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Dry Dock / Shipyard: Builds & Questions => Yachts and Sail => Topic started by: Geoff on June 22, 2012, 01:59:37 PM

Title: TRADITIONAL SAILING YACHT
Post by: Geoff on June 22, 2012, 01:59:37 PM
I have just completed my first yacht. She was built to sail against my friends old pond yacht from pre 1914. She is called Annalie after my teo daughters (Annabel & Natalie).

She is just short of 6feet long and just under 7 feet tall (Keel to masthead).

The attached picture shows her first sail at Southend last weekend.

Hope this may be of interest.

I'll try to post some other pictures.

Geoff
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Post by: Geoff on June 22, 2012, 02:00:56 PM
More pictures
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Post by: Geoff on June 22, 2012, 02:01:59 PM
more pictures
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Post by: Netleyned on June 22, 2012, 02:14:01 PM
Very nice she looks good on the water.

Ned
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Post by: pugwash on June 22, 2012, 02:34:08 PM
Geoff, a lovely looking model under sail.  Is she designed by you or a copy of one of the classic yachts of that period?

Geoff
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Post by: JayDee on June 22, 2012, 03:20:57 PM
 
Hello Geoff,

Isn't this a lovely boat.
What cloth did you use for the sails?.
What weight is it.

A Boat to be Proud of !!!.

John.  :-))  :-))  :-))
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Post by: Tug-Kenny on June 22, 2012, 04:15:14 PM

Hi Geoff,

If you could change your pictures to Jpeg format then they would show on here without opening folks word processors.

Cheers

ken
Title: Re: TRADITIONAL SAILING YACHT
Post by: knoby on June 22, 2012, 06:19:16 PM
I was lucky enough to be at the lake last sunday to see her first sail. Geoff is being very modest here, everything is scratch built & its simply stunning. The pictures really don't do her justice!! Its without doubt one of the finest models I have ever seen. congratulations Geoff  :-))
Title: Re: TRADITIONAL SAILING YACHT
Post by: Geoff on June 22, 2012, 11:31:47 PM
Thank you for the kind comments. She is based on the MAP plans of Britannia from 1892 but with the length scaled up 120% and the width and depth by 140%. This was done so I could ensure she could carry a large sail area, as you can't scale down the wind and I wanted a model which could be sailed in heavy weather.

The sail cloth was quite expensive coton sheet from John Lewis 800 threads per inch. I sewed the sails myself using a 60 machine from Argos which works very well. The sail seams are done using a light grey coton so they show up more than just white cotton. The secret for straight seams is to steam iron over a metal ruller for the initial fold then fold under and steam iron again then sew. The bolt rope for the mainsail takes a good 3 hours rto sew on by hand - very bored with that!! Done it twice now as I have made a slightly deeper mainsain as I think it would look better with the boom nearer the deck.

I have written a full description of the construction and hope to be able to submit this to Marine Modelling in due course for publication. There is about 28 pounds of lead in the keel and she proved much stiffer than I anticipated albeit somewhat more sensitive to helm movements than I expected.

I'll try the J peg route for pictures - I'm a luddite with computers!

My own opinion is she is a little heavy forwards but she was carrying a 4.5 amp hour lead acid battery! I'll try something lighter. Also I have just altered the rigging such the fore jibs can extend further out as they didn't quite seem to catch the wind as they should.

I'll post the results in due course if it ever stops raining!!

Thanks again

Geoff

During the first sail some of the gusts were strong enough to blow her almost flat so my concerns at loosing the mast were unfounded (so far!). The stays were made of push bike wire gear cables so should be strong enough.

The hull is plank on frame with obeche and then fibre glassed with thin cloth inside and out for strength and watertightness. There is a 1/8th inch sub deck and this was planked over with 3/8th x 1/8th bass wood planks. I used dress pins between the planks and thick black thread for the caulking.

The superstructure is really a compilation from pictures of yachts of that period and J class.

I was looking to create something differnet with a traditional appearance and majesty.
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Post by: Stavros on June 23, 2012, 12:03:07 AM
your camera will be taking the pics in Jpeg format

Dave
Title: Re: TRADITIONAL SAILING YACHT
Post by: Geoff on June 27, 2012, 07:33:53 PM
JPeg try
Title: Re: TRADITIONAL SAILING YACHT
Post by: Geoff on June 27, 2012, 07:35:47 PM
It worked
Title: Re: TRADITIONAL SAILING YACHT
Post by: Tug-Kenny on June 27, 2012, 08:46:34 PM

Well worth the wait.. Smashing.    :-))


ken
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Post by: Stavros on June 27, 2012, 09:07:02 PM
Wey hey brilliant pics as Ken said well worth the wait

Dave
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Post by: Geoff on June 28, 2012, 01:59:18 PM
Okay, now for the ones I meant to send!
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Post by: Nordsee on July 05, 2012, 05:25:52 PM
Great looking model, you are too modest! A tip when photographing a model on the water, try to get the camera as low as possible, then you get a more side view as opposed to showing it from a semi arial shot.
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Post by: Martin [Admin] on July 05, 2012, 07:26:38 PM
 


There's something about a yacht or sailing ship with the sails catching the wind... beautiful curves and  elegance.
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Post by: tigertiger on July 05, 2012, 08:08:32 PM



There's something about a yacht or sailing ship with the sails catching the wind... beautiful curves and  elegance.

