Well there are a few advantage to lock down.
Some years ago I saw this hull up for sale on eBay for a very reasonable sum. It became much more reasonable when Royal Mail virtually destroyed it by dropping something very heavy on it before it got to me.
I got it because at the time I was involved quite heavily in racing and as a builder in the Southwold model yatch regattas in Suffolk. One of the “classic” classes up there is for Beach Yawls, they have been racing these since the late 1800’s, they have a fascinating though little known history as racing models all up the east coast of england and right up into Scotland, free sailors of course and usually at least the older ones plank on frame. The most successful original model still racing and wining at Southwold in this class was “Roaring 40s” clinker built in the 1920’s and 36” long.
My Yawl, White Lie a glass fibre copy of a boat called Black Joke which was built in 1921 for the Miss Judith Clark daughter of the then town Clark of Southwold and now in the Southwold museum at 29” inches long could beat Roaring 40s in calm weather but usually lost to it in a good blow.
This hull looked like it could have been made to do the job and now after piecing the hull back together I might get around to having a go.
It’s a bit more symmetrical in hull form than usually seen in model beach Yawls in Southwold but the hull forms of both the full size boats and the models did change as you went up the coast to fit in with local waters. This form looks more like the sea going models that were raced on the Scottish Isles from rowing boats and I suppose could be a scaled down replica - the sea models went up to about 6’ in length.
The pictured hull came from Liverpool and I got it from a chap who was not a model we and new nothing about it.
I am open to any suggestions as to what else it might be as a hull. I am not certain that it is a yawn and I would love to hear from anybody who has any knowledge, pictures, information on or actual models of racing Beach Yawls.
First post on this site and I am not an expert on anything - I just like making things and am interested in the more unusual bits of model yatch history
I am trying to upload pictures of the hull but am having difficulties with it - any help appreciated