19 July 2014 FF Admin 7108 Classic and Silver, Classic Classic Restoration Project FF1341 Previous Article Northerns at Bassenthwaite Coming Up ! Next Article National Rankings - post Northerns Classic Flying Fifteen Restoration By Nick Carroll How I got into Flying fifteens. I was going to cover my restoration but everything has a story so I may as well start from the beginning. I was driving on the M6 from Birmingham back home to Southport when I saw an amazing Yacht well I thought it was a Yacht. It had Flying Fifteen written on its transom I was taken by its beauty! I had never seen a boat quite like it before as was only familiar with Enterprises Laser etc at my local marina being the Marine lake Southport. When I arrived home I looked up Flying fifteen on the net and was enlightened to a new type of Dinghy. A Dinghy? Really I thought it was a yacht! This was over five years ago and the impression of the FF stayed with me. I looked on ebay and saw an F15 for sale it was a glass fibre Copland hull and deck with two sets of sails including spinnaker so bought it but I really wanted a wooden decked ff as they are a pretty boat but you have to start somewhere so this one was it. The FF was picked up from a sailing club in Kettering and towed surprisingly well on the way home. The FF is now parked outside my workshop. I`m an engineer by profession being on the precision and fabrication side. I had decided to do up the Copland FF by removing the anti foul paint from the hull and generally a little TLC with a view to sailing her. 6 months had passed and I looked again on ebay and saw a 1950s wooden FF in Donegal Ireland go for £127.00 ?? I nearly bid on it but didn`t as the cost and time to bring it back to UK was prohibitive. It was in June that I noticed another FF on ebay just the hull on a trailer no mast or sails etc. It was a 1970 Wyche & Coppock with a wooden deck. I thought no I mustn’t as I already have one I then thought hang on I have an FF with everything required to set up this classic FF so why not! I bought the FF and picked it up from the other side of Southampton. I have now removed the ply deck due to dried out wet rot at the transom end and also on the entry holes for the shrouds. I have found out that the ff was manufactured in 1970 and its name was “Wind Spit” sale number 1341 Her name has now been changed to “Shamrock” I decided to upgrade her and have had to do some homework/research on upgrades?? There is no available information on this for ffs? I will disclose this information in my later as this article progresses. Current restoration Removal of keel sand blast and re-paint with 2k urethane paint. I had read that the Keel was a tricky thing to remove?? I didn`t understand this as it was very easy! Loosen nuts to just above thread use a drift 16mm round bar is good and hit it with a two pound hammer they pop when it stops on hull remove nuts and use either another 10mm bolt or round bar to drive the bolts out. Prepare and re-paint hull in 2k urethane paint. Above water line black & below water line white. Upgrades Install Harness cable over the top of the rudder post internal Deck installation & enclosure to create built in buoyancy. I will show this as the re-fit progresses Set up mast adjusting cords and spinnaker cords etc to a central consul as new ffs are now set up . Install spinnaker chute. Make new rudder from hardwood set to new / current rudder angle. Modify existing rudder post tube to take rudder bushes from Ovington boats. Rate article 4.0 Rate this article: 4.0 Tags flying fifteen Share Print Documents to download 2014-06-29 15.10.37(.jpg, 2.27 MB) - 7 download(s) 2014-06-28 09.38.35(.jpg, 2.41 MB) - 8 download(s) 2014-06-29 15.10.14(.jpg, 2.38 MB) - 7 download(s) 2014-06-29 15.10.58(.jpg, 3.16 MB) - 6 download(s) 2014-06-14 02.19.16(.jpg, 1.75 MB) - 6 download(s) 2014-06-14 02.15.17(.jpg, 1.75 MB) - 6 download(s) Switch article Northerns at Bassenthwaite Coming Up ! Previous Article National Rankings - post Northerns Next Article Related articles Cowes Classic Week report Aldeburgh Classics Weekend Aldeburgh Fleet News Cowes Classic Week 2016 Cowes Classic Week Comment Collapse Expand Comments (0) You don't have permission to post comments.