The Felton Crosswind

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The Felton Crosswind

Postby Gary Bills » Sat Sep 10, 2011 3:06 pm

Does anyone use a Felton Crosswind? I bought one on ebay about six months ago, purely out of curiousity, and I expected something archaic and horrendous...However, the gearing seemed strong and the oscillating business at the spool and flyer end, for better line lay, was not too outlandish. The bail arm seemed strong, and was not grooved. Still, I could not bring myself to actually use the reel, and I sold it on. A pity, perhaps, because it was Walker's reel of choice before the Mitchell and Ingham stuck with his for years. My overall impression was of a strong, well-made but eccentric piece of kit.

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Re: The Felton Crosswind

Postby Snape » Sat Sep 10, 2011 3:09 pm

I was just about the put up the same post!
I had one about 8 years ago and used it quite a bit. It is a reasonably good reel which is just a bit quirky. Like you I sold it on ebay after a year or so.
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Re: The Felton Crosswind

Postby St.John » Sat Sep 10, 2011 3:22 pm

I want one!
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Re: The Felton Crosswind

Postby The Sweetcorn Kid » Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:18 pm

Maurice Ingham's Felton Crosswind, courtesy of Mike Wilson......

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You can see this reel being used by maurice in this picture that Snape posted in another thread.....

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Re: The Felton Crosswind

Postby Snape » Fri Nov 04, 2011 2:42 pm

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Re: The Felton Crosswind

Postby The Sweetcorn Kid » Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:59 am

This one looks to have the body of an Ambidex....very odd........

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Re: The Felton Crosswind

Postby Nobby » Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:08 am

There are several versions of the Crosswind, I guess those were made by Youngs, then?

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Re: The Felton Crosswind

Postby GloucesterOldSpot » Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:16 pm

Nobby wrote:There are several versions of the Crosswind, I guess those were made by Youngs, then?


Youngs made most, if not all of the later Allcocks reels. The post-war FC is clearly built around an Ambidex body.

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Re: The Felton Crosswind

Postby JohnClyde » Wed May 09, 2012 9:19 am

Article about it from the 1955 Allcocks catalogue:

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Re: The Felton Crosswind

Postby Watermole+ » Wed May 09, 2012 11:15 pm

Of interest to somebody..?

Amongst my box of various odd spares for J.W.Youngs fixed-spool reels, there are a number of miscellaneous parts from a Felton Crosswind, including a black body and parts for the oscillating flyer.

I am not sure from which exact model they originated and would stress that it is extremely doubtful as to whether there is enough to make a complete reel, but...if anyone out there is a fan of this reel and could make good use of them, please get in touch as they are of no further use to me and just taking up space in my already overcrowded garage/workshop.
All I am asking is that you reimburse the postage and packing, or if you're feeling generous, buy a Forum raffle ticket!

I know that this isn't really the right place to advertise this but while we're on the subject, I also have a complete, but requiring attention, "Bowell Autoreel", early fixed-spool, which might make a good restoration project for someone.. It's supposed to be a rare bird, but that is a matter for conjecture..

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