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Thanks for the replies all, and Andymck be good to catch you at RSC one day, I've only just joined after 20+ years at Draycote so it would be good to meet some likeminded folks.  And thanks for your offer of a look at an L2K...it may well be my "next" boat after this one.

However, for the cost (well under 700), absolute simplicity and ability to carry a few bods, I picked up this beauty of an Enterprise yesterday, and took her out today.  It was pretty breezy but she was great, and my lad really enjoyed himself which is what it is all about.

The boat is a cracker...built in 1989 by Tony Prior (who sailed at Draycote for years) she has been epoxied, has a Paintcraft deck job, 2 suits of sails (the Speeds pictured are absolutely first class, old by age, but by the state of every tell-tale on the main, hardly used).  She's got a P&B carbon jib stick and carbon tiller extension.  She's got off-boom centre sheeting (which I may swap to a jammer on the c/b case) and came with all the paperwork, 2 x top covers, 1 x cocoon cover, and a "big wheel" galvanised trailer.  Decent fit out, Cee-Vee stock and decent foils.  Simple, slow, very pretty, but perfect for us.

Thanks again for all the contributions, and for the Enterprise suggestion!




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RS700 GBR922 "Wirespeed"
Fireball GBR14474 "Eleven Parsecs"
Enterprise GBR21970
Bavaria 32 GBR4755L "Adastra"
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RS700 GBR922 "Wirespeed"
Fireball GBR14474 "Eleven Parsecs"
Enterprise GBR21970
Bavaria 32 GBR4755L "Adastra"
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Can't see photos, but sounds like a great choice.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Sep 20 at 9:00am
I've always though Jack Holt got the Ent right first time and the CA have allowed just enough updates over the years to keep the boat fresh.
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OK, trying again with the pics...






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Fireball GBR14474 "Eleven Parsecs"
Enterprise GBR21970
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RS700 GBR922 "Wirespeed"
Fireball GBR14474 "Eleven Parsecs"
Enterprise GBR21970
Bavaria 32 GBR4755L "Adastra"
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Looks a lovely example. Enjoy  :-)
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Bargain. And great to see your boy's excitement.
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Beautiful, almost (but not quite) enough to tempt me back to a wooden boat  Embarrassed
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Iain C Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Sep 20 at 10:22am
Originally posted by GarethT

Bargain. And great to see your boy's excitement.

I've had some incredibly memorable sails in my life.  Last race of the 12' Skiff Nationals, and winning the event.  Winning a monster windy pursuit race in my Fireball.  First flight in a Moth.  Top 10 windward mark rounding in the 18 at the Mark Foy trophy in amongst the pros.  Going blasting at Weston (as per my avatar) when racing had been called off due to the wind conditions.  And that's not even counting the big boat stuff.  But I have to say just reaching backwards and forwards with my lad in a cheap old Ent made out of dead trees. and seeing his face and excitement, with him asking to stay out for longer, and telling me how much he loves the boat and when are we going sailing next, tops the lot.   Big smile




Edited by Iain C - 21 Sep 20 at 10:30am
RS700 GBR922 "Wirespeed"
Fireball GBR14474 "Eleven Parsecs"
Enterprise GBR21970
Bavaria 32 GBR4755L "Adastra"
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