One of my first madmothist posts, written exactly six years ago today as I was waiting for Try-Foil to be returned from Weymouth, was about the history of the Moth class and included a reference
to the Mariner's Museum, which is only 45 minute from my house. After a short blurb in Scuttlebutt
about an AC72 J-board being given to the Museum, I sent an e-mail to the Lyles Forbes, the chief curator. My note and his response are copied below.
So, there's an opportunity for someone's boat to gain international respect and be saved for posterity. Are there any unused boats about?
I see from the latest issue of Scuttlebutt that the Museum will be
getting a AC foil to add to the small boat collection. I'm a local
(Norfolk) moth sailor and am familiar with the Museum and the
small boat gallery. You may be aware that moths are also foiling
now (and have been for ~10 years.) Maybe the acquisition of a
foiling moth would be a nice comparison to the Silver Spray that
you now have.
Thanks for your e mails this morning! We do indeed
have the J-foil from the AC72 as well as a T-foil
rudder from an AC45 now in the collection. Hopefully
we will be able to get them on display very soon – we
are trying to design a mount to support the foils.
As to your mention regarding the Moth class,
absolutely I have been aware of their foiling
capabilities for several years! The evolution of the
current design from that of Silver Spray is really
amazing. Although I think we ultimately would like
to have a foiling Moth for the collection, at the
moment we are really out of room to display any
more boats. We recently were given a large dhow from
Kenya, that has overtaken the area that my volunteers
used to conserve our collection.
However, if you become aware of a foiling Moth that
someone is interested in donating, I will certainly
present that to our collections committee for
discussion; as well as with our exhibition designer to
see if there is some way of displaying the boat in the
Thanks again for contacting us, and hopefully you will
soon be able to view the Oracle foils in the
International Small Craft Center!
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