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    Ketch Barge ''Pearl of Ipswich''
    Hello, As I have mentioned before, I like the workboats from the age of sailing. The sailing barges caught my interest some time ago on one of my stays in the UK and I recently purchased a number of books on them. interesting history, more to it than I realized. Finally decided to build a Ketch Barge that is categorized as a Boomie as well. Several reasons; I wanted to model one of the larger ones, this one is 85', and I like gaff rigged boats with booms. Top
    sails
    a must as well and I like ketches. This one fits the bill and who could resist the chance to set 7 to 8
    sails
    ! Frank Carr's book tells the story of the barge Pearl and included plan, elevation, lines and sail plans. Nice bit of information, I can build with that. See attached photos. This will probably be a lengthy build, my Falmouth Gaff-rigged Cutter took me two years. I built that one while on assignment in Grand Cayman using only my small kit OD hand tools. More to come, hope to start this week. Cheers, Joe
    6 months ago by Joe727
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    (Working Vessel) Paula III
    A great little boat from Graupner, plenty of detail and
    sails
    /handles very well. it has been sunk on our lake by one of the other larger yachts but I managed to retrieve it and dry it out - the only issue is that I don't have too much low speed control in forward from the ESC but nevertheless works still. I have just given my Paula 3 a makeover - just used some spare bits and pieces that were left over from othere builds, plus a good rubbing down and re-spray. (Motor: 540) (ESC: Fleet Control Systems) (8/10)
    6 years ago by ads90
    Media
    Mowe 2
    I hadn't built a model of any sort since I was 15 years old and that was a control line aeroplane with a glow worm engine. 45 years later and regressing nicely back to my teenage years, my wife bought me (reluctantly!) a RC Boat Kit - Mowe 2. I had been wanting to build again for many years, but children and family and home situation did not allow. So, over the cold Autumn and Winter Months I carefully put my spare nights to good use, rather than watching night after night TV box sets and re-watching the entire James Bond movies, not once but 2 or 3 times.... Anyhow after 3 months...the finished product. I should have started a blog but didn't know of this site until a few weeks ago. Not a brilliant finished job, but a satisfying one, and it
    sails
    nicely on Bushy Park boating lake in Kingston-upon-Thames. Now o nto bigger and more complicated things...a Fairey Huntsman 31. This time I'll do a blog....πŸ‘
    5 months ago by StuartE
    Forum
    Robbie Estelle Yacht
    This model is complete with Futaba receiver so would require a compatible transmitter. Good condition and
    sails
    well in stiff winds. Personal pickup only due to size. Β£150
    5 months ago by Rockbag
    Forum
    Emma C. Berry
    I need some help. I've successfully refurbished my static display Emma C. Berry model and added remote control. I have the
    sails
    on a winch loop, I have the rudder on a servo, I even managed to add a motor, and an extended keel with weight. The one issue that I have not been able to resolve is maneuvering under sail. Primarily, I cannot get it to move through the irons when coming about. She responds and the
    sails
    will luft, she might even catch some wind but she never makes enough of a turn to change direction. I've already changed out the rudder for the larger size on the plans. I've also tried extending the depth of the rudder. Bottom line, she is mainly being driven by the current. In this situation, by current I mean whichever way the wind is blowing the small lake. It is a local park lake and doesn't really have any inherent current. My one suspicion is the keel I added. It is doing its job to keep her upright and providing some resistance but in the end, the underwater current is overpowering her response to the rudder and/or trimming the
    sails
    . See Photo. I had originally wanted to incorporate a more rounded profile on the ends of the weight and the shafts but I remember reading somewhere that it isn't that critical
    sails
    are per the plans and made from the material that came with the kit (25+ years ago). I even added a couple of sailor figures but we still can't establish control. 😭
    5 months ago by carpemoment
    Forum
    Emma C. Berry
    I know more about full size sailing vessels than I do models but Steve-D is quite correct in saying you need momentum in order to come about. The usual practice with a vessel with a long straight keel would be to let her pay off a little to get a bit more weigh on her, then sail her round slowly rather than putting the helm hard down. if she still got into irons, backing the fore
    sails
    would help to bring her round. it wasn't unknown for a hard headed ship to let her pay right off, gybe her round, then come back on the wind on the other tack. I hope you won't have to resort to that.
