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    📝 Lake Union Dreamboat
    2 days ago by 🇨🇦 Brightwork ( Captain)
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    This is the "Turtle".

    She has had a storied career from being a pleasure boat on the coast of BC to being transported on the White Pass Yukon railway from Skagway Alaska to Whitehorse Yukon during WWII to serve as the US armies pleasure boat on the southern lakes. She then was transported to Okanagan Lake in BC interior in the late 60's where the retired Commissioner cruised her for years. Later she was transported to the BC coast (Vancouver) where she is now a liveaboard (Adalante). She has lost all her romantic lines and charm. last pic

    When I was a boy the Commissioner of the Yukon owned her and along with my parents and the head of Yukon Electric in his boat the "Dorothy" we sailed the southern lakes. Beautiful times.

    I know the commissioners grandson and he inherited the model his grandfather built of the "Turtle" from his uncle who passed away this last month. The model was damaged in transit back to Whitehorse. I am honoured to tell his grandson that I will restore her with some improvements for him. I want to keep the integrity and patina of his grandfathers build intact.

    It is poetic that as a boy I have fond memories of his grandfather and this boat and now full circle can lay my hands on the very model that his grandfather, who was my fathers friend, built. First pics are from our boating days in the Yukon early sixties. Then the model Such great memories.

    💬 Re: Lake Union Dreamboat
    1 day ago by 🇺🇸 jumpugly ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Thank you for sharing yours and the boat’s provenance Brightwork! Such wonderful memories.
    One of life’s great pleasures in my book is taking something old and returning it to its former glory. Cheers! And keep those pix coming!!!
    💬 Re: Lake Union Dreamboat
    2 days ago by 🇺🇸 Isaac ( Warrant Officer)
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    restoring and repairing models are a great challenge that is also full of fun and in-depth knowledge of the subject.
    👍👍

    Isaac
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    📝 1958/9 50/55' Chris Craft Constellation
    3 days ago by 🇨🇦 Brightwork ( Captain)
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    This is a model I acquired some time ago. I believe she was a model built for the owner of this very Chris Craft in the early 1960's. A beautiful job. The hull is one piece of wood carved.

    💬 Re: 1958/9 50/55' Chris Craft Constellation
    2 days ago by 🇨🇦 Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Flaxybuck,

    Yes..especially as one comment put it...they did not have the tools etc to make jewelry and all the fine work that it needs as they have now.
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    💬 Re: 1958/9 50/55' Chris Craft Constellation
    2 days ago by 🇨🇦 Brightwork ( Captain)
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    I also have a very substantial collection of Chris Craft Catalogues, brochures, kits and all pricing for all models from late 1920's to 1971. Here is a sampling
    💬 Re: 1958/9 50/55' Chris Craft Constellation
    2 days ago by 🇮🇹 AlessandroSPQR ( Commodore)
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    Thanks Jumpugly.
    💬 Re: 1958/9 50/55' Chris Craft Constellation
    2 days ago by 🇺🇸 jumpugly ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Yes sir, the wood railings screamed custom ordered to me too. Custom or not they sure are beautiful!
    There’s just something about the big Connie’s and commanders… to see One in the water nowadays is a real treat. Anything over 40 feet with a lot of wood will grab anyone’s attention!😀
    💬 Re: 1958/9 50/55' Chris Craft Constellation
    2 days ago by 🇨🇦 Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Jumpugly,

