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Daniel Holman

Member Since 28 Dec 2009
Offline Last Active Sep 14 2014 08:31 PM

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In Topic: The best craftsmen in the game

14 September 2014 - 08:32 PM

Hmm I may avoid becoming a journo..

In Topic: The best craftsmen in the game

14 September 2014 - 05:55 PM

Yep you got me there. Wrote my post quickly and without rigour!

In Topic: The best craftsmen in the game

13 September 2014 - 09:14 AM

I think that in the UK we are fairly spoiled for pretty high end boat building capability in both wood and composite. Green Marine sit close to the top of the pile in the larger stuff.

To my mind most of the best craftsmen in the Uk in the small stuff started out working for Rowsell and Morrisson in Exemouth before starting out on their own. Chris Turner, now MD of Ovington (biggest non laser composite dinghy builder in the UK by volume I reckon) started out there, and I think that Simon Maguire was an apprentice of his back in the day when he operated in the west country.

Gosling was a R&M employee I believe, and is responsible for some pretty special wooden furniture in Solos and Scorpions

Composite Craft on the IOW do some cracking work in cherubs, 14s, flying 15s and N12s

Richard Woof in Portland has done some pretty special stuff including worlds winning 14s and 18s.

Boatyard at Beer, again in the Dorset / Devon area is partly run by Ian Teasdale who was a Woof employee, and now builds a lot of smaller volume production epoxy stuff i.e. Solos, RS 300 as well as some incredible furniture Devon Yawls

Winder of course are fairly prolific, largely known for composite merlins for which they have an enormous backlog, and make great mirrors and fireballs too as well as foils for a lot of classes.

White formula in Sussex run by Rob White who i believe was a Tornado olympic gold medallist.

Plus there are loads of smaller regional outfits - a lot of people were very impressed by the idol composites OK at the last dinghy show.

All of these guys are capable of work to the standards of Larry T.

I guess the passionate but somewhat fragmented dinghy scene can support such a large number of craftsmen. Vive la difference!


In Topic: rs aero

27 August 2014 - 06:22 PM

Think it is at Gurnard, IOW Jimbo. Not sure how many have got to HISC. Anyone?

In Topic: D Zero

25 August 2014 - 07:45 PM


With my windsurfing head on, or i14 (total shitfight) head on, as long as the sheet isn't cleated or snagged, you can do an awful lot muscling/paddling the boat round so that it is at a nice heading to re-enter.

Plus, the "module" that the mainsheet / toestrap is terminated onto is well off CL so much easier to grab than the toestrap itself.