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Renard five

Renard five

The sails are bed sheet material and I made them convex with a product called "Stiffen Stuff" sold at fabric craft stores, its a pump spray product. I formed the sails off the model, attaching them after they were properly shaped. Ten years later the convexities are still in the fabric. See what I mean about the braces on the yard? The pull is more downward than backward and I think bracing would be more like cockbilling. Running the braces to the peak of the gaff could work maybe? But I think there would have to be vangs on the gaff then too. Again, the crew on these ships must have been above average in their seamanship and toughness. You can see shes got a lot of canvas and not much freeboard. Designed to go as fast as possible the ship would have been wet and bumpy. Life below decks must have been miserable. I would like to try it for a week though. The French have a modern reproduction of her and you can find pictures online if you do a web search.

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Le Renard, St malo

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