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    Default A plastic boat.

    I decided while back that I wanted a fibreglass semi displacement boat of about 31ft, not least of all because of Firefly625's perfect Mitchell 31 'Tulana'. However after 20 years with a succession of boats by Fairey Marine, all of them wood, when it came to my next boat I wanted to stick with a Fairey, which meant the Bulldog. There's not many around, I only know of 4, I know some were exported to Libya and the one I bought is hull number 12.

    I went to see it in Scotland, Ardlui, top of Loch Lomond, in April last year, nice chap but we failed to do a deal. She came back on the market this year at a lower price, then dropped again. I ended up paying £250 less than I offered last year. Good result.

    Here is a photo of a handsome Bulldog



    Here's some pics of mine....

    In a previous (hard) life as a hydrographic survey boat on the Clyde, weighed down with a lot of crap.



    Arriving at Deacons



    Next to my Chums Triana 25.



    Rear cabin gone



    Something concerned with the survey work removed from the bottom, undid 7 bolts and it fell off, weighed a bloody ton, sat on the drive outside my garage while I work out what to do with it. Made good the holes with some resin and stuff.



    Captured from the Red Funnel web cam en route from the Hamble to her new home port by Firefly625 who was sat at his desk and should have been working but was messing about on whattsapp and the internet with me.



    New home



    First family day out



    Its incredibly scruffy! I mean really really bad! But build like a brick shithouse. We now have a fridge and an electric loo, sink, but no running water. New cushions in the cabin and we've had a 3 night stay onboard. It has a 5kw eberspacher.

    120hp Ford Dorset, has a huge oil leak, seems to burn about 1.5 gallons an hour, gives 7knots max through the water, but only hits 1700 rpm, it'll do for now although I desperately want to reinstate the shape of the wheel house.

    Most interesting also, it that it has a Kitchen Rudder, its taking some getting used to!

    All so far for less than £8k.

    I fully intend that this will be my last boat. Needs a decent restoration as time and funds allow, but for now, its perfect.

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    Default Re: A plastic boat.

    ...has a huge oil leak, seems to burn about 1.5 gallons an hour...
    I’d agree, that is a huge oil leak

    I had to Google to find out what a “Kitchen Rudder” actually was.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitchen_rudder

    With regards to “restoration”, what is the target state?
    Mini superyacht?
    Last edited by FlowerPower; 02-09-19 at 20:30.

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    Default Re: A plastic boat.

    Youíve eventually come out Ben. Excellent. GRP was the future in 1970, glad you eventually caught up and have admitted it to all.

    Kitchen rudder v cool, FP take a look here;

    https://youtu.be/L-tpFo9C4zE

    https://youtu.be/vi0Sdkbooek

    It is a skill to get the hang of.

    The Dawg will (under Benís skilled hands) end up a cracking boat.

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    Default Re: A plastic boat.

    Quote Originally Posted by Firefly625 View Post
    ?...........The Dawg will (under Ben’s skilled hands) end up a cracking boat.
    Well I'm up for a mini rebuild/refurb thread, I like this style of boat.

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    Default Re: A plastic boat.

    Quote Originally Posted by Firefly625 View Post
    Kitchen rudder v cool......
    Somebody commented that they have been around since 1953, if that's the case you can see where jet boats got their steering/control concept from.

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    Default Re: A plastic boat.

    You got there in the end! Nice looking boat. If it was perfect there would be no tinkering to do.
    Hope you and your family have many happy times on her

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    Default Re: A plastic boat.

    good luck with the rebuilt BB

    you're going to try and rebuilt the pilothouse by adding the slanted big going aft and re-enlarging the chopped side windows? wont be too easy I recon!
    btw, am I allowed to ask how many Fairey boats do you now own.

    cheers

    V.

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    Default Re: A plastic boat.

    Quote Originally Posted by vas View Post
    how many Fairey boats do you now own
    Umm...

    Huntsman 31 - for sale, its lovely.

    Bulldog - its a shed.

    Duckling - 9ft dinghy, lovely, will be the Bulldog primary tender

    Faun - 16ft harbour launch, I plan to take her the whole length of the thames, ongoing project...

    I also have 2 inflatables, a canoe and a 1910 rowing skiff which I am the second owner of.

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    Default Re: A plastic boat.

    I will look out for her at Deacons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rafiki_ View Post
    I will look out for her at Deacons.
    I used Deacons as a launch pad, home port is Yarmouth.

    Right opposite me in Yarmouth is a Sealine called Rafiki.

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