Category Archives: Techniques

Tacking and wearing a sailing ship

This is nothing less than fearsome…

Before the invention of the steam tug, I’m thinking the question of how to manoeuver square rigged sailing vessels in port and close to port must have restricted their size.

PS – This from Chuck Leinweber of the wonderful Duckworks:

Summer Time Yard Work from Clark Munro Jr on Vimeo.

The Spaulding Youth Education Programme on YouTube

I think this nice little video tells its tale very well, and I would love to think that similar projects around our coast could transform both the lives of the youngsters involved and also the places where they are take place.

Of course projects very like this are already taking place in Faversham, and well done to the townspeople and the Faversham Creek Trust for making it happen (see this example and also this one). Let’s have more.

My thanks to Alan Thorne for leading me to this YouTube.

Arthur Beale’s talk: the history of Whitstable block and yacht fittings maker Barton Marine

RSJ Barton Ltd of Whitstable

The history of East Coast block makers Barton Marine of Whitstable is the subject of next month’s talk at Arthur Beale Yacht Chandlers in Shaftsbury Avenue, London, from 6:45pm on Thursday the 5th March 2015.

The talk is to be presented by  Barton Marine sales manager Christian Brewer.

Barton Marine is well known for making blocks. The company was established as RSJ Barton in 1948 by Whitstable shipwright and boat builder Ron Barton, who was was one of the first to use the fabric-based laminated plastic known as Tufnol, and also one of the first to use stainless steel to make blocks for yachting that were much lighter and stronger than previously achievable.

In the 1960s the introduction of glass reinforced plastic boats brought sailing to a larger audience, and demand for Barton’s lightweight and cost effective products continued to grow.

Ron realised that Tufnol was labour-intensive and therefore costly – so set about re-designing the entire Barton product range to become the first marine company to use a new plastic injection moulding process using revolutionary fibre glass-reinforced plastic materials.

It should prove to be a fascinating tale, and there are rumours that there may be some interesting East Coast marine engineers in the audience.

Book a place by emailing: talks@arthurbeale.co.uk

The entry fee is £5.00 – but you’ll get their money back if you make a shop purchase to the value of £15.00 or more. Attendees will also get a special discount voucher to use when purchasing Barton Products from Arthur Beale’s.