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my first yacht a nimrod

Post by imackay84@yahoo.com » Tue Mar 11, 2014 11:42 pm

hi every one. I have recently been given a yacht from a friend who cant store sail or be bothered with it. i am delighted with it. i found out it is a westerly nimrod it is in fair condition but still needs a little work i have given it a tidy up and started to research every thing to do with yachts as i have never sailed in my life. i have kayaked for years and played with small rib inflatables but never the wind. a friend is taking me out on her 19ft open top yacht for 10 days sailing in august to begin to show me the ropes round the isle of mull to a regatta. i intend to use my yacht on loch lomond this year as it will be easy for me to ask her to come out and show me the ropes on my boat at weekends. I'm wondering if any one on this site may be able to tell me more about the nimrod is there any specific things i should know about in regards to this yacht nice bits of history dangers general info. i have had new standing rigging made up so far. the sails have seen better days i need a trailer and outboard i was thinking 2.5hp. if you have any information on the nimrod no mater how insignificant . if you think it will assist me in staying safe enjoying and learning about these lovely boats i would love to hear and learn more .

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Re: my first yacht a nimrod

Post by aquaplane » Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:00 am

Hi there,
Welcome to the forum and sailing.
I haven't sailed a Nimrod but have sailed similar small boats, she should be an exciting sail with decent sails.
The accommodation is more like camping afloat than caravanning though and more suited to day sailing or weekends afloat than extended cruising.
You don't say where you are but if you are thinking of sailing on Loch Lomond you must be North of me.
Loch Lomond is good in that it doesn't have tides to worry about. The winds on inland waters can be fluky (change a lot) and the gusts can be scary for a learner and not necessarily the easiest to learn with.
A 2.5 Hp outboard may be OK most of the time on Loch Lomond but I would go for a 4 or even 6Hp motor for use on the Clyde or sheltered West Coast waters, even then there will be times when the bigger motor will struggle.
Don't skimp on the trailer. The trailer I had under my 18' boat was a constant source of concern. The trailer under my current 20' boat is much better to tow and more reliable so long as I maintain the wheel bearings and brakes after each dunking.
If you end up on Loch Sween look out for Chiron.

Bob.
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Re: my first yacht a nimrod

Post by imackay84@yahoo.com » Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:46 am

thanks bob good advice. i thought that about the trailer i have been looking but not found anything sutable yet. thankyou

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Re: my first yacht a nimrod

Post by Jolly Roger » Thu Mar 13, 2014 1:15 pm

From the book "The Westerley Story" (you get it free if you join the association) I have gleened the following. The 2013 association year book shows there are 3 Nimrods with owners as members of the association.

The Nimrod was designed by Ian Proctor and built as a trailor sailer from 1968 until 1971. A total of 186 rolled off the production line. There were lift keel and fixed fin versions. The boat was fitted with two berths, but a boom tent could allow two kids to sleep in the cockpit. Nimrods have the letters ND on the sail as the class identifier.

The principle dimensions are:
Length OA 17' 9"
Length waterline 15' 6"
Beam 9' 0"
Draft fin keel 3' 2"
Draft lift keel 4' 0" down 0' 8" up
Displacement 1,190 lb
Ballast 250 lb
Main 100 sq ft
No. 1 genoa 77 sq ft
No. 1 jib 35 sq ft

For trailing I would add about 35% to the displacement weight for an estimate of the total weight for the capacity of a trailer, this will then allow you to check whether your car is heavy enough to use for towing. Regulations about licences and weights for towing can be found at http://www.direct.gov.uk/prod_consum_dg ... 067672.pdf. You will also need to check your car handbook.

This web site has most of the above dimensions and a sail plan. http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=5093

There has been 2 old threads relating to the Nimrod that are worth reading.
http://www.westerly-owners.co.uk/woafor ... ?f=1&t=134
http://www.westerly-owners.co.uk/woafor ... f=1&t=2081

There is an article on an American owned one at http://www.gbwebb-art.com/subdir/gbwebbart/id131.htm

There are 2 short videos on youtube that might make you want to get on the water.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91l54nKcKmQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO9CWhEWszQ

Have fun with your Nimrod.
Roger
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Photos at http://s1294.photobucket.com/user/Conce ... 2/library/

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Re: my first yacht a nimrod

Post by 14AC49 » Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:14 pm

Hi,
I have been restoring Nimrod number 71and managed a first sail last autumn.

The main problem that I have encountered is a leak at the keel bolt After contacting other WOA member owners I hope I have found a solution to this problem.
I have recently bought a 2.5hp long shaft outboard which fits directly on the transom (I have shortened the main sheet track). I only intend to sail on sheltered waters so I think this wll be powerful enough. You may need more power to punch against wind and waves running the length of Loch Lomond!

If you access http://www.sailingnetworks.co.uk there is a Nimrod "Group" (you may need to click on "others" from the menu along the top to find the "groups". On this website you will find another 21 Nimrod Group members and photos and information.

Before working on the boat, I needed to restore the trailer. I fitted new suspension units, rollers and a two speed winch with a brake. Launching is now very easy without having to imerse the hubs and brakes.

If you have any questions or would like to see some photos, please do not hesitate to ask either by direct email or through this forum.

Regards,

Bill Webber

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Re: my first yacht a nimrod

Post by imackay84@yahoo.com » Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:38 pm

thank you all for the info. i will now trawl through every i have lots to learn


thanks again
ian

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