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gecon21/06/2020 18:57:53
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Hello, and I'm sorry, I did said I would not bore everyone (how many is that I wonder?) with a Colin Archer thingy. But....

having had another quick look at the parts list while waiting for Fisher 34 epoxy to cure and reading that a bearing for the anchor windlass is refered to as a....'tarpaulin' I said to myself..."this has to be made public". All formed plastic parts are called a "plast steep". This reminds me of 'Roger Bacon's yuckspeak library' in Flight International Mag.

How has anybody managed to produce a finished Colin Archer RS1 ? Finding parts is like going on a treasure hunt. I can understand why a certain lifeboat-keen forum member lost heart and sold his kit.

Getting this Danish version of Norwegian history to be a waterbourne product is going to cause some new adjectives to eminate from my home shipyard/kitchen table.

Another issue of 'never min the quality, feel the width' I fear.

Hope I feel better tomorrow,


Edited By George Edward Connery on 21/06/2020 18:59:33

Ray Wood 221/06/2020 20:31:36
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Hi George,

Don't worry about the instructions, you know what it should look like complete plastic mouldings are a pain, but it does build into a lovely looking boat in the end

Practical Boat Owner this month has an article regarding Fishers, PM your address I'll send it to you.

Regards Ray

gecon25/11/2020 07:48:30
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As mentioned on the 'soapbox' I've ended up with another Colin Archer model. Not because I think it's so great but merely that -for me- it seems to tick all the boxes. Now that I've done so much on the scratch build Fisher, I'm no longer afraid of a kit with scanty instructions. At least all parts are already there! -contra drawing them on a piece of wood and cutting them out.

Buying the same kit again when the first one has only just been started on as a bit 'nuts' but, after looking around for another build and considering the prices here in Norway buying an abandoned, not-started kit is value for money AND environmentally freindly! There are several different CA models in the RS1 size of 46' so there is room for variations in the next kit.

For me, the Colin Archer is the right size, can take a wave or two, can sail in a breeze, can motor in 'no breeze', fit's in the car (just) and is not too heavy to lug around.

This kit has existed for many years so I expect that there no members here who are interested in a build log on it. I intend to complete the Fisher 34 build log but I won't be 'nagging the forum' with the Colin Archer kit build. If anyone wants to ask, I am of course I'm keen to tell what I learn from the build...if I can remember!


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