Just wanted to share the news that the Soling 1 Meter group has a new leader
"G. Tim Stone " who is making headway into developing a new source for these very popular boats since Victor Models closed their doors.
I am re-posting the information below to share the current status of his efforts. I have two Victor boats in my fleet a 1 Meter and a V 32. I treasure them both. Great boats to race or just sail for the pure joy of it! Boomer
S1m sailboat update
December 9, 2019
Soling One Meter New Boat update
Hello, Soling 1 Meter enthusiasts
If you have nor already heard I am the Newly elected Class Secretary, Formally taking over from Frank Vella on January 1st. My Name is Tim Stone and I have racing S1M boats since 2004 in Stowe Vermont. I also compete in the EC12 & J Class.
As I stated earlier, as your new call secretary I will do my best to communicate with the S1M community and keep people updated at a crucial time for the Class.
Our plan calls for the finished boat to conform to the present Class Rules and will not be updated for the purpose of improved performance. A goal is to improve the interior of the hull for strength and build ability, simplify the Keel and Rudder installation, reduce kit part count, improve reliability and reduce craftsman skills needed. For example, a One-Piece molded Keel shell and Rudder are being looked at. There is also some attention being given to parts for existing boats, with the goal of manufactured parts remaining compatible with existing boats. The manual will be completely redone, incorporating many of the build notes that clubs have published.
At this time, we have discussed offering short kits first, then complete parts kits, and finally a ready-to-race complete build for the sailor who doesn’t want to build their own boat.
I am happy to announce we are now working with a new manufacturer. He has been provided a S1M kit which is being used to build a Prototype. New molds for the Hull, Deck, Rudder Keel and other parts are under way. The company has extensive experience in vacuum forming and injection molding model boats. All molds shall be owned by the Class.
Also, we will be monitoring the thoughts and comments of purchasers to keep on top of any potential issues and make quick and effective corrections. Your feedback and comments will be read and considered for revisions that comply with the class rules and improve the kit, manual, and completed boats.
We have a Build Committee that includes several very experienced builders. They have provided their critiques of the current kit and are going to review any proposed changes before implementation. This should help ensure that we make this update a better kit and maintain the current performance we all have enjoyed.
I look forward tom receiving feedback and comments as this process moves along.
G. Tim Stone
S1M Class Secretary Elect