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Minuet Yachts in the UK













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Mini 230 NOT a minuet but seems around the same scale







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Has the boat arrived yet?


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Leaves Lake Mac on Monday.

Been a two year plus project, over fourty e-mails trying to work out some sort of franchise deal, then one turns up here, so the adventure begins now.
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The one above looks modified from the initial design?

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After a bit of Googling it appears that Mini 230 is selling in sailaway form for 7000 Zlot. About $2450 Aus. I think that is pretty reasonably priced. Freight would be the killer pehaps you could get them transported internally with a full sized Chech boat into Aus.
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Jon wrote:After a bit of Googling it appears that Mini 230 is selling in sailaway form for 7000 Zlot. About $2450 Aus. I think that is pretty reasonably priced. Freight would be the killer pehaps you could get them transported internally with a full sized Chech boat into Aus.
Freight cost, depending on final size, from EU will be approx $1500 including import duty/tax.
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My Minuet arrived this afternoon, delivered by TNT in a HiAce van.

I am over the moon with the build quality , and equally amused by the size of some of the fittings. The block on the underside of the boom for the vang will fit on my thumbnail.
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Exciting news Jeff!
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Looks good Jeff. Frank will be pleased to see you've gone with a dual axle trailer


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Thanks Mojo,
They really are small when you get up close and personal.

Yes my dual axle trailer at least gives a bit of scale to the pics.

Show stopper is just picking it up fully rigged and putting it in the shed :-)

I suppose for the moment I have the smallest TS in Australia.
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So tiny, so cute. ;-) I still want one!
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Albin57 wrote:So tiny, so cute. ;-) I still want one!
Thanks Jan-Eric for finding them in the first place. There were only nine built apparently. Mine is the only one in Australia and was bought out here ten years ago by an Englishman who bought it with him. Mine is build number 5.

I love it because they resemble a miniature Sonata which uses the music note, so a Minuet note really fills the bill, and their shape is pleasing to my eye.

You could always track down one of the Mini 230's as they are more in your territory but they do not look as nice as the Minuets IMHO of course.

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I'm very glad for your happiness and I'm actually pretty jellous about the whole thing. And yes, the mini230 is in My nabourhood, in Poland right across the eastsea of Sweden. But from youtube film they don't sail pretty well, so I don't think I will buy one. I like the 2.4 mr, (mini 12). A bigger boat but a really good sailer. I hope you will let us see any short clips when you go out for sailing this little boat?
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Albin57 wrote:I'm very glad for your happiness and I'm actually pretty jellous about the whole thing. And yes, the mini230 is in My nabourhood, in Poland right across the eastsea of Sweden. But from youtube film they don't sail pretty well, so I don't think I will buy one. I like the 2.4 mr, (mini 12). A bigger boat but a really good sailer. I hope you will let us see any short clips when you go out for sailing this little boat?
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Funnily I got the same impression of the mini 230 video. It may have been an inexperience captain, but yes they did not seem to move along like the Minuets.

The design looked OK but it may have been keel or hull shape causing issues.

Also the skipper was sitting upright and too far forwards, and I don't like the open sitting area. It looks odd to my eyes.

For what it's worth, I believe the Minuet builder took three years to refine the design, and in the end only built 9 boats.

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MoodyBlue wrote:For what it's worth, I believe the Minuet builder took three years to refine the design, and in the end only built 9 boats.
Let me see if I understand this right?
You found a design of boat you liked on the far side of the world. A grand total of just nine of them were ever built; barely half as many as, say, Castle 550s (17).

And then one virtually lands in your lap in Australia?

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zebedee wrote:
MoodyBlue wrote:For what it's worth, I believe the Minuet builder took three years to refine the design, and in the end only built 9 boats.
Let me see if I understand this right?
You found a design of boat you liked on the far side of the world. A grand total of just nine of them were ever built; barely half as many as, say, Castle 550s (17).

And then one virtually lands in your lap in Australia?

As my Mum would have said, what a jammy beggar! :D

Yes, to have one land virtually in my lap was mind blowing after the amount of e-mails over 2 years on the subject.

All thanks to Jan-Eric in the first instance, then to the magnificent "Sabreman" of old for spotting the "for sale" advert.

In the end it was carried from Lake Mac to Romsey by TNT road transport for a few rubles over $400, and the owner packed it into a large cardboard box with lots of foam padding which worked very well. The mast came in a length of PVC water pipe.

At Aldi on Saturday I picked up some of the metal trestles they had, so the Minuet can live upside down safely on those (padded with foam of course).
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Jeff, you must be the chosen one? ;-)
How far away is it to make some moulds so you can have a fleet of Minuets down there?
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Albin57 wrote:Jeff, you must be the chosen one? ;-)
How far away is it to make some moulds so you can have a fleet of Minuets down there?
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That is the next part of this saga ie to see how much they will cost to build.

So in coming weeks I will take the mast and rigging to Keeley Marine for costing. After that the rudder and rudder box to the recently found Laserman to quote those two items, then the hard part, getting the various fibreglass pieces quoted with out any damage to the original.
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Jeff,

Can you hoist it via fishing line and with an iPad or iPhone or a camera that you know the lens details, take photos overlapping 80% all over the boat and i will convert it into a 3d model that you can email around.

The more photos the better, you will need a camera with GPS though.

The offer goes for anyone else who wants a 3d model for any reason (3d printing). Just PM me.
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Any updates?
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Mojo,
Sorry no major updates, and have not has the Minuet on the water yet.

But, I have just recovered from a serious bout of "Flu" that in the first few days had me coughing up blood so was pretty serious.

In the meantime I have completed a set of roof racks for the BMW to carry the Minuet upside down, so with the weather improving and my health improving next weekend or so should see it getting wet.

I have purchased a small table top saw to make the hardwood rubbing strips though, and have already cut one length to replace the damage one.

Now that I can transport it around I can start getting quotes for all the pieces.

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Minuet finaly got wet today.

Spent 3 hours on Albert Park lake.

Tippy little booger :-) Spent some time getting family jewells up against the keel case trying to lower the cg.

A few issues to resolve. Jib sheets need knots in the end so they don't come loose, Outhaul needs to be stronger design.

Dog was NOT happy sitting in the cockpit behind me so exited stage left back onto the jetty.

Impressed the kids sailing Opti's etc by having such a tiny boat out on the lake with them.

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