|||
Current Website Support
You are Not Registered
Go AD FREE & get your membership medal
BRONZE
Less Ads
SILVER
GOLD
Ad Free
ยฃ2.50
ยฃ4.50
ยฃ6.50
Subscribe
Go AD FREE & get your membership medal
BRONZE
Less Ads
SILVER
GOLD
Ad Free
Valid 12 Months
ยฃ25
ยฃ45
ยฃ65
Donate
You Will Be Helping Towards:

  • Domain Fees
  • Security Certificates
  • iOS & Android App Fees
  • Website Hosting
  • Fast Servers
  • Data Backups
  • Upkeep & Maintenance
  • Administration Costs

    Without your support the website wouldn't be what it is today.

    Please consider donating towards these fees to help keep us afloat.

    Read more

    All donations are securely managed through PayPal. Amounts donated are not published online.

    Many thanks for your kind support
  • Join Us On Social Media!
    Download The App!

    Login to Remove Ads
    Model Boats Website
    Model Boats Website
    Home
    Forum
    Build Blogs
    Media Gallery
    Boat Clubs & Lakes
    Events
    Boat Harbour
    How-To Articles
    Plans & Docs
    Useful Links
    Registered
    6th Jan 2017
    Last Online
    7th Dec 2022
    peterd
    Member Stats
    Stats
    Member No.#3986
    Registered๐Ÿ“…6th Jan 2017
    Last Online๐Ÿ“…7th Dec 2022
    City๐Ÿ“Toowoomba, Qld. Aust. 4350
    Country๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บAustralia
    Genderโ™‚๏ธMale
    Age๐Ÿ‘ถ70
    Posts๐Ÿ’ฌ203
    Followers๐Ÿ“ฃ2
    Likes Received๐Ÿ‘303

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Send Private Message
    Members Following
    Follow peterd
    ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ron ( Rear Admiral)
    ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ POGray ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
    2 Followers
    Recent Activity
    Liked Free Christmas Prize Draw! 4 days ago
    Liked Different View (Standing on the hard) 21 days ago
    Liked Bunker boat 22 days ago
    Liked Planking the Deck 22 days ago
    Liked October update 1 month ago
    Warrant Officer
    Ranks Points
    Fleet Admiral 10,000
    Admiral 8,000
    Vice Admiral 6,000
    Rear Admiral 5,000
    Commodore 4,000
    Captain 3,000
    Commander 2,500
    Lieutenant Commander 2,000
    Lieutenant 1,600
    Sub-Lieutenant 1,200
    Midshipman 900
    Warrant Officer 600
    Chief Petty Officer 1st Class 450
    Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class 300
    Petty Officer 1st Class 200
    Petty Officer 2nd Class 150
    Master Seaman 100
    Leading Seaman 50
    Able Seaman 20
    Recruit 0
    167 Points Away From Midshipman!
    Points
    ActivityWorthAwarded
    ๐Ÿ‘ Likes (rcv'd)1303
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Forum2284
    โœ๏ธ Comments2112
    โœ๏ธ Blog48
    ๐Ÿ“ท Photos40
    ๐ŸŽฅ Videos100
    ๐Ÿ“ Place80
    ๐Ÿšค Harbour816
    ๐Ÿ“ Guestbook100
    ๐Ÿ˜Š Avatar1010
    733 Total Points
    Australia
    Signature
    This user has not added a signature
    Members Harbour
    Baby Bootlegger
    Boat is fitted with 2 x parallel 7.2v - 5000 mAh batteries and using a 12v brushed electric motor. It gets up on the plane using that configuration, however am contemplating upgrading the ESC and putting the batteries in series to fully utilize the 12v motor. In the meantime altering the battery forward a fraction to allow the brass 3 blade prop to get a better bite at the water when at speed. The build took me 8 months, mistakes were made as the whole thing was a learning process, but overall the end result in the water is impressive. It is 90% complete as I wait for some parts but nothing important. Coated in fibreglass resin followed by 3 coats of varnish. Construction largely balsa planks with a top of veneer strips (big mistake) done due to the non local availability of mahogany timbers. The normal racing number for the Baby Bootlegger is G5 - I numbered it G34 which is my race number with my yachts. A short video of my first day trial - in case the attached media file does not work: https://youtu.be/M1mMfLXkopc Next job, rebuild my flyer from scratch as it did not get past the framing stage, fix up another couple of rc yachts, pull the weeds out of the rose garden, and look at building another yacht.
    Bruce Crandell Flyer - 1/4 scale Single Step Hydroplane
    Fell in love with the design several years ago so thought it to be the time to do something about it. Purchased the plans from john-tom.com - putting myself at the deep end - and I have finally commenced building. The original boat was in the 135 Cu Inch class and had a V8 in front of the single cockpit, and was just under 14ft long (waterline) with a beam of 5ft; It will be interesting and I have a lot of research to do as I go - correct motor, batteries, ballast etc., but that is all part of the fun. Photos will be put up as I go. Wish me luck.
    Recent Posts
    ๐Ÿ“ Propellors
    10 days ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    Agreed with Float a Boat. Great service and good people.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ“ Reply
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 38 Views
    ๐Ÿ“ Boat Show
    1 month ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    Looking forward to seeing her progress.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ“ Reply
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 62 Views
    1
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: (Yacht) Volantex Compass
    1 month ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    I have the same issue. Accidentally snapped mine and having issues getting it right. Thin line big fingers don't help.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Comment
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 15 Views
    ๐Ÿ“ Boat Show
    1 month ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    I have a friend who did just that. An ex builder now approaching 90 who repurposed many common household items in his builds.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ“ Reply
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 71 Views
    ๐Ÿ“ Land Sailing
    1 month ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    Yes they were a gem. My first was a 1949 sidevalve Morris minor. Same story, wish I still had it.