    5 months ago by Nerys
    Forum
    Emma C. Berry
    In order to go about you need the boat to retain some momentum whilst the
    sails
    are not filled. I think the bluntness of both the keel bulb and its fin are producing sufficient drag to loose way during the turn. Steve
    5 months ago by steve-d
    Forum
    Damen Stan 4207 Plans
    Will send you the plans (such as they are - these are sections and the General arrangement) to your personal address. I am pleased with the model from ever perspective. She
    sails
    well and looks good; was also a rewarding challenge to build. She does require either skill or much patience to build.
    5 months ago by RHBaker
    Response
    San Pedro by Harbor Models!
    Ed, This is probably my favorite part of a build, deciding what to build! So many great boats out there, how many tugs do you currently have? Just curious.. Do you ever build sailboats? That's how I got started, with
    sails
    , like the history and quiet running of course. Glad to see you are jumping on to the next build, I liked your detailed blog on the Brooklyn, very well done. Cheers, Joe
    5 months ago by Joe727
    Blog
    Determine Scale / Ribs / HELP with building board ideas?
    To clarify this build, it will be a RC Sailing Boat with full functioning rudder and
    sails
    . I say this as I am using the PEARL for its design overall, but as to detailed historical details it will have some, but be simplified. Boat's Dimnsions were shown in Imperial, 21' width x 85'-6" length. The bowsprit adds about another 25% in length. To determine what scale I wanted to build in I thought most about storage, weight to lift and how to transport to the pond. I like to keep things simple, I prefer to rig it and transport while assembled, with the topsail mast dropping and the bowsprit retracted. Have done this before and it has worked well for me. Looking at potential scales and finished sizes. * 3/4" or 1/18 scale would be 16" x 64" * 1/2" or 1/24 scale equals 10.5" x 42.75" * 3/8" equals 8" x 32" I prefer a larger bout in length as it is easier to get to sail correctly, at least in my experience. Anything under 32" get tricky. I like the 64" size, but with bowsprit will be about 88" LOA. This will be a little too large for my vehicle. I decided to go with 1/2" scale as it will still be a good length hull. Ribs - I took the hull line drawings from the book, which were very small, just about an inch wide. I scanned the image and using the app "paint" on my laptop. I cropped it close around the hull rib drawing, I then enlarged it to 1/2" scale. Then I printed on standard letter sized paper, then mirrored the image cut them in two, pasted up as seen in the photos to show the completed rib sections. Next I will put together a building board / hull jig. I want to build bottom up for planking. DO any of you have any good ideas for the best one to build? I have never done this except for tiny boats. Ideas, Help would be appreciated. Joe
    6 months ago by Joe727
    Forum
    Revised Gypsy
    The little 15” sailboat never preformed well, so I am making some alterations to the keel, adding furled
    sails
    and a small inboard motor.
    6 months ago by Ron
    Media
    ''smaragd''
    here my robbe smaragd in heavy wind conditions !
    sails
    like a beauty 😁 for an old big lady !
    6 months ago by Smaragd
    Forum
    DF95
    sails
    like a dream even compared to my Laser. Not for early learning though! Very responsive
    6 months ago by Ianh
    Forum
    DF95
    Just recently put together one of the newer Joysway DF 95,s What a pleasure. The instructions are very clear and concise, Obviously written by somebody that knows English. This boat fits into the RG 95 class. Comes complete with 1 sail set made of Mylar. Other
    sails
    can be manufactured suggest Sochs
    sails
    6 months ago by Ianh
    Directory
    (Yacht) DMI 'Pirat''
    Classic modell, in the 70's sold under the name DMI pirat. a full wooden sailboat without RC controls. the keel was extended to improve stability. In the 90's the wooden strips from the hull were so dried out, that I had to fill it complete with epoxy and sprayed the uniform 'baby blue'color. After a long period in the attic , it saw daylight again and the
    sails
    needed to be replaced. Now it is a static model with sailing capacities. (7/10)
    6 months ago by Smaragd
    Directory
    (Yacht) robbe smaragd
    A top sailboat from the Robbe collection, the big lady also referred to. adjusted
    sails
    to look more original and keel weight added to improve stablilty (5/10)
    6 months ago by Smaragd
    Media
    Robbe Smaragd
    Here's my Robbe smaragd, its about 30 years old and recently I have refitted some electronics. sailwinch replaced for the genua fore sail. it just did not function very well. It
    sails
    like a beauty and very steady on coarse.
