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Basic rigging for a small model sailboat
« on: September 26, 2015, 10:43:31 pm »


I recently got into wood carving and as I'd like to own a real one at some point I'm currently carving a basic sailing boat out of a solid block of basswood. It's about 6 inches long, 2 wide and 2 from the top (i.e. the deck) to the bottom of the keel.

I was just going to stick a basic dowel mast with a sail on it but I would like to actually have something a little more realistic on it so I'd like to have maybe a mainsail and a smaller one and some nice looking rigging (although I doubt it would cope with sailing in a pond without a much lower keel). I've seen some good pictures of pond yachts but can't find a basic guide to the rigging.

Can anyone advise on the best way to do it?


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Re: Basic rigging for a small model sailboat
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2015, 10:29:54 am »

Have a look at a Cornish Crabber on there website there might be a sail plan on there it will give you some idea .
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Re: Basic rigging for a small model sailboat
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2015, 11:28:09 am »

There's three types of rigging. Bear in mind that all rigging has a purpose.

Stays - ropes (or steel cables) to hold the mast up. Three on small boats (forestay and port & starboard shrouds). Backstays on bigger masts.

Halyards - ropes to hail up yards and sails.

Sheets - ropes to control sails.

Once you 'get your eye in' you can break images of sailing rigging into these three types and work out what does what and why.

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Re: Basic rigging for a small model sailboat
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2015, 01:35:13 pm »

The first thing to do is decide whether or not you will ever try to sail her, and if you do sail whether or not you are going to try to use radio control. Most models with the hull carved out of a solid piece are static models (don't sail), of those that do sail most are pond yachts (with no RC).
At only 6" RC would be problematic. I believe that a pond yacht is not out of the question, although at only 6" she would not sail well.

Once you have made the decision above, then you can think more about how to rig the boat. You have hinted that she will be a non sailing model. This just needs to be tied down first.
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