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    The Mighty Zulu
    by Hillro ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    ๐Ÿ“ Ships boat and Anchor
    24 days ago by Hillro ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Just had a reply from the Scottish Fishing Museum.
    It seems that the sail version of Zulu did not have a ships boat.

    Also the ships anchor was seemingly stored below the fore deck.

    This was to keep the decks clear for sailing operations.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Ships boat and Anchor
    24 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Robert,
    It is nice to know that there's some people out there that take the time to answer our questions.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Ships boat and Anchor
    24 days ago by brianupyonder ( Warrant Officer)
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    looks very very nice but i would invest in a larger bath๐Ÿ˜€
    brian
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Ships boat and Anchor
    22 days ago by Newby7 ( Captain)
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    Nice job on the sails .Glad to hear you had answers come for your questions.
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ“ New top end of Zulu
    1 month ago by Hillro ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Well after three weeks of sewing sails and lot more in making and fitting the rigging we have how the Zulu class fishing trawler looked about 1890. The motorised version was in use till the 1950.

    Interesting points was how much sail was on a boat of this size, enabling a fast return to harbour to get the best fish price.
    Also as you will notice two chimneys, one for the cook stove, the other from a steam boiler to power the steam capstan. Fishermen it seems were keen to adopt modern technology where it reduced hard labour in fishing net retrieval.
    One issue I have with this model, there appears to be no ships boat onboard. Also the lack of any anchors.
    A visit to the fishing museum when is opens is required for further research.

    Any ideas folks.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: New top end of Zulu
    1 month ago by jbkiwi ( Vice Admiral)
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    Boat looks great Hillro, nice job on the sails. Did you sew the panel lines or draw them on?
    JB
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: New top end of Zulu
    1 month ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Beautiful looking model, very striking.
    You have done a remarkable job.
    Well done shipmate, cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: New top end of Zulu
    1 month ago by marky ( Commodore)
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    Absolutely beautiful , love the colours ,really enjoyed the build .
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: New top end of Zulu
    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Very nice work Hillro.
    I am probably wrong but i don't think she carried a ship boat. And i think the Anchor was tied to inboard side of the forward gunwales.

    Maybe Nerys could set us both right.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: New top end of Zulu
    1 month ago by Hillro ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Lines drawn on. They looked good both sides , amazing.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: New top end of Zulu
    1 month ago by Nerys ( Vice Admiral)
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    Your Zulu looks wonderful, a real credit to you. Be interesting to see how she sails. Looking forward to the photos of that.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: New top end of Zulu
    1 month ago by mturpin013 ( Commodore)
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    That's a really nice looking boat very different from the usual.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: New top end of Zulu
    1 month ago by Nerys ( Vice Admiral)
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    Most fishing boats would get the anchor inboard and, lashed to the gunwhale would be a normal place for it to be stowed.

    I don't think a Zulu normally carried a ship's boat, at least, I cannot find any record of it under sail. However I have seen pictures of a motorised Zulu with a boat stowed on the after deck. Perhaps a boat stowed on the deck of a sailing Zulu would get in the way of sail and net handling, whereas on the motor Zulu, the smaller mizzen mast could be used as a derrick. Just my thoughts!



    Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: New top end of Zulu
    1 month ago by Hillro ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi, thanks for your comments. I think just for interest to inquire about these items from the Fishing Museum in Fife.
    They have a full size Zulu in the museum.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: New top end of Zulu
    24 days ago by marky ( Commodore)
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    Sorry just noticed Hillro , the wheel house is missing ,is this intentional? Or can the wheel house be added to become a later variant of the Zulu ?.
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: New top end of Zulu
    24 days ago by Hillro ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Marky.
    The sail version did not have a wheel house. If you look further down the post you will see the motor propelled version.
    During building this, i had a thought to replace above deck to a sail version.
    I can change these over as i require.
    Robert.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Under Sail
    4 months ago by Hillro ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    At the start of the build using drawings from model boat mag. I researched this boat and found the first boats were purely sail driven.
    The hull dimensions and design has not changed because of the introduction of gasoline engines therefore through a suggestion of a watcher have been working on an alternative superstructure changing my boat to sail.
    I sent for a set of plans for the actual boat from Brown,Son and Ferguson Ltd, Glasgow.
    These included sails and rigging plans.These had to be rescaled to suit my hull
    Attached photographs show my attempt at sails. These are not finished but I have included wired luff ropes served all the way. Still to fit crinkles, etc.

    I am hoping to sail under sail but I think it will have to be windward and then motor back. This because dipping lug sail arrangement is difficult to arrange using rc control.

    Unless any of you know something different.

    just by coincidence Model Boats Mag August 2020 has details of a kit build Zulu.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Under Sail
    4 months ago by Nerys ( Vice Admiral)
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    Looks as if you are making a very good job of the sails. Your only problem would be dipping the main yard around the fore mast as I've said before, but you have answered that one in saying that you will motor to windward, probably only necessary on one tack, and sail when you can. Nice coincidence there being the article in Model Boats, wasn't it. Best of luck as you proceed.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ“ Final Assembly
    5 months ago by Hillro ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Putting together all the parts made earlier.
    Marked up the boat ID , and name plates.
    Now just need a crew, and a pond to sail on.
    I heard the pond I use is weed covered at the moment so it could be the canal.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Final Assembly
    5 months ago by ianed57 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Well done, a very smart build. I'm sure we are all looking forward to some photos on the water, maybe even a video.

