Wooden Ships Comments on this Helford Delta sailing dinghy
The Helford Delta dinghy was designed for competitive class racing in and around the Helford River, Cornwall, and first appeared in the Late 1950’s. It was adopted into the Helford River Sailing Club in the early 60’s and remained a strong and competitive fleet until the end of the 70’s. A total of 20 dinghies were built of which a few are still sailing in the local area.
They are a fast, competitive design, able to be sailed by one or two people and can provide some exhilarating sailing.
This boat was extensively rebuilt in the 1990’s in present ownership and is in good sound condition. She has always been kept inside and only used a handful of times in the last 15 years.
Length Overall 12′
Clinker planked in mahogany all copper rivet fastened to steamed oak timbers, all new in the 90’s.
Oak keel with a marked rocker.
Varnished mahogany thwarts with supporting hanging knees across the boat and slatted thwarts either side.
Weighted wooden centreplate. Toe straps for leaning out.
Fractional bermudan rig on a solid spruce mast with a single pair of shrouds and a forestay.
Main sheets to a track on the transom and the lead comes forward to a jamming pulley on the centreboard case for sheet in hand sailing
Jib sheets to small tracks on the gunnel.
Sails were new from Hyde Sails in 1998 and have been used very little so are still in excellent condition.
Sails and rigging
Rudder and centreboard
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