    Yup.....that's the one I have in my records as well. Chris Craft enthusiasts will argue that all CC were bulbous bow until 1958. As a note this model had the wooden railings that dive down to the foredeck. I assume a custom order for the owner. I have attached a photo of the only one I found with the similar railings.
    💬 Re: 1958/9 50/55' Chris Craft Constellation
    2 days ago by 🇺🇸 jumpugly ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    The book is called: "CHRIS CRAFT The Essential Guide" by Jerry Conrad, Copyright 2002 by The Mariners' Museum. It's over 700 pages long and lists everything they built at the Main Division from 1922 to 1977 including their kit boats and sailboats. And they then devote an additional 275 pages to all of Chris Craft's subdivisions including the steel Roamer Hulls. Great Book.
    😊👍
    💬 Re: 1958/9 50/55' Chris Craft Constellation
    2 days ago by 🇺🇸 Len1 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    absolutely stunning. The workmanship is above and beyond. Just to think that the hull was carved is truly amazing .All this done before and without CNC, 3'D printing, CAD, etc.
    Len
    💬 Re: 1958/9 50/55' Chris Craft Constellation
    2 days ago by 🇮🇹 AlessandroSPQR ( Commodore)
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    Thanks Jumpugly, there's no rush.
    💬 Re: 1958/9 50/55' Chris Craft Constellation
    2 days ago by 🇺🇸 jumpugly ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Alessandro, when I get home I will send along the info on the book. It’s quite a tome. 😆
    💬 Re: 1958/9 50/55' Chris Craft Constellation
    2 days ago by 🇮🇹 AlessandroSPQR ( Commodore)
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    Hi Jumpugly, I admire and envy your encyclopedia.
    Is it specific to boats?
    What is it called (title, author and publisher)?
    Sorry for the many questions but I'm a bit obsessed with books.
    💬 Re: 1958/9 50/55' Chris Craft Constellation
    2 days ago by 🇺🇸 jumpugly ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Brightwork, Found it! Here ya' go...from my copy of the CC Encyclopedia. 😉
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    💬 Re: 1958/9 50/55' Chris Craft Constellation
    2 days ago by 🇬🇧 flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    When I see workmanship like this I feel like packing up shop and going home. Such wonderful detail, and beautifully done. Fantastic ! 😉
    💬 Re: 1958/9 50/55' Chris Craft Constellation
    2 days ago by 🇮🇹 AlessandroSPQR ( Commodore)
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    Brightwork you made an excellent purchase.
    💬 Re: 1958/9 50/55' Chris Craft Constellation
    3 days ago by 🇺🇸 jumpugly ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    An absolutely astounding commission piece BW! I will check my CC reference books for more specs if you like. 😊
    💬 Re: 1958/9 50/55' Chris Craft Constellation
    3 days ago by 🇨🇦 Ronald ( Admiral)
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    WOW someone gave you a beautiful piece of work.
    📝 Filming "Dinghy Dan"
    14 days ago by 🇬🇧 philcaretaker ( Commodore)
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    A "Misty March Morning" sets the scene for filming Dinghy Dan`s first trial sailing at the Pavilion Gardens Buxton.
    Dans creator Graham Royle should be more than happy with the inaugural trials - ..... More to come !


    💬 Re: Filming "Dinghy Dan"
    13 days ago by 🇬🇧 Frankiesays1953 ( Master Seaman)
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    It looks real doesn’t it?
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    💬 Re: Filming "Dinghy Dan"
    14 days ago by 🇺🇸 jumpugly ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Simply...
    💬 Re: Filming "Dinghy Dan"
    14 days ago by 🇬🇧 luckyduck ( Midshipman)
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    Brilliant, sails and looks excellent - love the first few frames showing the dinghy scale against the liner behind!!🤣
    💬 Re: Filming "Dinghy Dan"
    14 days ago by 🇬🇧 flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    Well done Phil. Nice piece of work on the dinghy and Dinghy Dan as well as the Go-Pro footage 😉
    📝 "Dinghy Dan"
    14 days ago by 🇬🇧 philcaretaker ( Commodore)
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    Maiden Voyage for "Dinghy Dan" - Allways up for a challenge, Buxton Model Boat Club member Graham Royle now brings us "Dan, Dan the Dinghy Man".
    See Links below Grahams - Clinker built sailing dinghy blog :-


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    📝 "Dan, Dan the Dinghy Man"
    17 days ago by 🇬🇧 philcaretaker ( Commodore)
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    The new kid on the block appears here in Buxton, curtesy of "Model Boats Website" member Graham93
    ALSO - CLICK HERE > below for the "build BLOG" and the Buxton MBC Website.

    blogs/135864
    https://buxtonmodelboatclub.co.uk/
    https://www.youtube.com/shorts/WnPugAg68RY
    📝 "Dinghy Dan"
    18 days ago by 🇬🇧 philcaretaker ( Commodore)
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    Or "Dan, Dan the Dinghy Man" (The automated dinghy man) Another masterpiece from Graham !


    https://www.youtube.com/shorts/QmFQ84dBCi8
    💬 Re: "Dinghy Dan"
    18 days ago by 🇨🇦 Ronald ( Admiral)
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    …And some people just stop at a bear 🐻 …
    📝 RNLI Severn Class
    19 days ago by 🇿🇦 Rudy-M ( Warrant Officer)
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    This 1:14 scale Severn Class life boat was sold on one of our auctions. It was just the hull and bare superstructure.
    2 months later, this is the result.


