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    Emma C. Berry Sailboat
    by carpemoment πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ ( Leading Seaman)
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    πŸ“ Getting Close
    5 months ago by carpemoment ( Leading Seaman)
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    I've been trying different configurations for controlling the sails. Finally settled on the winch circular method and managed to get it installed and calibrated. My tether broke the other day. Fortunately, a kayaker came along and graciously retrieved her for me. So I decided it was time to go ahead and add a motor. The drag of the tether was affecting my ability to get control of her. After a few failed attempts, I was able to come up with a configuration that works. Probably way overpowered but I had a spare motor from a defunk helicopter sitting around. AND finally, the beauty of her markings are back. I found a source for new labels (much easier to apply than the original ones that were water based).

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    πŸ’¬ Getting Close
    5 months ago by alan20 ( Leading Seaman)
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    Very interested in your experiences with this vessel - love to share more. I am currently scratch building one from the original kit plans but have used plank on frame construction and incorporated a detachable keel. Currently fitting the standing rigging.
    Photo of my efforts attached

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    πŸ“ Emma C. Berry Sailboat
    8 months ago by carpemoment ( Leading Seaman)
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    I took my Emma out for a second "real" water voyage, tethered of course. Overall I am pleased with my progress. I need a more powerful servo to manage the sails and my rudder mechanism needs to be reworked so that it doesn't bind-up short when tacking starboard.
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    Emma C. Berry modification from static to RC
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    πŸ“ Emma C. Berry Conversion
    11 months ago by carpemoment ( Leading Seaman)
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    Decided to sail her maiden voyage in a more controlled environment -- our condo pool. Rudder worked fine. Lines for sails got fouled up in the winch quickly. Wind was very light. A lot of sideways movement so I will have to increase the keel. I expected that but was hoping that it would be okay for pleasure cruising but there is clearly not enough underwater resistance to gain much control. With the lines fouled, a sudden 30 foot wave took her over and she turtled. BUT she didn't sink and she was a beauty while it lasted. Funny thing is my maiden cruise in my 14' Cyclone ended with capsizing for a similar reason. Only difference is it had been awhile since I had sailed and I forgot to let off the throttle when the wind picked up and a 100' wave took me over. Recovery with my Emma was much less challenging than with my Cyclone. πŸ˜€πŸ˜‰β›΅οΈ

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    πŸ“ Emma C. Berry Conversion
    11 months ago by carpemoment ( Leading Seaman)
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    Lines and shrouds - check. Winch, rudder servo, ballast -- check, check, and check. Ready for her maiden voyage as soon as a last minute repair on the hatches dries.

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    πŸ“ Emma C. Berry Conversion
    12 months ago by carpemoment ( Leading Seaman)
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    Rudder in place and functioning.

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    πŸ“ Emma C Berry Fishing Smack
    12 months ago by Grumpy1949 ( Leading Seaman)
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    this was how she was first built. as a lobster smack with wet wells to bring the catch back alive. she is 40ins single mast single jib massive amount of sail area. short heavy pond keel.aux motor fitted and auto bilge pump fitted. hates a breeze above 5 knots. when the main is out about half, she suddenly becomes lee helmed. will rectify this in the near future.
    had a complete electrical at the pond, rescued by our rescue barge. difficult to keep on course, no wonder they went to schooner rig

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    πŸ’¬ Emma C Berry Fishing Smack
    12 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Probably because -
    "The root cause of lee helm is when the centre of pressure exerted by the wind on the sails falls too far forward of the centre of resistance of the hullβ€”the natural point at which the hull tries to pivot. This tends to push the bow of the boat away from the wind. This can be due to a poor design, for example with the mast too far forward."
    Good ol' Wiki! πŸ˜‰
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_helm
    Nice build πŸ‘ Be interesting to see how a schooner rigged model would behave. Cheers, Doug
    PS love the Rescue Barge πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Emma C Berry Fishing Smack
    11 months ago by Ron ( Midshipman)
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    I was told by a boat yard, that the rudder placement was be far a stern with this type of rig. Where is it on this boat, your photos do not show the model out of the water.

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    πŸ“ Emma C Berry Schooner Rig
    12 months ago by Grumpy1949 ( Leading Seaman)
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    built this one a few years ago. she is fitted with an aux motor only used when we were becalmed. bilge pump auto ops a couple of times in really high wind and foolishly left the topsail up. drop bulb keel installed. flyin jib loosely tethered to jib boom. she is about 30ins and the schooner rig fits quite nicely into the back of my outlander without demasting. she is lovely to sail

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    πŸ’¬ Emma C Berry Schooner Rig
    12 months ago by Baggie ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Looks lovely.
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    πŸ’¬ Emma C Berry Schooner Rig
    11 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Super jobπŸ‘
    Lovely finish and nice clean lines, well done πŸ˜‰
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    πŸ’¬ Emma C Berry Schooner Rig
    11 months ago by carpemoment ( Leading Seaman)
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    Beautiful work. Would you mind sharing some photos/info about your rc setup. Winches used, other servos, etc.

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    πŸ’¬ Emma C Berry Schooner Rig
    5 months ago by ChrisG ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Beautiful model thanks for sharing it with us.πŸ‘

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    πŸ“ Emma C. Berry Conversion
    12 months ago by carpemoment ( Leading Seaman)
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    I purchased this kit 30 years ago. I finally finished it 8 years ago as a static model. Recently, I decided to convert it to a remote control model. We displayed it for a few years but when we moved and downsized, it had to go to storage. Overall it survived but the hull had some damage. Also, since I didn't build it with the intent of ever putting it into the water, I had to patch, seal, rethink, etc.

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    πŸ’¬ Emma C. Berry Conversion
    12 months ago by Grumpy1949 ( Leading Seaman)
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    I got my first kit back in 1974. it went to god during a house shift. Over the last 4 yeays i have built another 2 Emmas. The first is a 30in model ofthe schooner rig and recently a 48in model of the original single masted smack.
    The schooner is fitted with a bulb keel tee shaped and sails beautifully in all strengths of wind. The smack is a 5 knot max sail due to the massive amount of sail area. The smack was fitted with a pond bulb seal as most of its sailing was in reedy ponds. The winch system on both boats sre endless which work beautifully using 6v. I have a heap of photos if reqd

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