Issue 15 Winter 2010/11.
Letter from Australia
I failed to mention that the first boat I built was a Heron for my
two boys, back in 1975. Somehow I have caught the habit of M.G. and keep
changing boats and dinghies, nearly always starting to build another as soon
as I have become comfortable with the last one. I keep saying this one is
the final one and maybe the Senior should be the last one for me to build. I
enjoy the newsletter which is more member friendly than the rather formal
Bulletin of the (presumably ) now defunct EOA Hoping to hear from you soon
Good sailing when the snow melts.
Yes the EOG has the Senior drawings available on CD, however I need you to fill in the enrolment form on the home page first.
Just checked the last 18 months enrolments that I have stored here and you are not among them, when did you enrol?
If recently, it did not get through, you will get an instant message if you have correctly submitted it. Try again please. Know what you mean about it not always working! We had our share of problems on the site a year back, all fixed now though.
If it was a long time back I will have to check with the Database manager. Let me know.
The Senior hull drawing has been properly redeveloped for us by Selway-Fisher and they sell a set of templates/drawings to make the hull in a modern quick stitch and glue epoxy construction, then you just need our £5.00 CD to do the rest! There is a link to Selway-Fisher on the Senior design page of course.
The Senior CD has also the details of the extended bilge keel version, with better sailing abilities than the original shallow bilge keel version on the drawings, but maybe not as quick to windward as the centre board version on the CD, if you like sitting out. The extended bilge keel version is very much a 'sit in' boat by comparison!
Glad you are enjoying the Newsletters. Just putting together the latest one, will take a few weeks to get it up, but that is part of the joy of doing it on line, I can add or edit a page at any time and it is never beyond editing, even if it was the first edition!
Many moons ago I started off in the old assoc as Editor! Sadly as you may have gathered they rather imploded, and we have not stopped growing!
Hope to hear from you soon,
Eventide Owners Group.
I am a previous builder/ owner of a 26ft Eventide which is still in the family. Launched 1996 and needing some TLC. Number not known as it was not shown anywhere on the plans.
Now I want something which is easy to tow, launch and retrieve, still fun to sail and not hard work! At 76 years young I realize I am not as strong or nimble as I was 20 or more years ago.
As a widower I only need simple accommodation and the Senior seems just right. Now - is an International Money Order for 10 pounds sterling sufficient to get the Senior plans CD posted to me? Any surplus can go to keep the web site going. I attempted to register the other day with the EOG and hope this was successful.
Also, to what address do I send the Money Order? I am in Taroona,
Hopefully waiting on your reply.
Hi again John
So I hope my effort a few minutes ago will be OK. I am planning to build the Senior using balsa core so the stitch and glue version is not much help. The CD will be fine.
Can I use a couple of English bank notes as payment, valued at 10Pds stg borrowed from my grandson and I will replace them with kangaroo money! If so please let me know the postal address. The EOA Bulletins of 1989 to 1993 show a very stylish gentleman as the EOA president. The same gentleman sailed an Eventide with the same name as yours. How the past comes back to haunt one.
I wonder how many of those officers and committee members are now active members of the EOG. Many of them I hope. Enough waffle from an old fogy so thanks again and please let me know if my application is now successful.
If the ether has let me down again can I send a paper copy of the application form along with the CD payment?
It is probably not quite
sailing weather for you just yet so happy planning
Yes the same me! I have held every post, except treasurer over the years. Enjoyed it all. Great shame about the demise of the assoc, I never saw it coming, but after the dust had settled and all the owners badgered me to start a new group we suddenly went from 100 members in the old assoc to today's 1,000. Over the past nearly 40 years I have met some great people, many have stayed firm friends over the years. Best of all was my contact and friendship with Maurice from 1980 on whilst I was heavily involved with the development of the drawings. M.G. gave me lots of useful information and in his latter days, his wife Marjorie and my wife Darian enjoyed many meals at West Mersea Yacht club together, a lovely couple and sorely missed.
I am very pleased to say most of the old school of the assoc signed up with us in the first few months, some are regular contributors, though others remain 'friends' of the EOG, as they have now swallowed the anchor.
