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    Steve W76

    Hi there, here goes with my first post. I am in the process of restoring W76, a 1959 build. The boat has an interesting past, as it’s first owner (and builder) appears to be Mr Stanley Dickson instigator of the “Dickson Wayfarer Trophy” at Aldeburgh YC. During the early to mid 60’s it got a new owner up until a couple of years back when I became the third. W76 had fallen into a state a poor repair and was destined for the tip when I came to the rescue. ( Thank you, Suzie VO if you are reading). So, with a delayed retirement, and other life events, I now am making progress with the restoration.

    So, questions. W76 had a solid hardwood sided centreboard case, not quite like any other that I have seen and not quite like the original design of plywood sides supported with a wooden frame. Was this an option? Has anyone else seen one like it? I note on W76’s measurement certificate, she is 20 KG over minimum weight. Could this extra weight of wood be the reason? Should I replace like for like (my preferred option to maintain originality)  or should I go the plywood way? If I do go the plywood way, what thickness are the original centreboard casings made of?

    I am trying to upload a photo or two, but am having no success.


    Web Team

    Hi Steve,

    Sorry about the photo-related difficulties. As a temporary workaround please feel free to e-mail any photos to me (contact details on menu) and I’ll add them for you. This may well resolve itself now that you’ve posted once, but I’m not certain of this…

    Incidentally, I’m doing a similar job on W774, or at least I will be, so we’ll have to stay in touch. More later…

    Dave Barker



    Particularly nice to read you post Steve, as I spoke to Susie about the W76 after seeing the ad in the Newsletter, such a nice person to chat to. At the time I was looking for some Wayfarer benches for my other boat. Susie talked me out of taking the boat as she thought it was too much work, you are obviously made of sterner stuff than me.

    Since then I have acquired W212 a 1960 Wayfarer which came with very good benches. I had intended to strip the boat of anything worth saving but it was in such good condition that it would have been a crime to scrap a perfectly recoverable boat. So now I find myself restoring a boat not a million miles ( in time) away from yours, The deck was damaged so needs replacing, preparation well under way but too cold in my garage to do any gluing so I haven’t ordered any ply.

    The main reason I’ve made contact is, if you’re not too far away, I’d like to visit you in the not too distant future if possible?,( I think Boris has put the kybosh on that), to have a look at your boat to get an over view of the type of fittings it has as I’d like to restore W212 as it would have been, if possible. Perhaps photos if that’s not possible?

    Whilst waiting for warmer weather I’ve been sanding everything 0n the inside ready for paint or varnish as well as the wooden mast and boom.

    I look forward to your thoughts.





    Hi Steve,

    Early boats did have a solid mahogany centreboard case.  I had to replace the bottom bit of it on W6 along with some of the hull.  If you go for plywood then the original size would have been 1/4″ so the nearest now is 6mm.

    The joint between the centreboard case and keel was a mastic which becomes hard and brittle with time and is a source of leaks so worth checking.

    If ever you fancy a chat about anything Wayfarer related and wooden boat restoration you can contact me initially at

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