Please select your home edition
Edition
Henri-Lloyd 2021 M-PRO PURE BLACK - LEADERBOARD

Restoring a very early wooden OK dinghy

by Rob Evans 5 Apr 2020 14:33 BST
Restoration of OK dinghy K46 - step 1 © Rob Evans

Our series of ebay restorations continues, but this time only £50 was spent, or was that actually £0? Rob Evans tells us the story...

I needed a trailer for a 13 ft fishing boat and noticed a handy one for sale an hour away from my home in Wales. The trailer happened to have an old OK dinghy sitting on it, but it was the trailer I wanted. I rang up and made arrangements to fetch them both.

The trailer was good, and a deal was done for £50. The OK was a bit sad, with a broken wooden mast, tufnol fittings, and a bit of half inch galvanised water pipe as a mainsheet car on the traveller. The bottom was bumpy where it had been sitting on the trailer.

I brought it all home gave her a good tapping all over: sound as a pound! I turned her over on some blocks and the dents were good enough to fill. I decided to make her sea-worthy and use her locally.

I stripped the deck using a blow lamp and scraper, then applied two coats of laminating epoxy with white colour paste. I was not trying to build a piece of furniture just a floating workout. While sanding the cockpit I revealed 'K46' carved into the hog.

The dents in the bottom were due to the trailer supports, but I fixed those and epoxy filled. The hull was sanded with a DA and then cheap gloss applied.

Luckily the OK National Championships were only half an hour's trip away, at Abersoch, and there I was virtually given an alloy boom and a sail. A friend let me have an alloy mast. A launching trolley was salvaged from the local sailing club's scrap corner. I wasn't in time to compete, but now I had everything I needed. We were off!

This is a lovely ending to a story that could have gone in the direction of a bonfire! Well done Rob for keeping the old girl sailing. Remember we want to hear YOUR stories of boat repairs, renovations and invention too.

Related Articles

Allen to sponsor OK Nationals and Inlands
With events to be held in Weymouth and at Chase SC The International OK Dinghy British Class Association are delighted to announce that we have secured 'Headline Sponsorship' for both our major 2021 National events. Posted on 18 Jan
British OK Class End of Season Newsletter
Hoping that 2021 will be as close to a normal season as possible It's nearly the end of 2020 and we are all hoping that 2021 will be as close to a normal season as we can expect given that COVID restrictions are currently still in place. Posted on 30 Dec 2020
Lifting rudder now an option on OK dinghy
Thanks to Sea Sure and Ovington Boats Sea Sure, the Warsash based manufacturer of dinghy transom products like pintles, gudgeons and rudder stocks, has collaborated with Ovington Boats to design and manufacture a lifting rudder to fit to an OK dinghy. Posted on 23 Nov 2020
2021 OK Dinghy Calendar published
Featuring some of the best images from 2020 The OK Dinghy Class 2021 Calendar has been published, featuring some of the best images from 2020. Posted on 18 Nov 2020
OKs at South Staffs
A game of exceptionally run snakes and ladders Following swiftly after the recent Inland Championships, 13 eager OK sailors arrived last Saturday at South Staffs SC ready for their annual OK open. In classic South Staffs style, the day would prove to be a game of exceptionally run snakes and ladders. Posted on 19 Oct 2020
OK Dinghy Inlands at Burton
The club's volunteers do an exemplary job Burton Sailing Club and their team of hard working volunteers did an exemplary job at hosting the 2020 OK Inland Championships that took place on the COVID-19 restricted weekend of 26/27 September. Posted on 29 Sep 2020
Mediterranean OK Dinghy Championship in Bandol
Timothée Petetin wins what was originally going to be the inaugural OKDIA Autumn Trophy Timothée Petetin, from the Société Nautique de Bandol, has won the 2020 Mediterranean OK Dinghy Championship in Bandol, from Julien Dejugnat and Pascal Tetard. Posted on 21 Sep 2020
Kieler Woche overall
Denmark was top nation, ahead of Germany Eight days of high-performance sailing, 19 classes and 278 races: That is the balance sheet of Kiel Week 2020, for which the chief race director Fabian Bach and his teams have been responsible on the inshore race tracks. Posted on 13 Sep 2020
OK class at Kieler Woche 2020 overall
Mads Bendix wins after an early end to the event for the class With the forecast showing 20-30 knots all day, the fleet took the collective decision to opt for an early end to the regatta after eight great races over the first three days. Posted on 13 Sep 2020
Kieler Woche day 7 dinghy report
Formula One on the bumpy Baltic sea While traditional sailors and recreational skippers cruised out of the inner fjord for the windjammer parade, the catamaran, skiff and dinghy sailors fought for victory on the windward-leeward courses of the outer fjord in shifting winds. Posted on 13 Sep 2020