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.
We are at the beginning of the season, but this is like no other season we have experienced in our lives, nobody really knows what will happen. Normally we would be preparing for the Dinghy Show, orders would be coming in and it would be all hands to the pumps! Buying in some raw materials has been tricky but at the moment it all seems to be okay.
However we are very lucky that we have work
The Dam wall is being surveyed at the Welsh Harp they have dropped the level by 2mtrs, so a big effort is going on to repair the slipways.
To me it just look s like the tide is going out!
The shop is now closed but we are busy manufacturing trailer spares, decorating our stores, taking trailer orders for later in the year, returning emails, and answering the phones.
Yet another busy day at the office Jan 2015, on this occasion the boys were there to help, how times have changed.
Wishing all our customers, suppliers, and contractors a happy healthy 2021.
We have now completed the process of re-galvanising some of our rib trolleys which are used in a salt an sand environment. In spite of the fact that we use the best UK galvanisers and the zinc is very thick, salt water (basically sodium chloride) is so corrosive, particularly as it is continuously sand blasted by the elements throughout the year.
So we are delighted that HISC agreed to have 4 trolleys done and for the first time we have been able to organise this process.
These are the 4 rusty trolleys Re-galvanised and returned Finished product which looks like new!
We are out collecting RIB trolleys for re-galvanising, it is a fact that the corrosive nature of salt water means that the lifespan of trolleys is dramatically shortened
These four Rib trolleys will be returned in 6 days and look like NEW.