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Achilles 840 list

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Amrum 9171Y says:

Norman asked me some time ago to have a go at producing a list of 840s along the lines of the list Ian Wallace (Spearhead_027) put together for 9 metres earlier this year.
I have a list of 840s and their original owners dating from 1980, which gives some details of the first 14 840s produced. I have also trawled through this website to seek out details of other boats and found a few snippets, one of which was that around 60 were built in total, so only around a quarter are accounted for.
I think it is now time to try and gather as much information from you guys as I can, and see if a more comprehensive record can be put together.
So, can you please let me have information on any 840s you know of, particularly their name, owner and location. If you can provide anything else such as hull number, sail number, owners contact/email address, it would be much appreciated.
Looking forward to hearing from you either by direct comments on this post, or via Flickrmail.
Thanks
Rob
7:40AM, 14 November 2013 PDT (permalink)

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pjbharrison says:

Rob
Check Flickrmail
Originally posted 68 months ago. (permalink)
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Amrum 9171Y says:

Thanks, Paul! That should keep me going for a bit!
68 months ago (permalink)

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SlimRick says:

Would be interested if you have any details on my 840 already:
Boat name : Miss Moneypenny
Sail No. 007
Home Berth: Portishead Marina, previously Abersoch
Hull Number: No idea where to look
68 months ago (permalink)

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pjbharrison says:

Miss Moneypenny
yourboatpix.co.uk/pixSearchService2.php?boatName=Miss%20M...

Miss Moneypenny's owner
www.cruisersforum.com/forums/members/70261-albums1730.html

Check results on
www.sonata.org.uk/archive/pdf/natreport2004.pdf


There may be some more details in the links I sent Rob
68 months ago (permalink)

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Super Snoopy 050 says:

Miss moneypenny's first owner was one P C Tutton of Telford Shropshire. Not sure if he was in the shropshire constabulary or his first names were Peter and Charles. Not much water in Telford but it is handy for Abersoch.
68 months ago (permalink)

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Amrum 9171Y says:

Thanks to Paul I have filled in a few gaps in the list, but there are still a lot more to fill, in particular hull numbers of 840s after number 16.
If anyone has any information, or can point me to it, it would be appreciated.
Thanks.
68 months ago (permalink)

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pjbharrison says:

www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/yachts/achilles-840-AMT458#

www.networkyachtbrokers.co.uk/boats_archive/Achilles_840-...
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dominicduncan says:

Amrum 9171Y:

I have recently bought an achilles 840 .Boat and yard No 27 sold new on 23rd march 1984 with the name Snowflake. She now goes by the name of Merganser. At present she is on the hard in loch creran, but I will be sailing her back to Edinburgh at the end of the summer,and her home port will then be Granton harbour Edinburgh. Any further information you might want just let me know.
65 months ago (permalink)

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Merlin9009 says:

I have SR17006, "Merlin", sail number 9009
Based at Port Edgar, South Queensferry, Lothian
Bought it at Port Edgar of "David Punton", he sailed it mainly on West of Scotland, Oban area

Ian Wormald
broadswordian@gmail.com
63 months ago (permalink)

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PhilJazz says:

I have an 840 Goldilocks. I'll dig out the original paperwork and let you know as much as I can. I bought her in Bristol in 2012 and sailed her to Milford Haven where she has lived since.
62 months ago (permalink)

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PhilJazz says:

Sorry for the delay. Here is what I know about my Achilles 840.

Name: Goldilocks
Year 1983
SSR10669
Standard fin keel with no extras or modifications except for a replacement engine in or around 2003.
Colour: Deep Yellow (golden?)
Engine: Volvo Penta 2002 18hp, Saildrive
Roller reefing headsail (sailspar)
Roller reefing main - through the mast (Proctor)

First owner: Mr H W Thomas, Swansea
Home port: Swansea Marina
Second owner (2003): Mr B J Ainsworth, Cheshire.
Home Port: Bristol Marina
Third owner (me): Dr P A Jones, Carmarthen
Home Port: Milford Haven

I have the original order as placed with Butler Mouldings/Achilles Yachts and the bill of sale to the second owner. Apart from the above the rest is a complete blank, including the sail number.

If anyone knows any more I'd be really pleased to fill in some of the blanks.

At the moment she is in the yard where I'm trying to remove a keel bolt (or two) for inspection but with out much luck :/
61 months ago (permalink)

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spearhead_027 says:

PhilJazz: don't bust a gut (or your sockets/spanners) trying to get a keelbolt out just to inspect it. See previous threads on this subject and Geoff Marks' treatise. If indeed you can extract one, it will almost certainly be in perfect condition, as Butler's installation method was exemplary. Being mild steel, they are not prone to anaerobic corrosion or cracking.

