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by BillGr
Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Struggling to Learn how to sail!
Replies: 28
Views: 5129

Re: Struggling to Learn how to sail!

My gut feeling would be that as long as you pick the right one, you can't really go wrong with finding a Centaur or Griffon and then learning to sail her. Although if you are completely new to boating, I would be inclined to blag a ride in one (or a similar yacht) first, either through joining a clu...
by BillGr
Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Struggling to Learn how to sail!
Replies: 28
Views: 5129

Re: Struggling to Learn how to sail!

I already had a lot of dinghy sailing experience so the move up to a big boat (well, sort of - a Griffon is really just a big dinghy) was initially just an evolution that we did without any specific keel boat training. I remember it being quite daunting nonetheless, especially as our own chosen sail...
by BillGr
Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Struggling to Learn how to sail!
Replies: 28
Views: 5129

Re: Struggling to Learn how to sail!

I hope I've commited no faux pas by wading into a thread before introducing myself - so it's a big HELLO from the two of us! I can't imagine any harm has been done at all from wading in, hello and welcome Sal :) I wonder how the original poster got on? I still maintain that tennis is a terrible gam...
by BillGr
Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: New Sails for Griffon
Replies: 8
Views: 1865

Re: New Sails for Griffon

Thanks everybody for all your advice, it's all invaluable as always. I've now got advice and quotes from Jeckells and from Hyde, have just emailed Kemp asking for same and am likewise waiting to hear back from Crusader Sails. We were planning to head down to the boat show this weekend anyway, and al...
by BillGr
Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: New Sails for Griffon
Replies: 8
Views: 1865

New Sails for Griffon

Happy New Year everybody. Afraid this might be a bit of a newbie question. We're planning to replace the rather careworn mainsail and genoa on our Griffon. I've never bought sails for a yacht before, only the dinghies I race. Are there any pitfalls to be wary of? Questions I should ask? Things I sho...
by BillGr
Wed Sep 07, 2016 2:27 pm
Forum: Instruments & electrics
Topic: Which Tablet for GPS?
Replies: 14
Views: 4104

Re: Which Tablet for GPS?

I use a Sony Xperia Z running the visitmyharbour.com charts in the Marine Navigator app. Although it's an Android tablet, and Marine Navigator is very basic even compared to Sea Clear, I like that the tablet is waterproof and the GPS is good (Samsung and Sony were offering the best GPS as far as tab...
by BillGr
Fri Sep 02, 2016 12:30 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Dimensions of Griffon Whisker Pole
Replies: 1
Views: 730

Dimensions of Griffon Whisker Pole

Does anybody know off-hand the ideal length and minimum diameter for a whisker pole for a Griffon? The measurements I've taken are in my logbook at home, whereas I'm sat staring at eBay some miles distant wondering if what I'm looking at will serve (it's 2.5mtrs long, 38mm diameter tube) We've got a...
by BillGr
Thu Oct 01, 2015 11:42 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Griffon Jib Sheets
Replies: 2
Views: 692

Re: Griffon Jib Sheets

Thanks mate, that's very helpful. Self-tailers are only a distant dream for the moment :) I guess I'll go with 12mm, less weight on the clew of the jib when off the wind. I don't know if that really makes any difference, but it'll make Dad chuckle then roll his eyes in exasperation when I explain my...
by BillGr
Thu Oct 01, 2015 9:49 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Griffon Jib Sheets
Replies: 2
Views: 692

Griffon Jib Sheets

Could anybody save me the trouble of a trip down to the boat and advise what an appropriate diameter and length would be for a replacing the jib sheets on our Griffon?

Ours desperately need renewing, but like a fool I forgot to detach one and bring it home with me last time I was on the boat.
by BillGr
Thu Jul 02, 2015 3:53 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Griffon: noise from prop rotation
Replies: 7
Views: 1786

Re: Griffon: noise from prop rotation

Thanks Derek, that's a brilliant idea. That's almost worth another trip down back to Porlock Weir or Ilfracombe just to find somewhere to dry out. Not that I really need the excuse :) Philip, we do indeed have a rope cutter fitted. Will investigate the shim bearings, thank-you. The thought it might ...
by BillGr
Tue Jun 30, 2015 11:53 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Griffon: noise from prop rotation
Replies: 7
Views: 1786

Re: Griffon: noise from prop rotation

Thanks guys, the advice and reassurance is much appreciated. My main concern was that the noise is new: we've sailed around 500 miles in her so far since we took her on at the beginning of the year, and I'm pretty certain I've never heard that noise from the free-wheeling prop before. On the other h...
by BillGr
Thu Jun 25, 2015 4:49 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Struggling to Learn how to sail!
Replies: 28
Views: 5129

Re: Struggling to Learn how to sail!

All of the above is very good advice from Jolly Roger. Yacht clubs are an infinite source of support and wisdom; the proposer / seconder thing is for most just a formality. If you introduce yourself and suggest an interest, they'll find members to propose and second your application; and if not, the...
by BillGr
Mon Jun 22, 2015 3:58 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Griffon: noise from prop rotation
Replies: 7
Views: 1786

Griffon: noise from prop rotation

Hi all. We were out sailing yesterday for a couple of hours, and after about half an hour of being under sail, realised there was a rubbing / scraping / humming noise and a faint vibration in the hull that was neither my tinnitus nor the dredger that was working nearby. Once Dad and I had realised t...
by BillGr
Mon Jun 15, 2015 11:16 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: New to sailing
Replies: 15
Views: 3058

Re: New to sailing

Hi guys, welcome and good luck with your search for a boat. We were originally looking for a Centaur, but ended up buying a Griffon, which was the successor to the Centaur. Much the same qualities you're looking for in a Centaur but (in my utterly uneducated opinion, and meaning no disrespect to any...
by BillGr
Tue May 26, 2015 2:04 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Griffon headsail furling gear problem
Replies: 2
Views: 879

Griffon headsail furling gear problem

Hi all, At the end of yesterday's sailing, approaching Portishead on a training run, went to furl the headsail and it jammed. It's been playing up a bit recently, occasionally proving difficult to fully put away; as the whole thing rotated freely by hand I suspected the line to the bottom drum was f...