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Old 10 March 2009, 05:31   #1
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I have just bought an old Flatacraft Force 3 which appears to have the facility for sailing. It has a centre board housing as part of the structure and a built in socket for a mast. Does anyone know anything about the Force 3? I'd love to rig a sail but no one I've spoken with believes Flatacraft made a sailing rib. Any information would be much appreciated.
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Old 10 March 2009, 05:53   #2
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You're absolutely right, Flatacraft sold a Sailing Kit as an accessory for the Force 3. The hull as standard had a mast socket and a daggerboard slot (with a plug). The accessory kit contained a sleeved sail, jointed mast, dagger board and rudder. They even produced a children's gaff-rigged version.

They're not made any more, and you would be lucky to find an original sailing kit anywhere (although it is the sort of thing that might lurk in a garage for decades so you just might find one!). Shouldn't be too difficult to put something together though if you're really keen.

Here are a few scans from the brochure that I happen to have tucked away.
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Old 10 March 2009, 16:23   #3
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hi i have the mast sail maybe the rudder and dagger board yours if you can pick up from ringwood hampshire
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hi i have the mast sail maybe the rudder and dagger board yours if you can pick up from ringwood hampshire
If you do decide to take up lyndon's kind offer I could maybe help with transport. I live in Crawley but am often in Lymington as that is where our boat is, so could collect it one weekend? Then you would 'only' have to travel to creepy Crawley
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flatacraft force 3 sailing

I'd like to publically thank three members for their incredible generosity and help, following my very first posting - having just bought an old Force 3 and wanting to sail it.
They immediately responded with such kind offers of help that I now have a sailing flatacraft force 3 in commission and anticipate an early trans atlantic crossing. Next Monday - Or Tuesday - depending on the weather.

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Gordon, when you say sail, you mean with those white flappy things that look like bed sheets? should be interesting and the future of ribbing if the Chancellor keeps slapping tax rises on fuel every April.

Any photos of her rigged ?

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....I now have a sailing flatacraft force 3 in commission and anticipate an early trans atlantic crossing. Next Monday - Or Tuesday - depending on the weather.
So, did you make it?!?

Hope all is well with your new rig, was a pleasure to help (even if it was only a tiny bit).

As Pete7 says, would be great to see some pics of her in action.

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