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 Post subject: Mederka K36
PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:23 pm 
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The former Eyemouth International Sailing Craft Association Limited (Eisca) collection of boats (previously Exeter Maritime Museum) is being sold off by liquidators. The collection includes Mederka/Merdeka, K36, one of the first post WW2 Uffa Fox canoes. According to Andrew Eastwood's history she didn't measure when built and had to be bumped. Here name is on some of the major trophies, so there's interest and provenance.
Judging by photos here she's in need of TLC and a sympathetic owner...
http://87.106.22.33/iframe/nsbr.php?nsb ... boat_id=40

The auction is here:- https://www.sweeney-kincaid.com/Sales/S ... aleId=3112


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 Post subject: Re: Mederka K36
PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:31 am 
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Thanks Jim for posting that...

There is lots of action behind the scenes trying to save all of Andrew Thornhill's boats 'as a collection' or at least the I14s and a few other particularly interesting craft. But if Mederka really does go under the hammer, it would seem a great pity if we can't find some way to keep her within the association membership. I don't think Mederka has been on the water in quite a few years now as when it was bought it came from another museum in the lake district, so would require some work I think, but no reason why she couldn't be sailing again, alongside: Rannoch, Flying Fish, Conquest and others of the vintage fleet.

Incidentally, Neil Witt has returned to work on Zenith (K28), who has replaced over half the ribs now on K

If you fancied the idea of a vintage boat, but Mederka is too much, then you might also be interested to know that IC K61 Confusion is also available at the moment. This boat is a Proctor Mk1 and originally owned by Bill Kempner and Andy Biden at one stage. The main point of interest is that it doesn't have any rear-quarter chines. As far as I am aware the last built like this.

Some images at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskYW2s1k

If anyone is interested in either boat, do get in touch.

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 Post subject: Re: Mederka K36
PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:26 pm 
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Also in the collection with Mederka... I found this one on page 7. Lot no 421:-

Aquamarine, a "Linton Hope" design. NSBR ref 2466.

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 Post subject: Re: Mederka K36
PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:05 pm 
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Thanks Michael. No idea how I missed that. A very interesting canoe.

Aquamarine is K8 from 1913. Designed by Linton Hope and built by Hart Harden & Co.

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Built I think to the B class rules and certainly similiar to Neil Witt's Zenith K26, to which it is rather similiar:
http://www.pegasus18.com/dinghies/index ... e/#more-14

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The only thing that perplexes me a little is that she looks like she is a cold-molded hull.....I think that like Pampatha K4, she must of been sheathed at some stage to stop the inevitable leaking of the old ribbed boats.

She didn't have quite the same racing career as Mederka, nor have the kudos of being a Uffa Fox boat, but still....very nice canoe. I have always fancied the idea of a Class B for a bit of gentlemanly meandering down the river.

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 Post subject: Re: Mederka K36
PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:42 am 
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GBR242 wrote:


Incidentally, Neil Witt has returned to work on Zenith (K28), who has replaced over half the ribs now on K


Think there's 65 left to do. bow and stern tanks are complete

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then there's the planking to repair, a new deck, reglue the mast, get some sails..........

I reckon it might be on the water in 2019, though 2020 is more likely at this rate.

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 Post subject: Re: Mederka K36
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GBR242 wrote:
Thanks Michael. No idea how I missed that. A very interesting canoe. Aquamarine is K8 from 1913. Designed by Linton Hope and built by Hart Harden & Co.

I'm embarrassed about missing it too. Major Linton Hope was really as important a figure as Uffa Fox, both in Canoes and small boat racing in general, and while there are a number of Uffa Fox canoes a Linton Hope one is I think a really rare bird. Anyone know of any others?


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 Post subject: Re: Mederka K36
PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:07 pm 
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No, can't say that I do.

K4 Pampatha is about still I think. She was renovated back in around 2010 and is a Morgan Giles boat.

It does interest me that both these boats show evidence I think to having been quite seriously modified during their sailing lives, which, lets face it remains typical in ICs to this day.

I think it is unlikely that Mederka had such a raised foredeck as she now sports when she was built....and I am pretty sure Aquamarine wasn't cold moulded!

So neither boat is as totally original as they could be...

...but both very worth saving!

This auction is all getting a bit depressing, but you can find some comment on the subject from David Henshall on Yachts and Yachting at: http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/1 ... y-for-sale

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 Post subject: Re: Mederka K36
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GBR242 wrote:

I think it is unlikely that Mederka had such a raised foredeck as she now sports when she was built....and I am pretty sure Aquamarine wasn't cold moulded!


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I've just checked the Ron Head photo I have (can't post it without permission) and Merderka has a flat foredeck. I also have a pic of Rannoch before Andrew Eastwood did the work on her that shows the additional chines - though one is visible here

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Merderka should have these as well

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 Post subject: Re: Mederka K36
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Acquamarine and Mederka have both sold, it would be good to know where they're going.


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 Post subject: Re: Mederka K36
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Wouldn't it just....

I do know some people who were talking about bidding on them, but havn't heard from anyone.

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