Pete the Knife reports:
On 28th January two dinghy kits were picked up from Demon Yachts in Aldeburgh on the way home from Sizewell. The first problem was to load the trailer with what turned out to be two entire kits in individual parts - I was expecting several complete but nearly cut out sheets of ply. An hour or more later the kits were on there way home, one to Barham near Claydon and the other to Mistley near Manningtree to the workshops of Pete (the Glass) and Pete (the Knife). We had some “dimensional differences” to overcome as we realised the kits were very slightly different but hey ho we carried on with some constructive feedback to the cutters. Having produced our own “Haynes style” manual based on the information on the website (thanks to Tony Kiddle’s postings) we had the same set of instructions sufficient to make a start. There is the sailing adage “that two boats going in the same direction is a race”-- but we keep saying this IS NOT ONE!! (don’t we Pete?) So we started….. Great progress has been made with help from some other interested members who, like us carefully held their hands up at our AGM!!
Do get in touch with either Pete Thomas or Pete the Knife and come along to help out at the various stages but it is likely that 3 or 4 people at any one time will be the limit. We have done a full hazard assessment for each workshop and suggest that those attending will need suitable footwear and overalls. If anyone attending has personal PPE then please bring it along as well. It is a very social activity as we have already found out this weekend!