    💬 Re: RNLI Severn Class
    18 days ago by 🇬🇧 xtramaths ( Master Seaman)
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    planes well,but two months! did you sleep at all? 😊
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    💬 Re: RNLI Severn Class
    18 days ago by 🇺🇸 jumpugly ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    A stout looker and very Badass! Love it! I want one!!!!!
    💬 Re: RNLI Severn Class
    18 days ago by 🇧🇪 hermank ( Captain)
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    Oh I love lifeboats!!!!!!!
    Whatever RNLI or the German counterpart
    Made 2 English, one German actually and the 4th is already on the wharf
    Rnli Tamar scale 1/12
    Herman lifeboatlover
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    19 days ago by 🇬🇧 Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Nice job, planes very well doesn’t she
    📝 Onboard a Focus 2 RC yacht
    19 days ago by 🇿🇦 Rudy-M ( Warrant Officer)
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    I'm not much into yachts and got rid of this one a while ago, but it does make for some nice footage.



    📝 Andy sails Topaz with df65's
    19 days ago by 🇬🇧 MartinH2 ( Leading Seaman)
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    Having done a bit more trimming the lee helm is reduced but a bit like squeezing a balloon it has given me other issues. Anyhow, Andy a proper sailor took her for a spin and after sort of getting to grips with the controls he then went racing with the df65's. Camera battery died before the end of the race but got loads of good advice for the next outing.😎

    💬 Re: Andy sails Topaz with df65's
    18 days ago by 🇬🇧 Chris W ( Leading Seaman)
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    Very nice,all you need now is something a little larger
    💬 Re: Andy sails Topaz with df65's
    18 days ago by 🇬🇧 Chris W ( Leading Seaman)
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    Very nice,all you need now is something a little larger to sail with her.
    📝 RC Shark vs Orca?
    21 days ago by 🇿🇦 Rudy-M ( Warrant Officer)
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    This shark was built by a friend, who also built my 15cm version. Perhaps this could be an alternative to dragging a shark behind a boat?
    @Rogal118


    💬 Re: RC Shark vs Orca?
    18 days ago by 🇿🇦 Rudy-M ( Warrant Officer)
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    Commodore H. You do know sharks dont generally eat people? But this one is Vegan so it doesnt eat meat 😂
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    💬 Re: RC Shark vs Orca?
    18 days ago by 🇺🇸 Commodore-H ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Great looking shark. Does he eat people too?
    💬 Re: RC Shark vs Orca?
    18 days ago by 🇧🇪 hermank ( Captain)
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    It’s almost real! Whaw
    💬 Re: RC Shark vs Orca?
    18 days ago by 🇿🇦 Rudy-M ( Warrant Officer)
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    @Hhager
    Thanks for sharing the rc shark. Took me a while to realise tapping on the other images in the photo is not going to work 😂
    💬 Re: RC Shark vs Orca?
    19 days ago by 🇺🇸 Hhager2 ( Midshipman)
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    Found shark
    💬 Re: RC Shark vs Orca?
    19 days ago by 🇬🇧 Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Wow that’s brilliant. Looks great. I don’t think I could handle 2 transmitters at once. 1 is enough at times. I must admit towing the shark takes the speed out of the Orca and makes her difficult to steer. Roycv did suggest converting the sharks tail to a rudder. Which I feel is do-able from a spare port on the receiver and a long servo wire to the sharks inboard tail servo. But this entails a MK 2 shark in glass fibre. Maybe later this year when the Tyne lifeboat is finished. Thanks for your interest and input, it’s most appreciated. Regards Roger
    💬 Re: RC Shark vs Orca?
    19 days ago by 🇺🇸 Hhager2 ( Midshipman)
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    I did see a Rc shark on eBay or Amazon today. I was thinking of your ship.
    💬 Re: RC Shark vs Orca?
    21 days ago by 🇿🇦 Rudy-M ( Warrant Officer)
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    Peejay no. Cant take credit for the shark design.🤣 I think it was built millions of years ago. But the model is scratch built. There is a remote shark for sale ex China but its not a biter. Its mouth is closed do it looks more like a comedian than a shark. Not sure if there are kits available. But the build isnt difficult. Create the whole body. Then cut it into segments. Connect the segments and insert the electronics. The one in the video has a motor under its belly. The smaller one I have has two tiny drone motors in the pectoral fins and its operated by flipping a switch to alternate the motors on and off. It can also move forward without "swimming". Then it dives and loses signal. And yes. I had some carp attacking my shark.
    💬 Re: RC Shark vs Orca?
    21 days ago by 🇺🇸 Peejay ( Midshipman)
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    Your own design? Or are there plans or a kit? It would be great fun to ‘terrorize’ the other boaters! 😅
    📝 Topaz 60" J class yacht
    23 days ago by 🇬🇧 MartinH2 ( Leading Seaman)
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    A bit more video of a friend sailing my boat for the first time in VERY light air while I took a bit of film. A few initial teething problems with the running rigging ended this session but she does look and go well. This is a 60" J class from Alan Horne at jclasshulls.co.uk