A bit like Stavros then.
Title: Re: TRADITIONAL SAILING YACHT
Post by: Stavros on July 05, 2012, 08:19:05 PM
A bit like Stavros then.


Really getting WORRIED about you now lol


Dave
Title: Re: TRADITIONAL SAILING YACHT
Post by: Martin [Admin] on July 05, 2012, 10:48:43 PM
 

Sun stroke or damp rot setting in!   {-) {-)
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Post by: Lothar on July 16, 2012, 01:42:06 PM
Hi Geoff,

this is a beautifull boat with great lines and sail arrangement. I love those old fashioned ladys on the water.

Have a lot of fun sailing her.

Best Regards

Lothar
Title: Re: TRADITIONAL SAILING YACHT
Post by: Geoff on July 17, 2012, 01:50:23 PM
Further pictures at the round pond in Kensington. Somewhere I had always wanted to sail since I was a small boy. The people were friendly and the location superb albeit the pond suffered from some weed growth.

Car parking is okay on single yellow lines on Sunday of there is NCP car parks (not big) for 15 per day.

Enjoy

Geoff
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Post by: Geoff on July 17, 2012, 01:51:21 PM
And another
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Post by: Geoff on July 17, 2012, 01:53:08 PM
And another, with the attachment! Doh!

I have one further photograph but the file size is too big. I'll change this and post shortly.

Hope this is not boring anyone!

Cheers

Geoff
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Post by: Geoff on July 18, 2012, 05:37:31 PM
Final picture, which is my favourite.

G
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Post by: rmaddock on July 18, 2012, 05:46:24 PM
Lovely pictures Geoff. Thanks for posting them.

Are you aware that if you use an external photo hosting service (I use PhotoBucket) then the size of you pictures will cease to be a problem.  You get a link which you post into your message on here and then people can "click" through to a full sized version.
Title: Re: TRADITIONAL SAILING YACHT
Post by: pompebled on July 23, 2012, 07:55:04 PM
Hi Geoff,

No,  pictures like that will never be boring!

What a lovely build!

Regards, Jan.
Title: Re: TRADITIONAL SAILING YACHT
Post by: Lothar on September 30, 2012, 09:05:18 PM
I am not sure....

did I write, that she's absolutly beautifull and looks like sailing fast and well?

If I forgot to wrote this, see above line.

Thank You for sharing the pictures.

Regards

Lothar
Title: Re: TRADITIONAL SAILING YACHT
Post by: triumphjon on October 01, 2012, 08:01:09 AM
looks fantaastic , just hopinng my new 53" hull builds into such an elegant model ! jon
Title: Re: TRADITIONAL SAILING YACHT
Post by: Geoff on October 05, 2012, 05:15:36 PM
Just an update, I went sailing with her at Coalhouse Fort in East Tilbury a few weeks ago and nearly lost her. There were about 14 of us all with quite large yachts and we had been sailing all day. Lovely water - its an old moat- so shaped like a bananna. About 100 yards wide and 400 yards long with good access on one side and natural banks with concrete errosion blocks on the other.

About 3.30pm out of a blue sky we were hit with a gale and all the yachts were blown flat and uncontrollable, missing each other by inches. She shot off accross the lake and I could not steer her and she went straight towards the concrete and rubble bank opposite which was about 100 yards away. About 15 feet from impact the wind must have bounced back from the bank and allowed her to right herself at which point the rudder bit and she turned round. Still out of control she headed back towards me and about halfway accross she was hit by a harder gust and she dived back to the mast! The stern came up and there was a big splash and I thought that was it but she surfaced and survived. I was really surprised I didn't lose the mast!

Bottom line was too much sail but the weather had been everything from a flat calm to a gentle wind to a good breeze and then a gale so no chance to get her out.

I have to say I panicked a bit as I didn't want to see her smashed or sunk so soon after completion (or at all). In the event I had about 1/2 cup of water inside her. Overall the day was brilliant but a little too exciting towards the end!

All good fun and at least I don't have to worry about the strength of the mast/rigging anymore!

Happy sailing

Geoff
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Post by: nipper2803 on October 05, 2012, 06:42:57 PM
Very luck i would say. At least you enjoyed yourself. i think i would of panicked as well considering thats a stunning boat.