A “Stroppy” Sprog Needs A Good Home

Stroppy as she looked in the museum basement.

by Richard Crockett

In December 2017 I reported that Frans Loots had successfully restored ‘Stroppy’ – the Sprog that is regarded as the first one built.

The boat had been lying in the basement of a Museum in Port Elizabeth for many years as there simply was nowhere for it to be displayed. One had hoped that after the restoration, which I may add was a masterful job by Frans Loots, it still remain hidden.

So very simply – are there any ideas from our loyal followers as to where this Sprog could be displayed?

It obviously needs to be displayed at a venue where it is secure, is appropriate, and where it will be appreciated while adding value to the heritage of our sport. And obviously only if the museum where it sits agrees with the venue – and releases it.

Thoughts and suggestions to: editor@sailing.co.za

Enjoy the pics of Stroppy being restored and in her new glory – thanks again Frans Loots for your time, dedication and expert craftsmanship in rejuvenating this old lady!

Stroppy – as he looks now, fully restored.
The aft section of Stroppy before restoration.
The aft section of Stroppy as she is now after restoration.
Stroppy looking as if the dog has been chewing her!
Stroppy – crying out to be restored.
Fully restored and looking like a brand new boat despite her ageing years.
The mast and fittings in need of TLC.
Looking good again after being lovingly restored.
The wheels, a fascinating way of moving the boat in its early years.
How the wheels look now having been fully restored.
Stroppy after being transported from Port Elizabeth.
The name Stroppy was cut from Perspex.
Inspection hatch for the bow buoyancy tank. Notice the markings on the centerboard to indicate board depth.
The spars are in very good condition. Both mast and boom made of clear Oregon Pine.
Mast detail. The standing rigging is S/S, but wire spliced and covered with a serving which looks like it could be nylon.
The rudder is a heavy metal plate which weighs a ton.
The handles are for moving the boat on its two little clamp-on launching wheels.
These will need to be kept safely as I dare not lose them.
The rudder veneers are lifting and will need re gluing.
The bottom and sides are done. The blue and green waterline stripes will follow later.
The deck is starting to look good.
The cockpit is done. The deck is next.

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