Spare Parts 04/15/99

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British Seagull
Reader Brian W. Pollard of Mount Desert, Maine, wrote in regard to an item in the July 15, 1998 issue regarding sources of British Seagull parts. He gave the following address:

British Seagull
Outboard Engine Division of Chillington Marine, Ltd.
Unit 1 Newtown Business Park
Ringwood Road, Parkstone
Poole, Dorset
BH12 3LJ England
Tel: 0202-747400
Fax: 0202-737445

Their Service Manual, Pollard wrote, lists four pages of packaged Service Kits and packaged accessories and spares (Service sheet #30). Contrary to some reports, I believe these kits cover all possible needs for any Seagull engine manufactured after 1957. Major parts are no longer available for the FV, FVP, LM and LS models manufactured between 1949 and 1957 (Service sheet #29).


Swan Owners on the Web
Robert Watson recently wrote us to inform that an owners association for all Swan sailboats built by Nautor is located at www.swanowners.com. Commodore Mike Frachia can be reached at 514/474-0162 phone, 514/474-0224 fax or by e-mail at sailbone@it.netcom.com.


Pearson Renegade Owners
Recently we received a letter from Michael J. Lehmkuhl, noting our September 1, 1998 review of the Pearson Renegade, and informing us of an owners association. Contact Lehmkuhl, who owns hull #3, at 314 A Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002; 202/547-4930, or visit the groups web page at http://www.mindspring.com/~ghz.


Vancouver 25 Owners
Donald Heather is interested in forming a Vancouver 25 Owners Association. Contact him at 708 Snapdragon St., Encinitas, CA 92024-3344; 619/824-7340 or by fax at 619/623-3428.

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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