    💬 Re: Topaz 60" J class yacht
    20 days ago by 🇬🇧 roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    The prototype J Class yachts were a class for the Americas Cup back in the 1930s. They were over canvassed and could only sail in less than 20 mph winds!

    All of the original were metal hull yachts using the rising aircraft industry design teams for maximum strength against lightness of hull. In the case of the British Endeavour of 1934 she also had to be sailed across the Atlantic to get to the competition! If you look aft on the yacht there is a discrete black hole and this is where the mizzen mast was set for the journey.

    The class had a formula which traded off hull length against sail area plus some stuff in between. A couple of hulls have recently been built one of laminated wood but otherwise those 'rescued' have had to be re-fitted to modern standards.
    The Endeavour now has an engine with prop in the cut out rudder area and floats a foot lower on the waterline.

    One of my yachts is the 1 : 35 scale Amati Endeavour kit modified to take to the water and I found the quadrilateral jib makes her look really good on the water. But as I say there is so much sail are that even at this size there is too much. I set her up to run with local expected breezes without the quad sail and she goes well. When there is a light breeze the quad can go on and I use the rudder to give some weather helm so she is under control.

    It can be seen from the hull design that the rudder is sloped away at an acute angle and this can be a problem! Consider the hull heeled over 20 degress and you will see the rudder no longer operates in a directional way but just makes the aft of the yacht rise up and down, so you have lost control!

    Therefore the yacht needs to be operated close to the vertical position. The extreme of this is the modern planing cup yachts which only work upright with a mainsail angle of just a few degrees.

    I have added the 3rd. photo as it shows the detail of the mast. On the model this is a 'stressed' ally extrusion mast. The cross-trees are scale and the wire shrouds do strengthen the mast. The mast and sails are stored separately in a sail box.

    When on static display I have a crew, nice and easy at this scale! There was a class system among the crew, the floppy (Rupert the bear) white hats are the crew the proper seamans caps are the officers. When at sea there were 22 crew on board I have about 9 on show. Ca'nt afford any more.

    Roy
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    💬 Re: Topaz 60" J class yacht
    22 days ago by 🇬🇧 Frankiesays1953 ( Master Seaman)
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    That is the best looking yacht I’ve seen to date and sails so well on virtually no wind.
    💬 Re: Topaz 60" J class yacht
    23 days ago by 🇺🇸 BarryS ( Warrant Officer)
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    It looks like she handles really great in the light air.
    I really like it!
    Barry
    💬 Re: Topaz 60" J class yacht
    23 days ago by 🇬🇧 AndyN ( Warrant Officer)
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    I have to admit the conditions are perfect.
    💬 Re: Topaz 60" J class yacht
    23 days ago by 🇬🇧 luckyduck ( Midshipman)
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    Beautiful - just shows what a fabulous hull design the J's had that she sails so well in such a light wind. That is one yacht to be very proud of.👍👍
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    📝 Orca with Jaws chasing
    24 days ago by 🇬🇧 Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Having modified the connection to Jaws, the shark stays central to the stern. Whereas before he would veer to one side and tangle the connection around his fins. The steering of Orca is very slow as the shark tail fin has a lot of influence, in as much as wanting to remain straight ahead. The Orca has a large turning circle because of this, I would estimate a least 10 metres. Where as without the shark in tow the Orca turns in 2 metres. Something to remedy in the future. Here is a short video,

    https://youtu.be/a2ThJuIMCyQ?feature=shared
    💬 Re: Orca with Jaws chasing
    21 days ago by 🇺🇸 Isaac ( Warrant Officer)
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    You need a bigger boat!!!!!!!!!!!!🤣🤣🤣