    I can imagine trying to control with the power. Would have been interesting. Off to the hardware to research materials tomorrow. I was going to use pvc pipe but box Alum. Tube might be the go. I will see.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ“ Reply
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 32 Views
    1
    ๐Ÿ“ Land Sailing
    1 month ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    Bet you wish you still have the car.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ“ Reply
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 37 Views
    ๐Ÿ“ Land Sailing
    1 month ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    Seems to be worldwide.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ“ Reply
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 37 Views
    ๐Ÿ“ Land Sailing
    1 month ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    Am I seeing power assistance on number 3? Wonder how that would go on the pond.๐Ÿ‘
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ“ Reply
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 37 Views
    ๐Ÿ“ Land Sailing
    1 month ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    Agree. Rc cars in their controlled areas are getting more popular in the larger cities with competitions etc. In my area aircraft are getting very popular although with insurances and fees etc can be cost prohibitive.

    Have to get sailing again whether land or water, somehow.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ“ Reply
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 37 Views
    ๐Ÿ“ Land Sailing
    1 month ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    We have an area about 500m square which at the moment has good water from about 10m out. All the accessible edges and further have this weed which only appeared 12m ago and disappeared during winter. The water is basically a flood catchment area.

    We are onto council about it but it is also a nature reserve.

    I plan to go to Manly yacht harbour in Brisbane however as a club we are starting to lose members to model aircraft.

    I will post with what we produce. They will be very simple with roller blade wheels and pillaged electronics and Wee Nip๐Ÿคž sails from our boats. At least it will keep the mind active.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ“ Reply
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 51 Views
    2
    ๐Ÿ“ Land Sailing
    1 month ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    Ron, Was just watching video of the ice boats. They hammer. Thanks for the links.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ“ Reply
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 52 Views
    ๐Ÿ“ Land Sailing
    1 month ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    Having finished Emma a few months ago, I have only been able to put her in the water once due to weed that has taken over our waterway. Sitting just below the surface no-one is able to put any boat in, regardless of wind or power. Nearest available water is 180k away.

    A little frustrating when I look in my workroom and see the boats sitting idle.

    One of my friends has decided to build a land sailer using a wee-nip sail and borrowing the electronics from one of his boats. I will follow suit.

    Has anyone in our group tried this? Any direction on materials would be appreciated. His will be using ply for the main structure and inline skate wheels. I am looking at pvc pipe for the main.

    Thanks.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ“ Reply
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 72 Views
    2
    ๐Ÿ“ Sloop rig yacht
    3 months ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    I built the Baby Bootlegger last year. Have enjoyed it on our local lake and it has had a lot of attention and questions from others.
    Apart from the Bootlegger there are three Wee Nips, the Sea Commander, my IOM, Emma and the unknown blue yacht. Not shown are a Compass 65 and a Crandall Flyer under construction.

    Retirement can be busy.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ“ Reply
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 36 Views
    1
    ๐Ÿ“ Sloop rig yacht
    3 months ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    View All
    A friend of mine has given me three sailing boats today due to health reasons.

    He gave me two quite competitive Wee Nips and a sloop rig yacht that both of us cannot identify.

    It is 5 ft long with a short removable centreboard. He tells me that around 5inches was removed from the stern many years ago. I don't know why .

    As you can see in the photos she is very fine and narrow so imagine is also reasonably quick . Hopefully tomorrow and with good weather I will step the mast and rig the sails.

