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Member since Nov 2008 • Last active Jul 2021

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    This little boat, which I built the winter before last, has been nominated for a 'Classic Boat Award'!
    She's in the spirit of tradition category, up against some of the most beautiful boats being built in the world, today. Some of the other nominees are nearly ten times her length, and she is the only boat in this class, which is not a luxury yacht.
    They are undeniably all spectacular craft, but built for the super wealthy! This boat is at the other end of the spectrum, being designed to be affordable, accesible, and low maintenance, with the option of buying a complete boat, a bare hull- for DIY fit-out, or any stage in-between!

    Voting is now open online, so please take 2 minutes to look through the nominees and cast your vote! You don't have to vote in every category if you don't want to, but there are lots of beautiful boats and inspiring people, so I'd recommend having a look!


    Here's a little more about the boat:
    She's called Longshore, and is the first grp hull made from a mould, which I took from 'Atlas', a barge boat built in 1949.
    She was designed to maintain the elegance of a traditional clinker dinghy, but to be much lower maintenance, lightweight (making her easy to launch and recover on a slipway, and tow behind a modest car), and easy to sail.
    Based on the beautiful lines of the original hull, I designed the rest from scratch, and built her on a shoestring budget.
    The layout maximises the space available, and incorporates lots of built-in buoyancy, plus 4 large stowage lockers. A dagger board was chosen, so there is no centreboard case to hinder ease of movement across the boat, when tacking.
    The ultra-light, glass-sheathed, hollow wooden mast is recycled from and old gaff-rigfed yacht's topmast, the yard and boom are made from carbon fibre windsurfer masts, the foils are carbon fibre. Combined with the battened, balanced lug sail which I designed in collaboration with Suffolk Sails, she has surprising turn of speed, and we've managed to squeeze 11kts out of her!
    We sail her whenever we have the opportunity, and her hull form means she is comfortable sailing with 4 adults.
    She has been on some big trips, carrying two of us and all our camping gear & provisions, for a week at a time; cruising 120 nautical miles along the East coast, exploring the creeks and rivers.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this, and thanks again if you decide to vote for Longshore!

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    Does anyone want to buy my brat?
    Only recent photo I can find, of it looking grubby. Will photograph it properly in due course. I was thinking of putting it up for £7k, but would take £6k for a quick sale if anyone is, or knows someone who is interested.

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    If you know trials bikes, you know this things a real gem, and you'll also know there aren't going to be many left in this condition. As much as this is close to my perfect setup, and I will never be able to replace it, I just don't ride it enough to justify hanging on to it. Spec as follows:

    Frame: Ashton Justice Mk1 (late model. not a single dent or crack in the frame. All original decals, lacquer is peeling a bit in places though. No saddle)

    Fork: Inspired (virtuallty brand new), also includes original Ashton fork, but disc mount is damaged.

    Headset: Hope (original style, to match hubs. some cable rub on bottom cup, slightly rough bearings, but you cant feel it when you're riding the bike)

    Handlebar: Renthal FatBar Carbon 35. High rise(40mm), 760mm wide (in gold, these are only available to sponsored riders, as new condition)

    Stem: Race Face Aeffect 35mm clamp, 90mm reach (as new condition)

    Grips: Inspired

    Front wheel: 32h Hope XC on mavic F219 (axle tapped to M6, with trialtech washers and black titanium bolts)

    Rear wheel: 36h Hope XC on RhynoLIte welded rim. (New pawls and springs. has had one light grind from new, will do a fresh grind at the buyers request. Blue hope qr skewer)

    Cranks; Middleburn RS7 (or RS8, maybe?) black, Isis. With 22t Middleburn Pro trials Bashguard and chainring.

    Pedals: Echo, blue (nice and smooth, all the pins are intact)

    Front brake: Avid BB7 with 203mm roundagon rotor and SD7 lever with Jagwire anti compression outer and cable.

    Rear brake: Magura HS33 (old style) with trialtech clear hose and splitter. Water bled. Tr1als black pads. (TPA doesnt work)

    Bottom Bracket: Unknown Isis (have never had it out the frame, does creak a bit, but nothing too alarming)

    Chain: KMC Z610 HX, 3/32

    Cassette: surly wide base 16t and 18t (chain length means either ratio can be selected and tensioner adjusted accordingly)

    Chain tensioner: Gusset Bachelor

    Rear tyre: Continental Mountain King II 2.4"

    Front tyre: Continental Vertical 2.3"

    I think that covers everything. I'd like £400, but if that's way off the mark, make me an offer.
    Not online very often, so text me on 07756015100 if you're interested. Happy to organise postage with the buyer, or collection from Woodbridge area, Suffolk.


    Or, if someone really wants it, I can deliver to London this weekend for a discounted price, for a quick sale.