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Westquay

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Member No. 1051
Registered 23rd Apr 2010
Last Online 16th Oct 2018
City (Unknown)
Country United Kingdom
Boats in Harbour 6
Sailing Locations 0
Forum Posts 743
Photos Posted 140
Likes Received 556
Likes Given 3
820 Total Posts
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Harbour
Luna 50
Type: Yacht
Venice
Type: Pleasure Craft
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Type: Pleasure Craft
Albatross
Type: Pleasure Craft
Baby Horace III
Type: Racing Boat
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Fleet Admiral!
Ranks Points
Fleet Admiral 1000
Admiral 800
Captain 600
Commander 400
Lieutenant 200
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Petty Officer 25
Seaman 10
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Forum Thread 5 335
Forum Post 2 1486
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Photos Response 3 18
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Video Response 3 9
Build Blog 20 60
Blog Post 5 15
Blog Response 3 177
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Recent Posts
A Tragic Tale Unfolds by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 23 hours ago
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Abbs Lovely little place. My son lives in Berwick and took us there on one of our few visits that far north. Martin

A Tragic Tale Unfolds by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
A nice project, Neville. It must be terrible when a small community loses so many. The St. Abbs and Wells-next-the -Sea lifeboats were both lost and St. Abbs has fewer than a hundred inhabitants even today. I would love to be one of them. One of my favourite places. But a frightening reminder of what the sea can do. What are "Boat Days"? Martin

A Tragic Tale Unfolds by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
Fascinating research,. NPJ. I thought Diss sounded unlikely as it's way inland and UK isn't a British code number as far as I know. Surprised to learn it was lost in 1967 as those are some seriously 50s hairdos! Martin

Pretend deck planking by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 days ago
Sorry, forgot to mention seal first. Quite so. If you can turn your deck over and it still fits, I take my silly hat off to you! Cheers, Martin

Pretend deck planking by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 days ago
Steve, something like a 2B pencil is a good density, but keep it sharp. If you like a nice contrast then a fine fibre point marker pen would do it. Bear in mind that most sailing boats had planks that followed the edge of the boat whereas motor boats had straight planks that follow the king plank down the middle. On a sail boat the curved planks joggle into the king plank in a variety of patterns, all tedious to draw! I lived on a Victorian racing yacht for a few years and its deck planks were, oddly, straight, so it ain't a golden rule. They leaked so bad I had a Gamalan orchestra of pots and pans catching the drips until the deck "took up" and stopped leaking, then the sunshine would shrink em all again for the next rain shower. I would draw the planks on before you glue that ply deck down. So much easier. Cheers, Martin

Carry case. by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 days ago
Hi Gregg, something of that ilk was planned for the reasons you give. The thing is a tight fit because that's how the wood worked out, but it just goes in with space for foam protection. I had a clear out in the workroom yesterday in the gloomy weather and I found the Yeomans fittings kit I so recently cleaned up. I thought I'd misplaced them and clean forgotten where, but they were, in fact, in one of many drawers saying Boat bits. So another weekend sometime soon will be glue the bits on time. Cheers, Martin

Carry case. by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 days ago
Hi all, just made a carry case for the Crash Tender which should prevent damage to all the sticky out bits when I glue em on. White faced hardboard, framed with 1x1 free packing timber from the wood yard and screws bought for 50p a box from a boot fair. Handles will be rope from the same wood yard, so that the whole box is carried, not just the top board. Ally scrap cut on the bandsaw and bent to shape in the workmate so that the front panel is the slide-in "lid". Stands will be made for the boat and foam glued in to protect edges. Martin

Old outboard motor... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 days ago
GRP dinghy, ancient outboard separated into it's halves. The dinghy was made by a company that had done a Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter which a friend was working on before he died suddenly. He decided that he wouldn't use the dinghy and gave it to me. I was thinking of using it for a mini steam plant as a river launch, but that's too far in the future. I think I may have a suitable dolly for the boatman. Martin

Cleaning sails, toy yachts, etc.... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 days ago
Here's the sails. New rigging cord arrived today too. Martin

Another toy pond yacht???? by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 days ago
He just followed a youtube, using a paint tin and a propane blowtorch amongst other found stuff. Only thing he bought was a decent ceramic crucible, but your method sounds good. I was asking for some seriously big lumps and he was after casting aluminium, hence the casting sand and a cope and drag moulding boxes. Martin

