the boat is needing a fair bit of cosmetic work, but appears to be all there, and has only a couple of areas needing immediate attention before being able to use.
long term aim is to try and get the boat back to as near how it looked when I first saw in the very late 80's when owned by Gavin Fleming. it will need redecked at some point, and I will be painting the hull, rather than the varnished finish it currently has (my Father's Albacore was white - I can see it following that 'tradition')
I havent been in an albacore for many years, but am looking forward to sitting at the back, rather than in the front.
I will probably have many questions on repairs/renovation and tuning......
well, I took the boat for a sail today (with the wife... her first time in a dinghy!!)
everything seems to work as required - centreboard floats up and the transom flaps leak, but everything else seems to work good. Looking forward to the first club-race, Should be a bit different from the N12 Im used to. dont think Cramond Boat club has seen an Albacore for a long time....
Wow-you're a member at Cramond Boat Club? So am I though I live in Oxfordshire. I sailed Albs there in my youth-first ever capsize was in an Albacore back in the 70's. I have a lovely photo of 7176 (with 6695, sailed by Gavin's parents Roger and Solvie) on my lounge wall. I often hope to bring a boat back to CBC for the regatta but it's a long way and something always gets in the way
I crewed for Gavin at the Nationals in Llandudno one year, and Roger (Gavin's Dad) was my Fathers crew in his Albacore in the late 60's / early 70's, before my father bought a yacht and Roger bought Fram.
I am trying to find out the number of my Dad's Albacore, it was 1830-something we think - I have Dave Innes on the case trying to find out.
Cramond is unfortunately not the place it once was.......