📝 One meter class yacht. Nimbus.
At the beginning of the year I had an urge to build another yacht the start of which was obtaining the plan by Graham Bantock.
It can be built from a GRP mould but I decided to go for plank on frame again, my favourite boat building method also I had quite a stock of timber planking which was very suitable for the job of building the hull.
Builders of this model are recommended to refer to Racing Sailboats by Chris Jackson which details the build methods very well and is a great help throughout the build.
The planking went well, although at times I could have use another hand and elastic bands came in very handy. I was certainly very pleased with the hull planking.
The next significant part of the build was to build and fit the fin and mast trunking. This to hold firmly in place the mast which goes through the deck to the keel and the fin which goes through the keel to the deck. This was also to be the first time I attempted to use GRP in a boat model.
I built the trunking as per the plan and after checking all measurements several times glued it into the hull both at the base and to the inner gunwales.
The inside of the hull after a tidy up was painted several times with clear GRP including around the mast and fin box. I ended up giving it two coats being generous around the keel but not forgetting the weight I was adding to the yacht. I was very impressed with the strength and rigidity it gave the build.
I will state at this stage although I am checking weights and measurements carefully I am not planning for the completed craft to conform to any official measuring.
I started making the fin and rudder by cross laminating some 2mm thick hardwood at the required sizes which are fin 460mm by 95mm the rudder 180mm by 70mm both being around 10mm at their thickest point. I was pleased with the rudder when shaped, faired down and smooth but less so with the fin which considering the stresses it would be under in a blow and with a 2.5 kg lead weight on the bottom. So I ended up buying a carbon fibre expertly built fin, very sleek and very strong also a smaller and smarter profile than I had a achieved. I then fitted the tidied up lead weight on the bottom and as the fin was shining black proceeded to paint the weight and rudder in black GRP.
To be continued and many thanks for the encouraging remarks about the build .......