Working Party Saturday 15th June - Revitalise a Topper
The Club has 6 Toppers that have gradually become unloved. But that is changing! Kerry was the first to take the plunge and revitalised Topper number 1 last year. Since then it has come 2nd in the RYA Championships Regatta fleet and 6th at the RYA Midlands Open at Notts County at the weekend. I have taken the plunge with Topper number 2 and what I thought was a purple boat was in fact blue! The boat is almost ready after fitting a new bailer and a few fittings and replacing a toe strap and Millie is looking forward to using it shortly when I have bleached the mildew off the sail and re-roped the boom.
There are 4 boats left and enough bits to get 3 up and running for the cost of about £100. We aim to get the boats clean and some heat gunned at the working party on Saturday after which I am interested to hear from parents who would like to adopt a Topper for their child to use. The terms for this are:
1) You pay for the parts required to get the boat on the water
2) You fit the parts (help is on hand if you need it)
3) You pay for a boat space to store the boat in
4) You maintain it and use it until you child has outgrown it or is not using it regularly at which time it is passed onto another club junior member on the same terms.
The boats are covered on the club insurance so this is a relatively easy and cheap way to get on the water for the sake of a mornings work and a few £. Toppers are fantastic youth boats typically for ages 11 to 15.
The unloved Topper before work started
5 Hours later after a clean and heat gun blasting
Job done and ready to rig...