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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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    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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    ๐Ÿ“ Vale of Glamorgan Model Boat Club
    8 hours ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    A little while ago, a few members, particularly ColinH, expressed an interest in attending our next Open Day. It will be held on Saturday June 13th at Cold Knap Lake, Barry, South Wales and we are just hoping we will have the same beautiful weather we had for our 2019 event.

    We are also holding a series of races for RG65s and MicroMagics starting in February as we have enough members with these boats to be able to stage viable racing.
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    ๐Ÿ“ From Canada to Cornwall
    13 days ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    If you are looking to see boats, then Cornwall is a good choice. You'll find everything from sailing dinghies to larger yachts and working fishing boats. However, I would suggest you visit the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth where there is a large collection of small boats from around the world as well as many British sailing dinghies and a Thames pleasure boat, the Waterlily. There is also a hall devoted to boat building. Make sure you go to the 18thcentury Georgian harbour of Charleston where you will find several traditional working sailing craft and smaller tall ships.

    If you are visiting London, then St. Katherines dock is a must. You will find several Thames Sailing Barges moored there as well as a plethora of yachts.

    Hope you have a lovely holiday.

    Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Piscataqua river gundalow
    13 days ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    You are making a lovely job of your gundalow Tomas and really coming on well. I'm sure you are beginning to see an end to your labours and are looking forward to the great day when you launch her and see her under sail. I think we are all looking forward to that.

    Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: (Yacht) Catharine
    13 days ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Pretty little boat, rather reminiscent of some of the yachts designed by Linton hope around the turn of the 19/20th century.

    Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: BC Seiner
    18 days ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Lovely condition for a model thirty six years old. What a great project to be working on and such an attractive looking boat.

    Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ“ North Texas Shipwrights RC boat club
    19 days ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Is this the latest unit of the Texas Navy. If so, well done, she looks good.

    Cheers Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ“ Night Watch
    19 days ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Figtree7nts, Just noticed that you are now able to fly your vice's pennant. Many congratulations, well deserved.

    Cdr. Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ“ Night Watch
    19 days ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Middy Ken, Welcome home from your foreign deployment, trust you and Judy are well rested and pleased at seeing your family. Hope you are fit and rareing to go. Your lake awaits you! Bristol Channel Patrol is in need of exercising as I am still hospital bound.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ“ new year
    24 days ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    The Bristol Channel Squadron of the Model Boat Navy, wishes all Flag Officers and members a Happy and Prosperous New Year with smooth seas, following winds and favourable tides.

    Cdr. Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ“ Please help me to identify this 1980s model!
    25 days ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Haven't a clue what it is, but think it looks a nice little boat. Imagine she would sail quite well, good proportions.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ“ Night Watch
    28 days ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Hi Doug, Boats with long direct drive shafts seem to be common in many countries, not only in shallow water, and also on quite big boats. I saw a picture of one once being driven by a car engine mounted on the after deck.
    I remember, it must have been about 1954, an attempt by a garden mower company to produce an outboard with a straight over the stern drive. It was called the Atco Boat Impeller.
    I watched a demonstration on the hard at the Medway Yacht Club. The motor was duly attached to the transom of a dinghy, usual clamping outboard method. With some difficulty the motor was started, it then jumped off the dinghy falling into the water. Don't worry, said the demonstrator, it will run under water. Glug, glug, glug, motor stops. End of demonstration.
    Advertising ceased after a short time. I never saw one in use or heard of anyone buying one.

    All the best, Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ“ Night Watch
    29 days ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Hi Ken,
    Pleased to hear you are enjoying yourself. Our Christmas was dominated by the dialysis, as is everything. The only difference was that they didn't work Christmas Day, just moved the days around. I know the sort of boats with the drive shaft going straight over the stern, I expected you to see those. Common in lots of countries, not only the Far East. I've been doing a bit on the barge, made the mainsail and topsail over Christmas and they are bent on, just going to set up the topmast standing rigging.
    See you when you return.

    All the best, Nerys and Alice.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Christmas
    1 month ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Nadolig Llawen a Bleddyn Newydd Dda.

    Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ“ The London Model Engineering Exhibition
    1 month ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Thanks Robbob. I thought I recognised a Bella. The second model I ever built was a Bella, I rigged her with the supplied Bermudan rig, but I thought at the time that it would be interesting to build another with gaff rig. I night get round to doing it sometime, but apart from the 1/24 Thames barge I'm working on, I have several boats to finish or restore sitting around waiting to be done and a couple of other versions of Thames barges I'd like to do, all with failing health. So. who knows.

    Seasons greetings and all that.

    Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ“ Night Watch
    1 month ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Thank you for your greetings Doug and all the very best for Christmas and the New Year to you and Gisela too. I still try to be active, but it is a bit difficult at the moment, spending far too much time in hospital. Hope things will improve soon. Managing to do a little work on the barge, just to keep things moving along.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ“ Night Watch
    1 month ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Thank you Ken. Having a hospital free day, although we were there until after 11pm last night, I am spending a few happy hours sewing the mainsail of my barge. The weather is, as one says, Welsh. No doubt you are basking in sunshine and devouring quantities of unheard of local delicacies. Enjoy.

