Hi everyone, my father and latterly me have been the proud owner of Natterjack, D17 sail number 14, built in 1975 as the Boat Show model, and she was delivered from the show to Tollesbury, where she has lived for most of her life. However, she has now gone over to the dark side and lives on Mersea Island.
During recuperating from a monumental dose of glandular fever in 1984, I moved her mast step forward into the footwell, and fitted a bowsprit and a jaunty mahogany rubbing stake, plus an unsplit ladder pole from Brookes in Maldon, and converted her to gaff. I took her to the first Brest/Douarnenez regatta in 1992, and as they're running a 30 year anniversary this summer, I'm getting her out of retirement for a long overdue makeover.
However, during a sojourn in a boatyard, her rudder was thieved, and I now am faced with making a new one, but thought I would see if anyone is selling a D17 rudder in this community. I can be contacted via gdpdunn at yahoo dot co dot uk
All the best
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