Crash Tender crew by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 days ago
The crew are currently bathed in silicon rubber, awaiting casting in resin. Here's the boat needing windows and fittings and a little tiddivating on the paint front. And the carry case, awaiting the slide-in front and a handle. Martin

Cleaning sails, toy yachts, etc.... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 days ago
Here's the yacht after the first coat of red enamel and the keel sprayed with self etch primer ready for the green later, but it's raining, dammit! Martin

Another toy pond yacht???? by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 days ago
Oh well, if you can do that, Colin, definitely. It's just that most people couldn't begin to do that these days! I'm very proud of my son for building his own furnace and casting the lead bulb halves for my Vanity model cutter in his back garden. OK, I sourced the casting sand for him and made the cope and drag in wood, but only while he was getting the furnace set up. Martin

Old outboard motor... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 days ago
Doug, I will have to empty the thing out as I use the dingy currently for storing the more regularly used tiny paint brushes, but I'll get a pic or 2 later today and some of the ancient outboard. You might find the Hobbies 7 quid o/b will be sufficient for your little RIB? Could be worth giving it a chance. Martin

Cleaning sails, toy yachts, etc.... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 days ago
Haha, it would Bryan as I can't get into big square riggers. Too much for this bear of little brain to retain. Martin

Another toy pond yacht???? by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 days ago
Ah, full of 'oles is different, Colin. I take your point. Can't help there I'm afraid. Might find you can get away with steel instead of lead if you slightly increase the size a bit. Lead is a bastard to work with. Martin

Another toy pond yacht???? by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 days ago
Go to bed that man! M

Old outboard motor... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 days ago
Oh I know what to do with 'em, Doug, just not sure I could DO it! I think if you need a quick outboard and won't pay Graupner prices, you're stuck with a HobbyKing who do 2, both very similar, but about 65-70 quid a pop. I've just realised my little vintage outboard will go on my little fibreglass clinker dinghy, making it a wee fishing boat. I will have to put 2 servos in the dolly (dressed as an old salt). One will turn it on and off and one will steer once I've put a tiller on it. No ESC needed. Old o/bs either run or not, so he can turn the little brass switch on and steer it. Painted harbour launch grey, with a couple of lobster pots and a dog, it'll be a sweet little model. Martin

Another toy pond yacht???? by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 days ago
Hi Colin, my sails were so much worse than those, but I can't tell where yours are rotten. If they're just dirty, Vanish for a day or so works a treat. Martin

Cleaning sails, toy yachts, etc.... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 6 days ago
My wee red boat after a rub down and a file/sand on the steel keel. This morning I painted the red with HMG enamel and got the green mixed in the same make enamel by my wonderful chap at Kett's Auto Paints. The mast came in two parts, so I did a slight scarf and glued it. When the joint is well set, I'll make a splint and set it in prior to a rub down and a good waxing. The steel (tinplate) parts came with the predictable rust, but with my selection of scrapers and chisels made of broken and worn Swiss files I was able to scrape most of it off back to reasonable shiny steel. The out of shapeness needed only a clout with a cold chisel type of bodywork tool in the right places to restore it to original shape. Loops were filed to lose most of their rust, but not replaced. They'll be Vaselined as a form of anti rust, waterproofing. I have some new 1.3mm cord coming from Caldercraft. I just hope I can remember how it was rigged. I ain't great with knots. The sails were absolutely filthy with some sort of oil based grime, but my dear bride sorted them out with Vanish and a good hand wash. Pics of those tomorrow. I love this stuff.! Martin

Old outboard motor... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 6 days ago
Hi Doug, I do have a Hobbyking CNC ally one and now have a brushless inrunner for it. I got it when they were very cheap a while back. Wouldn't pay what they now want for them and Graupner are always way overpriced. I could be tempted with 7 quid for a Hobbies one though, just to see how it goes together. The K&O are gorgeous but collector money and the Alterscale are dummies, albeit nice dummies and also bloody expensive. I sliced the little vintage jobby I bought down the joint line with a fine saw blade in the minidrill today and all is well. It just needs new wires and some grease when I can find some good styrene/nylon grease. The motor is a two magnet Kako, many examples of which I have in store. Even has a nice little built in switch. I reckon 3 volts is probably all the transmission can take. The gears are not, as I assumed bevels, but 2 spur gears! I now have to find a way of making the prop shaft stay on the motor shaft! I'm loving this restoration stuff. Painted the red on my Star yacht today with my best chisel headed sable and got a special 1/4 litre of the emerald green mixed in HMG enamel (the very best there is). Tried to win a lovely Starlet off ebay, but some sod beat me to it last minute. I hope it leaks Martin