    Isaac
    💬 Re: Orca with Jaws chasing
    24 days ago by 🇿🇦 Rudy-M ( Warrant Officer)
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    Awesome! I have a rc shark. Its about 8,5m in length based on its scale. Two small motors under the fins propells it. Its 15cm long. Scratch built
    📝 Help identify her please
    25 days ago by 🇨🇦 Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Can anyone tell from this build what model she is. Thank you

    💬 Re: Help identify her please
    21 days ago by 🇩🇪 RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I reckon you're right Roy👍 but with some 'modellers license'.
    Especially at the stern - seems to be intended for only one shaft whereas the original had two.
    Stabilisers were also fitted to the hull.
    The embryonic superstructure looks about right though.
    Deans still do a kit, but it ain't cheap🤑🤑
    Cheers, Doug😎


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    💬 Re: Help identify her please
    21 days ago by 🇬🇧 roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi are there several decks and a funnel? Might be the Royal Yacht Britannia. Deans did a kit some years ago.
    Roy
    💬 Re: Help identify her please
    24 days ago by 🇧🇪 hermank ( Captain)
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    Brightwork
    Coule it be thé hull of an old er steamtowboat?
    📝 60" J class yacht with Genoa in +/-10 mph winds
    25 days ago by 🇬🇧 MartinH2 ( Leading Seaman)
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    This is my first attempt at building a boat and is based on TOPAZ (J8). The hull/basic kit is from jclasshull.co.uk and the sails from PJsails. My biggest mistake is to make her too heavy but I can't remove ballast, besides that she goes REALLY well. I am still fiddling with the tuning to remove the Lee helm and have already got her neutral. : ) The remote movable Genoa clew carriages are proving to offer brilliant control over the Genoa leech, powering up or down as required.

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    23 days ago by 🇬🇧 MartinH2 ( Leading Seaman)
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    Hello Frankiesays, you are right, since that video I have moved the mast top backwards due to a pretty strong Lee helm which has worked a treat, she is pretty neutral now. Trying to sail and hold the camera meant sail trimming wasn't the best however broad reaching she looks and goes beautifully, straight downwind = no nose dives so far and very controllable. I have a jib which is about 20% smaller than the Genoa which I have yet to try but am still learning to work with the rig as it is at the moment.
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    💬 Re: 60" J class yacht with Genoa in +/-10 mph winds
    24 days ago by 🇬🇧 Frankiesays1953 ( Master Seaman)
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    That’s a very sleek yacht and sails beautifully. I notice that you are sailing close hauled in several directions, what she like on a reach or run? There’s a fair breeze there, do you foresee having to replace the genoa with a jib in a blow?
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    24 days ago by 🇬🇧 Chris W ( Leading Seaman)
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    Looks lovely and sails well,as you say yourself she is sitting a little low in the water.If the excess weight turns out to be a problem i suggest you contact Alan at J Class hulls, he is one of the most helpful people I have ever met and as the designer of the Nottingham 60 if there is a way to remove some weight he will know.If it can't be done just enjoy your beautiful yacht.
    💬 Re: 60" J class yacht with Genoa in +/-10 mph winds
    24 days ago by 🇬🇧 RogerA1 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    She looks absolutely stunning and looks to be sailing really well
    I have a Nottingham type J class to build. Makes me want to get on with it
    💬 Re: 60" J class yacht with Genoa in +/-10 mph winds
    24 days ago by 🇺🇸 jumpugly ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    She’s a sharp looker Martin! Awesome!!!
    💬 Re: 60" J class yacht with Genoa in +/-10 mph winds
    25 days ago by 🇬🇧 MartinH2 ( Leading Seaman)
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    I took about 400 photos and quite a few videos of the build. Unfortunately they are a bit random but when I look at them I remember why I took them😂 Not too sure if posting them wouldn't be a bit too dull. Anyone building one of Alan Horne's 60" J class might find some nuggets though😎 Here is a series of clips I did on the running rigging......my head was still minced.
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    25 days ago by 🇬🇧 luckyduck ( Midshipman)
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    An awesome build, which is obviously well balanced to see her tack on a sixpence. With all your skills, I expect to see the next incarnation with either a hoisting spinnaker or star cut?!!!!🤣🤣
    💬 Re: 60" J class yacht with Genoa in +/-10 mph winds
    25 days ago by 🇮🇹 AlessandroSPQR ( Commodore)
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    Hi Martin.

