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Spray by Cap'n'Bob - small - 1:48 - the first boat to be sailed single handed around the world - complete

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Hi all,

 

Years ago I read "Sailing Alone Around the World" by Joshua Slocum, and in January 2012 I decided that I would build his boat, the "SPRAY", in 1/48 scale POF with bent framing. The way Slocum built it.  I started asking questions on this forum, and I want to thank all those who answerd with help.  The information on this forum is invaluable.

 

Then the research began.  In the first chapter of his book, Slocum said he was given an old "fishing smack".  So I looked for fishing smacks of 1800.  About when his was built.  Someone suggested the "Emma C Berry" for framing, so I hunted for information on that boat.  I also gathered as many plan drawings of the "Spray" as I could find.  About five.

 

Now it was time to check and redraw the plans.  The first thing I discovered was that ALL the plans had errors.  Things like, the shear and section views would agree and the shear and the plan views would agree, but the width of the plan was no where near the same as the width of the sections.  Of the drawings I had, the drawing from the appendix in the book was the closest.  So I traced that into an old copy of AutoCad and worked out the errors.

 

Checking the fishing smacks plans had shown a frame spacing of from 15" to 22" I chose 18" for framing the Spray.  I drew a section at each frame.  I offset a line .031" inside to subtract the 1.5" planking Slocum used.  The frames will be 3" X 5" so again I offset another line .062 inside the planking for the frames.  This gave me the section lines for the plug I will carve to shape the frames.

 

I am going to plank only half the deck and deck houses so I can show the insides, taken from the sketches in Slocum's book. (See below)

 

Bob
 

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Hi Bob, glad to see you back. I'd like to learn how to do frames like that on the Spray. They come out looking like the real thing.

 

Walt Biles

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Bob I was hoping you would bring this build log back.  I recently read the book as well and put the Spray on my list of ships to bottle.  Your model is so well done I hope to use it as a reference when I do build the Spray.  Thanks for bringing it back.    

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I HAVE FOUND THE BASIC BUILD LOG AND APPRECIATED YOUR DIRECTIONS TO FIND IT.  THANK YOU.  SINCE I FIRST SAW IT I LOOKED FOR, FOUND AND BOUGHT THE BOOK ON THE MYSTIC SEAPORT BERRY WHICH HAS A LOT OF DETAILS I NEEDED.  MY BUILD IS VERY LOW CLASS AND SIMPLIFIED CARDBOARD AND PAPER PLANKING ETC SO IT IS NO COMPARISON TO YOURS. THE INTERIOR OF THE HULL AND CABINS ETC IS THE CHALLANGE IN THIS KIND OF MATERIALS FOR CONSTRUCTION.   THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND ASSISTANCE AND GREAT INSPIRATION. I DONT KNOW HOW THIS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM HERE IN MODEL SHIP WORKS SO I HOPE IT WILL REACH YOU  I SEE THAT TO BUILD MODELS ONE MUST LEARN COMPUTER SPECIAL MODES OF COMMUNICATION.

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Hi Bob,

 

Great model you made!.... Nice details. I have the idea to build the Spray from Joshua Slocum also. After reading all his books, I see Joshua as my hero!  I'm a sailor myself and sailing at sea for 30 years . What he did was, in that time, an amazing trip.

 

After reading his stories I found lots of information about his trips, his boat and a very nice inpressive youtube video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iciZer5cbJ8

 

So, i desided to build the Spray in scale between 1;10 or  1;15 ( moreless between 73 cm and  1.10cm ) in traditional bent framing method. Many drawings are availible on internet. After several photos I made up my plan in detail.

And the Spray must able to sail with RC. So, the structure must be strong enough, mostlikely keperglass and epoxy inside.  

 

For sure I will make photos during the builing and leave some meassages and pics here on the forum.

 

regards,

 

Barend

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Thanks, Barend, that should be a fine RC boat.  Be sure to start a build log so we can all watch.  And you might go to the new member forum and tell us something about yourself.

 

Bob

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Hi Bob,

 

Well sir, you just helped me in a very big way. I love the old vessels in some of my lines drawings books and would like to research these vessels and make scratch builds as you did so well. I have been pondering for quite some time now. I am a draftsman and have been fascinated by Marine Engineering and Drafting. I just need to learn how to model. :rolleyes:

 

Keep going Bob because with you there is so much potential. Thanks for sharing your story of Joshua Slocum and Spray.

 

John E

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Hi Bob, It was nice to see this build again. I have seen a few older build logs resurface again ( its refreshing ) You did an Awesome job . Hats Off

 

Best Regards,

Pete

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I’m really sorry for not responding sooner.  I don’t know how I missed these posts.

John.  Pete and Nils.  Thanks for telling me how much you like the Spray.  It was a fun build.

John, how are you coming with your research and marine drafting?  I redraw the lines for all my models, and I’ve always enjoyed it.  Let me know if I can help.

 

Bob

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Hi Bob.  Thank you for the log.  Your Spray is wonderful.  So I found a kit and look forward to building it in the near future.

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Hi Bob,

 

I just had a look at your "Spray" again, such a fine Little model !

 

I have one for you to see as well, recently I visited my son`s place, he (now 38 years old) had saved up a Little 17 cm long Pond boat, that could realy sail, I built for him for his birthday when he was 3 years of Age and I was realy honoured when I saw it now in a glass Vitrine. It used to have a little halfcircle shaped lead Ballast clamped to the keel, It`s nothing Special and would probably not deserve  the specification of being a scale model or so, but it has found a nice place for rememberance in his home, which I was happy to see again.

 

Nils

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Hi Cap'n'Bob,

I want to build Spray. Slocum is quite a personality, and so is his boat! I am an architectural woodworking estimator, and I wanted to kill 2 birds with 1 stone. I thought that I may want to learn auto cad. But... it turns out I can't get the license, and one is quite costly. Do you know if there is any open source software, I mean would you recommend any ( I know there are many)?

I will probably ask you many more questions, since my project will take me a while. It's just a goal that I want to keep in mind while learning and doing things. BTW I'm a newbie - you may check my post. Today is the first day of my new life:). Love this forum! And your build is awesome.

Thank you.

jsolka

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Just saw this Joshua Slokum animation:  <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/138939095"width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>
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">SLOCUM at sea with himself</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/fierlingers">Paul and Sandra Fierlinger</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p> Edited by JerseyCity Frankie
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