many years ago I was approached by the man who ran the Chateau Margot delicious wine factory to make a model
of Water Pipit, one of the smaller Gelyce class yacht
by Camper and Nicholson. They di some at 50 foot and a few at 38 foot. Currently out there and nicely restored is Islay, which I think may be Water Pipet in a later itteration, since it was once restored and subsequently neglected by Ugo Baravalle, at the time Italy's 5th richest man and a gent who actually offered to show me round his vast collection on Elba very graciously. I never heard from the wine mazn again and so couldn't tap him for a deposit to finance the trip to Italy. Project cancelled, Baravalle apologised to, life went on.
Now, I find I would rather like to do the model
for myself, with all the lovely golden interior work.
To do this, the construction would have to be more like the original steam
ed timbers and double diagonal planking
, rather than my usual 3mm ply bulkheads
So, my question is...has anyone ever built
a hull in this way, as a shell, more than a glorified Aerokits/Veron kit? I haven't, so I'm looking for any hints, tricks, warnings you may have.
Here's the boat. You can see the appeal.