    6 months ago by Smaragd
    Forum
    Fairmile D 1/24 Scale Build
    Hi Sakibian, The PT boat site now sells stuff too, but was originally a site where the author John Drain described how he was building his PT boat and then the E-boat. There are good plans and examples of how he has constructed these boats. My Fairmile D was made from plywood frames, pine stringers, planked and skinned with balsa and then fibreglassed. it was a very interesting and difficult shape, but very satisfying once completed. it
    sails
    beautifully in the most difficult conditions. I have also included a few more pics of my friend's E-boat with the newer camouflage for further inspiration.
    6 months ago by reilly4
    Forum
    Older Billings Models
    Hi I was unaware that the Samson and Polar Trawler had the same hull, I have had a Polar Trawler for several years, purchased as a project from that auction site β€œE” something and it
    sails
    really well, so if the Samon is the same Hull it should be a very good model. Somewhere on the site I have posted some articles about the Polar’s rebuild. Will try to find the links if I can.
    6 months ago by jelley_baby
    Response
    sails
    And from me Jacko
    6 months ago by onetenor
    Blog
    2nd channel
    2nd servo fitted and copper pipe through round hatch all i need to do now is make the control arms to to operate main and for
    sails
    (photos to follow )
    7 months ago by jacko
    Directory
    (Working Vessel) Doris
    Doris is built plank on frame and is a copy of the Thames Bawley by the same name, number LO284. The original which is still afloat in Gillingham Kent was built in 1909 in Harwich by J & H Cann for Leigh on Sea publican Mr Choppin who named the ship after his favourite daughter. Dimensions of the original 40ft length 14ft beam 5ft 6in draft, weight not known. The model is a dream and looks really good, she
    sails
    well and the motor is only to help her 'about' when she is feeling challenging and to bring her ashore if and when the wind dies. I have no r/c control of the
    sails
    which is something I am still considering as a consequence she goes everywhere on a broad reach her best sailing position anyway. I do hope you like her thanks for looking Chris G (8/10)
    7 months ago by ChrisG
    Forum
    Book on Sailing Barges
    Chris, Thank for the information, I will look into that book. I started in RC Boating but building and racing several classes of sailboats, including several US1Meter class. Being a much better builder than skipper, I was drawn to schooners that many club members had. Got interested in working sailcraft due to the history and the slower, power of these craft. The Gaff Rigged Handbook by Jihn Leather is one of my favorite build guides. Yes, I really like Gaff Rigging. This book was great for lots of rigging details and
    sails
    ... See photo example. Joe
    7 months ago by Joe727
    Forum
    Furled
    sails
    powered yacht with inboard motor
    Any one with pictures of their Sloop, Yawl, or otherwise where the sailboat is powered by a small electric motor? The
    sails
    furled. My Gypsy did not sail well, but could be modified for power.
    7 months ago by Ron
    Forum
    Furled
    sails
    powered yacht with inboard motor
    Ron, It's tough to get a smaller boat to sail correctly, at least I have not had much luck. My cutter is 45" and over 30lbs, so I don't think my build will be of much help. Looking at your hull and keel design, typically the prop is in front of the rudder. You would probably have to cut out a half circle in the rudder, check out boats of this design... Joe
    7 months ago by Joe727
    Forum
    Furled
    sails
    powered yacht with inboard motor
    Gypsy is 15 inches
    7 months ago by Ron
    Forum
    Furled
    sails
    powered yacht with inboard motor
    Ron, My gaff rigged cutter has a auxiliary motor and it works great. I can take some photos and get you some information motor and prop and on how I did it. What size is your Gypsy? Joe
    7 months ago by Joe727
    Response
    HMS BRAVE BORDERER
    HI a chap in our club
    sails
    a Vosper mtb ,quite fast on a single screw , planes easily even on its brushed motor . every time he tries to turn at speed the boat dives bow going under water . we think the rudder , when the boat banks is taking on a horizontal conponent like an aeroplane elevator . we seem to use rudder sizes much larger in comparison to full size boats which wont help Cheers Ian
    7 months ago by TOWN3810
    Response
    new
    sails
    Beautiful
    sails
    ! How nice that you have a wife that sews so well. The cart looks great, I have been working on a cart that wii carry my yacht and tug, still designing. Joe
    7 months ago by Joe727
    Forum
    How to RC small boats?
    http://www.mhsd.org/model/howto/servo.htm Anyone done this? Please send me some pictures of your work and anything I should be cautious about when putting this in a small craft? I want to put a small motor in the Comet sailboat and run it with the
    sails
    furrowed.
