Seafly 460 – Custard Tart

My Seafly’s sail number is 460 and it is called “Custard Tart” named so by the Grandchildren because of the yellow hull. It sails in and around Swanage Bay and is berthed at the Swanage Sailing Club and is a work-horse making trips to sea summer and winter.

I have modified the rigging and got rid of anything that is complicated and the bottom panel of the mainsail, so the boom sits up rather high. This has not affected the trim of the boat, or reduced its top speed and it will plane when the wind is top of a F3 or bottom of a F4. Always crewed by two people. The modification is for my benefit, being 75 and having steel plates holding my spine together, the result of an injury, can’t bend down very easily, so the high boom suits my needs. The self bailers are not very efficient so I have fitted a hand operated bilge pump to deal with any water slopping around in the bottom of the hull.

Never used for racing only, as we say in the club, for social sailing. Thinking this winter during maintenance of fixing to cup holders to prevent spillage of the mugs holding the wine.

Derek Boorn (September, 2013, Swanage, Dorset)