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Ballast

Member Stats
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Member No. 2969
Registered 22nd Jul 2014
Last Online 12th Jan 2018
City Burnham-on-Sea
Country United Kingdom
Boats in Harbour 1
Sailing Locations 0
Forum Posts 59
Photos Posted 99
Likes Received 106
Likes Given 13
129 Total Posts
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Exuberent DH 142
Type: Working Vessel
Captain
Ranks Points
Fleet Admiral 1000
Admiral 800
Captain 600
Commander 400
Lieutenant 200
Sub-Lieutenant 100
Chief Petty Officer 50
Petty Officer 25
Seaman 10
Apprentice 2
Recruit 0
115 points away from Admiral!
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Boats in Harbour 8 8
Forum Thread 5 60
Forum Post 2 118
Event 8 0
Photo Gallery 10 10
Photos Response 3 33
Video Post 15 0
Video Response 3 9
Build Blog 20 20
Blog Post 5 100
Blog Response 3 102
Sailor 8 0
Guestbook Post 8 0
Liked Posts 1 13
Received Likes 2 212
685 Total Points
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Recent Posts
Seuthe Smoke Generator by Ballast Captain   Posted: 6 days ago
Thanks for your time and input Dave ! I'm on the case !!! Alan.👍

Seuthe Smoke Generator by Ballast Captain   Posted: 7 days ago
It's the rookie again !!! Can anyone please run through how to fit a Seuthe Smoke Generator please ? I want it to have it's own switch. I am going to be running my Puffer with an electric motor through a speed controller off of a 6V lead battery. Does it have to have it's own separate battery or can I run it off the system ? Help will be appreciated !!!😱

1 / 12 th Scale Figures by Ballast Captain   Posted: 12 days ago
I got mine off of Ebay! They are Startrek figures. My lady made some smocks for them and I made them foul weather gear out of marigolds. They were about £3-50 each !😊

Clyde Puffer by Ballast Captain   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi Hugh. Thanks for you input. I find other peoples ideas and methods very helpful as a bit of a rookie !!! You're a brave man working from scratch, I haven't attempted building a hull yet but who knows what tomorrow will bring. Hope the weather in OZ is kinder to you than what is happening here in Blighty. Good luck with the build buddy, I'll keep you updated ! Alan

Clyde Puffer by Ballast Captain   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi Everyone. My next build is a Clyde Puffer in the guise of Auld Reekie/Vital Spark ! I am starting with a 1/24 Scale GRP Hull from Orion Mouldings. I am in need of a bit of forward planning assistance so if anyone has built from the same hull or very similar I would be grateful for some input as regards size of electric motor length of shaft and prop size and anything else that could be of help to me. This is only my second build so I am still, very much a rookie !!! Alan.

Fish boxes by Ballast Captain   Posted: 2 months ago
Glad you got sorted !

Fish boxes by Ballast Captain   Posted: 2 months ago
The little baskets came from the aquarium section of Wyevale Garden Centre! They are aquarium plant pots !!! The could easily be undercoated and painted !😊

Fish boxes by Ballast Captain   Posted: 2 months ago
😉Thanks for that. I have been looking for some suitable little boxes that would suit but no joy so I'll give this method a whirl, I only need a few for bait, the crabs are in much bigger containers and computer ink cartridge boxes suit, like the one in photo !!!

Fish boxes by Ballast Captain   Posted: 2 months ago
What I'd like to know Graham is the method of making them!😉

Fish boxes by Ballast Captain   Posted: 2 months ago
Your thoughts are much appreciated mate. Although it was 34 years ago it still hurts and you have helped keep the boat and the Skippers memory alive. Thanks mate.😉

Fish boxes by Ballast Captain   Posted: 2 months ago
Thanks so much Graham. I am really touched by that and I know if he was alive so would "Skipper" Paul. Absolutely brilliant. Cheers mate. Actually, apart from a few pot buoy's, that's about all that was found of the boat ! Uncanny!!!

Back in the hot tub! by Ballast Captain   Posted: 3 months ago
Hi GrahamP74. Sorry but I have just seen your pics of the boat in the hot tub. I hope you don't mind if I make an observation but I think she rides a little high in the water at the stern ! Cygnus always advise that the lowest part of the transom should be about 25/26cms below the water at the lowest point which in 1/12 scale terms is 2.5cms. How much ballast have you got in her and where? I have attached a photo of mine for your info also one of the real deal to demonstrate what I mean. I have a 4lb divers belt weight in mine in the stern over where the prop shaft exits the hull and two six volt batteries amidships which weigh 4lbs each = total ballast 12lbs. You look to have the same amount of deck clutter so that is about what I would be putting in yours. As I say, it's just an observation but if you have a look at any Cygnus boat in any harbour that seems be the rule of thumb. Hope you don't mind me picking up on this. Alan. Ps the bow looks just a tad high above the waterline as well.

