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    Hello to all, David Doran here. A new member who is currently boatless. I have looked at a few boats with a view to buying and am wondering about the I.d. plate on the centreboard housing. There seems to be different versions if what I have seen is correct. Do the earlier MkII’s have simply a plate with only the No. on or should there also be info with regards to the builder. Any info/advice most graciously received. Dave Doran.

    Bob Harland

    The small metal plate usually on the centreboard case would have been issued by the copyright holder (Ian Proctor Designs) as an indication that he license fee had been paid by the builder. This plate would have the sail number stamped on it.


    Some builders may also put their own plate on as well.
    The metal plate is a pretty good mark that it is a bona fide Wayfarer.
    Lack of a metal plate does not necessarily mean it is not a bona fide boat – just more difficult to check.
    If the current owner has a measurement certificate then that is also a very positive sign.

    Good sources of used boats can be found on the classifieds;
    There is also a link to Ian Porter Sales – a recommended source of used boats.

    Hope that helps

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