Spare Parts 02/01/98

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Portlight Gasket Source
In the November 1, 1991 issue we reported on the difficulties-and a few successes-wed experienced trying to find obscure parts for our C&C 33 test boat. We reported finding replacement gasket (or spline) material for the portlights from a Canadian company called Beclawat in Belleville, Ontario.

Recently we received the following note from Eric Spencer at Yachting Services, saying, At that time Beclawat had a large stock which has now been sold. Unfortunately, no one at Beclawat knew the source of the spline. Since we have a regular demand for the same spline from the owners of Tanzer sailboats, we have had a die made for this extrusion and can supply this spline. The price is a little higher than that mentioned in your article. I have since learned that ports made by Beclawat using the same spline were installed in some Grampians and some Mirages.

Eric Spencer, once a key figure at Tanzer, can supply other parts. Contact him at Yachting Services, Division of 98776 Canada Inc., Box 1045-Point Claire, Pointe Claire, Quebec, Canada H9S 4H9; 514/697-6952.


Compac 27 Owners
Brad Brager at 2001 Holcombe Blvd., #3406, Houston, TX 77030; 713/797-1043, would like to correspond with other owners of the Compac 27 to share information.


Mercer 44 Owners
Floyd Hollister would like to form an owners association for those fortunate few skippers of the Bill Tripp-designed Mercer 44. Contact Floyd Hollister at Suite 145, 1410 Forest Dr. #8, Annapolis, MD 21403-1442.


The Twin-Keeler
Craig Anderson and Brian Backstrand, editors of a new newsletter called Twin-Keeler, hope to promote interaction between owners of boats with what the British call bilge keels. These include the Alacrity and Vivacity, and much of the Westerly line, all able to stand upright on their keels at low tide. A complimentary issue will be sent to anyone who writes the editors at Twin-Keeler, 2943 W. Balmoral Ave., #2, Chicago, IL 60625.

Darrell Nicholson, editor of Practical Sailor, grew up boating on Miami’s Biscayne Bay on everything from prams to Morgan ketches. Two years out of Emory University, after a brief stint as a sportswriter, he set out from Miami aboard a 60-year-old wooden William Atkin ketch named Tosca. For 10 years, he and writer-photographer Theresa Gibbons explored the Caribbean, crossed the Pacific, and cruised Southeast Asia aboard Tosca, working along the way as journalists and documenting their adventures for various travel and sailing publications, including Cruising World, Sail, Sailing, Cruising Helmsman, and Sailing World. Upon his return to land life, Darrell became the associate editor, then senior editor at Cruising World magazine, where he worked for five years. Before taking on the editor’s position at Practical Sailor, Darrell was the editor of Offshore magazine, a boating-lifestyle magazine serving the New England area. Darrell has won multiple awards from Boating Writer’s International, including the Monk Farnham award for editorial excellence. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license and has worked as a harbor pilot and skippered a variety of commercial charter boats.

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