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Folly Reach
Captain

United Kingdom
308 Posts

Posted - 14 September 2018 :  07:51:41  Show Profile
Dawn Patrol (Military Spear) is now safely on the IOW and 5 minutes from my front door and undercover so time for an update.
Rob Bingham to carry out a survey on Monday and advise on best practice going forward.
The electrics were in an awful state so they have all been removed along with the fuel tanks and water tank. The engines were already out of the boat having undergone some maintenance by the previous owner before he passed away.
The work to the rubbing strakes (all new) and the teak cockpit flooring looks to have been done to a high standard, all this having been carried out previously.
The topsides and superstructure have all been painted previously and are currently in undercoat, however the feeling is that we will have her painted in Awlgrip so if that is the case then I am in for some serious sanding back to gel coat.
She has new windows in the Spearfish style and a brand new "Gordon Currey" windscreen to be fitted.
The jury is out on the engines at the moment but I am sure that progress will be made shortly.
The pulpit and aft rail are more in keeping with her workboat heritage rather than as a Spearfish so I am talking to a stainless specialist with a view to modification/replacement.
More to follow in due course.

nicky
Commander

United Kingdom
551 Posts

Posted - 14 September 2018 :  15:29:20  Show Profile
Will make a super Spearfish, particularly as it is one of the better Fairey built boats. Will look better than new with Awlgrip, but later engines are worth considering as the current ones will let it down.
David
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robin3boats
Commander

630 Posts

Posted - 17 September 2018 :  07:26:00  Show Profile
Keep the engines and save money by not using Awlgrip
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Folly Reach
Captain

United Kingdom
308 Posts

Posted - 17 September 2018 :  07:44:34  Show Profile
Funny you should say that Robin.
You are not the first person to make that comment.
Rob Bingham taking a look today so that should be interesting.
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Folly Reach
Captain

United Kingdom
308 Posts

Posted - 20 September 2018 :  07:36:33  Show Profile
Survey took place this week. Moisture levels low, couple of minor repairs/reinforcement required in the engine room and right forward.
Apart from that nothing much to report which is great news.
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Ben
Administrator

1269 Posts

Posted - 24 September 2018 :  08:48:04  Show Profile
The current engines are Ford 212C, Dover block. I don't see Dover block fords as letting down a Fairey boat at all, far from it.

I fully agree that Dorsets are unacceptably smoky to people these days.

But Dover's are much better, the 212C is bombpoof, low cost, spares are low cost and readily available. They sound glorious and can provide plenty of HP.

If I had a pair of Dovers I'd stick with them.

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Folly Reach
Captain

United Kingdom
308 Posts

Posted - 24 September 2018 :  11:09:41  Show Profile
Spot on Ben. Aestheticly I just want them to be identical hence my quest for header tank and turbo etc. One Turbo air cooled and one water cooled at the moment.
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Folly Reach
Captain

United Kingdom
308 Posts

Posted - 10 October 2018 :  21:06:09  Show Profile
Well thanks to Ben I now find myself owning 4 Ford Sabre engines. So we move forward. Anybody wanting to repower a Huntress or two I have the perfect engine for you!

Edited by - Folly Reach on 11 October 2018 07:17:52
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JandCTurner
Midshipman

United Kingdom
121 Posts

Posted - 22 October 2018 :  11:57:14  Show Profile
The previous owner of Dawn Patrol was Eddie Smethurst of Salcombe; he was a club member. I met Eddie in 2016, when he was half way through the conversion from Spear to Spearfish, and corresponded with him re club events subsequently. I havent heard from him this year - did you buy it from him?
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Folly Reach
Captain

United Kingdom
308 Posts

Posted - 22 October 2018 :  12:43:18  Show Profile
Eddie Smethurst passed away in early June. I bought her from his widow who has now sold up or is in the process of selling up in Salcombe and moving closer to her family.
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JandCTurner
Midshipman

United Kingdom
121 Posts

Posted - 22 October 2018 :  15:43:52  Show Profile
Thanks Ian, very sorry to hear this; he was quite a character, and generous with his time.
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Folly Reach
Captain

United Kingdom
308 Posts

Posted - 05 March 2019 :  16:25:39  Show Profile
Update.
Fuel tanks back in. New exhaust pipes (5"rubber) All the bilges in tank space and engine room repainted. Structural repairs and all other survey points resolved. New screen fitted. Repainting of exterior and cockpit underway
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Folly Reach
Captain

United Kingdom
308 Posts

Posted - 05 March 2019 :  16:30:07  Show Profile
Update cont'd.
New sprayhood and cockpit cover framework fabricated. All new deck fittings sourced. New bilge pumps. Bottom in the process of being stripped to gel coat (hideous job) New upholstery on order. VHF, Plotter and toys on order. Engines to go in during mid April launch late April hopefully.Still under budget. Thankfully.

Edited by - Folly Reach on 05 March 2019 16:31:56
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nicky
Commander

United Kingdom
551 Posts

Posted - 05 March 2019 :  19:00:32  Show Profile
Well Done. A fair bit quicker than me. Did you spray the exterior, or brush paint. As I noted before the Spear is a much better build than the Tyler Spearfish.
David
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Folly Reach
Captain

United Kingdom
308 Posts

Posted - 05 March 2019 :  21:55:23  Show Profile
Thanks.. Brush.... Work in progress.

Edited by - Folly Reach on 05 March 2019 21:55:58
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