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      An Incentive to Start A Build Log - New Plan Set from the NRG   03/17/2018

      An Incentive for Starting a Build Log

      The NRG’s Generic East Coast Oyster Sharpie plan sets have been selling out – we had to reorder prints 2X already.

      BUT nobody has started a build log yet.  As an incentive we have decided to reward the first three (3) MSW / NRG members who purchase the plans and start and continue* actual build logs** from the plans. 

      The build logs should be started in the scratch built forum and labeled with Generic Sharpie – by “your ID”.  When we have six or more build logs up and running we will set up a group build area for the Generic Sharpie build logs.

      The winners will be able to pick any one of the prizes listed below:

      Free registration for one day at 2018 or 2019 NRG Conference                  ($145 value)

      Shop Notes 1 and 2 set                                                                         ($60 value)

      Nautical Research Journal – all content set                                              ($145 value)

      4 CD's or 1 flash drive         

      Continental Galley Washington Plan set                                                    ($65 value)

      1 year NRG membership or extension                                                      ($50 - $62 value)



      *“Continue” means that multiple posts containing build log content must be made for a minimum of 30 days after the initial post.  Logs will be tracked by starting date and the first 3 that have continued for 30 days following their initial post will be declared the winners.

      **Note the words “actual build logs” – no fair showing a few pieces of wood and going no further just to win. 


      The NRG has a new set of plans available for purchase with a free 200+ page full-color monograph .  Check the NAUTICAL RESEARCH GUILD NEWS forum below for details.  This plan set is developed for the first time scratch builder with limited tools and experience.  All materials are standard strip stock available from hobby wood suppliers.  However, it is also a great project for the more experienced builder looking for a smaller project to take a break from the bigger builds.  Remember MSW Members who provide us their real name are considered members for the discounted price.  An email or call to the office before you order with your real name and MSW user name before you order is needed for the discount code.


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  1. I believe that the spars you refer to are the studdingsail booms. The purpose of these was to support the clews, the lower ends, of the stuns'ls above and also to suspend the yard of the stuns'l below. These booms were housed just off the line of the yard by boom irons with circular straps somewhat larger than the maximum boom diameter. The inner boom irons could be opened to allow the inner end to be hauled upward to allow men on the yard to bend or reef sail. The stuns'l yards that were suspended from these were kept below, or sometimes in the tops, and mounted only when required with the sails pre-bent. In the retracted position the booms were usually lashed to one of the jackstay stanchions with some rope threaded through a hole in the inboard end. There was probably no one standard way to secure these, so tying them off in various ways would be acceptable. Bands on the boom irons were somewhat larger than the maximum diameter of the boom and sometimes fitted with a roller - usually on the outer iron that allowed the boom to slide out more easily. A temporary tackle was generally used to haul these out. Harold Underhill's Masting and Rigging of the Clipper Ship and Ocean Carrier is probably the best reference available on clipper ship rigging - out of print but can be found online. Ed
  2. N, Drawing 4 is the Centerline Structure Drawing which was furnished as a full sized printed drawing. It is not on the CD. You should have received this in the packet of printed drawings that came with the book. If you did not receive this drawing in the plans packet, you should contact SeaWatchBooks. Ed
  3. I believe that members should retain the right to delete their own content without recourse to site administration. The safeguards seem to be very adequate. I also support the right of site administration to delete content. Ed
  4. Carbibe blades are not needed for most model work, with the exception being thick hardwood stock. HSS Slitting saw blades are more economical, available in a range of blade thicknesses, and safer to use for small work. Ed
  5. The Book is out! Sea Watch Books and I are very proud to announce the publication of Modeling the extreme Clipper Young America 1853, Volume I. I think you will find that the book is unique in its description of a fully-framed extreme American clipper - as well as a smaller plank-on-bulkhead version. As with the Naiad books, the focus of this work is on modeling processes - covered in detail with many photos and drawings. Eight full sized drawings are included for the two versions as well as a CD containing patterns, detail sheets and other data. A second volume covering fitting out, masting and rigging is planned. My contribution to the book has included almost three years of research, drafting,modelbuilding, taking a few thousand photos and, of course, writing. I will let Bob Friedman comment on the effort required by Sea Watch and its various subcontrators. However, apart from this initial announcement, the purpose of this topic is to collect comments, questions, and opinions on the book. Bob Friedman and I will pay attention to these as the book rolls out and address questions or issues that may arise. I will use this topic to post any addenda to the work that may become necessary or even just useful. There are plenty of people to thank for help with an effort like this and I hope I have adequately expressed appreciation in the beginning of the book. The late Bill Crothers (1912-2015) tops my list and therefore deserves additional mention here. His exhaustive work on the structures of the American clipper ship were a primary resource for me and neither the model nor the book would exist but for his many years of effort and his excellent books. It was my honor and pleasure to meet with Bill with the framed version of the model in its earlier stages and to discuss various topics by phone on a number of occasions. I regret that he is not here to see the either the current model or the book. So, comments and questions are most welcome. Ed The book can be found at: http://www.seawatchbooks.com/NewsForthcomingBooks.htm

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