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    Bristol Pilot Cutter - Katie
    by AndyB ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    ๐Ÿ“ The Rigging
    10 days ago by AndyB ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Have started the rigging. Wanted to check how well the jibs would work, checking to see there was enough travel in the sheets, to ensure that it would be possible to move the jib from one side to another, as the boat tacked. In fact there was far too much travel, if I used the full length of the winch/track. I'll leave things as they are for now but may reduce the travel (end points) once having actually used the boat on the water.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The Rigging
    4 days ago by dave976 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi AndyB
    I usually attach the line from my winch to a hook on the spar and run the line along the spar to another hook then back to use a bowsie. That way I can adjust the travel as the wind dictates. I have used end point adjustment and agree it works well for initial setup. However many of my schooners use one winch so I need to have individual adjustment of the spars.
    Model coming along well and I look forward to seeing her on the water
    dave976
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The Rigging
    5 days ago by Muskrat ( Warrant Officer)
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    It would be great to see both of them on the water, I am getting on well with my Fairmile now so I will be getting back to building my Katie soon.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The Rigging
    10 days ago by AndyB ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks Jon
    I would be great to see both boats out on the water sailing together.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The Rigging
    10 days ago by Muskrat ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Andy, I have been following your build of your Katie and you have made a beautiful job of Her and when I do get back to building mine if I can it half as good as yours I will be happy but we will see. Looking forward to seeing her on the water.

    Cheers Jon.
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    ๐Ÿ“ The Winch
    14 days ago by AndyB ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    The winch does work but think I'll not add an actual anchor and chain yet. The aim is to get it sailing and finer details can be added later. Another area for development, would be the central hatch, which really needs to be made from planking and a dinghy added, as this would have been used to carry the pilot over to another vessel that needed guiding into port.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The Winch
    13 days ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    That's a very nice looking winch Andy. ๐Ÿ‘

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Rudder Fitting
    21 days ago by AndyB ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Did another flotation test, with servos and batteries in place, which showed I needed to move some of the ballast forward, as the stern was definitely sitting down, also removed some, so the total is about 6.5 Kg.

    Once the rudder, cockpit and companionway were added I realised the tiller was really to long, so this needs shortening.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Ballast
    23 days ago by AndyB ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I added the shroud plates, just bolted in place with M2 stainless hex heads. The shroud plates should be black - did think of painting but this would not be durable and would start to look "tatty".

    I've got 7.8Kg of lead, most in shot form. Added 7Kg of it and fixed in place with some resin. Once cured I'll use the remaining lead to trim the hull. However, even with all the lead the hull still floats above the water line. Perhaps after some "sea trials" some more ballast could be added.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Ballast
    22 days ago by ChrisG ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    What a beautiful build you should be very proud. Look forward to seeing her finished.
    Regards ChrisG
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    ๐Ÿ“ Painting
    24 days ago by AndyB ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    The final colour scheme reflects a more contemporary style, but should look appealing once on the water. The masking went quite well, just a need for a slight tidy up in a small number of areas/corners.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Painting
    23 days ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Hi Andy,

    Looking great, neat and tidy.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Painting
    23 days ago by Newby7 ( Admiral)
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    Paint turned out well. So right should look good on the water. Rick
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Painting
    24 days ago by AndyB ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks Graham
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Painting
    24 days ago by Graham93 ( Rear Admiral)
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    I like the colour scheme. Good choice of colours.

    Graham93
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    ๐Ÿ“ Some finishing details
    24 days ago by AndyB ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    The belaying pins are currently just 2mm dia brass rod, which are functional but there is a need to make some that are more realistic. There will also be the need for some more cleats, perhaps on the side of the mast but need to ensure that any additions do not provide a source for the jib sheets to catch. The shroud plates will be painted black and held in place by 2mm hex head bolts.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Cockpit and Companionway
    24 days ago by AndyB ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Making the cockpit and companionway did prove a little bit of a challenge. Both need to be removable, the on/off switch is under the companionway. Wanted some details, hence the indication of handles on the doors, but did forget to scribe the seat surface, to indicate individual planks. Some boats had a commode under the seat, so the helm did not need to leave his post - perhaps something to model in a future project !

