The boat was imported to Castletown, IOM as a shell by the late John Qualtrough Snr mid 1970s. He fitted it out rigged with a low-aspect standing lug with a boom and a jib set on the bowsprit. He sold it on to Tom Cregeen at Castletown, who later sold it on to Alex Merchant at Port St Mary IOM, who re-fitted it with a gaff rig. Alex sold it on to a chap who never went to sea and it fell into disrepair, abandoned ashore. In late 2017, I bought the pretty well wrecked boat, having had my eye on the project for some time. I already have the gaffer Genesta II, which needs at least two and preferably three people to sail it, so the retirement plan was to put together a boat with a simple rig that could be sailed alone or short-handed whenever the weather permits.
I like the look of the Romilly 22 mainsail and mast, so set about looking for a used mast and was lucky to find one in the NW of England. A pal brought it over on top of his trailer yacht. Reading up on the Memory 19, it seems they need 500 kgs of ballast. I thought that water ballast would be handy. Keeping the boat ashore on its trailer, I could let it drain while towing up the slipway and reduce the "shore" weight fast. There's 200 or so photos of this re-build on my Facebook page (set to public), among which, the ballast tanks each side of the centre-board case can be seen. The 4-inch tubes let the tanks fill a or drain in about 30 seconds. The ballast water level just kisses the under side of the sealed sole, which in turn is self-draining above for sailing purposes with bailers set in wells each side. It works very well, thankfully, as it was an experiment from start to finish. As it happens, 600 kgs of ballast goes in, which makes the boat solid as a raft, virtually doubling its dry weight of 750 kgs. I also put 60 kgs of lead chippings and resin into the keel voids fore and aft while accessible.
For light airs, I thought the single standing lug might need a bit of help, so decided to retain the existing sprit and fit a rope-luffed jib. Works well rigged with a tackline, which can also used for the assymetric kite so long as there's a crew person aboard to pull all the string.
There's not enough space under the sole to stash the outboard, so it has to live on the transom, however, this is often a blessing when trying to get through the Calf Sound and the wind vanishes on you - quite a lot of currents around the IOM, so safety-first! Haven't tested it yet but I suspect that it will quickly self-right from a knockdown. When ballasted, there's all that weight below the sole and plenty of buoyancy each side above the sole in the sealed fore and aft lockers/seats. Once upright it's self-draining above the sole.