Margaret's health by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 6 days ago
My sympathies, John. Please stay with us and let us help you through. Martin

Old outboard motor... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 6 days ago
If only 5 bob was the difference these days! Nobody does decent outboards, although Hobby do one for about 7 quid. No idea how good it is. Gear driven, but a big lower unit to clear the gears. I guess it'd be fine for just pootling around. Martin

Old outboard motor... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
That's how the modern ones work, but I assume the flexi is stainless cable rather than a spring. I have one from Hobbyking for a fast little kneeler to 152VO rules, even though I'll never race it as all their events are in Germany and Holland and I don't have a Passport, but I do like the boats. I shall be off to try cutting this ancient one apart to repair the motor and wiring. I'd love one of those Keil Kraft Elmic Sprite outboards, but can't justify the cost. And any of the O&K scale working o/bs are gorgeous. Cheers, Martin

Cleaning sails, toy yachts, etc.... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Tenners...tenners....Oh you mean old tea bags we've used ten times, Doug. I'm sure Colin can oblige Used to dodge up "old" pencil sketches and water colours with cold tea, Colin. Been forging for years. If the experts can't tell, sod 'em! Vanish has done a superb job. Wifey's just rinsed out and will be washing them carefully by hand. But there will be some residue left. Apparently the bleach element of Vanish is a Sodium Carbonate and doesn't damage fibres like ordinary bleach. Martin

Old outboard motor... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Hi all, just won an outboard motor which is exactly like the one on a plastic day boat I had as a kid. Alas, it ran away on Lake Vyrnwy on our first Welsh holiday and that was the end of that. This one has only one wire and it feels like the motor is loose, so I will have to get a slitting saw in the minidrill and carefully slice the thing in half to get to them, but it'll give me the chance to lubricate the gears, etc. If it needs new ones, I have brass bevels from a stash of MRRC slot racing parts. Ain't nought can't be fixed. Beauty of this motor is it says it's made in England. Looks like a Mercury 75 "Tower of Power". Nice! Martin Edited to say nearly 60 years old! The motor. I'm older.

Cleaning sails, toy yachts, etc.... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
I just got a lovely old Star SY 3 yacht and needed to clean some filthy sails. My wife suggested Vanish and blow me down with a genoa, it's working. A generally mid to dark grey (I believe oil based) grubbiness has all but disappeared and I should be able to re-rig them with some new off white 1.3mm string from Caldercraft fittings at Cornwall Model Boats. I can make new styrene bowsies and any metal hooks and loops. I've scraped the mast and bowsprit fittings of rust until they look shiny again, repaired a broken mast and repainted the green edging which had been a bit knocked about. I love doing these restorations more than making new stuff! Martin

Styrene Allergy? by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Styrene fumes? You'll only get fumes if you heat it. My chum works a vac-former to make model car glazing and he thoroughly washes every sheet of PVC before forming it. Stops micro-bubbles forming. I use blue nitriles when epoxying. I always found latex melted on contact with most of the things I used, like enamel paint, Marineflex, etc. Nitriles stay put. Martin

Styrene Allergy? by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Where gloves are concerned, use blue nitrile as there are probably more people allergic to latex than styrene! Don't know about you though, but I can't breathe in any mask worth it salt. I just do it all outside in the almost permanent breeze that blows round my bungalow. I stand in the doorway of the shed and spray out into the great blue yonder. Styrene, fortunately doesn't affect me. When Slater's first popularised Plastikard, old man Slater used to demonstrate the making of things like model house window frames with Micro strip and Slater's own solvent called Mek-Pak. The smell was glorious and just oozed quality modelmaking to me. I always made a bee-line to Slater's stand at any suitable exhibition. These days I use Plastic Weld as it does more plastics than just styrene and it doesn't have that lovely "esterish" smell. Martin

Regression therapy... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 10 days ago
Hi all, I was wondering, do we all regress after a certain age or a particular amount of life experience and go back to our childhood posessions and experiences? Or do some of us never let go? I have just managed to secure a plastic outboard motor that I once had on the back of a Japanese red and white plastic day boat, lost on Lake Vyrnwy when I was about 10. And I've just got hold of a Star yacht exactly like the one that was stolen from a lock-up years ago which I treasured as a kid, it always sailed so well. Add that to my nearly 60 year old Sea Urchin and 55 year old Crash Tender and it looks like I'd rather play with the older stuff than the new! I even bought a real British Seagull outboard tother day locally! Martin