Spare Parts 07/15/98


British Seagull Parts
A reader named Jon Amy, of West Lafayette, Indiana, asked where to get parts for a British Seagull outboard engine. We published in the December 1996 issue two US sources. When we checked the sources telephone numbers, one of them was still active. It is Sailorman, 350 East State Road 84, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316; 800/523-0772.

We also checked a current copy of a British magazine called Practical Boat Owner (no tie to us) and found two advertisements in their classified section.

One read:

BRITISH SEAGULL. New Seagulls carriage free UK. New and used spares. Parts exchange. Access/Visa. Adviceline. SM Spares. 0860- 700053. E-Mail smspares@mail.

The other states:

DISCOUNT OUTBOARDS! Mercury, Yamaha, Evinrude, Seagull. Good stocks. Best prices. PX Welcome. Mail Order Spares. Ron Hale Marine (Portsmouth) Tel: 01705 732985.

Northeast Ericson Owners
The Northeast Ericson Owners Association is searching for Ericson owners from Maine to Virginia. The group sponsors an annual regatta and publishes a quarterly newsletter. The newsletter contains news on boat improvement stories, maintenance, the regatta and other information of interest to Ericson owners.

To be added to the mailing list, Ericson owners should send their name, address and boat year, length and name to: Northeast Ericson News, 18 White Birch Ct., Shelton, CT 06484, or send an e-mail to the organizers at

Columbia Owners Group
Persons who own a Columbia Yacht are invited to join an informal owners group. For a free copy of the first issue of the groups newsletter, you can e-mail a snail mail address to, or write C-Nuz, PO Box 68, Hereford, AZ 85615.

Alberg 35 User Group on Web
Owners of the Alberg 35, built by Pearson Yachts during the 1960s, can share information with other owners on the World Wide Web at Or you can e-mail the coordinator, Thomas Alley, at

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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