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And to think that will at one time have been someones pride and joy!

Sad, isn't it?

If it were fibreglass, it would be recoverable by someone with the time and dedication. Being plywood, it would be easier, maybe cheaper, and certainly with a better result to buy a set of plans and build something new than restore that heap.

If you could buy it for a tenner and have a means to dispose of the remains, you might get a bargain on a few fittings that may still be attached and usable.

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It's a Lysander. A Percy Blandford design

Smashing little boat in its day, not fast but a joy to sail

deserves to be restored if possible not cremated, you frigging vandals and your flash plastic yachts

http://www.lysander.org.uk/
 

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deserves to be restored if possible not cremated,

It's the "if possible" that's the question. From the photos it seems to have been discovered in somebody's hedge, after years of sitting there with knackered paint and open hatches.

Just a big pile of rot by now, surely?

"Restoring" it would involve so much new ply you'd basically be rebuilding the boat. If you're going to do that you'd be better off doing it cleanly from scratch than piecemeal. If Lysander plans aren't available perhaps you could use the existing panels and frames as patterns, if they don't fall apart in your hands.

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Before finding the current inland base for Zephyr I was considering parking it up at Ashwood Marina near Stourbridge. There's a row of various boats in similar condition to that Lysdander - and the owners are paying £400 per year each to keep them there. I guess some of them must have been there, in the open, for 10 years or more. £4000 to stack a pile of firewood.
 

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Shame to see any boat abandoned.

Members at my old club in SW Scotland had a beautiful example of one of these, they would finish a race (pipes on the go all the way) well after everyone else had packed up and enjoyed a pint or three and still win the race on handicap. Happy days.
 

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Lysanders have given a lot of fun to many people. Before you condem this one, go over it with a sharp screwdriver. You never know, it might not be rotten....Just looks rough. And cheap. Might have sails too.
As for firewood, ply is not the best.
 

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I agree with VicS, it looks like a Lysander. Plywood is easy to repair and provided there's no terminal rot, that's the sort of boat project boat that would make an excellent starter for an impoverished young sailor. My first boat was in a similiar state when I was given it, free, longer ago than I'm prepared to admit. If the boats sound, it'll take no more than a couple of months to repaint her and have her sparkling. Obviously it'll take longer if there's rot but she still looks perfectly restorable and a nice project for someone wanting to get afloat on a shoestring.

The sound of water creaming down the side of a plywood hull is a joy to behold, far more romance to sailing a wooden boat than a plastic tub (I sail a plastic tub!).

The hardest part for anyone thinking about buying a boat in that state is explaining to the girlfriend/wife/neighbours what the hell you see in it. Once it's restored it'll be a different take!

Cheers, Brian.
 
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There's a row of various boats in similar condition to that Lysdander - and the owners are paying £400 per year each to keep them there. I guess some of them must have been there, in the open, for 10 years or more. £4000 to stack a pile of firewood.

Same thing at the back of the yard KS is in. I don't know what they're paying for storage only, but it won't be peanuts. If they've stopped paying, the yard tots up the bills for a while and then posts a notice on the hull saying they'll sell it if not paid. The sums on these notices are anywhere from 3 to 8 grand. But plenty of boats continue to sit there with no such notices, so someone must still be paying the bills. Bonkers.

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It's the "if possible" that's the question. From the photos it seems to have been discovered in somebody's hedge, after years of sitting there with knackered paint and open hatches.

Just a big pile of rot by now, surely?

"Restoring" it would involve so much new ply you'd basically be rebuilding the boat. If you're going to do that you'd be better off doing it cleanly from scratch than piecemeal. If Lysander plans aren't available perhaps you could use the existing panels and frames as patterns, if they don't fall apart in your hands.

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Lysander plans are available from the Lysander owners club for £40. I've noticed from the ebay ad that this pile of rot is located within walking distance of my house. Don't think I'll be bidding though.
 

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Lysander plans are available from the Lysander owners club for £40. I've noticed from the ebay ad that this pile of rot is located within walking distance of my house. Don't think I'll be bidding though.

I think the biggest problem would be getting it to your/or anyone elses house! it would probably fall to pieces if you tried to jack it or lift it.
 

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Lysander plans are available from the Lysander owners club for £40. I've noticed from the ebay ad that this pile of rot is located within walking distance of my house. Don't think I'll be bidding though.

Please walk round and have a look. Tell us and we will all know whether it is firewood or not.
 
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