?

    Anything else I’m missing?

     

    Chris

  • in reply to: Bell Woodworking restoration #15306

    fretz
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    Update

    On Friday July 6th i got the new mast and stays sorted and with little fanfare our old GP hit the water for the 1st time in 20 years.

    Unfortunately the passing showers took all the breeze so we didn’t sail until Saturday.   Hard to believe that 20 years have passed since it was last in the water and I was sailing with my nephews in a boat built by their great grandfather in the early 50’s.

    Thanks for the encouragement and advice!  Ill have some additional questions as i get it sorted out for the next 60 years.

     

    Chris Fretz

  • in reply to: GP centre of gravity #15195

    fretz
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    I asked a similar question and here is the answer…

    While i didn’t follow this to the letter I can post a photo of what i ended up with next time I’m at the boat.

    The weight is light enough overall that a few inches either way will not make much of a difference.

     

  • in reply to: Bell Woodworking restoration #15125

    fretz
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    are there any pics of the under deck chainplates on a series 1 boat?  I believe that’s what i have…

    If they were allowed in 52 then i would consider making the change to be closer to the current rigs.

  • in reply to: Bell Woodworking restoration #15117

    fretz
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    thanks oliver

    It was out of a wooden boat that was cut up so ill assume its a series 1 for now.  Ive been told that the stays went through the deck and terminated below deck on the frame.  I currently have chain plates.

    Would it be better to go through the deck and get new longer stays on the wood mast or shorten these up and use them on the existing chain plates?  any photos of how that looks under the deck on an older boat?

    If i get rid of the chain plates where do you attach the lifting bridle for crane launching?

     

  • in reply to: Bell Woodworking restoration #15111

    fretz
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    Time to start putting her back together.  I have found an AL mast so i want to know how to adapt the existing mast step so it can handle both old and new.

    It is important that i can run today’s sails and tuning numbers for fun but still put the wood mast/boom and original jeckles sails and do a boat show at some point in the future.  Were pretty sure the boat was first sailed in 1954.

    There is a block on the keel that accepts the mast but currently.  Any ideas?

    My requests for used sails and covers hasn’t generated any reply’s…  Do you all use your gear past the breaking point?  Any class I’ve sailed in the states always had top boats pushing regatta sails out into the fleet at a discount and sailing new stuff.  That trickle down put decent club sails in the hands of local boats for a fair price.

    Thanks!

  • in reply to: Bell Woodworking restoration #15110

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  • in reply to: Bell Woodworking restoration #14828

    fretz
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    Final coat of hull paint.  Well sit outdoors for 2 weeks before the flip.

     

  • in reply to: Bell Woodworking restoration #14770

    fretz
    Participant

    Looking for pictures of lifting bridles specifically the aft attachment point in Bell boats

    Thanks!

  • in reply to: GP14 Series 1 photos #15173

    fretz
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    Thanks for the photos.  your setup with chainplates is exactly what I have on my boat.

    Oliver has the holes on the deck where the stays pass through.  looks like i have to add a bunch of hardware to make it work so I think im just going to shorten the existing stays and use the existing chainplates with turnbuckles for now.

    Hade you made any progress on your GP?

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