Spare Parts 04/15/99


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 Commodore Mike Frachia can be reached at 514/474-0162 phone, 514/474-0224 fax or by e-mail at

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

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.

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