Plymouth Yachtsman Jim Gregory contacted us recently as he had found a super little Robert Ives sloop for sale at Network Yacht Brokers in Poole, but there was a problem with the gooseneck fitting. On investigation, it turns out that she had been fitted with a Barton mainsail roller furling gear from new.
Yacht broker Jan van Boven explained that the gear mechanism had been removed by a previous owner rendering the unit inoperable and potential client Jim was most keen to seek a replacement to bring her back to original specification. Since the unit had been out of production for 20 years or more this presented a dilemma.
The original tooling no longer existed and the only option remaining would be a one off fabrication of the drive gear. As luck would have it Barton Director, Paul Botterill remembered seeing one on the upstairs mezzanine and sure enough there was the last remaining complete new unit...in the world!
A quick phone call to Jim and Jan and the unit was dispatched to Poole for Jan to fit and we are delighted to show you the result. We hope to have some more shots of ‘Little Ben' sailing in her new home port of Plymouth, plus look out for the forthcoming article on ‘Little Ben' in Sailing Today.
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