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    ๐Ÿ“ The late lovely Nerys (fleet Admiral)Update on Funeral arrangements
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hello all Alice posting to put the word out Mainly to Ken and others in the Barry, Vale of Glamorgan area and other local Boat Clubs that Nerys is to have a SHORT committal ceremony for up-to 8 people in the chapel at Llanelli Crematorium, Penprys Road, SA14 8BX on Tuesday 2nd of May at 9 am this is just 10 minutes to say goodbye, I have chosen some appropriate music. If a few of you can and do want to come along you are more than welcome, I intend to be at Barry lake this Sunday to give one of Nerys's boats a run. Also I am planning, with the permission of the clubs that meet at Barry lake, to give a short eulogy/tribute to Nerys and the many interesting aspects of her long life on a day and time to be arranged probably a Saturday but might have to be a Sunday in a month or so there is a large shelter there should we be unlucky enough to need it!

    Once again thank you all for your Kind thoughts and words, it has really helped at this, although not totally unexpected, still very difficult time, so once again thank you all.

    Alice

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    ๐Ÿ“ Very sad news about Nerys plus update on her final boat project
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank-you all so much for such Kind thoughts and recollections of Nerys's knowledge insight and helpfulness based on sound knowledge of many subjects, particularly Thames Barges.

    I Don't really know what else to say but it really helps me hearing so many kind remarks about "My" Lovely Nerys, her knowledge of the subject and recollections of her endearing personality and all round "goodness". Thank-you all so much

    Alice

    ๐Ÿ“ Very sad news about Nerys plus update on her final boat project
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    To be absolutely clear this is Nerysโ€™s wife Alice posting, I am Devastated to report that Nerys passed away after a short final illness on Monday 27th of March She was one day short of being 90 years and 2 months, so at least spent some time as a nonogenarian! As you can imagine even allowing for her age and generally poor health it has come as a dreadful shock and I just feel like I am wading through treacle trying to cope with the loss of such a wonderful kind loving life partner. I am just in absolute bits. Having been with her though most of her final illness and ultimately her death and then having to deal with a lot of practical stuff like funeral arrangements letting family in both France and America know as well as far flung ex Thames Barge mates etc. I am sorry to have not posted to this forum sooner.

    The enclosed Pictures are progress on Nerysโ€™s latest and last boat project to date. Mostly built by me to the best I could manage of How Nerys wanted it to be like and with lots of guidance and some finishing when she had a bit of energy. I really haven't a clue about much of the detail of the hobby apart from sorting out fairly basic RC running gear in her previous non kit builds. I do intend to finish her as best I can. Nerys had not yet settled on a name for her but I believe she should be finished in the style of something like a Clyde puffer, we were planning smoke generators etc.

    As you can imagine it might take me a bit of a while to get back on with the rest of the build. But in the end completed she will be.

    Sorry to have to bring such heavy-weight discussion to a Hobby Forum. Once again I just cannot begin to tell you all what a wonderful woman and human being she was and how very very much I will miss her.

    From a very lost and bereft,

    Alice

    ๐Ÿ“ Pond to myself
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I often visit the lake on non club sailing days, as this gives one the chance to take advantage of good sailing days. As we all know fine,sunny days are not the prerogative of weekends, so if you are able to get to the lake, I strongly recommend it. You have the lake to yourself and the only hazard is in talking to the occasional member of the public who is interested enough to stop and talk.

    Nerys

    ๐Ÿ“ Very sad news Martin555
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    So sorry to hear of Martin's passing. One of our most knowledgeable shipmates, he was a great inspiration to us all. I'm afraid I missed the news for a few days as I was none too well myself, but I have the excuse of being 25 years older than him. R.I.P.

    Nerys

    ๐Ÿ“ Thames Sailing Barge
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Having built a number of Thames barges, both 1/24 and 1/32 as well as an auxiliary and some motor barges , my opinion is that they will not sail satisfactorily unless they have a keel of some sort and a drop rudder. I have found that my motor barges work best with a drop rudder.
    Some people have tried using the leeboards and a ballasted hull, but even that doesn't work.I built my auxiliary so that all sails can be furled and she can emulate the latter days of the barge, when the auxiliaries might occasionally set a topsail and perhaps a few cloths of the main. I have ballasted her hull, but she will only sail,down wind and needs the motor the rest of the time The AMBO group is well worth joining, excellent source of information. I am afraid Mastman gave up a couple of years ago, a great loss as he not only produced a number of fibreglass hulls and plans, but all the barge specific fittings that nobody else makes. If you look up 'My harbour' on this site you will find pictures of most of my barges.

