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'Noreh' was my Yachting World Heron 11' dinghy. She was professionally built in the '60s by Bossoms. Although she was over 30 years old, because of the glassfibre hull and being stored mostly out of the water, she was in as-new condition.

The Heron class association runs an excellent web site with links to other associations around the world. (The Heron is very popular in Austrailia).

Originally gunter rigged, I was lucky enough to obtain a wooden bermuda mast from the Isle of Wight Sea Scouts (whose wooden hulled boat had rotted away). The hull had bouyancy tanks fitted as standard, to whichI've added the water-tight inspection hatches.

I modified the launching trolley by fitting a swivelling jockey wheel and better chine bearers. I then welded specially made channels to the road trailor to make it into a 'combi' so that I can launch the boat immediately after trailing it without getting the road wheel bearings wet.
With the boom-up cover, she's quick to rig at the local sailing club (Emberton Park SC in those days).

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