messing about in boats

Looking back through old photos

Posted in Sailing by Joseph Moore on September 8, 2010

Maybe I’m seeing things, but something doesn’t stack up.

Look here: https://messingaboutinboats.wordpress.com/2010/03/05/old-photos-of-nervous-tension/

Then look here: https://messingaboutinboats.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/a-fish-well-yacht-out-of-water/

Notice anything? Or, more specifically, notice anything missing?

Yeah, me too: The keel. The first set of photos I believe are from around 10 years ago when she was raced on the Medway, the second set are from this winter just before I bought her.

Apparently she should have a draft of 5’1″ – but the keel looks significantly shorter in the more recent photos. According this article on the Extension class yacht, the keel should be 2.5:1 in aspect ratio. I’m dead keen to dry her out and do some inspecting now.

Has she lost some keel? Did she have a keel extension added at some point in her life which was subsequently removed? The keel bolts were replaced by the previous owner, but whether he noticed any irregularities at the time I don’t know. The antifoul and weed in the later pictures sure suggests it’s been like that for some time.

Curious!

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Old Photos Of Nervous Tension

Posted in Sailing by Joseph Moore on March 5, 2010

Here are a couple of ropey old photos of Nervous Tension I scanned in from a scrap of paper which someone had printed out probably circa 1996 when I think she underwent a bit of a refurb.

"Nervous Tension" sitting in her cradle. You can see the prominent chine shape in the topsides.

"Nervous Tension" sitting in her cradle. You can see the prominent chine shape in the topsides.

"Nervous Tension" sitting in her cradle. This shows the rather blunt stem top very well.

"Nervous Tension" sitting in her cradle. This shows the rather blunt stem top very well.

Extension 24 Yacht Article

Posted in Sailing by Joseph Moore on March 5, 2010

A magazine article about the Extension design Quarter Tonner. Originally published in the January 1974 edition of Yachting World.

Extension 24 Yacht Article - Page 1

Extension 24 Yacht Article - Page 1

Extension 24 Yacht Article - Page 2

Extension 24 Yacht Article - Page 2


She’s an interesting design, built purely for racing with a flush deck, tiny cockpit and a strange almost-chine in the topsides. I expect most will have had the same treatment as Nervous Tension and made a little more accommodating.

A Sunny Day On Nervous Tension

Posted in Sailing by Joseph Moore on March 2, 2010

Took the opportunity of the sunny weather to get down to my new project yacht, Nervous Tension. Langstone Harbour was absolutely beautiful despite the rather chilly southerly blowing straight up the main channel. Massive thanks to James for giving me a tow to the boat after I missed the tide quite spectacularly (Thanks, M25 roadworks!). It runs fast and strong through the fairway at the harbour entrance; much faster than my little arms can row.

There’s no doubt there’s a fair bit of work to do on her to get her sailing and even more to get her tidy, but there’s potential!

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" Starboard Quarter

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Starboard Quarter

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Looking Forward

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Looking Forward

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Starboard Midships

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Starboard Midships

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Port Quarter

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Port Quarter

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Twin Spreader Rig

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Twin Spreader Rig

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Controls & Instruments

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Controls & Instruments

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Mast

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Mast

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Bow

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Bow

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Bow Damage

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Bow Damage

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Looking Aftward

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Looking Aftward

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Twin Spreader Rig

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Twin Spreader Rig

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Damage To Port Deck

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Damage To Port Deck

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Down Below

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Down Below

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Down Below

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Down Below

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Cabin Roof

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Cabin Roof

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Damaged Stringer, Port Side

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Damaged Stringer, Port Side

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Damaged Stringer, Port Side

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Damaged Stringer, Port Side

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Port Quarter Berth

Extension 24 "Nervous Tension" - Port Quarter Berth


Most of the damage is on the topsides with a big chunk missing from the starboard side of the transom, starboard bow and port midships (causing the stringers to come away on the inside). I figured you guys could just imagine this for the time being as the tide was running strong by this time and I didn’t fancy dropping my phone in the bottom of the rather leaky inflatable.

The plan is to get my old seagull outboard running, re-hang the rudder (requires a new pintle and probably some repairs to the transom crossbeam) then motor her down to Southsea Marina for a weekend of cutting, gluing and painting.