Its not been a brilliant week, but we have prevailed!
Monday our very expensive pulse Mig welder (which doesn’t like the heat) went on strike.
Tuesday we had a H&S inspection which took 3 hours, not really what you need when there is a lot of work to get through.
Wednesday the f***** back up welder expired, ( yes there has been a marked deterioration in the language in the work shop).
Thursday new pricing on aluminium and it has virtually doubled in price!
Friday flat tyre on the van, and a woman in a people carrier drove into a trailer being delivered.
Interestingly this was seconds before impact.
Finally I am not watching the football tonight!
Part of our extending range of heavy duty trolleys is the new Rigiflex 360 beach trolley, designed to be launched by a tractor. There are 4 hull bunk pads over a metre long to give compete support to help preserve the UV resistant material which the boat is constructed of. Standard equipment includes 10″ wheels, protected docking arms, prop stand, and towing eye.
We can make an ally base unit to fit most Sovereign trailer bases, please contact us for prices.
Well we have all experienced change recently, but for sailing clubs unable to provide normal sailing/racing there has been a lot going on in the background. Local clubs to us have all been reviewing there facilities and most have been making improvements where possible. The Harp have done a huge amount of work on the shore line, and we recently delivered a trolley to Hayling for there newly acquired Pilot 500 to be used as an inshore committee boat.
I was delighted to see that Minz had won Y & Y’s Concours D’Elegance this year, I photographed Brenda sailing her at Hayling last year, and I must say the boat on the water looked quite stunning.
As a bit of a traditionalist I feel you can’t beat a varnished wooden deck, I know they are a pain and need to be loved and looked after, but really, it’s all worth it.
Ben Dingwall has varnished many different types of wooded boats, but Solos like this one look absolutely amazing I in spite of its age, in fact sometimes the older the boat is the better it looks! Don’t forget this is a brush finish!
After the huge efforts to provide a new a committee boat and the amazing job the Welsh Harp Sailing Association have done on the infrastructure of the club, the Merlin open isn’t going to happen. It was always going to be marginal, but we were hoping that because it was the last proper Merlin open meeting for the fleet last year , this could have heralded the start of a new and more normal season.
Mind you the event is always cold and generally windy and with three back to back races its tough on crews,
Livvy we salute you!
Someone is in for a nice surprise when we are finally allowed to go to the sailing club!
Normally at this time of year we would be very busy preparing for the dinghy show, this year would have been our 36th appearance as an exhibitor having started at Crystal Palace in 1985.
Pickets lock (1978 to 1982) although it was not open to retailers we were there to support the Merlin’s and Wembley Sailing Club, so the O Neill’s have been a part of the Dinghy show for over 40 odd years!
It’s so sad that the club sailor who finds and restores a dinghy to a fantastic standard (probably a boat he sailed in his youth), will not be able to take it, show it, and let all of us admire it!
Like this stunning wooden merlin.
Finally its not about the event, it’s about the people and meeting friends!
This is the first production 5.5mtr Rib trolley ready for the galvanizers and then on to the South Coast, the second one will be welded up early next week.