Hello all after building my 2 lifeboats and selling them after only one test sail with each I decided I would build a boat to keep for some time and get some enjoyment from sailing it.
My idea was to get a trawler with working nets and lobster winch, after looking around and not finding anything i liked or was in my price range I reverted to good old ebay, I found a 28" trawler hull made of Fiber glass, after contacting the seller he had no idea what the hull was from or no plans, so money was sent and 3 days later the hull arrived..
The hull was well made and well packed, a set of scale plans were drawn up to build a 1/18 scale inshore stern trawler, Prop tube and rudder fitted and deck supports added.
A deck was cut from thin ply and access holes cut for radio and batteries.
A deck hatch cover was made for the main hatch from the same ply as the deck..
The basic shape of the cabin was built to fit over the front access hatch..
Next stage was to be the rear gantry for the trawl nets and motor to power them, the gantry was made from some 1/4 " mains conduit and some scrap plastic I had lying around, the motor was from an old printer and the drive wheel on the net support was from my sons k'nex good old elastic band to transfer power..
A trawl winch was constructed from some scraps of wood and 3 cotton reels, these were wrapped with string and painted to look like rusty steel, the winch will not work its just for show..
More updates to follow soon..