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Year of construction?
I have a RL24 Mark 111. I'm trying to find out the year of construction. The HIN - AUWWAO7961 BJ9.
I got the RL in NSW, I believe it came from Brisbane?
I think the original colour was white, but it looks like the hull has had a few colours - red then green and now dark blue.
Any info would be appreciated.

Thanks Merv
Merv Murray 17-Dec-2009    Edit    Delete 
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The Mk111 RL24s were built from 1980 thru to 1990, and without knowing a sail number an exact date is not possible to determine
Rob Legg 19-Dec-2009    Edit    Delete 
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Thanks Rob.
Would the sail number have been on the original sails?
or is there any way of finding the sail number?

Merv Murray 19-Dec-2009    Edit    Delete 
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It is most likley that the origonal main sail had the alocated numbers on it, and from that we could determine your boats construction date.
Rob Legg 20-Dec-2009    Edit    Delete 
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Rob my sail No. is 444, I beleive it to be original. Could you tell me when my boat was built. From the diagrams on this sight it appears to be a Mk111 with a MK1v fit out, it is a swing keel.
Merry Christmas! Martyn
martyn 20-Dec-2009    Edit    Delete 
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Your boat would have built in 1983 (year of Australia winning the Americas cup) it was also the year that we switched to using the new and supposed much improved Isothalic Gel coats. I would be interested to know just how well the gel coat has stood up on your boat over the years as it would have been one of the first.
Merry Christmas, and enjoy your sailing in 2010.
Rob Legg 20-Dec-2009    Edit    Delete 
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I can see this thread becoming very long. My RL is 229. I'm sure it's a mk3. You must have been very busy between 1980 and 1983 to get to 444. Imagine any builder selling that many nowdays.

Merry Xmas to all.

Mike Skinner 20-Dec-2009    Edit    Delete 
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Your boat would be rather of a Hybred, as the MK111 was only fully developed a little after yours was built, and we had been using the new hull mouldings before some of the other components were ready.

The four years 1980 to the end of 1983 saw the top of the trailer yacht boom,there were ninty plus designs from sixty odd builders, and we were averaging an RL24 every four days .Then, with the "Americas Cup" and all of the hype from Alan Bond started, and he was letting the world know about how much he was spending on the campaign. ie. a new head sail every time they raced cost $50,ooo, and a Spinnaker at $60,000 etc,etc, the general public were concerned about the costs of running a sailing boat, and we were having mostly wives phoning us and cancelling orders, worried that they could not afford all the expense.

Soon after the "Americas Cup" the New Zealand government started subsidising boat exports to Australia and several popular NZ built boats had a price advantage, we at that time started to have competition fron the secondhand market, and the economic downturn was starting to bite, so by 1988 production was only a fraction of the boom years.

I will make up a list of numbers and try to turn this thread into just a short length of rope.

Rob Legg 21-Dec-2009    Edit    Delete 
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Rob, I have been watching this thread with interest because I own RL434 also made in 1983. It might be easier to remember my yacht because it was made by your foreman for his personal use. I suspect it is also the yacht you used when sailing with Jock Sturrrock, Norman Wright Jr and John Botterill on Lake Cootharaba.

The gelcoat on RL434 has lasted well with a quick clean and wax bringing her back to an attractive finish. She has a canvas cover that I regularly use to keep the sun off the decks when she is on the trailer. She has many good years left before the decks will need a paint over the gelcoat.
Greg 22-Dec-2009    Edit    Delete 
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Rob, if you have the patience and the information at hand, (and you want to shorten the thread) could you include RL28 numbers on your list? Many thanks.
Michael Oakley 22-Dec-2009    Edit    Delete 
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Greg.If yours was the boat that we had the use of to take Jock and Norm for a sail, then I must make an apology for the mess it was left in, and I owe you a sail battern to replace the one that flogged out during the race. We had more than our hands full that day just getting those two old Gents ashore.

I realy dont have enough imformation on the 28s to create a list, and although a reccord was kept of sail numbers issued there was never much feed back or any change of models to remember. However if enough origonal owners could give us the necessary details it could be done.
Rob Legg 22-Dec-2009    Edit    Delete 
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229 is certainly a hybrid now with added ballast, lifelines, selftacker, modified rudder and well.

It's still giving much pleasure though. Thanks for the info.

Michael Skinner 24-Dec-2009    Edit    Delete 

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