Exuberent DH142 GM32 by Ballast Captain   Posted: 3 months ago
32 foot Crabber "Exuberent" was built in 1981 and operated out of Dartmouth in Devon, she also spent the winter seasons working out of Weymouth in Dorset. She was returning to Devon from the Dorset coast when she was lost with her skipper. Her name, "Exuberent" is not a spelling mistake, it was spelt this way as there was already a boat of that name registered and it had to be differenced to be included in the Lloyds Register. This model is a tribute to her and her skippers untimely loss.

Memorial by Ballast Captain   Posted: 3 months ago
Paul John Goddard lost at sea in Exuberent DH142 March 23rd 1983.

Mizzen/Steadying Sail by Ballast Captain   Posted: 3 months ago
Mizzen/Steadying Sail in place but needs tweaking ! It will only be used for display purposes as it was only used when hauling pots to keep the boat into wind, not as an underway aid ! I dread to think what effect it would have on the model underway on our lake !!! 😱

Pond Trials!!! by Ballast Captain   Posted: 3 months ago
She Floats !!! And on her marks !!! Albeit a slight list to the Port side which is due to her open working starboard side and is a characteristic of the real deal. To say I am chuffed is an understatement after first starting the build 36 years ago !!!

Painted steelwork by Ballast Captain   Posted: 4 months ago
Trouble is I can't get in to ageing and distressing things. The real boat never had this sparkle when it was launched. I used to run my own car valeting business so I am a stickler for everything being A1 so its alien to me to make things look dirty or used I suppose !!! I'll have to live with it !!! 😊

Painted steelwork by Ballast Captain   Posted: 4 months ago
It's not Grahams !!! It's mine, Alan's !!! It's not distressed enough for one of Grahams !!!😊😆

Painted steelwork by Ballast Captain   Posted: 4 months ago
It won't be long now Graham !!!

Painted steelwork by Ballast Captain   Posted: 4 months ago
Steel (Brass) all painted now in matt black will follow up with Satin Cote so not to have too glossy finish !

Soldering 1/12 Scale Brass Railings by Ballast Captain   Posted: 4 months ago
Thanks Ken ! At first I was really nervous but as I did loads of dummy runs I got more confident but I made some mistakes !!!

Soldering 1/12 Scale Brass Railings by Ballast Captain   Posted: 4 months ago
Thanks Ken I already did and I watched the video's time and time again before I attempted what you see above !!! It's alright Marky ! Mine has a new rubber flex and has been overhauled by an electrician, thanks for your concern!!! I found I was really comfortable with it and my confidence grew with every solder !

Soldering 1/12 Scale Brass Railings by Ballast Captain   Posted: 4 months ago
Just thought I'd show you a picture of a soldering iron like the one I used ! Honest !!!

Soldering 1/12 Scale Brass Railings by Ballast Captain   Posted: 4 months ago
Thanks for your feedback and compliments gents. I seem to have had a bit of luck not being daunted by the trepidation that soldering brings !!! My Uncle builds dolls houses and has just given me an order for some brass bedsteads !!! He didn't mention if it would entail a coin of the realm being passed across my palm but the fact he wants me to make some is praise and enough reward for me !!! 😊😉

Soldering 1/12 Scale Brass Railings by Ballast Captain   Posted: 4 months ago
Hi Guys As promised I am posting a few pics of my soldering apprenticeship !!!

"Steel" knitted up!!! by Ballast Captain   Posted: 5 months ago
Steel work all knitted together ready for paint !!! Glad that is over !!!

"Steelwork" fabricated ! by Ballast Captain   Posted: 5 months ago
THANKS MATE !

"Steelwork" fabricated ! by Ballast Captain   Posted: 5 months ago
'A' Frame fabricated and offered up for fixing to gunwales and for'ard rails and then a coat of paint !!! Shame to have to paint all that lovely brass !!!

Deck Clutter by Ballast Captain   Posted: 5 months ago
Bait Table, Crab Box, Knives and Sharpening steel, pot frame, baskets and bait tray.

The build so far !!! by Ballast Captain   Posted: 5 months ago
Starboard side railings and shooting bar in place along with hydroslave pot hauler and for'ard Morse controls plus crew all kitted out , even with a mug of tea !!! Onward !!!