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    Posted: 28 May 17 at 11:45am
Hello,

Do you remember where is the serial tag mounted on the ZooM? I can't manage to find it.
Thank you. 

Originally posted by Capitan Giugiu

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Hi everybody . Here's the real story of the ZOOM. 


This dinghy was designed in 1978 in Viareggio/ Italy by two young sailors, Giuliano Tofani and Lapo Ancillotti. (Giuliano is  me) ... we was only18 years old and with  only a CLASSICAL high school background, ( old greek, old latin…)

in short, armed only with passion and desire we have begun to build, ZOOM,  and in meantime also learning everything you need to build light and strong GRP boats , helped by a 70 year old engineer who built GRP industrial products,  as bodies for trains, aircraft parts, etc, all stuff it had to be light and stiff.


all in the backyard, my mother and the neighbors complaining of fiberglass stench and because of the noise, we were building the prototypes at night, during the day we went to school ..


final result was a dinghy of just 60 kg when similar boats was around 80 kg, 

and the the very flat hull made ZOOM a very fast hull. 


so in my opinion the result was not so bad ....


to meet the Italian market the equipment was economic, stright mast etc, but the centerboard  was built in any case with a 30-layers plywood, oriented at 45 ° and NOT broke for when you jump on after capsize !!!


After pioneering the first year, and after improving many details, for the following 4 years we built this boat, opening a real shipyard, named MULTIDEA.  with about 400 exemplares in italy.


then unfortunately, it was 1982, the windsurfing arrived on the market, and  the Italians were not real stable sailor at those time, not  enthusiasts like you English,  so all the dinghy market died except for the Olympic classes and the Laser.


we stopped building ZOOM and using the past experience we  began building racing boats of 10-15 meters, (IOR) in Kewlar, than carbon and epoxy, and growing more and more, we have become  a real shipyard with 15 workers, large shed, secretaries and many phones that ring at all time…. In 1995 after having launched a 105 ft sailing boat ( !!) I decided that my personal passion was sailing and not build sailing boats, then we sold the shipyard. (Which now is always in good healt and it's called VISMARA YACHTS in Viareggio Italy)


How Zoom  arrives in UK: Fletcher in 1980 bought two boats and we give  permission to build them under licence and royalty. 


We come in UK, in Bedford, with two boats on the truck pulled out of the car an old OPEL caravan,  sleeping with sleeping bag into a tent, no money in the pokets.


after a test in the water at the local yacht club, on a very narrow river in a very windy day, in a very freezing day,  all remain enthusiastic of the ZOOM performances. 


The deal was done, we spend a bit of days to explain how to make boats and we went back to Italy. 


We'll never see a penny of royalty ... 

this does not do much honor to you UK, but patience, was so long ago! let's be friends anyway. 

But for this reason I have no idea how many Zoom was build in UK.


then from Fletcher, the molds pass to Anglo Marine and we lost all ZOOM traces in UK. 

the only thing I am sure, reading yours comment in this blog , it is sure the centerboard built in UK was a vey cheap playwood…


more about techicals: 


 the first 20 Zoom was single sail, after we added the jib

we in Italy was selling Zoom with trapeze and spinnaker, very nice. as optional


the last 10-15 ZOOM build in italy, was experimental again, with more sophisticated GPR, unidirectionals fibers  had a shorter boom and the Mainsail with the first Top batten complete from the mast to the leech, so the sail was more modern and the mast was tapered.


Bruce Farr disegned a sailing plan for us like a 18 feet, total sq mt sails: 60 sqmt,,,,  a very disaster,  after she capsized twice stern to bow we ralised that somting wrong happened:  we met Bruce very late at night in a pub after a regatta,  after a lot of beers…  not the right way to design anything.  experience closed.


to be honest I don’t own any Zoom at this moment, my dream is to buld a ZOOM in carbon fiber/epoxy, 40kg.  and sail again it, The problem I have lost the moulds…


 so, after this long story, I want to  thank you very very very  much to this forum to make me relive those glory days !!!


in case  you need more info , you can contact me giulianotofani@gmail.com


Giuliano

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Does look in good nick,I agree about tying clew down,I have used a slider in the boom track,and shackled clew to that with the slider attached to outhaul.Be wary of excessive heel, it slows you down quite a lot,and the tipping point to swimming is NOT easily recognised, when you use the jib it is enough on its own to put you over!. Although I do sail solo.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Neptune Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Dec 16 at 11:49am
If you are in Tollesbury, don't forget Blackwater Sailing club in Heybridge once its a little warmer.
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You'll find you have more headroom if you use a clew tie-down, i.e. a line tying the clew of the mainsail hard down onto the boom.  The mainsail needs to go right up to the top, too  Wink
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Thanks,

The sails are brand new, as was the rudder and dagger board, and they came with the boat. The boat is in remarkably good condition, but I feel very inexperienced in the blustery creeks of Tollesbury and am considering putting her on Ardleigh reservoir.
We used it with both sails the first time, but to simplify matters we have moved the mast forward and used the main sail the only other couple of times we managed to match the tides with the weather.

Fortunately it also has a set of older sails for me to practice with!


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Looks in pretty good shape with matching sails. I missed the jib on ebay unfortunately. Have lots of fun with her.
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Originally posted by Fatsailor

Thanks too everybody who replied, I have sailed it twice now, on our duckpond , she's a heavy beast ,we have very fluky winds, takes a lot to get her moving so seems quite slow, rudder seemed a bit small so I made one the same shape/size as laser two which improved control a bit, just bought brand new Neil Pryde. sail ,very lucky there ,(still one or two !eft) which may help .will find out later today .Zoom nationals? Hmmmn. Not a bad idea .I know one was bought from Baldock. and went to Essex very recently but cannot contact vendor or purchaser.

I am the purchaser of this boat, it was an impulse buy.  I spent many a summer evening as a teen sailing a dinghy on Eagle Pond in Snaresbrook, London.  Although I have spent over 20 years living near Tollesbury in Essex, I have not sailed since.

I am now a teacher at a special needs school and we took some boys sailing at a place close to Lakeside at Thurrock.  When I was on the water it just brought back the memories of Eagle Pond  and the realisation of the wasted time living where I do and never taking advantage of it.

I went home that evening and bought the zoom. The deciding factor being the connection to Fletcher, as I have owned a Fletcher sports boat.  Interestingly, the seller also used his boat at Rutland water.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote iberico Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Nov 16 at 12:22pm
Hello Fatsailor,

I've seen the pictures you've posted. I've checked and shipping to my place would cost an arm and a leg (and a trip to Cuba). Good luck with the sale. 

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Send me your email,ill send photos
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Yes that is mine for sale would rather sell everything together,shipping to where exactly?
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