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New boat,new member

Post by Gk24Nixie » Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:36 am

Hi all. Am now the proud owner of a Westerly,a 1979 vintage gk24.Have joined the WOA and am sure in due course I'll be asking lots of questions. In the meantime,any opinions on the gk24 would be welcome. I believe they're a (relatively) quick boat although I don't have any plans for racing her.TIA

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Re: New boat,new member

Post by Jolly Roger » Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:48 pm

Welcome to the WOA forum, the Westerly Owners Association and becoming a Westerly owner.

Where are you based? What is the boat called? Can you post a few photos?

The GK24 will be a sailers boat, so you should enjoy your sailing.

You have joined a group of friendly sailers who will be happy to solve any problems. Do try and join a meet in your area of other owners, then you will feel part of the family.
Roger
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Re: New boat,new member

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Thankyou for the welcome.
She's called 'Nixie',currently in Gosport but I'm in North Essex. She's a bit of a project,having sat ashore for a while. Externally pretty good,the inside is mostly intact but needing refurbishment. Engine is an unknown quantity at the moment but I'm quite happy to remove it and go down the outboard route if necessary.

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Post by simonk » Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:56 pm

Fabulous boats, I had one for a few years based in Walton. Loved everything about it apart from the lack of headroom & still a good looking boat after 40 years. At that time there used to be a lot of information from the GK24 owners group, not sure if it's still active but might be worth a look.
One of the main areas for concern was the chainplates and lifting of the deck around them, there was a chainplate modification that was relatively easy to do.

Good luck with the refurb & hope you enjoy her.
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Simon

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Post by Gk24Nixie » Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:26 pm

Thanks Simon. I'm not far from Walton myself,it's one of the places I'm considering for moorings when I bring her home.The plan currently is to get her seaworthy and attend to the cosmetics when she's a bit nearer home.Lack of headroom shouldn't be too much of an issue,she'll feel huge inside after the Seawych 19 I was sailing all last summer.Probably a but quicker too :D

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Re: New boat,new member

Post by Jolly Roger » Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:15 pm

Gk24Nixie wrote:
Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:42 pm
Thank you for the welcome.
She's called 'Nixie',currently in Gosport but I'm in North Essex. She's a bit of a project,having sat ashore for a while. Externally pretty good,the inside is mostly intact but needing refurbishment. Engine is an unknown quantity at the moment but I'm quite happy to remove it and go down the outboard route if necessary.
Where are you planning to keep her? Are going to be East Coast based? If so then we shall probably meet in the future as I am based on the Medway.

Nixie could do with a good clean and polish, plus the running rigging could do a clean. You will love working on those nice wide decks whist sailing. Most of the GK24's I have seen all have a broad stripe on the topsides, so possibly something for the future. So when are you planning to launch and sail round?

Have you checked the East Coast Area meetings? https://www.westerly-owners.co.uk/assoc ... roup_id=EC

Hope everything goes smoothly and you get some good sailing this summer.
Roger
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Re: New boat,new member

Post by Gk24Nixie » Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:36 pm

Will definitely be East Coast,am exploring a few different options at the moment,any where between Maldon and Harwich is within easy reach for me. A lot wasier than Gosport anyway. I'd like launch and sail around at Whitsun,if I can find time between now and then to get her ready.Cleaning is my forté,I did it professionaly for a number of years. Looking forward to making her shine again!

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Re: New boat,new member

Post by Jolly Roger » Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:28 am

Gk24Nixie wrote:
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:36 pm
Cleaning is my forté,I did it professionaly for a number of years. Looking forward to making her shine again!
You are not alone. :)
Check out my thread on Renovation of Fulmar Concerto to see my results (https://www.westerly-owners.co.uk/woafo ... f=1&t=2748) along with the photos (start at last page for the earliest) in the link in my signature. Old boats can shine with a lot of effort, but my aim was to bring Concerto back as near to new condition as possible and it has cost a small fortune and still not quite finished - sailing is getting in the way!
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