    Ian
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Final Assembly
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Very nice, you have done a great job.
    Well done.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Final Assembly
    5 months ago by Newby7 ( Captain)
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    Job well done I like the finish work.
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ“ Fish Scuttles
    5 months ago by Hillro ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Made out of brass sheet, and soldered up.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fish Scuttles
    1 month ago by stevedownunder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Hillro,
    Nice little fish scuttles.
    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Boat Electrics. Wiring Diagram
    5 months ago by Hillro ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Just thought I would record how I wired the boat.
    Not sure how the photo will turn out.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Boat Electrics. Wiring Diagram
    5 months ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Looks good, but shouldn't fuses 3 and 4 be rated the opposite way??
    Nice drawing and easy to follow.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Boat Electrics. Wiring Diagram
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Colin,
    I was just about to say the same.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Boat Electrics. Wiring Diagram
    5 months ago by Ianh ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Why don't you 'parallel' the batteries and then the power would be through one fuse๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Boat Electrics. Wiring Diagram
    5 months ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Exactly the info that I have been thinking about.
    Good post!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Boat Electrics. Wiring Diagram
    5 months ago by Hillro ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    You are correct, The boat is not fused that way.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Boat Electrics. Wiring Diagram
    5 months ago by Hillro ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    yes I could have paralleled up the batteries but I had a spare way so I would use it as an easy isolation point.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Boat Electrics. Wiring Diagram
    5 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "yes I could have paralleled up the batteries but"
    If I'm not very much mistaken, or the diagram is mislabelled, that is exactly what you have done Hillro!
    Both positives are connected via the fuses and both negatives via your negative rail.
    If you MUST do that then you have to make sure that both batteries are identical.
    That doesn't mean just the lables!
    It means that they both must have the same actual voltage and state of charge.
    Otherwise the stronger will start to try and charge up the weakest, which can lead to some excessive current and associated heating ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ˜ญ
    To prevent that Schottky power diodes should be inserted into the + leads of both batteries.
    A simple and neat way to do that, if you don't want to do the soldering yourself, is the Parallel Connection Board from Action Electronics (Component Shop).
    https://www.componentshop.co.uk/p103-parallel-power-board.ht...
    And yes, F3 and F4 are back to front๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    https://www.componentshop.co.uk/p103-parallel-power-board.html
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    ๐Ÿ“ Bath test.
    5 months ago by Hillro ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Did this when the better half was out!!
    Very pleased with the stability of the boat, no fear of capsizing.
    Also was very surprised at the performance of the prop. I thought it was quite small for the size of boat but I think it will give a good turn of speed in the pond.
    Very happy boy!
    Bath Test
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Bath test.
    5 months ago by Nerys ( Vice Admiral)
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    Pleased to hear you are satisfied with your Zulu's stability, looking at her from above, in the bath, I can see why you are pleased with her. Hopefully we will see pics of her on the lake somewhere before long, I'm looking forward to it.

    Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Bath test.
    5 months ago by figtree7nts ( Admiral)
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    Hi Hillro,

    Great bathtub test!
    I can't wait to see her Maiden Voyage Video!

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ“ Installing the electrics
    5 months ago by Hillro ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Spent some time thinking about the fitting of batteries,fuses, esc, and lighting circuits.
    I made up two battery boxes, one for either side of the drive motor. These were mounted but still allow for removal of the batteries, with a bit of fiddling. Recharging is accommodated by plugs on battery leads.
    The fuse board (from Halfords) is mounted in the forward access hatch with a common negative busbar.
    On the positive side two fuses for the battery, one for the speed controller (esc)and another for the lights.
    The fishhold holds the on/off switch,and speed controller which also supplies power to the radio receiver which is installed in the rudder compartment.
    This is to allow the radio aerials to be put in the wheelhouse if required.
    Dry run test went well.
    Oh I did do a float check in the bath,with batteries mounted and had to add some weight to the bows.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Ship's Boat
    6 months ago by Hillro ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    The intention was to make the boat from wood from the scrap box. I made the hull mold as in the photographs however when trying to make the ribs, they kept breaking. Tried various methods and woods with no great success so I turned to plastic. The result I am very pleased with.

    I would be very happy to hear on techniques to build a ship's boat in wood.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Ship's Boat
    6 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hillro,
    I think your ships boat has come out very well.
    Sorry i cannot help with wood techniques as i mainly use plastic myself.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Ship's Boat
    6 months ago by Nerys ( Vice Admiral)
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    Your ship's boat looks fine to me. I always work in wood, but have found building a dinghy/ships boat difficult, so have used good quality card for the planking but a wood keel, stem, transom and thwarts. I found it quite easy and a couple of coats of paint on completion makes it quite strong.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ“ Mast and rigging
    6 months ago by Hillro ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    It's been a wee while since the last post but I have not been idle.
    Fitted the back to the wheel house and fitted all the handrail, etc.
    Made up mast and spars from dowel tapered by sanding, various hardware fitting from brass wire and sheet.
    Don't have a sewing machine, so called up a favour from a friend to make the sail. Fitted the eyelets myself. Assembled the mast, spars and sail. This was a very fiddly task.
    Have arranged the mast head lighting with guide wires. This will be used to power up the lanterns. This was a deviation from the plans however I think a practical solution to allow lanterns to light up.
    Still to fit a few things like water tank, skylights, etc.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Mast and rigging
    6 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    WOW!! you have been busy.
    That looks really good.
    A fiddly job but extremely well done.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Mast and rigging
    6 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Superb work Hilly,
    and an excellent inspiration and how to guide for my Gina 2 fish cutter restoration๐Ÿ‘
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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