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Noel Adams

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Looking for Club Recommendations
« on: January 18, 2018, 09:30:50 am »

Hi - I've just joined the forum.
I've been talking about building a model boat for over 40 years but have not managed it so far!  My interest is definitely sail, with designs such as Vic Smeed's 'Starlet' or those from Gary Webb at the Bearospace website.  Perhaps my ultimate would be Richard Chesney's Thames sailing barge 'Veronica'.
I live a few miles south of Radstock in Somerset and my nearest club would be Shepton Mallet Drifters.  Trouble is, they sail at the Collett Park lake which is only 18 inches deep - not deep enough for the keels of the designs above.
I know this may be inviting slightly partisan responses (to be expected), but could I have some recommendations for local clubs where such designs would suitable?  I'm not really interested in racing, just gentle sailing.


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Re: Looking for Club Recommendations
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2018, 11:20:38 am »

Hi Noel, a Starlet or Star Baby will sail in less than 18 inches as will a large barge.  But first of all what do the local club members sail?
My suggestion to a newcomer is generally the same.  Get yourself a working yacht so that you can join in,  Waiting to build a model especially a scratch built model will take time and may kill your interest.  I suggest an Aeronaut Bella for a quick build.  It comes complete just needs radio.
But to reiterate the above, chat with the sailing guys, see what they sail and perhaps ask if anyone wants to sell you a working one and learn how to run the radio and the boat, the other stuff is easy just specialised knowledge, but nothing difficult.
Good luck and welcome.


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Re: Looking for Club Recommendations
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2018, 08:19:01 pm »

Noel good evening, I'm a couple of miles north of you then,
Yes Collett Park is a bit limiting for yachts, have you tried the Bath club ( used to be excellent sailing in Newton Park but they have left there now and gone to waters I don't know of ) worth joining Shepton Drifters anyway just for the club activities
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Re: Looking for Club Recommendations
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2018, 09:10:40 pm »

I would suggest the Yeovil Model boat club who sail at Sutton Bingham reservoir but that may be a bit too far to travel. I would reccomend my club, which is Yeovil Model warship Association. When up to depth, the pond has a deep centre but around that is a shallower area that may be too shallow. We are getting the pond back into full use after years of weed annoyance  :((

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