    7 months ago by Ron
    Forum
    Scratch built yacht.
    I am thinking of building a new sailing yacht from plans which I have yet to acquire. I have 8 A4 pages of drawings of a Goth-USOM from Frank Russell 2014, not sure where I got them from and if they are worthy of the time and effort. The size is about right at 1000mm length and about 1500mm deck to masthead. I have had dealings with Nylet in the past and am sure they would be helpful for rigging,
    sails
    etc. I plan to plank build the hull onto wooden bulkheads. Although I have built several model boat hulls using this method before I wonder if I could enlist some help or recommendations from any other members of this group ie choice of plans, how to do it books. Many thanks Chris G
    8 months ago by ChrisG
    Media
    Sea Fox
    This Swede Johnson and his yawl and its captain, Popeye. Swede pasted away several years back, I wanted to post this in his memory. He scratch built all of his boats over the years and was well know for his leading edge designs like the US1 Meters and Marbleheads. He taught me to scratch build boats and
    sails
    . Yes, Popeye's arm moves with the acting tiller.
    7 months ago by Joe727
    Forum
    Sail cloth
    Building a boat which is actually a 10 rater but I'm not planning to race it. Most
    sails
    these days are mylar and not what I want as I'm looking for a more 'Classic' look and even plan to build a cabin top. I've seen some using 'ripstop' nylon but these tend to have a square pattern woven into them which is probably the element preventing rips. Can anyone suggest anything? Off white would be good or perhaps dark red or brown.
    9 months ago by steve-d
    Directory
    (Other) SeaTurtle
    Scratch built gaff rigged cutter sailboat. RC
    sails
    , rudder and auxially motor. (Motor: 550) (5/10)
    8 months ago by Joe727
    Directory
    (Other) Annie
    sails
    only - no motor. Built from a Speedline Models kit. Performs surprisingly well but need a moderate breeze to make headway. (5/10)
    8 months ago by alan20
    Blog
    Getting Close
    I've been trying different configurations for controlling the
    sails
    . Finally settled on the winch circular method and managed to get it installed and calibrated. My tether broke the other day. Fortunately, a kayaker came along and graciously retrieved her for me. So I decided it was time to go ahead and add a motor. The drag of the tether was affecting my ability to get control of her. After a few failed attempts, I was able to come up with a configuration that works. Probably way overpowered but I had a spare motor from a defunk helicopter sitting around. AND finally, the beauty of her markings are back. I found a source for new labels (much easier to apply than the original ones that were water based).
    8 months ago by carpemoment
    Blog
    Emma C. Berry Sailboat
    I took my Emma out for a second "real" water voyage, tethered of course. Overall I am pleased with my progress. I need a more powerful servo to manage the
    sails
    and my rudder mechanism needs to be reworked so that it doesn't bind-up short when tacking starboard. https://youtu.be/_IXdwBZyCqE
    11 months ago by carpemoment
    Forum
    RC Mixer
    Hi, I'm doing some (a lot) of research before embarking on a Bristol Pilot build. My attention has now turned to controlling the twin fore
    sails
    . A helpful guy at my club mentioned using a 'mixer'. Anyone who has controlled two fore
    sails
    and/or a genoa on a racing yacht may have some ideas here - any welcome. But my initial question is about terminology. Reading my Futaba handbook - a truly excellent translation 😑- I find two terms under the mixer section - 'OFS' and 'VR' - any idea what they mean? For interest, the problem is that the front sail overlaps the rear 'foresail' so we can not simply attach a sheet to the front sail to drag it to a 'tight' position as this may tangle with the rear foresail. The second problem is that if the foresail is out to the port, the drum winch must turn anticlockwise to haul it in, whereas when it is to starboard the winch must turn clockwise. I do love these problems, but desperately need help. If its only someone telling me not to be stupid and just lket the foresail hang loose - I'm not racing afterallπŸ‘ Sam
    8 months ago by sam
    Forum
    Free plans Inc Tamar lifeboat plans
    very nice finish glad to see it
    sails
    wellπŸ‘. I must get mine going on the water next year. david
    8 months ago by jtdavid
    Response
    Victoria (vintage )
    now with cotton
    sails
    8 months ago by jacko
    Media
    Carina
    Trying to learn to use this forum properly I am publishing a video that shows an experiment I did to find out how fast the stepper motor could turn. I am using in my model of the sailboat Carina 2 stepper motors like the one shown in the video to work as a winch to control the position of the
    sails
    in a system solution where I am realizing this my own way to implement the sheets as shown on the original sailboat Endeavour. This requires my sheet control system to control the length of the sheet of the mainsail i.e. over a range of 8.3 meters. This requires the drum which is turned by the stepper motor to make 21 full turns. Details will be published in my report from scratch of building my Carina.