    Some boats paint the panels on the side of the companionway white. I might cut some paper to fit and see what this would look like before actual painting.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Cockpit and Companionway
    22 days ago by Ron ( Rear Admiral)
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    Very nice clean workmanship
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Cockpit and Companionway
    23 days ago by AndyB ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks Stephen/Gary - it was a bit of a fiddle, due to the curved back and the need to make both parts removable, as well as keeping the water out. I'm not certain how else I could have made it - but would be open to any suggestions.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Cockpit and Companionway
    23 days ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    Very neat indeed, bordering on absolute perfection especially the deck planking around the edges.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Cockpit and Companionway
    23 days ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Hi Andy,
    Your Cockpit and Companionway look tricky to build, you have done a great job.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Capping
    1 month ago by AndyB ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    The capping pieces were initially glued in place to the bulwarks with Titebond 3. Then a fillet of West Epoxy was added to the outside of the hull, blending the underside of the capping into the hull.

    Its only had one coat of varnish so far and there was a need to use a very short brush to get to the underside of the capping. Some light sanding and more coats of varnish are now needed. There is also a need to make small cutouts for the shroud plates to fit flush with the hull.

    Think the final colour scheme will be - dark blue top sides, white water line and red undercoat for below the water line.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Capping
    1 month ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Looking great Andy,

    She will look very smart in those colors.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Hatches
    2 months ago by AndyB ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    The front hatch is made from some of the deck planking, added some West Epoxy on the inside/underside face to help give its strength. The main hatch is really a short term solution, which will be fine for some first sails. But will look at remaking this again, either with a skylight or place for a dinghy.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hatches
    2 months ago by AndyB ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Varnish
    Certainly several thinned coats and perhaps the final couple straight from the tin
    Ronseal Yacht Varnish from B&Q
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hatches
    2 months ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Looking really good Andy, can you tell me what brand of varnish are you using and do you use a thinned coat?
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hatches
    2 months ago by Muskrat ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Andy, your boat is looking better and better every day I see your perfect handywork, I can't wait to see it on the water. I keep meaning to tell you your figure over looking your handy work is a very good model I bought one a while ago, with a little work he will look good on the boat.

    Keep up the great work, Jon
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    ๐Ÿ“ Finishing the Deck
    2 months ago by AndyB ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    The next idea was to make the cockpit and companionway. Made an initial start and have fabricated the basic structures but am uncertain about the detail aspects of finishing them, so they have been put aside until I've made some decisions.

    The gunwale capping was made using some 4mm mahogany. Initially some cardboard templates were made and these we used to mark out on the wood. I haven't got a bandsaw, which would have been ideal to cut the mahogany. The solution - which is not very safe - was to clamp the jigsaw the wrong way up in a vice and use a fine blade. With some care it worked ok, the cut shapes were then finished with a small plane and glass paper.

    Once the deck had received several coats of varnish the edges were masked and then the white spray paint was used to finish the inside of the bulwarks.
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    2 months ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Great resalt Andy,

    The white looks really nice.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Finishing the Deck
    2 months ago by Muskrat ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks Andy I kept looking at the plan and thought the same it is to big and totally agree the fittings will be easier to source. Keep up the good work and looking forward to the next chapter.

    Cheers Jon.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Finishing the Deck
    2 months ago by AndyB ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Jon

    The drawings indicate a mast diameter of about 25mm, which would equate to 1 foot diameter in real life and could be seen as reasonable. However, mine is 18mm dia. Think this is plenty strong enough and the smaller diameter makes things slightly easier when it comes to some fittings.

    I did try some 25mm dowel, but it just looked to โ€œchunkyโ€
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Finishing the Deck
    2 months ago by Muskrat ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Andy, A very beautiful job so far Buddy looking forward to next steps but be careful and mind your fingers. As a matter of interest have you made the main mast diameter as per plan, difficult to tell from photo's.

    Cheers Jon.
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