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We are based on the north bank of the River Conwy in the Village of Deganwy.

We have an active COD (Conway One Design) racing fleet, which races weekly between the months of May and October.

Our cruiser fleet also races regularly during the summer months.

We have a very active social programme centred around our club house in Deganwy Village. Have  a look at the social pages for a list of events.

Feel free to drop into the clubhouse one evening if you are in the area.

 

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 Our Club House Opening hours are Monday to Saturday,  5.30 to 11 pm Except Friday   when we open at 4.30 pm, and Wednesdays and Sundays when we are closed.

For general enquiries, email ben@conwayyachtclub.com or you can call the club house on 01492  583690

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 CODblog-26 Setting Up The Next Phase

In August last year we had reached a crucial stage. We had completed Gwalch in time for the CYC Regatta but we had to vacate the premises that we were using as a result of the passing away of Alun Simpson. Fortunately, as a result of an appeal to Club members we had two generous responses, one from Derek Merton-Lyn and the other from Richard Bleakley.

Coincidently, both properties are adjacent to each other in the Builder Street area of Llandudno. Derek's  plot turned out to be just the right size for our tent once we had cleared the jungle that had grown on it. Access to it is a bit tricky as it is through the warehouse. We gathered a fair-sized team to get the Guard boat "Sior" into it as we have a big programme of refurbishment to get it ready for next season.

At Richard's we have an excellent lean-to alongside his old warehouse (now sub-let). Solid roof and a concrete floor -- such luxuries! We've been able to get both Kandahar and Cymba under cover and also the back end of Gwalch. Gwalch has been protected by a tarpaulin and will need the usual pre-season preparation.

The tenant next door (Total Wind) have let us plug into their electric and Richard has allowed us use of one of his storage containers so we are really well set up!

Cymba was residing at Llandrillo College for the last year but they needed the room so we have been so lucky to be able to accommodate it somewhere we can work on it.

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CODBLOG 27 --- Work Starts on Kandahar

Hopefully, we learnt a little with Gwalch and this will make the progress on Kandahar easier. The only work that was done while we were up at Alun Simpsons was the removal of the paint from the topsides, the little that was left after exposure to the elements in Beaumaris for 25 or so years! In its new home in Llandudno we got the boat well supported and got on with the work:

1) Strip off the old deck and combings.

It had been a traditional laid deck which would have been very pretty in its day but was now well past saving. We will replace it with a marine ply deck which will be more practical and certainly easier and cheaper to fit.

2) Remove Deck Beams and Carlings

Carefully number up all the deck beams and remove them all except the two at the front and rear of the cockpit. These will provide some support during the next stages.

Surprisingly, some of the deck beams may be re-usable. In any case we found that the old ones on Gwalch were invaluable for use as templates when fitting the new ones. This will be some time hence so we will store them carefully.

3) Remove Keelsom and Rudder post support block.

 Both of these will need renewing. I out-sourced Gwalch's Rudder Block to Jeremy Byrom and I'm hoping I can do the same again!

4) Remove main Floor Beams.

These are surprisingly much sounder than the ones we pulled out of Gwalch. They still have to be removed because the planks were nailed to them using steel nails. These have rusted away in the planks but are still embedded in the beams. Making new beams is a better option than trying to pull all the nails out of the old ones.

5) Clean out the inside of the hull.

All the old paint has to be scraped off using a hot air gun and scraper. Fortunately, twenty-five years of weather makes it a little easier. The paint under the fore decking has been most protected and will be the hardest to remove.

6) Remove Bow Stem.

This was almost falling out anyway. We've already sourced the new oak blank for it as it was cut from the same curved bit of tree as Gwalch's. Arthur, I'm sure, as with the last one, is itching to start whittling this down to size in his spare time!

7) New Floor Beams

We made our first visit this year to our friendly wood yard for oak planks for the beams. We also bought the plank for the Keelsom. At over 10 foot long this ensured a draughty ride home in Keith's Mondeo!

Patterns for the new beams were made using the old ones as templates and then a trip to the satellite workshop in Stockport (Rod Yates' shed) to cut them out on his bandsaw. Back in Llandudno the new beams are finished off by planing and sanding to ensure the correct contours of the boat are maintained.

8) Prepare Hull

One of the more tedious jobs that must be done is to drive out the rusty bits of nails still in the planking. The heads are inevitably buried under paint and filler and this must be cleared, otherwise, when the nail is driven out there will be damage to the wood on the outside of the plank. Also, this is a two-man operation using a heavy block underneath and a hammer and drift from the top.

Progress so far:

Progress over the winter has been steady but not very fast. Getting the Guard Boat sorted is obviously a priority which has taken a lot of time (especially Keith's). David Lloyd has joined the team and giving a lot of help until he went off sick with a cracked rib (not work-related!). The cold weather looks like it is behind us now so hopefully its "All systems go".

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(C) 2013, Conway Yacht Club, 43 Station Road, Deganwy, LL31 9DF - Telephone 01492 583690

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