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    "Elly Gray"
    by Graham 1954 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    ๐Ÿ“ Elly Gray Sails Fitted. (BUT)
    2 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Building from scratch ain't easy. After drying out the hull testing the water line and realized the 6v lead acid battery was far to heavy and mounted to high in the hull. I swapped for a smaller battery mounted down in the bottom of the hull.
    Back to the marina now with the mast and sails all fitted. It was lucky that there was nobody about because of the embarrassment I would of had when I placed in the water only to find that a 5 degree angle caused here to roll over. I did say that I was not sure how much lead was required on the keel. Yet again learning the hard way
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    2 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks for the approval Looks even better now she floats upright.๐Ÿ˜‹
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    2 months ago by pressonreguardless ( Midshipman)
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    Great Job๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    2 months ago by Newby7 ( Admiral)
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    Handsome looking build. She will look good on the water.
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Elly Gray Sails Fitted. (BUT)
    2 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi ChrisG.
    Yes have taken your comment on board. Spent the afternoon playing in the bath.
    Added 24 oz o lead strip to the hull. Bobs around like a goodan.๐Ÿ˜
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Elly Gray Sails Fitted. (BUT)
    2 months ago by ChrisG ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    She looks a lovely boat and well done for your honesty. Silly question but could you not have saved the embarrassment by launching in the bath. ๐Ÿค”
    You will get so much satisfaction when she is finally right and you are getting well deserved praise watching her on the water.
    Well done ChrisG
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    ๐Ÿ“ Elly Gray
    2 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Should have added to the last post. I fitted to the keel a lead ballast strip acquired from the roof repair that I had done from the off cuts. Not sure yet that I have added enough.
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    2 months ago by AndyB ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Looking very good. Wondered how much lead, for a boat about 1 metre long?
    Thanks for tip about undercoat, pleased al has ended well.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Elly Gray
    2 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Have now completed the deck. This from 2x2 pine. I f you look at the real boat I have tried to replicate hatch and cabin. Paint job on hull sort o done.
    Have taken to my marina for testing the motor drive and check on the water line. Bad mistake.
    Had only painted the hull with undercoat.
    Seems that undercoat is not that water proof. Had quite a lot of plank swelling so now drying out before I paint proper. See Learning all the time. Even if its the hard way.
    Motor drive went quite well and happy. Now can paint on and get the water line correct I hope.๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ“ "Elly Gray"
    2 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    So now the main planking to the hull is now complete. The keel is from two 6mm ply glued together and the ribs are 6mm ply. The planking I used was 6 x 2 lime wood two layers.
    Trying to reproduce the deck layout true to the original and give me access was difficult. I decided to make a ply base to position the hatch openings and wheel house. As luck had it on the last kit build " ULISES" The wheel house was just the right size and shape so I could follow the plans from that to construct. The completed deck in pine wood 2x2 It was only a couple of days ago on this site that the use of black card could be used to represent caulking. See learning all the time.
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    2 months ago by ChrisG ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Looks to be a great planking job well done and look forward to seeing the build progress. Lovely craft and what a memorable sea trip lucky man.
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    ๐Ÿ“ "Elly Gray"
    2 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Just to show the Pic's of what I was trying to replicate on my model. The 5th Pic shows a jacuzzi in the stern. I could not replicate that as the steering gear took up this space. There has to be some poetic license on making a model.
    Up until now I had only built kit's so all the bits you needed came with it.
    So now came the hunt for stuff. Went to my almost local hobby shop. Got loads of info but they were more into motor cars an plane models. Got the motor and controller and that as they suggested other stuff they were going to order in for me. Well!!!
    Its not my thing surfing. Its amazing the sites you are directed to when you type in nautical parts. Really did not know that porn site's used that sort of equipment ?????
    Found a Company ( not sure you can advertise the name )
    But they do make some wonderful pasty in that part of the world.
    Big eye opener to the world of model making.
    So more confidence now to get on with it.
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    ๐Ÿ“ "Elly Gray"
    2 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    As this was the first time I had constructed from scratch was not sure. Thought just sort of copy the construction of how the kit models were done. I made up loads of paper templates of the ribs until I got it correct I think. Then marked out and cut from 6mm ply an stuck it as you do. Was going to do plank on plank with 5 x 2mm Lime wood. Think I made it real hard for myself bending the planks to make the stern due to the shape.
    Also the location of the prop within the hull. Getting the alignment for the prop shaft proved to be a real problem as it seemed I needed a 8mm drill 12" long. The estimated length of the hull was to be 950mm. All the calculations was taken from the photos of know dimensions and then scaling.๐Ÿ˜ด
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    2 months ago by ToraDog ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Very nice start. They do make extra long drill bits, but it is a pain to buy one for just one hole. You might try a cabinetry shop and see if either they will loan you one(good luck) or take your hull down and have them drill it. I actually went to a machine shop and had the prop shaft bolsters made for my icebreaker. They were tapered, which I could do, but the shaft ran thru them at an angle.well beyond my skills. They bored the shaft log holes and then turned the tapers at an offset. WOW, it was wonderfu to watch, and worth the $'s just too see how to do it.
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    2 months ago by Newby7 ( Admiral)
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    Nice start to the build Graham. Good luck with the build take your time to get it right
    Remember your the builder you are the only one knows of a mistake and they can be fixed.
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ“ "Elly Gray"
    2 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Just a short story why I decided to try and construct a model from scratch.
    I was asked to crew "Elly Gray" from Portsmouth to Portugal and then on to the Greek islands. You dont say no to an offer like that.
    She is 19mtr. in length and goes 64 Ton. A one off pilot cutter and is now about 8 years old. A difference with the normal sail rig with the boat she also has a square rig sail.
    I had photos and a small line drawing of her hull to go by and the wonderful memory of the time sailing her.
    So on with the build !!!!!!!!
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    2 months ago by Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Lovely boat to model, best of luck. Unusual for a pilot cutter to be ketch rigged. Will look forward to seeing her on the lake.

    Nerys
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    2 months ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Go for it Graham I look forward to the end result.
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