    Truly wonderful navigation.
    Exceptional turns.

    Great video, you have my like and a comment on your YouTube channel.

    True, it seems to have little freeboard due to the weight but, as you say, it sails excellently.

    Congratulations for your RC model and above all congratulations for having defined the headsail as GENOA and not as a jib.
    Not many know this difference and in the end I thought that this term only existed in the Italian language.

    I usually ask people who only post photos to show us a video.
    I ask you: can you post some detailed photos (including internal ones) of your boat, please?

    You could post everything (description and photos) in the Harbour section of this forum.

    If your designs work this well the first time, I can't wait to see the next ones.
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    25 days ago by 🇬🇧 MartinH2 ( Leading Seaman)
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    Thank you👍 I was right into scale gliders in the 80's and 90's and loved building models.Then I discovered paragliding. All was good until a pretty traumatic head injury at the end of 22 and I came to determined to build a J class yacht. No idea where it came from. Have learned loads with "head injury" sheeting systems and sticking bits of wood together and now getting on with sailing. I am halfway through building a HAKits Thames slipper launch, a lovely simple little kit that goes together sweetly. I have tarted it up with a crowned mahogany and sapele deck blah blah and she will probably weigh a ton that'll be a great doorstop if she doesn't float.
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    25 days ago by 🇩🇪 RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Brillo👍👍👍
    You've done a rattlin' good job there Martin, especially first attempt!
    I'm wondering what you honed your skills on before turning to model boats.
    Waiting with great anticipation to see what you do next😉
    Cheers, Doug😎
    📝 Onboard footage
    26 days ago by 🇿🇦 Rudy-M ( Warrant Officer)
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    This tug is large enough to mount a iPhone inside the bridge. Footage was however done with a phone mounted in front of the bridge.
    The various models you see was for the so-called Annual Record Day where the idea is to see how many boats can be in the dam. As you can see, very few actually run, and some only have a little toe in the water.
    There was 122 "models" that day in 2022 setting a "new" record.
    In 2023 nothing was organised and in 2024, the "record" was 75.






    💬 Re: Onboard footage
    25 days ago by 🇿🇦 Rudy-M ( Warrant Officer)
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    @DWBrinkman
    Our dam is also a storm water retention dam. No toilets and no clubhouse. Its 7meters deep in places but the launching area forms a beach during summer. Should start filling up from now onward though. Then the water get to the steps and you need to dust off the Wellys for that wading excurtions. 😊
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    💬 Re: Onboard footage
    25 days ago by 🇺🇸 DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Great video, thanks for sharing. And, yes, that is a LOT of boats!!
    Even 75 boats this past year is an impressive number.
    It looks like an awesome pond to run in.
    Our club has a nice venue, but ultimately it is a storm water runoff-fed pond. So no gradual beach and certainly no wading to set up the boats, that would be nice.
    Dave B
    💬 Re: Onboard footage
    25 days ago by 🇿🇦 Rudy-M ( Warrant Officer)
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    @Peejay
    Not on this tug. I have an FPV camera mounted in my Research vessel. The screen is mounted on the transmitter (I don't use Goggles). Unfortunately my VTX cannot record the footage. But...
    I also have Go-Pro cameras. They however operate on 2.4Ghz Wifi, which picks up interference from the 2.4Ghz model TX. I can connect these cameras to a phone to get FPV, but range is not ideal for "steering". It loses signal about 10m away from shore.😊
    💬 Re: Onboard footage
    26 days ago by 🇺🇸 Peejay ( Midshipman)
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    Do you have any way to ‘see’ what the camera is seeing, like in many drones, or do you just aim the boat and hope for the best?
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