Meson

The gorgeous Meson..... a MiniSprint Mk2 hull (although at least one is known to be all plywood) with an open cockpit, decked in timber.

They usually have a sliding seat, though the 1976 Boat Show model was shown with wings. Its not known who made the professionally-decked ones (possibly Vandercraft) and its not clear (to me anyway) whether a home-completed composite MiniSprint Mk2 (of which there were a few) is really any different. Both Richmond Marine and Vandercraft made Sprint Mk2 open hulls for home completion (see Stuart's recollections below).

The moulds for the deck of the MiniSprint Mk2 are believed to be lost, however the hull mould (or possibly a plug) is still in existence and in reasonable condition - anyone with the requisite skill and experience fancy making a new GRP or FRP composite then just get in touch (see contact details at the bottom of the page).

 

Stuart Preston recalls his Sprint mk2 “Geordie”:

”Hello Minisail members, I have just been looking at the 1976 Minisail Yearbook and found an article I wrote all those years ago about Rigging and Deck layout. My last Minisail was the new sprint MK2 named Geordie. I purchased and collected the fibreglass hull from Richmond Marine. I then built a wooden deck onto the glass hull. The deck design I used closely followed the full glass fibre version. I believe my version was lighter than the all glass version which gave me a slight edge in racing. The centre board was shaped like an aeroplane wing with the maximum thickness 1/3 back from the leading edge. Having an open transom, I also made my own rudder and stock with a split, cranked and laminated tiller. This enabled the tiller to fit around the middle of the stock instead of the top, much stronger. I did have rudder problems with earlier Minisails so this new design of mine solved the old problems. The rudder too was profiled again as per the centre board but where the blade entered the water the blade was quite narrow to reduce surface drag. I also made the rudder go straight down into water and not angled back as most Minisails have. All these modifications made the boat very well balanced without the heavy helm experienced in strong winds. Geordie was a very quick boat it had the ability to pass other boats to leeward by close reaching past, then luffing up after passing. I used this tactic every time another competitor tried to luff me on the windward leg. I often received the comment 'how did you do that'. I did read sailing mags back then and remember this method of passing other boats to leeward being used. Remember an opponent can luff you but he cannot bear down on you under the rules. Hope you all find this article interesting. Have fun with your Minisails I certainly did.”