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In a later email, John sent me some photos of his two Goblins. On the left is a photo of a much younger John sailing his first Goblin in 1963 or 1964.

On the right is a photo of him sailing his second Goblin. Click on the photos to see larger versions.

John also sent me some photos showing various stages in the construction of his second Goblin that he built in 2008. Click on any of the photos to see a larger version.

Some final thoughts:

If I built another Goblin I would run epoxy round the top and bottom of the chines. It was necessary to notch the hog (the curve of the keel) to get the curves and running in epoxy would add greatly to the strength of those joins. Last year I had a plywood canoe blow off the roof of the car, landing in the fast lane of the local motorway. I had poured epoxy as I have described and the damage to the boat was superficial.  It costs nothing to do, needs no skill and takes only minutes.

I would have filled the buoyancy tanks with expanded polystyrene rather than fresh air.

My first Goblin had a scarf joint across the middle. Making my second Goblin in the same way would have avoided the horrible joint covers towards the stern.

Bermudan rig is better than a lugsail as the Bermudan can be reefed if necessary.

A 6ft+ man would be a bit cramped in this hull but one does learn to cope.




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