Amrum 9171Y: presumably you already have Tocviria although I believe Antonio has moved up to something bigger. I also spotted a high-spec 840 (sadly unmaintained and for sale) in Almerimar marina, still there when I last left in 2011. The name was Ten Too but no number visible. She had mainsail roller reefing aft of the mast and deck tracks with sliders in lieu of jackstays. A sort of caramel colour & maroon transom, I think.
There could also be some more 840's roundabout Oban than mentioned above and when I get Spearhead into the water (hopefully next week) I'll have a wee cruise to check.
Ian.
61 months ago (permalink)

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PhilJazz says:

Spearhead: thanks. I'm going to move insurance companies as I've had enough of GJW. I fear that they will be as awkward if I need to make a claim as they are about getting a keel bolt pulled for inspection. The boat is sound according to both the surveyor and the marine engineers that have just serviced my engine. I can't wait to get back on the water... The rest of the jobs that were held up by fiddling and straining over the keel bolts can wait... I need to get sailing again. :-)
61 months ago (permalink)

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Amrum 9171Y says:

Thanks for the information. I'll up date the list, and I guess it's about time I produced a version to go on the website. A bit busy at present supporting the Wayfarer going round Britain. Left Peel in the IoM yesterday morning, and an hour ago were camping on Gighs. Looks as though the midges have driven them back to the water!
Ian, I look forward to hearing about you cruise to Oban.
61 months ago (permalink)

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pjbharrison says:

Hi Rob
Owner of Maeander said he was heading to Gigha on 10th of June and then on to Oban. He was going to moor in a bay on the NW corner of the island. Keep an eye out for him. I spent a night on a mooring in Ardminish bay last week. Special place.
Midges are a pain
61 months ago (permalink)

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lionel_webber says:

I have 840 sail number 28 which I have owned from new. She is named Aeolian Song, berthed in Gosport prior to be in Dale and Neyland

Vicar lionel
61 months ago (permalink)

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PhilJazz says:

Spearhead: moved insurance companies. The new one was happy with the marine engineer's assessment and recommendation to leave the keel bolts where they are. So Goldilocks is back on the water as of this morning. It felt good to be afloat again.
61 months ago (permalink)

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pjbharrison says:

www.yachtworld.com/boats/1982/Achilles-840-2719745/Bristo...

www.networkyachtbrokers.co.uk/boats_for_sale/Achilles_840...
60 months ago (permalink)

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pjbharrison says:

Achilles 840, Sprinter, for sale in Swansea

yachts.apolloduck.co.uk/feature.phtml?id=365087
58 months ago (permalink)

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Amrum 9171Y says:

Thanks, Paul.
58 months ago (permalink)

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antony_n says:

pjbharrison:

Just thought you would like to know I've bought the 840 listed in your posting. "Annie Lou" 1982, triple keel - Sail number 016. She is now lying on the Exe, having transported her from her previous home of Thornbury SC.
If you need to know any more, such as owner history etc. then I can supply further details if you email me.

Antony.
antony@norris.net
45 months ago (permalink)

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dominicduncan627 says:

I have further information on Merganser Sail, and boat No:027.
She was bought new by a Mr A Evans, from Bristol on the 23rd March 1984 with the name of Snowflake.It then passed onto Mr & Mrs Ryan in Steyning. West Sussex. on the 12th August 1988. On 23rd September 1993, She was then sold to a joint ownership of Mr Hughes, Hickstead Sussex, & Mrs Page from Newport Pagnell. Next was Mr Timothy Richard Hatt from Brighton who Bought her on the16th June 1995. Robert Potts was the next lucky owner from Hamilton Scotland who bought her on the 27th July 1998. A Mr A Mould, Edinburgh, then bought her around July 1999. He then changed her name to Merganser.John O'Connor, Dalgety Bay, then bought her in December 2004. I was the next owner, and in spite of my intentions of moving her back to Edinburgh. The lure of sailing on the west coast of Scotland proved too great. She is now moored at MRC on Loch Creran.
44 months ago (permalink)

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spearhead_027 says:

Merganser A840 027 and Spearhead A9m 027 will obviously have to have a rendezvous sometime next season! The Greggs (Creags) would be exceedingly convenient, but elsewhere more ambitious not objected to......
Ian
44 months ago (permalink)

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dominicduncan627 says:

Sounds like a good idea to me ambitious or otherwise.
Dominic
44 months ago (permalink)

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pjbharrison says:

Boomerang may be visiting Tobermory, Oban etc next June
44 months ago (permalink)

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spearhead_027 says:

Look forward to that - perhaps we can invent a Plan?
Ian
44 months ago (permalink)

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pjbharrison says:

Route suggested by friend, Brian, for next June.

Skerries - Carrickfergus - Glenarm - Rathlin - Tobermory - Oban - Craobh Haven - Gigha - Glenarm - Bangor - Skerries

Sailed to Oban on his boat last year but had to re-route as he had a bad fall and had to be flown home. He wants to attend a Moody owners event in Rathlin at end of May so, weather etc permitting, hope to be in Oban first week in June
44 months ago (permalink)

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spearhead_027 says:

I fear we are getting very much off-topic here! Will leave the matter until the spring and try to re-establish contact by PM then....
Ian
44 months ago (permalink)

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