Tidal Diamond 476 – Tractor & Hoist, Cruiser Racing, Christmas Raffle, Soda Blast

Tidal Diamond No. 476

Diary Dates

Summer Dinghies Out Compound October 16th
Cruiser Recovery Weekend October 17th/18th
Halloween Party October 31st
Laying Up Supper & Quiz November 13th

Tractor and Hoist

I am pleased to report that the work on the tractor is now virtually complete and it should be connected to the hoist and back in action in the next few days.

Meanwhile, if anyone is looking for maintenance, the tractor wheels need to be rubbed down and painted; please contact the Bosuns if you are interested.

Richard Gunn

Cruiser Racing

The final race of the season will be the re-run of the RNLI Nab Tower trophy. This race has been rescheduled for this coming Sunday, the 27/09, with a 1400 start from the ECA start line. SI instructions can be found on the website, a signing on sheet and hard copies of the SI will be displayed on the Cruiser Notice board.

Andrew Healey

Christmas Raffle

See attached poster.

Sarah Bryant

Member organised winter soda blast

I am trying to gauge interest from cruiser owners as to the possibility of getting together a group who wish to have the hulls of their boats soda blasted. This could be either to remove several layers of antifoul or to get back to original gelcoat to enable a preventative epoxy coating system to be applied to reduce the chances of osmosis. The soda blasting can also be used as the first stage in a copper coating system application process.

Consultation with the Bosuns committee have led to the agreement that such works could take place, but it would need to be done after lift in next year (i.e. cruisers wanting the blasting carried out would stay in the compound once other boats launched). This would enable the contractor easier access to craft wanting the service, they can all be kept together to minimise cleaning up and would prevent any damage or blasting media covering boats in the compound.

I have already approached a company with a view to carrying out such work and the suggestion has been that the more persons wanting the soda blasting, the more discount we can obtain to carry out the works. As a guide, I have been quoted £580 + VAT to blast a 26ft bilge keel boat. But this price would reduce if more boats are worked on at the same time.

I’m more than happy to coordinate owners and the contractor/scheduling, so if anyone is thinking of having such work carried out or wants more info, please email me on: mickywillis. I will also approach a number of other contractors who offer the service to see if I can obtain a better price.


Micky Willis