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Fairly Hunsman renovation part 1 Print Booklet
Author: CB90   Posts: 6   Photos: 35   Subscribers: 1   Views: 840   Responses: 9   |   Most recent posts shown first   (Show oldest first)
Fairey Hunsman renovation part 6 - Posted: 30th Jan 2019
Hi, Have added two brushless motors prop shafts etc, twin rudders as per original boat and also a cabin roof.

Did a test run (sorry no pics) but she was great, predictable and stable in rough conditions.

I have started on the inner decking, this plugs in the hull, still a lot to do.

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Fairey Hunsman renovation part 5 - Posted: 22nd Oct 2018
Started on Superstructure, as I had some free time, the cabin and sides will not be removeable and access to installation will be via the rear of cabin's floor area.
lite ply profiles cut to an old Vic Smeed design.

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Fairey Hunsman renovation part 4 - Posted: 29th Aug 2018
Rubbing down hull,
Close ups of hull repairs
Drill holes in transom for the exhaust pipes (water cooling outlets).
Added spray rail to side of hull.

Have found that I am having bad reactions to the fumes from Gorilla Glue.

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Response by steve-d on the 22nd Oct 2018
What a real back end looks like
Fairey Hunsman renovation part 3 - Posted: 26th Aug 2018
Thanks to ChrisF I am able to rebuild the boat with a different superstructure, but using the Huntsman 31 hull, he informed me of a Sport version of the 31 that had similar cabin as the 28.

With some investigation.

The New boat will now be '2017 Huntsman 31 Cockpit', this is a modern remake of the original design by a new setup.

Fairey 2017 Huntsman 31 cockpit, 2 berth classic sports cruiser

Length: 31’3”
Beam: 9’6”
Draft: 2’10”
Displacement: 4.5 Tons

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Response by ChrisF on the 15th Sep 2018

That boat will look great when it's finished. The hull of the Huntsman 31 is the sleekest of the lot.

I'm looking to build an aft cabin version in the near future but at some point would like to build a Sport version.

As per part 1, yes the scale of 1:11 is a bit strange, will have to ask Dave Milbourn how that came about.
Fairey Hunsman renovation part 2 - Posted: 26th Aug 2018
The boat was free but I gave a small donation to the club,(Darlington & District Model Boat Club).

Started by removing all hardware, motor mounts, prop shaft, rudder, water-scoops and outlets.

Next fill the holes I have made, remove some excess wood.
roughly sand down hull.

Foam bow area, and glue crack in deck.

Find a lot of damage to the fibreglass hull, large chips out of the gel coat and associated stress fractures, and other spider web cracks.

Drimmel all crack lines and open up chips and dents, then fill with a filler. an experimental mix of P38 and Araldite, hope it works.

Start planning drive options I have a number of items that I have brought and not used that will be put in this boat, otherwise they may never find a home.

last picture shows drive option to use up components.

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Fairey Hunsman renovation part 1 - Posted: 5th Aug 2018
I was lucky to be able to get myself a fibre glass hulled Fairey Huntsman 31 this is a model of the 31 ft Huntsman which converts to a scale of 1:11 which is a bit of a strange scale, the superstructure is in a poor state, so I am thinking it could now be changed to a 'Fairey Huntsman 28' which I think looks better.

Huntsman 28
The model 34 in long is close to 1:10scale at 34.6in

Some History
Four Huntsman 28's took part and competed in the 1969 Daily Telegraph / B.P. Round Britain powerboat race.
A Huntsman 28 'Fordspeed No 909' entered and completed the London - Monte Carlo race in 1972. Also the same boat set a new class speed record of 51.271 mph on Lake Windemere, in October 1973.
The hull is a deep V with single chine and spray rails. The construction was of laminated mahogany, the hulls were cooked in an oven to cure the glue.
The twin engines were placed mid ships.

LOA: 28' 10" (8.8m)
LWL: ~24' 10" (~7.6m)
Beam: 8' 9" (2.66m)
Draught: 2' 6" (0.76m)
Displacement: 8160lbs (3710kg)

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Response by ChrisF on the 6th Aug 2018
Canabus - I bet Dave had a fit when he saw the spelling of Fairy on those instructions!!

Response by RNinMunich on the 6th Aug 2018
So do I Chris 😲
Response by CB90 on the 24th Aug 2018
Fairey Huntsman 31 aft cockpit 2 berth classic sports cruiser
it will be then, sorry about the spelling will correct if possible.

Length: 31’3”
Beam: 9’6”
Draft: 2’10”
Displacement: 4.5 Tons