A second SOS advert has been added. This one is from the Yachting World annual 1965 and has been made available by Steve Booth, owner of ‘INO’. It mentions the R.O.R.C. Class II champions of 1963 and 1964.
Thanks to first owner’s stepson Dr John Powell, a couple of great photos from the early period of Astolat have become available. First owner Bernard Buxton bought the new hull from Tyler and fitted it out in his garden in Manchester.
The brand new hull of Astolat parked next to the house, 43 Stafford Road. Bernard Buxton is in the photo. (1966?)
After completion she was moored in Anglesey where she has been used for many holidays. Astolat was registered in 1970.
Astolat being lifted out of the water at Holyhead Boatyard in about 1971. The picture shows the original hull colour of the pale blue gelcoat.
Astolat was sold in 1972.
Last winter, the Volvo Penta MD2 engine of Astolat has partially been rebuilt.
The cylinders have been replaced by others with less wear and have been honed, new ones are no longer obtainable. One piston has been replaced by another one in better shape and new piston rings were installed. Furthermore the valves have been done and the big end bearings replaced with new ones. Finally, a new water pump with bearings gives a little higher output. The cooling channels turned out to be very clean as a result of descaling it with Star Brite engine flush some years ago.
The reassembled engine ready for painting. The original colour of this engine was not green, but a grey/blue colour still visible on the back of the flywheel and the fuel filter. The green and red cylinder came from another engine.
Looking much better now after a coat of primer has been applied.
Ready! Painted with engine paint VHT SP122.
The engine installed with new engine mounts and new engine room insulation (Vetus), covered with perforated aluminium sheet.
The top speed has increased with about 1 knot to the former top speed of 6.1 knots Astolat used to have. Not bad for just 15.5 hp.