    All the best, Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ“ Merry Christmas Sailing
    1 month ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone. May you have fair winds and calm seas in everything you do.

    All the best, Nerys.
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    ๐Ÿ“ The London Model Engineering Exhibition
    1 month ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Nice display. Is the gaff cutter on the stand an Aeronaut Bella that's been given a gaff rig instead of the original Bermudan? Interested in the schooner too, is she a model of a real ship?

    Nerys

    gaff cutter
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    ๐Ÿ“ Night Watch
    1 month ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Glad you are enjoying yourself Ken, it's the small fishing type boats I'm most interested in and if any are sprouting sails , all to the good.

    cheers, Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ“ Paddle Steamer Waverley
    1 month ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    It's been announced that the Waverley fund has reaxched the target of 2.3 million and she will be moved under tow to Greenock in January for the boiler work to be carried out. It is expected to take around four months and she is expected to carry out a full programme of cruises during 2020.

    By way of contrast, here is a picture of the Medway Queen that I took on Tuesday. She is moored at Gillingham Pier in Kent. Restoration work continues, but she is open to the public. Her hull was completely rebuilt in Bristol a few years ago but funds for re-engining remain elusive. One day, we hope.

    Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ“ Night Watch
    1 month ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Thanks for that Ken, it's pouring with rain here, has been for ages, and likely to carry on indefinitely. Remember what it's like?

    All the best, Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: MERRY ANNE
    1 month ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Lovely job, always think building a model narrow boat model, is almost akin to building a dolls house. So many bits and pieces from the world of dolls houses can be utilised.

    cheers, Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ“ First time Thames Sailing Barge Build
    1 month ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Why not buy a moulded hull from Dave Watts, I know it won't be Lady D but there are only minor differences. Probably his James W Piper would be the nearest in shape, but I'm sure he'd advise you if he thought one of his other hulls would be better. I've built two different barges from that hull and both have turned out very successfully.

    All the best, Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ“ Night Watch
    1 month ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Sounds great. Would love to see pictures. Heath Robinson or Emmett comes to mind. I did try sailing a bike once.

    Cheers, Nerys

    bike
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    ๐Ÿ“ Night Watch
    1 month ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    In reality Mark, a real one is better still, but in the context of this forum, I'd like to know if model Ice or Land Yachts are feasible. I've always wanted to try the real thing, but somehow never had the opportunity. Sure you enjoyed your experience despite the bruises.

    Cheers, Nerys

    Ice
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: power fin
    1 month ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    There is a traditional version of the fin, Chinese if I remember correctly. It's called the Yuloh. It's a long sweep over the stern, balanced on a fulcrum but it also has a lanyard which is fastened between the oar and the boat and evidently this makes the oar move in the figure of eight movement just by pushing back and fore. I know that sounds a bit vague, but it's a difficult thing to describe. I am a great believer in sculling, so much easier to handle a boat in confined spaces. Unfortunately it's not often seen in amateur boating circles, but is mainly used by professional boatmen such as sailing barge crews.

    Nerys

    version
    lanyard
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    ๐Ÿ“ Night Watch
    1 month ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Now that I've started talking about Ice and Land Yachts, has anyone ever made an RC model of either?. Not being very technically minded, I don't know if either would be a practical proposition but would be interested to hear what others think.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ“ Paddle Steamer Waverley
    1 month ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Evidently the order was placed in July for Waverley's new boilers and after an extensive design phase, both boilers are being built by Cochrans in Annan. Also, three new electric generators have been built, tested and ready for despatch.

    Looks very much as if we will see Waverley back in operation during the summer of 2020.

    Nerys

    generators
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    ๐Ÿ“ Night Watch
    1 month ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    The lake at Les Rousses is quite shallow, consequently the ice gets very thick and of course it is a biggish lake. The Ice Yacht Club of Switzerland use it regularly as well as individuals. There seemed to be all sorts, varying from the DN which was popularised by the Detroit News newspaper before WW2 up to more modern ones as well as sledges with a makeshift sail Even people on skates holding a piece of cloth as a sail (often falling over). It all looked great fun.
    I remember one day, watching the Ice Yachts at Les Rousses, then driving on down to Geneva, where, an hour or so later, I was watching real yachts sailing on the lake in a beautiful (almost) summer's day.

    Cheers, Nerys

    piece
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    ๐Ÿ“ Night Watch
    1 month ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Thank you for your congratulations Doug. Sorry to hear you have some health problems too, you have my sincerest sympathy. That's my problem too, a boatyard full of boats awaiting finishing and the flesh too weak to do much about it.

    I imagine your lake freezes over, is it suitable for ice yachting? I used to watch it on a lake at Les Rousses in the Jura, but never had the opportunity to try it.

    Just going to attempt a little work on my current barge project. Rigging the topmast hopefully.

    All the best, Nerys
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