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Hi
I have one of the Windboats Blue books and it looks like a Sea-Going Windboat. The forty foot was double skin with eleven foot beam, with single or twin engine. There is no picture or plan of the forty foot version. It seems each length was available with a raised fore deck as yours is or with a level deck.


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I did wonder if it might be, I have never seen one of the double skinned sea going ones, how absolutely stunning is she.


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Many thanks all for the replies.

David - Thanks and yes we definitely think so - we're going to be ploughing all our heart energy (and unfortunately plenty of cash) into her but she'll be worth it in the end. There don't seem to be many around and she should be restored to be enjoyed once more.

Barry - That's very sad news. There was another windboat at the marina where this resided (Essex Marina) that was destroyed in a shed fire - she just escaped as she was in the boat shed but was moved out 2 days earlier to get another boat out!!). I'm going to contact the previous owbner to my father-in-law as I think he might have some more history on her. I'll keep you posted and will email some more pics over.

Andrew - Can you possibly scan and email me what details you have on that design? That would be great. I don't believe she is double skinned though, from what i have seen she's just one skin of teak (however she has been sailed to Belgium and back!).

I'm having some survey work done soon but am happy from what I have seen that all the hull structure is sound. I've stripped her back a fair bit already and it seems that the boarding under the deck is shot but all the teak is tippity top. The next big thing is getting the engine out and overhauled as it hasn't been fired in 13 years. I was wondering whether or not it would be worthwhile in the long run to put a more efficient and modern engine in? I'm confident that the current 6 cylinder Ford cargo setup can be serviced and will be fine but would it be worth it????

Cheers,

Adam.



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Re engine - re-conditioning - probably not worth going down that route if you intend keeping her.

Have a look at the R641 Star Supreme restoration project for our views on this, we had the same quandry and decided on new technology and so glad we did too


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Hi Adam
I have had a go at scanning the book with some information about Seagoing Windboats. It is only about 5 x 3.5 inches but other than the pictures not being very good the writing is OK if viewed full size.

Good luck with the restoration, she will look very handsome again.

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Hi Adam

I think you will find that the engine will start up as soon as you show it
some clean diesel & a battery! Just turn it over by hand first, and if
needed put a small (very small!) amount of oil down the cylinders.

A NEW engine & surrounding equipment could add on another £8000 +
on the renovation project. Even an overhaul would be a waste of time
until you find out what the old engine is like. Also some of the modern
engines are not always suitable.

If you need any help or advice on the engine, driveline  or the boat just
call in a Ludham Bridge Boatyard.

Good luck

Regards

Jason



  

  

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