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    When the winds before the rain, soon you may make sail again, but when the rain's before the wind, tops'l sheets and halyards mind
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    An RTR addition
    A while ago, several of our members at Vale of Glamorgan MBC were showing an interest in the Dragonforce65 and a number of us were interested enough to purchase one. Enough in fact that we are starting regular racing for them shortly. Cheers, Nerys
    Dutch Schouw Yacht
    This is 'De Groene Draek' a Dutch Schouw yacht. She is scratchbuilt from drawings in a book called 'Ronde en Platboden Jachten' which I bought in Barcelona forty odd years ago. She is 30" long with 9" beam. She is shown here on the 'quayside' as travel restrictions in Wales preclude me from launching her for the moment.
    Swim Head Stumpy Thames Barge
    This is my latest model, a swim head stumpy, prolific in the creeks and rivers of the Thames and Medway until about the 1930's She is scratch built, 30 " long. In keeping with other barges I have built, I have named her 'Harty' as in Isle of, or Ferry, part of the Isle of Sheppey which is separated from the Kentish Shore by the River Swale. First Minister Drakeford says I must not sail her at the moment, but let's hope that day will come before too long.
    Crash Tender
    I bought a part finished 36" crash tender from one of our members who was going to live in foreign parts. Trying to be a bit more individualistic, I have not finished her in the conventional colours but I'm pleased with the result. Unfortunately, under existing isolating conditions, I have been unable to launch her, however she is sitting on the harbour side waiting for a lifting of restrictions. Cheers, Nerys.
    Thames Sailing Barge 'Stangate'
    'Stangate' is a 1/24 model sailing barge based on a 'Portlight' hull from Dave Watts Mastman. She is seen here sailing for the first time at Cold Knap Lake, Barry. The wind was rather flukey so a good test was not really possible, but she answered the helm positively and I have every reason to think she will sail well.
    Motor Barge 'Nellie'
    In the 1940s and 50s, many traditional Thames Sailing barges were converted into motor barges. This is a model, based on photos and my memory of the 'Nellie'. The sailing barge 'Nellie' was built by Cremers at Hollowshore, Faversham in 1901,. She traded under sail carrying about 90 tons of cargo around the Thames, Medway and Swale until about 1952 and then had the gear taken out, a Chrysler Crown petrol/paraffin motor installed and carried on trading for some years owned by R.Lapthorne & Co of Hoo on the River Medway.. She was eventually sold out of trade and is now privately owned. She has been rerigged with a reduced sailing barge rig without a topsail. My model is based on a 30" barge hull from Dave Watts Mastman.
    Alice C
    I built Alice C from a Model Slipways Dutch Coaster kit a few months ago but only this week got round to ballasting her and fitting the radio. Launched her this morning in not very favourable conditions, westerly, far too gusty and all over the place around our launching apron. She did well under the circumstances and I look forward to trying her on a better day.
    Upnor, Thames Sailing Barge
    I have had a lifetime love affair with Thames Sailing Barges and this is my first model of one. She is based on a 30" hull from 'Mastman' (Dave Watts}. Launched for the first time today at Cold Knap lake, Barry, South Wales she did everything asked of her.
    (Working Vessel) Gwyneth
    I have never added to my fleet by buying in before, but looking at the Bring and Buy stall at the Blackpool show recently I couldn't resist this little boat. I like fishing boats anyway, but this boat was beautifully built, clinker on frame, planked decks, good standard of woodwork, altogether, a worthy addition to my fleet. I sailed her for the first time today and was well pleased with her performance. (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) Sea Commander
    Built from an Aerokits kit. Very pleased with performance, comes up onto the plane quite easily (Motor: Caldercraft 750) (ESC: Chinese generic) (9/10)
    (Other) Sharpie
    Scratch built model of a typical East Coast of America sharpie. Used as a general work/ fishing boat. Fitted with topsails a few weeks after original launching. Appears to have greatly improved performance, but there was rather too much wind for a fair assessment and my partner had no desire to go wading in the lake. (5/10)
    (Yacht) Carina
    My second effort, an Aeronaut Bella. (8/10)
    (Other) Gwylan
    This was my first attempt at building a model boat, decided that model boat building would be a suitable hobby for a lady of 85, no longer fit enough to sail real boats. (8/10)
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    πŸ“ Blackpool Model Boat Show
    1 day ago by Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I have read the article about the model barge Westmoreland in this month's Model Boat and I doff my cap to a pure beginner who would make such a good job scratchbuilding from a pile of ply and a plan. I would love to see pictures of her sailing in due course.
    Oh!, that the story of the real Westmoreland was as happy. She was built in 1900 for the Kentish firm of Eastwoods Brickmakers. She was engaged in carrying bricks until 1955, when she was restored as the company racing barge and raced and sailed in their colours until 1963 when she was acquired by the Thames Barge Sailing Club, who maintained her until she broke her back at Hoo in 1973. The wreck was sold and she was taken to Faversham where a considerable amount of work was carried out, but never completed. The wreck was then saved from destruction being put in a drydock and taken to Halstow , hopefully to be rebuilt.. A lottery grant was applied for but was never forthcoming and the drydock sank at her moorings doing even further damage to Westmoreland and she was then broken up. The Historic Ships people documented her and produced a set of plans for anyone who wishes to build a model. Thus passes the last of the 'brickies'.

