2nd try with the pics
hi Colin I ordered the new rigging before your post. Chap at the chandlers (a rigger) recond on 5mm As the lenght is a bit hit and miss I have gone for Swagles fitting at the base swaged at the top (as I can not check it). So set up is 6mm twin forestays, 5mm fore shroud 6mm...
Graham, my Heard 23 "Plum" was built by Martin with two shrouds per side and no backstage. A few years ago I replaced the stays and checked the loading, using the formulas in the Riggers Apprentice book By Brion Toss which showed that the original 6mm 7x7 were boarder line but 6mm 1x19...
Hello Graham. On my Heard 23 they are all 10mm 3strand polyester.
Colin of "plum"
I last saw Estren when she was sitting in Martin Heard's yard, being wrapped up before being shipped to Canada.
Somewhere in the files I have a few pictures of Estren being prepared, and a copy of the inventory when she was sold shortly afterwards. I see that she had a waterproof forward...
We're buying Eliza, former Estreen, in Canada. It's from 1997 and I do expect some minor problems with the water barrier over the ply. However, I haven't seen the boat (except pictures), and no survey yet. But I'll do a serious refit after some months sailing.
They had the usual continuity problems with filming at sea - successive shots would vary between port and starboard tack, for example! On the whole, though, I thought it was well done.
As for jib sheets - mine are led between the shrouds as this gives the most direct path when close-...
Bowsprit - I haven't been out in really big seas but when I sailed in the Solent we often had very short, steep seas and occasionally Victoria Ruth would bury her bowsprit as far as the stemhead. However, the bowsprit itself does not have much drag, and as the jib is cut fairly high, the sail...
I believe that my (28) mast was made from a couple of pieces of pine glued together, giving what is effectively a solid mast. They routed a slot down the aft face and then glued in a cover strip to leave a cable "trunk" running the length of the mast. I think the cover strip stops short of the...
I have a solid mast, posibly an old telegraph pole. Deck steped.
I'm still getting the odd standing order arriving, so I'm bringing this to members' attention again.
Usual guideline (bit like foresail sheets, etc) is to use whatever you think you can comfortably grip, as even a relatively small diameter is strong enough. Size is usually dictated by comfortable handling. From memory, I think my "28" halyards (all the same) are 12mm three-strand hemp-look...
My 28 has both - the yard installed wiring down the mast as per Aeolus (not surprising as they were built side-by-side!) but I have added extra bits that needed additional wires that weren't going to be easy to add to the mast channel, including sidelights attached to the shrouds. I have a deck-...
The wires go down the inside of the mast on my 28. The masts were made slightly hollow. The very last ones were hollow spars from Noble masts.
Contact Sam Heard, he makes them.
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I am interested in buying an 18ft Tosher and need a bit more info on the spec. Do you know what your boat weighs and also how much ballast has she got? Do you intend to trail your boat and if so what vehicle do you intend to use as a towing vehicle?
Hi I got mine made by skb they had the messurements on file. There is a good artical int artical section of this site about the top sail. I use a cut down dinghy mast.
I would be interested to know how you get on towing Chough. What sort of vehicle do you use as the tow car? Have you encountered any particular launch, recovering or towing problems?
Grateful for your comments
I am currently toying with the idea of purchasing a Tosher 18 for day cruising. I have a towing capacity of 1300 kgs with my present car and am wondering whether this will be sufficient to tow a Tosher 18. Has anyone any comments please?
I would like to congratulate you (allbeit belatedley) on this article; the festival seems to be a bit of a secret here in the UK. The French organise it in a most honest and practical fashion and we enjoy it out of all the festivals. It is a real sailors paradise with over...
Many thanks, Steve,
The truth is I have too many boats at the moment! A 1920's clinker built gaff yawl "Plugger" restored in 2007 fitted with a 5HP Stuart Turner (descibed as a 'Gentleman's Dayboat'), a Conrad Natzio Oystercatcher 16 (under repair), and a Den Aston Longboat (to be...
SKB sails may well have the dimensions since they have made many of the sails for the Heard boats.
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Malcolm, that was a great article thanks for posting.
What boat are you sailing now?
Enjoyed the program. My boat was just out of shot when they were in Tarbet.
I spent time looking for set up and sailing hints. Suprised to see the jib sheet going between the stays. Loads of chafe I would have tought.