Adventures getting a old wooden racing dinghy into competitive condition (edition 1)

Nick Lightbody
11 min readMay 14, 2021

A brand new wooden Scorpion No. 2048 Liquid Spirit built by Duffin/Paintcraft.

This is what we would be up against. But all is not lost, old wooden racing dinghies, dry stored, offer fantastic value and potentially a competitive sail. Here’s why…

Engineering in wood

Wood is a fantastic engineering material – provided it’s moisture content is controlled to remain at a low level.

Aluminium Spars

Aluminium spars are long lived – provided electrolytic corrosion generally between stainless steel and aluminium aided by salt and water is avoided.

Polyester & nylon sails

Sails whether constructed of resin stabilised fibre or mesh reinforced film are exceptionally long lived, virtually impervious to moisture, vulnerable only to rodent teeth.

Amazing wooden racing dinghies



Nick Lightbody

A British former lawyer designing sustainable micro responsive web sites because “less is better”.