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    πŸ“ Blackpool Model Boat Show
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    Hi Dave, I like the picture with the horse and cart loading from or to the barge, so reminiscent of the days when a barge would sail up some Essex creek and be loaded with produce in this manner. I know of several members who have built model barges, 'Veronica' being the favourite, probably because she is available in a part kit from Sarik, and of course, she was a famous racing barge. If you look in my harbour, you will find four sailing barges, a motor barge and a Dutch barge. All of which have been either scratch built or with bought in hulls. I am currently completing an auxiliary barge, then waiting in the wings is a part completed model of 'Sirdar' the racing barge of the London and Rochester Trading Company, which I purchased recently.

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    πŸ“ Blackpool Model Boat Show
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    Hi Andy, if you follow this forum for long you will often find me ranting on about Thames Barges. I skippered them in trade many years ago. I have built several models, have a look in My Harbour.

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    πŸ“ Blackpool Model Boat Show
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    Yes, Andy, the J class stand stood out for me. I thought it particularly good to see the gaff rigged versions too. I also liked the model of the International Dragon, pity she wasn't rigged. Sail is never awfully well represented at the show, but I personally regretted the absence of a single Thames Barge. There are usually a number exhibited on one particular stand, but I understand that exhibitor has ceased trading on medical grounds.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Pond Yacht
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    Lovely traditional gaff cutter, sailing well, looks as if she is quite fast.

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    πŸ“ Trafalgar Day
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    Confusion in my diary led me to think that last Tuesday when I celebrated Trafalgar Day was the 21st October. Of course the 21st was Thursday. My profuse apologies for this silly mistake. I'm surprised Doug did not pick me up on this.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Vice Admiral Popov
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    I saw, and admired, Vice Admiral Popov at the Blackpool Show, so am very pleased to see these pictures of her construction. Also pleased to hear of her success in winning an award. If we consider this boat alongside Lionel B's Korean craft, Keo- Book -Sun , then I think he deserves the title, 'Honourable builder of unusual boats.'
    Well done.

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    πŸ“ Blackpool Model Boat Show
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    Hi Wayne,
    Yes I know there have been tanks and trucks for years, but I thought there were a lot more of them this year. They seemed to have a large proportion of the room shared with the Bring and Buy. However, I did see that the show in some places was advertised as the Blackpool Model Show which to me hinted at an increase of categories. Maybe, I'm wrong, just a feeling.

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    πŸ“ Blackpool Model Boat Show
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    All we found was some free make it yourself tea. I would have thought the hotel could have provided some sort of catering service, they were selling burgers and chips in the preceding room.

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    πŸ“ Yet another free B
    7 days ago by Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Jacko, that looks like a pretty handsome gift, but I see the Norfolk Keel disappearing over the horizon.

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    πŸ“ Trafalgar Day
    8 days ago by Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    All hands ! Double tot and make and mend. It's Trafalgar Day.

    Hooray for Nelson.

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    πŸ“ Blackpool Model Boat Show
    11 days ago by Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Went to the show today. Thought it wasn't as big as usual. Presumably a victim of Covid. Models as high a standard as ever. Seems that the organisers are trying to increase the scope of the show with tanks and other vehicles. Do wish the Norbreck would improve the lighting. However, three cheers for the show, at least it ran this year, which others didn't and I for one was pleased to be able to go there.

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    πŸ“ Fall sailing in Ontario, Canada
    11 days ago by Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Didn't work for me Ron.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: building Katie
    13 days ago by Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Jon, sorry, not that I know of. I can buy fibreglass bulb keels to fit my bigger Thames Barges, but they would not fit a pilot cutter. For my smaller barges I make what is essentially a shallow box about 3" wide, 10" long and about 1/2" thick. A 6mm threaded rod goes through the top for bolting to the hull. Make the box but do not fit the front. Fill with either sheet lead or lead fishing ballast, put side on glued and screwed. The leading and trailing edge can be rounded off. I have used brass sheet or ply for the front and back, depends how much weight you want. Probably would look ugly on a pilot cutter, but it works. Hope you can understand what I mean.
    As I use this it is a fin keel,but there is no reason why you could not adapt it to fit along the long keel of your boat. As an afterthought, Mistyoptic made an extension weighted keel much the same idea as this for a small sailing boat he built in the Dutch style recently. Find the posts on that, he did do some photos, they were in Build Blogs under Dutch Auxiliary

