I think that those of you who love to sail these majestic yachts will agree that Nigel Gilson once again manufacturing a Six Metre can only be good news for the Class, the following message was sent to me after recent telephone conversations .
"I would like to confirm that the building of the Ankh 6mtr (formally Dann 6mtr.) will commence with the plug on Monday 13th Feb 17. The first Carbon hull to be sailing during May 2017. This is to be a full time project with a fully skilled carpenter/moulder employed on the project for 3 months. It is hoped to produce 6 complete hulls ready for fitting out with rigs/radio. Cost to be confirmed later.
However along with the need for quality mouldings & a competitive pricing structure that the 6mtr sailors deserve & enjoy will be No1 prioty
The Carbon Dann 6mtr was very competitive winning many match racing & fleet events being 2nd only to the helming skills of G. Bantock.
Ankh 6mtr will be based on the dann6mtr with some refinements in the hull Fin & lead departments, however she will fundamentally be the same tried tested & proven successful hull as I used during 2002-4.
Please Note that the wooden Dann 6mtr with the Experimental Large aft bustle & very light displacement built by Jack Day was an experiment that has Nothing to do with the carbon fibre Dann/Ankh 6mtr & was very usefull in terms of learning what Not to do!"
Nigel is also looking for his wooden built Dann 6 mtr last seen in Scotland if anyone has information feel free to email me at email@example.com and I will pass the information along.
Progress to date
The cedar strips I bought came in two colours – 20 coffee brown, the rest almost white.
I have used the coffee almost down (or up as hull is currently inverted) to the waterline and the white below.
Planking the bulge at the stern proved challenging but I think I have sorted it.
Planks not a neat as I would have liked, but with a 1 mm sanding allowance plus covering with glass cloth, it should look alright in the end.
Two experianced builders have taken on the challenge of building one of the most beautiful sixes designs and one of the last to be designed by John Lewis (does anyone have a set of Jewel plans?)
Paul Risdale has started his building in Cedar planking, see the picture below, hopefully he will update us as work proceeds.
The plans have also been sent Steve Charnley who recently built a wooden planked Brit pop! I am looking forward to seeing what he does with the Siskin.