    Very curious what make she is. Final photo is my fleet. I need a garage.๐Ÿคž
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ“ Reply
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 59 Views
    3
    ๐Ÿ“ Great Morning Sail
    3 months ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    Ron looks great however I cannot open the media file.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ“ Reply
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 62 Views
    ๐Ÿ“ Bunker boat near completion
    3 months ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    As long as it is a quality whiskey.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ“ Reply
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 65 Views
    ๐Ÿ“ Bunker boat near completion
    3 months ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    Impressive build for first time. May your boat get plenty of work.๐Ÿ‘
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ“ Reply
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 66 Views
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Emma
    3 months ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    It would be good to have a regatta with the Bearospace design boats. I believe there are quite a few around Australia. Looking forward to some fine weather and trying her out again.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Comment
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 46 Views
    1
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Emma
    3 months ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    I believe still in use today on smaller cruising boats including day sailers. Icsaw a video a few weeks ago of a trailerable boat on one of our rivers utilising that rig. Went well.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Comment
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 52 Views
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Emma
    3 months ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    Probably a little exaggerated but I had an Esc fire on my Sea Commander. Luckily I caught it without a lot of damage.

    I have to take the skin off my Baby Bootlegger. A friend gave me veneer strips to look like mahogany planks. It was fine for a while but then I found that the multiple coats of varnish did not make a good seal and they warped. Also being a veneer I had stressed them in the curves. Easiest to strip them off and look at a simple balsa sheath followed by resin and varnish.

    Also commenced building my 1m Crandall Flyer some time ago. Am going to start from scratch and build again. Basically it was above my then pay grade. More confident now.

    Both the Wee Nip and 1meter are fine.๐Ÿคž
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Comment
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 71 Views
    1
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Emma
    3 months ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    I have it from where I bought the plans and intend emailing him tomorrow.

    I was very impressed with his service at that stage and have been following his videos all the way through. Very informative. I have 3 boats to rebuild and then be looking at his Flyer yacht. I think that takes me to the end of 2013. At least.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Comment
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 71 Views
    1
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Emma
    3 months ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    View All
    Yes I had some leftover Mylar that was too heavy for my WeeNip but similar to my 1meter. It does the job well though I am wondering about putting some tape battens on the rear section of the sail to stiffen it. I also am half way through building a topsail which will be ripstop. A friend built Annie which I have copied in below. A bit bigger and with a complete suit of ripstop sails.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Comment
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 71 Views
    1
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Emma
    3 months ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    Overall it was an easy build. The hardest parts for me were bending the copper tube for the jib sheet (1 meter of tube to get a piece roughly 7cm long). I guess the saying If you cannot fix it walk away and think about it then do it. That bit took several days of frustration. I found it a very enjoyable build. Not perfect but will do me.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Comment
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 71 Views
    ๐Ÿ“ Emma
    3 months ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    View All
    6 months work finished and am able to fully reclaim the dining table.. Launched Emma yesterday in blustery winds. A few adjustments to make yet but very happy with her. Cuts a clean wake and after doing some tuning and adding my topsail will be great to race with the fleet. Mylar sails with a ripstop topsail.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Comments
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 84 Views
    9
    11
    ๐Ÿ“ Sea Trials going GREAT
    5 months ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    Good to see her getting plenty of work. An idle boat does not pay the bills. Looks great.๐Ÿ‘
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ“ Reply
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 49 Views
    ๐Ÿ“ Sloop Emma
    7 months ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    That retractable system is brilliant and very well thought out. Great paint job.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ“ Reply
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 57 Views
    1
    ๐Ÿ“ Sloop Emma
    7 months ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    Beautiful ship and love the location. Videos are a credit to you and worth while for inspiration. Thanks.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ“ Reply
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 63 Views
    1
    ๐Ÿ“ Sloop Emma
    7 months ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    I understand what you mean. My 1meter Baby Bootlegger and it takes a bit of turning in narrow spaces. I think it was the powerboat Miss America that had a separate small dagger/rudder up forward. A huge benefit. I guess I was looking at the lines of the yacht as well.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ“ Reply
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 75 Views
    ๐Ÿ“ Sloop Emma
    7 months ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    I am no expert but agree with your decision. Interested to see how it goes.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ“ Reply
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 76 Views
    ๐Ÿ“ Sloop Emma
    7 months ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Flag
    That is an interesting thread. I am sticking to the plan but at least I have a proven option.

    Hopefully winter will sort out the weed. Thanks.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ“ Reply
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 72 Views


    About This Website
    Terms of Service
    Privacy Policy
    Cookies used in this website are gluten free, wheat free and dairy free. By using this website you agree to our use of cookies. More Info