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    πŸ’¬ Re: building Katie
    14 days ago by Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Looks a nice shape hull. I think you are wise to plan an external bolt on keel.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: more wood
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    So construction is imminent. Sounds like a real car factory with parts all being delivered 'just in time'. I look forward to your updates,

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    πŸ“ Xmas in September???
    16 days ago by Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Talking steam, I have recently, been, extremely kindly been given a steam engine by one of our shipmates, but I am wondering where I will be able to sail the resulting build, once built. I know that both clubs I am a member of do not allow steam power on their lakes, so can anyone tell me if they know of a lake within, say 100 miles of South Wales, where I would be welcome with a steam boat?

    Cheers, Nerys
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    πŸ“ Blackpool Model Boat Show
    16 days ago by Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I'm planning on going on Sunday. I suggest 1pm in the cafe as a suitable meeting time, but if you see an old lady, blonde hair, in a wheelchair with motive power courtesy of Alice, please say Hi! and make yourself known.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: kitchen
    18 days ago by Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Galleys were never like that when I was at sea.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: My first boat.
    22 days ago by Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I wish I still had my first boat like you Colin. Mine was a Christmas present in about 1936 I think I was only about three. She was about 12" long, painted red and named 'Britannia'. Probably had that name because 'J' class racing was the thing at that time and 'Britannia' owned by the King was a popular contestant. I sailed her on Cold Knap Lake in Barry and I am still a member of the Vale of Glamorgan club that sails there. When I think, she was just an ordinary pond yacht with no controls apart from adjustable sheets and I would let her go and have every confidence that she would go to the other side where my Uncle would turn her round and send her back. The confidence of youth !!!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: FORD DPA
    23 days ago by Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Looks like an interesting build. Is this the smaller version of the standard DUKW. I shall follow the build with interest, but I feel sorry for that poor Norfolk Keel that's languishing somewhere and crying her eyes out saying 'please build me'.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    πŸ“ Fall sailing in Ontario, Canada
    23 days ago by Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Pleased to see you are getting the Dragon afloat. She looks as if she is sailing well. That Dragonforce65 rig looks as if it was made for her.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    πŸ’¬ Re: DUWK
    23 days ago by Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    She looks good Jacko, at least she's something different to have on the lake.

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    πŸ“ Xmas in September???
    24 days ago by Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hello Colin,
    Getting away from the wonderful world of steam for a moment, I have memories of you acquiring a sailing boat of some sort a while ago. Did you ever sort out how to rig her, or, can I help?

    All the best, Nerys
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    πŸ“ Sail and mast rigging
    24 days ago by Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hello Muskrat,
    Pleased to hear that the arrival of your Pilot Cutter kit is imminent. Being from South Wales, I have a soft spot for these craft although by the time I was wandering around the docks, they had been replaced by tug like craft, but of course there were some privately owned, 'Frolic' and 'Cariad' for instance. I, like others, look forward to your blog of the build. Best of luck.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    πŸ“ Puffer's Progress.
    24 days ago by Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    That's what you call a steam yacht, just imagine Cowes Roads during Cowes Week in Victorian times with umpteen yachts like that anchored waiting for the arrival of the Royal Yacht, 'Victoria and Albert' with a Dreadnought in attendance as a guard ship and to fire royal salutes. Those were the days!!!!

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    πŸ“ Dragon 'Bluebottle' Yacht
    24 days ago by Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I think your Dragon build is coming on very well,but can imagine the problems you are having fitting all the 'innards' in. Having a motor complicates the space issue too. Anyway,best of luck and keep up the good work.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    πŸ“ Sail and mast rigging
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    Yes Jacko, they're chainplates, but quite elaborate ones for most working boats.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    πŸ“ Sail and mast rigging
    24 days ago by Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Muskrat,
    Welcome to the site, we are all here to help you in any way possible. Yes, as others have said, those are chainplates, they would have been bolted through the planking and frames,and their purpose is to provide somewhere for the main shrouds holding up the mast to be anchored. I have made several model Thames Barges and use strip brass to make the chainplates. Holes drilled to fasten to the hull, then a hole near the top for a shackle to be fastened. Most traditional craft were similar in this.

    All the best, Nerys
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    πŸ“ Checking in
    26 days ago by Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Marky,

    So sorry to hear that you've had to spend six weeks in hospital and if for no other reason, than having to suffer the hospital beds, (If they are anything like the ones in 'my' hospital). I'm sure you will enjoy a weekend break from their routine, less boredom and real cooking if nothing else. Hope you are able to escape their clutches before too long and it really will be your final treatment then get back to some semblance of normality.
    All the very best to you and your wife.

    Nerys
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