    Nerys

    ๐Ÿ“ Nerys @ 90
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank-you everyone for all your good wishes, such a welcome start to my first year as a nonagenarian.

    I would like to think that I will be able to carry on building and sailing my boats for some time yet, unfortunately my health could be better but I will not bore you with the gruesome details.

    All the best

    Nerys.

    ๐Ÿ“ Nerys @ 90
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    As today 28th January is my 90th Birthday, to help me celebrate, I would like to ask all shipmates to give themselves a "make and mend", and take an extra tot of their favourite tipple.

    Cheers

    Nerys

    ๐Ÿ“ Building My First Sail Boat or Yacht
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I think the Eventide could be a very successful model. The full size ones sailed very well and were excellent small cruisers. A friend built one, many years ago and had quite a few years happy cruising up the East Coast and near continent.

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    ๐Ÿ“ End of year boating
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    HI Stephen,
    It is called Cold Knap Lake and is in Barry, South Wales.

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    ๐Ÿ“ End of year boating
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    A few pictures of the last boating days of the year and the beginning of the new. 1st three pictures are Boxing Day with the little stumpy barge Harty and in the distance my fire boat together with another members boats. The last 5 pictures are taken New Years Day and show staysail barge Stangate and my Sea Commander, conditions were variable and we left in a heavy hailstorm.

    Nerys & Alice

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    ๐Ÿ“ 2023
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Certain people are preventing us wishing each other a peaceful and prosperous new year, so shall we wish for a happy one with lots of time enjoying building and sailing our boats .

    With every good wish, Nerys

    ๐Ÿ“ bahamas bigboystoys
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Nice collection of boats all rearing to go, but expect they have better weather than us in UK.

    Nerys

    ๐Ÿ“ Cheap Epoxy
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Alice had a look in Poundland yesterday and they had superglue at four small tubes for the pound. Better than the one for the pound she saw recently but notback to the twenty of a while ago.

    Nerys

    ๐Ÿ“ Christmas Greetings
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Wishing a very Happy Christmas to all members. May Santa fill your workshop with all the goodies you have ever wanted. The way things are feel I cannot talk of peace and prosperity in the coming year, so just hope that we are all able to spend many happy hours building and sailing our boats. Fair winds and following seas.
    All the best

    Nerys

    ๐Ÿ“ Back with a bang
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    So pleased to see that you are back with us again Marky Hope you continue to improve and are able to do full justice to the TID. Would love to say that I had a new project, but I am afraid, that, amongst much else, my fingers are too seized up yo do anything.

    BestWishes, Nerys

    ๐Ÿ“ My little Victory
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    So pleased to see that you are back with us again Marky Hope you continue to improve and are able to do full justice to the TID. Would love to say that I had a new project, but I am afraid, that, amongst much else, my fingers are too seized up yo do anything.

    BestWishes, Nerys

    ๐Ÿ“ Cheap Epoxy
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Went to Poundland to re-stock on their ยฃ1 two part epoxys and multi packs of cyano-acrylate super glue only to find they no longer stock the epoxy and the super glue is now one 3 gram tube for ยฃ1 used to be multi pack of about 10 or 12 2gram tubes under a house brand, another version inflation ?? as epoxy cost has now gone up by 600% !!


    Cheers Nerys

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    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank you, Colin and Ken for those kind words. Much appreciated. Nice seeing you at the lake the other week, Ken, missed you there last Sunday, but, whom was the sensible one, it was freezing.

    Cheers, Nerys

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    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I was proud to see that membership of this forum is now over the 7000. A magnificent total, perhaps our hobby isn't losing it's appeal as some would have it. Welcome
    to all our new members, I hope you will spend many happy hours on here. Help is available in abundance from our many knowledgeable members. Just ask.

