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Who is Tim Fuller?
« on: November 12, 2013, 09:48:45 PM »

As the plan for the 10-rater 'Nookie Bear' comes from England, I'm asking if anybody can tell me more about the designer and his designs.

I added a scan of the upper left corner of the plan in question, in the right hand lower corner it says: MM 1326

Google came up empty.

Regards, Jan.
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Re: Who is Tim Fuller?
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2013, 09:53:53 PM »

The name looks suspiciously taped-on before photocopying.

Maybe it's the MBPS photocopier operator?   %%

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Re: Who is Tim Fuller?
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2013, 10:01:48 PM »

Ah ... here you go: bottom of this page. Seemingly a sailor from the 80s based in the New Forest club.

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Re: Who is Tim Fuller?
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2013, 10:14:59 PM »

Thank you Andy,

It's not much, but at least I can tell how old the plans are I have here.

Nookie Bear is a multy chined design, rather wide and heavy, compared to the modern designs.

I like the hullshape better than the designs today, so I may build it some day.
What holds me back is the size and weight, more than double of what my TT Voyager weighs, but I guess I can build lighter with the materials available today and use a longer keelfin with less ballast...

Regards, Jan.
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Re: Who is Tim Fuller?
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2013, 09:07:31 AM »

Looking at the stylisation of the label, and the fact that no postcode is included in the address, the plan could predate 1974 (the date the postcode system was fully adopted in UK).
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Re: Who is Tim Fuller?
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2013, 11:21:19 AM »

Thanks tigertiger,

This would mean my plan is over 40 years old.

No wonder there are huge differences compared to the modern day designs, some of which are lighter than the weight of the bulb on the Tim Fuller design...

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Re: Who is Tim Fuller?
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2013, 12:48:35 PM »

FYI - The nookie bear was not in the 1978-79 catalogue but it was in the 1985 version.

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Re: Who is Tim Fuller?
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2013, 02:14:34 PM »

And there's a photo of it and the designer(?) in the 94 plans catalogue that says it's the 1981 RIOR Nationals winning design.
 
 Title block is a total bitsa.  APS/MAP "Speedy" logo, (By 81 the letters "MM" were in that disc).  And 1326 plan number would suggest nearer 80's.
 
 
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Re: Who is Tim Fuller?
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2013, 02:23:11 PM »

Hi Ian,

Would you be so kind and scan that section of the catalogue and post it here (or e-mail it to me if the resolution gets too low to recognize anything)?

Let me know.

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Re: Who is Tim Fuller?
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2013, 02:28:23 PM »

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Re: Who is Tim Fuller?
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2013, 06:23:27 PM »

You can get a copy of the original magazine with the article in from here http://www.payhost.net/modelling/acatalog/Model_Boats_March_1982.html
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Re: Who is Tim Fuller?
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2013, 10:16:45 PM »

Guess what I stumbled upon while browsing eBay.uk:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LARGE-SAIL-BOAT-HULL-5-LONG-/321237033267

I asked the seller for more info and pictures and the dimensions are a match.

Appereantly the Nookie Bear hull is still sold in polyester, 5' long, 12" wide, 6" deep its is about 1kg, according to Nick Snowden, who sells these hulls (among other polyester products on eBay).

I'll show the pictures he send me of the hull, build up as a two mast schooner, tomorrow.

@ LB: I'll purchase a copy of that issue of MB too, thank you for digging that up!

Regards, Jan.
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Re: Who is Tim Fuller?
« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2013, 08:03:16 PM »

The pictures.

I added a scan of the shadows, so you can see the hull lines match the boat in the pictures.

I'm not sure that I would be comfortable sailing this schooner which doesn't seem to have a ballastbulb on the keelfin...

Regards, Jan.
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Re: Who is Tim Fuller?
« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2013, 08:03:54 PM »

And the boat:
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Re: Who is Tim Fuller?
« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2013, 08:04:58 PM »

As I don't seem to be able to upload more than one picture at the time, another one:
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Re: Who is Tim Fuller?
« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2013, 08:14:53 PM »

Hi

Well I don't believe Nookie Schooner is Nookie Bear. I could be wrong though.

I can send you (free) Model Boats March 1982 magazine wherein Tim Fuller presents his 1981 Nationals winning design.

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Re: Who is Tim Fuller?
« Reply #16 on: November 18, 2013, 08:59:38 PM »

Hi Dave,

Thanks for offering the magazine, but I already ordered it from the link, provided by Leaky Bottom; having two copies would be slightly overdone.

I got those pictures from the eBay seller of the polyester hull, the pictures are from a customer who used the hull to make it into a schooner.
I have the original plan and I'm aware it's a 10 Rater...

As I found the polyester hull too heavy and I know from experience that an epoxy laminate can be thinner than polyester, while keeping the same structural strength, I contacted the seller and asked if he would make me a 'customized' hull using epoxy resin and glasscloth, instead of the heavier gelcoat, non directional matting and polyester resin.
Unfortunately he declined, stating that not using gelcoat would make for a hull riddled with pinholes.
Clearly he has never worked with epoxy resin...

Too bad, if, in future, I want a Nookie Bear, I'll have to make a wooden one.

Regards, Jan.
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