    8 months ago by Hellmut1956
    Blog
    Deck beams & keel
    Been glueing up the curved deck beams (one still in the jig) and laying them roughly in place but final position is going to be governed by mast position and hard points for the running and standing rigging most of which I have yet to establish. Most of the keel is done but still needs plenty of sanding to get the foil profile right. So next question is does anyone have knowledge on how to make my own
    sails
    . They will not be modern Mylar/scrim types as I am going for a semi vintage look. I've bought some white nylon cloth (about the grade you would make a holdall out of) now I need to learn how the get the right shape into the sail.
    8 months ago by steve-d
    Directory
    (Yacht) fair wind
    kyosho fair wind yacht .This is getting on for twenty years old,it is a big yacht wth a main mast and
    sails
    that is over 4 feet high.The electrics are futaba and it has two servos fitted one for the rudder and the other is for the
    sails
    .The hull is Abs with the mast and booms made from aluminum.I purchased this in a poor state with problem electrics and in need of tlc. (8/10)
    8 months ago by keithtindley
    Blog
    new
    sails
    the other half has been a busy bee with her sewing machine so today i set about fully rigging her
    8 months ago by jacko
    Blog
    Vintage style yacht designed by ''Vic Smeed''
    Any one interested in buying my Yacht ? ''Starlet'' Vintage style yacht designed by "Vic Smeed" all plywood construction, 11" beam x34" length, sail area 465 Sq inches. Complete with heavy duty sail arm large servo and rudder servo installed. Good
    sails
    although slightly marked and rigging. Install a receiver ready to sail.Β£135 Best if collected in person. Located in West Surrey.
    8 months ago by lhpen
    Forum
    Cleaning
    sails
    , toy yachts, etc....
    Thanks, onetenor. I put a coat of said varnish on today and the repairs almost disappeared. Very pleased. The rest of the day was visitors, so not much done. Martin
    8 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Cleaning
    sails
    , toy yachts, etc....
    I just got a lovely old Star SY 3 yacht and needed to clean some filthy
    sails
    . My wife suggested Vanish and blow me down with a genoa, it's working. A generally mid to dark grey (I believe oil based) grubbiness has all but disappeared and I should be able to re-rig them with some new off white 1.3mm string from Caldercraft fittings at Cornwall Model Boats. I can make new styrene bowsies and any metal hooks and loops. I've scraped the mast and bowsprit fittings of rust until they look shiny again, repaired a broken mast and repainted the green edging which had been a bit knocked about. I love doing these restorations more than making new stuff! Martin
    9 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Brixham trawler IBEX
    Hi Sam, I guess so. if you want to be technical I suppose you need to think where your centre of gravity is, and where your centre of effort is from the
    sails
    etc. Are you going to cast the keel or make it up? Edward
    8 months ago by cenbeth
    Forum
    Cleaning
    sails
    , toy yachts, etc....
    OK Martin well done "That's the way to do it" as they used to squeak. I love to see a yacht with crisp white
    sails
    heeling in a stiff breeze and the hull almost planing. Smashing sight. Well done.πŸ‘
    8 months ago by onetenor
    Forum
    Cleaning
    sails
    , toy yachts, etc....
    I did indeed use an abrasive polish on the cream paint, but as it was a very severe crack or two all along the hull, I injected resin in the crack and clamped it up as far as possible, then Milliputted in to fair it. This was between two strips of tape to prevent the spread of epoxy or Milli further than necessary. I managed to match the cream more or less and once I've put a coat of nice amber spar varnish on it'll look like the original when heeled and won't show at all when on display. Martin
    8 months ago by Westquay


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