    Nerys

    ๐Ÿ“ A Trip to Windermere Boat Museum
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Something I thought was good about the Windermere museum was the fact that one could borrow, presumably for a fee, a simple pond yacht to sail on their pond. They sold them of course, I think they were ยฃ50. Lots of interesting boats in the museum, well worth a visit, let's face it, what tourist attraction is cheap these days.

    Cheers, Nerys.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Halstow
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Here are a few more photos of Halstow showing her without the deck cargo.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Halstow
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Sorry Howard, but there are no drawings for this or any other of my barges, they are all built, as the real ones were, by eye. I've said it many times, 'If it looks right, it probably is.

    Cheers, Nerys

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Halstow
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Ron,
    Halstow is unfinished as regards deck fittings such as navigation lights, lifebelts anchor winch etc but I was keen to try her out as all the electrics were in place. She should be finished in a few days then I'll post more pictures.

    Cheers, Nerys

    ๐Ÿ“ Halstow
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    This is Halstow, the latest craft to come off the ways of the Nerys shipyard. She is a Thames motor barge shown here loaded with a deck cargo of timber. To be loaded like this would be nothing unusual. The helmsman would be steering by compass whilst the mate would be standing near by looking out for any obstruction. This model is not yet quite complete and I will update when crew and deck furniture have been added.

    Cheers, Nerys

    ๐Ÿ“ wether to paint or patch
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    From what you say, I'd be inclined to rub pack and paint the whole of the hull. If you try and patch there could well be differences in the paint.

    Nerys

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: High jacking threads.
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I quite agree with all the others, please don't leave, I've always read your posts with interest and never seen anything that could be considered offensive to any normal person.

    Cheers, Nerys

    ๐Ÿ“ Boat Show
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I was talking recently about the imbalance of kits of sailing craft against kits of power craft and the availability of Ready to Run yachts. This was exemplified to me when I had the pleasure of sailing with the Barry Model Boat Club recently and was delighted to see that there were at least a dozen sails on the lake, but apart from my 'Bella' they were all DF65s, 95s and similar Ready to Run yachts. The power craft came later. Nothing against the R to Rs , pleased that people enjoy sailing enough to want one, but it would be nice to see more general sailing boats on our lakes.

    Cheers, Nerys

    ๐Ÿ“ Boat Show
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I am not saying that the only way to build sailing craft is with a kit, my contention is that if there were more kits of such craft, more would be built and make died in the wool, stick and string sailors like me happy to see more sails on the lakes. In fact, I spent a very happy afternoon this week, sailing the second model I ever built from a kit, An Aeronaut 'Bella'. a lovely sailer . I quite agree, scratch building whether literally from scratch or from a moulded hull are fine. Whether it is cheaper than a kit, I'm not sure, but I can think of one kitmaker who charges a 'handling' or 'administration' charge of, if I remember correctly, ยฃ30 on an already very expensive kit, in addition to carriage. Enough said.
    I consider myself to be a model Thames Barge builder and have used moulded hulls as well as building from scratch. Unfortunately the source of the moulded hulls appears to have dried up with the retirement of 'Mastman'.So, it's scratchbuilding for me from now on. I do not use plans either, I work as the real barge builders of old did, and knowing barges as well as I do, I build by eye, if it looks right, it must be.And I've yet to have a failure.
    I digress, our hobby has come about from the great Victorian tradition of the pond yacht. Marbleheads and One Metres spring to mind but such aristocrats were nothing compared to the simple model carved from a solid block that every boy received for Christmas. I don't doubt some of our members still possess theirs, or one they've bought since. This is what I'd like to see, loads of very simple model yachts swarming on our lakes. Whether built from kits or not, who cares.

    Footnote; yes Ron, a scrollsaw is a great tool to have.

    Cheers, Nerys

    ๐Ÿ“ Boat Show
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Going back to the correspondence on the shortage of sailing craft at the show I am wondering if this is due to the lack of kits of sailing craft on general sale. Having had a quick look through, I can only find four kits, all from the Aeronaut stable and the availability of these is questionable. Surely if there was more choice, more would be built. As far as I can see, the desire to sail is there, hence the number of ready to run yachts available. Yes there are a few part kits, such as Sarik's Thames Barge Veronica, but these can be considered specialised.
    So, what is it, more kits equals more sailing craft?

    Cheers, Nerys



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