What was the other MG or YM design boat you had?
Hope to hear from you shortly
I submitted the home page enrolment application yesterday. Has this now arrived? Alternatively if the electronic media is still being difficult, can I submit a paper copy, provided that you give me the address?
I have just replied officially to the enrolment!
Look forward to hearing from you re the CD. Thanks for the extra as a donation, that is what is keeping the site alive!
Good luck with the Senior project.
By the way what was the name of the Eventide 26 you built, she may still be about!
Me again ---
By chance I became a lecturer in computer studies and accounting in 1965, at the same college, a year after he retired. So in answer to your question, I have built 2 vessels sponsored by the YM, one little one and one much larger at 26ft., along with another 12 or more dinghies and some cruising yachts. Not bad for someone with poor eyesight.
I will be embarrassed if any of this waffle gets in the newsletter!
Well John, I hope you do not get too embarrassed, but this was too good not to publish!
The Eventide 26 is still in the family and with my encouragement is getting some TLC. Her name is Carita 6 which gives some idea of the number of cruiising yachts I have had, mostly built by me, working alone. The first Carita was actually built by my father and was a 27ft. cruising /racing gaff rigged yawl, trailed by horse and long cart from his family home some 1/4 mile to the nearest beach for launching.
He was 20 years of age at that time and built the yacht largely at night. His weekends were taken up with Naval Reserve duties during the First World War. Carita 2 was my first yacht and I have continued on.
The Senior will probably be called Carita 9.
I shall scan some early photographs of both Carita and Carita 6 for the possible interest of group members. Meantime I am clearing the garage for the next boat, having just finished 3 identical sailing dinghies, 8ft long to a NZ Firebug design. One is for my grandson who I am teaching to sail off the same beach as I mentioned above. The second is for his school mate who I am also teaching to sail. The other is for me to sail with them in company.
Enough of the history lesson.
Thanks again and the best of luck to the EOG.
This little insight is heartening!
Glad there are other enthusiasts out there.
Great to hear of the dinghy building projects, I have a dinghy here for my grandson but as we are not on a beach, getting him together with it is difficult sometimes. But we have had fun! So far he has only rowed and used one of my Seagulls, (with me aboard.....) The sailing comes this year, I hope!
Look forward to seeing the pictures of your boats.
Hello John and all the EOG
Hopefully I have managed to attach a couple of photos. One of my father's yacht taken in 1922 at Kettering where I have a mooring. He would have been racing in a weekend regatta and courting my future mother on the way home, with my future grandfather and future uncle on board. How's that for chaperoning!
The other undignified view is Carita 6 (E26) being dragged quite unwillingly out of the water, also at Kettering, this time in 2008.
I hope these are of interest.
Progress on the Senior is slow as I can only make parts such as knees and the breast hook to be fitted later. It does give me time to finish another dinghy for my youngest son in the meantime.
I am getting a CD ready for John and really hope he sends some pics of the finished boat, probably in a few months time!
A letter of appreciation....
Just been reading the latest on the EOG website, in particular your bit about boating magazines being embarrassed by the group.
It just goes to show that the vast majority of the people in this country who sail for pleasure are not particularly interested in boats that cost more than the average house, and don't want to take out huge marine mortgages.
I'm pleased there are people like you out there who still believe in M.G.’s philosophy on boat ownership and long may it continue!
I'm a big fan and just letting you know you have my full support, and much appreciate the website.
Really appreciate little notes from readers like this one. I have never printed many of them, but always respond of course, but thought Mat's words might hit a chord with readers.
A Seagull enquiry that leads to an interesting story
On 17/10/2010 06:42, Giles Dodson wrote:
The Lone gull II dates from later than that, the 1960's, suspect it
was near new when they made the trip! The design appeared in about 1961,
with the prototype being built for the designer, sadly he only kept her till
1963 before moving on to his next boat, This was very much M.G.s' way, he
rarely owned a boat for long! Wonder if Suka was her first name.. I will
look her up in Lloyds....