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Re: Iluka's Bass Strait Trip February 2017

PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:20 am
by Iluka82
Hi Phillip,
Yep that was our video from the trip i did in 2015. I was told when i bought the yacht that it was from around 1975, however i think its a bit older than that, there is no plate or hull identification on the hull, it does seem a bit different from other MK1s as it doesn't have the enclosed head (head is under the V-birth and there is chart table where the head is on most tophats.) Also there is no mast bridge, just a metal plate as pointed out by some others on the site, there is reinforcement for the mast under the forward bulkhead.

Cheers
Nick

Re: Iluka's Bass Strait Trip February 2017

PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:48 pm
by Phillip
Nick,
Illingworth's original sail plan called for two spreaders which you have, meaning an early build.

I suspect that they reverted to one spreader very early on.

You don't have a mast girder, but is there a raised area under the mast on the cabin deck?

The fit out is strange for a Top Hat, as you say, which given the hulls age may have been a refit later in her life. Any signs that maybe so?

Unfortunately all of Bakers Top Hats were built under the owners name, so no numbers.
Formits are much the same, but Formits first Mk 1's [only 6 or 7 in number] and some early Mk 2's came with a makers plate with no build number.

Re: Iluka's Bass Strait Trip February 2017

PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:28 am
by Iluka82
Phillip wrote:Nick,
Illingworth's original sail plan called for two spreaders which you have, meaning an early build.

I suspect that they reverted to one spreader very early on.

You don't have a mast girder, but is there a raised area under the mast on the cabin deck?

The fit out is strange for a Top Hat, as you say, which given the hulls age may have been a refit later in her life. Any signs that maybe so?

Unfortunately all of Bakers Top Hats were built under the owners name, so no numbers.
Formits are much the same, but Formits first Mk 1's [only 6 or 7 in number] and some early Mk 2's came with a makers plate with no build number.


I don't think there is any raised section on the deck for the mast. There may be a ply board that the metal plate sits on. When I bought the boat I was told it had an extra 200kg of ballast to counterattack the heavy weight of the double spreader rig and furler. However I'm not sure if that is true.

Re: Iluka's Bass Strait Trip February 2017

PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:50 pm
by Phillip
I don't think there is any raised section on the deck for the mast. There may be a ply board that the metal plate sits on. When I bought the boat I was told it had an extra 200kg of ballast to counterattack the heavy weight of the double spreader rig and furler. However I'm not sure if that is true.

No that's not true, unless you are hiding some in the bow bilge.

I had 80kg extra onboard when I brought SEAKA which was there I think to increase the water line and compensate for the weight of the inboard.

I removed it.

Top Hats sail really fast when ALL gear/water/fuel/extra crew is removed!! :D

You may have to look at installing a girder bridge for the mast. Other Top Hats with double spreaders have the bridge.

Re: Iluka's Bass Strait Trip February 2017

PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:34 pm
by Iluka82
All this talk of Tophats cruising Bass strait inspired me to make a video of my trip from 12 months

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3P_VSWnhxdg

Re: Iluka's Bass Strait Trip February 2017

PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:40 am
by Shaun
Really good video, thanks

Re: Iluka's Bass Strait Trip February 2017

PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:18 am
by lockie
Hi Nick;

I look forward to reading about Iluka's 2018 BS cruise!

Shakti won't be going for now due to my wife's surgery, but if her recovery goes well I'm hoping I might crack it for a short trip in March or April.

Cheers, Graeme

Re: Iluka's Bass Strait Trip February 2017

PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:05 pm
by Miker
Iluka82 wrote:Hi Phillip,
..... it does seem a bit different from other MK1s as it doesn't have the enclosed head (head is under the V-birth and there is chart table where the head is on most tophats.) .....
Cheers
Nick


I have what some have termed the racing plan, or cheap arss can't afford a proper fit out plan. :D The galley storage is where the head would normally be, and a chart table on top. It's a two part lid, so you can store charts under the top section and then food, utensils etc underneath. The head is in the v-berth, and to me looks like it's always been there, including all the plumbing holes and skin fittings. Now un-used as I have a porta-potti from hell..... It doesn't smell, until you want to open it and use it..... :shock:

Oh, and mine is a MKIII, built as far as I can see in 1982 by Formit according to the old paperwork. No interior lining what-soever and home made pockets and shelves throughout the cabin for storage. No storage shelves in the v-berth, except under it, apart from a small half bulkhead across the front with a small shelf.

I've been searching for previous owners to check the history, but no-one knows anything....

It seems there are a few out there with the "racing plan", even back to the early builds.

Re: Iluka's Bass Strait Trip February 2017

PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:16 pm
by Iluka82
lockie wrote:Hi Nick;

I look forward to reading about Iluka's 2018 BS cruise!

Shakti won't be going for now due to my wife's surgery, but if her recovery goes well I'm hoping I might crack it for a short trip in March or April.

Cheers, Graeme


Hi Graeme, I hope your wife’s surgery goes ok. I won’t make it out this summer as I’m still in China, however I’m moving back to Aus later this year. So a Bass Strait trip might be on the cards for next summer.

Miker, I like the sounds of Iluka being the “racing” version. To be honest having the food locker under the chart table is good. I’ve always being amazed at how much food / provisions Iluka will hold for a long trip.

Cheers Nick