I found an old, or perhaps I should say original set of sails for my Gracia yacht. After a wash and iron, please do not let my wife know I can do those things, I thought there was not enough sail for the job and decided to have a fore sail which I made quite quickly. I use wunda-web for glueing the seams rather than stitching.
The yacht is from an old Graupner kit , there is some detail in my harbour, the part built model was a gift, but I have the plans as well. I thought it would be nice to have an interchangeable set of sails. As I type this is still an on-going project.
But testing the yacht for its functions, the rudder worked but Oh dear the sails made noises deep within but no sign of movement from without! On opening up I tried to remember how it all worked, we are talking 17 years ago when I completed her and my memory failed me. Eventually after internal inspection with a good torch I could see I would have to remove the winch system.
I could then see that the elastic had broken!
It was also necessary to fit another location to take the additional sail. This is a filed down section of old brass curtain rail from about 100 years ago, Needed a few holes drilled and it was screwed in place.
The sail set is being constructed around an old mast probably pre-dating the kit which had a ready fitted jack-line, but it was not long enough so the lower part had another 12 inches or so scarfed in, but my woodwork is not so good these days and so I painted over the handiwork, but it is straight and true.
When planning what to do I realised I did not have any small eye hooks to allow for the several bowsies on the mast. A rather long search on the Internet led me to dress making fittings and I ordered 100 for the paltry sum of £1.87 including postage and they work a charm!
Also I used to make my own bowsies but time is a bit more valuable to me now and I ordered some from one of the almost ready to sail yacht model suppliers Volantex I think, 20 of them, and over half gone already. As these were black I also decided that new brass fittings which I made would be left in black which is also the colour of the etching paint.
Now a 4 foot long mast 1/2. inch diameter and a bit tapered bends a bit with the wind. Bending moment is about upper middle. So with the mast stepped on the keel and although adjustable it needs a semi-clamp as it goes through the superstructure.
This moves the bending moment up considerably. Why bother? Well the main sail is closely located to the rear of the mast and likes to be in just 2 dimensions, introduce a 3rd. dimension and it has to fold a bit to accomodate. This sail set had sail battens to deal with this. Inspection showed they had suffered over time and so the broken ones were fished out and new strips of white PVC plastic were cut and inserted.
The deck is separately planked and joggled into the king plank as the hull when I received had printed deck planks which had faded to barely discernable.
More as the job proceedsl.