Does anyone want a 26M daggerboard mould?

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mike.clarke
Does anyone want a 26M daggerboard mould?

Does anyone want a dagger board mould for a Mac 26M?

I have a dagger board mould for a 26M that I made and used to make two new boards. It’s a mould that makes half the dagger board but because the dagger board is symmetrical it can be used to make two halves that are then bonded together in the same way as the Macgregor original. There is a full set of instructions for its use on the Macgregor owner’s website and with the mould. I have used it to make two complete new boards and documented the whole process but don’t have room to store it therefore it is available to the first person who is willing to collect it. I would prefer it to be available to any Macgregor owner who wants to use it but if it is not collected before the end of the year it will have to go into a skip.

If anyone is interested please contact me. We are based down on the Blackwater in Essex

Mike Clarke - Tarka 26M

rick.jones
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Thanks for offering the mould

Thanks for offering the mould Mike, it would be a great shame if it were thrown away.

It would be great if the MOA could take ownership of it, but it does need someone with space to store it. I'm afraid I can't help with that either. Is there any member who has the space and could look after it?

Rick Jones (Treasurer) 1994 Mac 19 "White Lightning", Isle of Wight

roly.simpson
Likewise I would not want

Likewise I would not want this mould to be lost. It's a great asset Mike and something the MOA has discussed for years. Does it need to be kept indoors or could it be in bottom of my garden? Otherwise I have an old shed it might fit in. Anyone else ?

Roly

mike.clarke
It needs some sort of weather

It needs some sort of weather protection as moulds left exposed to rain and UV sunlight deteriorate quite quickly, so at least a lean-to and protection from direct sunlight is needed to maintain it in usable condition. It has a surface protector as I made a thin section consisting of a gelcoat and one layer of mat to cure the mould when it was new which stays in place to protect the working surfaces when its not being used.

If I had the room I'd store it myself but its in the way so we can't get at or use our kayaks at the moment.

Mike

david.claassen
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how big is it?

how big is it?

David Claassen

"Logan's Run"

2006 26M

mike.clarke
Hi David

Hi David

The mould is 1850 x 500 x 100 mm - length x width x depth and weights about 10 kg ie its a bit bigger than the dagger board and a bit lighter.

Photo attached

Mike

natalie.sargent
Hi,

Hi,

We would be happy to look after the mould.

We are on the Medway so not too far to Essex.

We are abroad at the moment but can make arrangements next weekend by private message if that’s ok?

Regards

Natalie

“Lupus” 26M

mike.clarke
That sounds good to me

That sounds good to me Natalie -

email me on mikejclarke@btinternet.com when it works for you .

Mike - Tarka 26M

jonathan.fox
Any chance someone could

Any chance someone could order a batch to be made so we might have a supply in UK to save shipping replacements from the states?

Jonathan

Seven Up

Jon Fox

mike.clarke
Hi Jonathan  - not sure you

Hi Jonathan - not sure you'll get anyone to pick up your idea of importing boards as they cost $550 each in the states and the import costs would be prohibitive unless you ordered at least half a container load. I can't see anyone wanting to pick up the tab or hold the stock - too risky as an investment. When there was a UK agent they could import stock together as required but that's no longer an option which is why I built the mould and made two new boards. The work involved is significant as you have to wait for each section to set before moving onto the next stage. It takes at least 5 days to make each board (as its essentially a 5 stage process) and there's no way to do it faster but the materials cost is only about £180 per board. Even having two half moulds would only save one day so the initial $550 cost is not unreasonable but the shipping adds at least half as much again and there is VAT and import duty to pay on each board so you end up not seeing much change from £1,000.

Mike - Tarka 26M

jonathan.fox
Hello Mike,

Hello Mike,

Sorry, I did not make it clear. I was proposing that we use your excellent moulds to make a batch of boards here in the UK to avoid the cost of importing them from the States.

Maybe we could find a boat yard or someone to do this for us. I would be prepared to put my name down for one. Perhaps if we could get a commitment from others (with deposit) we might be able to order a batch of say 5 or so to make it a worthwhile contract for a small business to do it? If we could get them for say £300 - £400 each it would be a bargain.

Every M owner should have a spare!

Jon Fox

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