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  1. Please please please can you make the next one a 1:1 - and I will buy her to sail !! By the way Mike - you mention using "crazy glue" - did you mean CA on rigging - if so its wise not to - I have a couple of builds which I used CA on rigging and now - about 20 years later - it dont look good and some has failed! Also your point about pre-stretching cant be repeated often enough
  2. It was that you said the port shroud was too long. Was that a simple measuring mistake then as you "premade" them ? I was simply wondering whether it would be easier at the scale you are working to follow actual practice http://www.woodenboatfittings.com.au/articles/setting-up-shrouds.pdf
  3. This may seem a STUPID question Mike - but at this scale can you not actually make up and tension the shroud deadeyes "as it was done" with a teeny fid etc ?. Or do your beautiful work and photographs just make everything seem all much bigger than it really is.
  4. Replying to the supplier with a few pics I think shows the problem - its cut nowhere near along the gain. The other strip is a "proper " strip from the victory Pegasus but the supplier has responded immediately and is chasing which is good.
  5. This was a lot of wood I purchased because I wasnt happy with the kit stuff. I really liked the walnut strip in the Fly and Pegasus kits and was hoping to get something like that - i didnt !
  6. Got both wales on nice and symmetrically - getting back into the swing. THEN Put the garstrakes on and a couple of rows of walnut planking adjacent - and they looked awful. The strips were also murderous to work with - splintery and sort of went fluffy when sanded. Thought I had lost my touch and then I pulled out a couple of strips from my stock some from Pegasus and other places. Completely different - I wonder if the wood I had got as walnut from a very reputable supplier is indeed walnut ! (mailed them - I shall be be intrigued at their answer) So I am soaking off the "walnut strips" and will start again when I get some new stock.
  7. Well two years after the first layer and 18 months after fitting the keel and stem - first plank of second layer!! Wale - painted Swiss pear !!
  8. What an amazing piece of work - I stand in awe !! I presume you have a very limited set of rigging to the end of the sprit The travellers need to come off the sprit some times and it is wise not to have to undo all the rigging !. I have seen of this ilk were two type . The ones that "came apart" in some fashion so they could be taken off the sprit and the one - which is the one in the pics- which had a gap in the ring. Then - like those Christmas puzzles - you could take the traveller to the end and " flip it "with the rigging going though the gap eh voila - its off
  9. Its all so lovely Mike !! I hardly dare comment! But - anchor chain - is it actually going to go over that pulley as shown? If so - maybe too flimsy and obstructed - you couldnt let it " just run" I think it needs more "containment" for the chain. The video is just to big to post but I have managed to take some stills from it which may help - this one is of the multi part on the backstay I have other cuts - these are small copies of some - I dont want to fill your log but as I say shout if there is anything I may have a pic of. I am visiting my store soon to get the Christmas decorations out and I can have a look at my slide boxes - I am pretty certain I have later and better pics The bowsprit traveller by the way was like a round horseshoe with "composition" wheels on the ends underneath. The dinghy was stowed on removeable "boards" By the bye my profile pic is me on Eqinoxe correcting a veer off Herm - watching the birdie rather than the helm!
  10. I have looked at the video and the multi part tackle I thought may have been the backstay was actually the tackle set to handle the dinghy which was mounted on deck ( and ALWAYS in the way !) But I found this pic which does show the backstay set - you can see it is fastened off quite a bit further foward that one might imagine. The bottom of it does indeed look like the multipart tackle I recall. Quite interesting - in looking around on this subject that on pilot cutters generally there is seems usually no sign of a back stay - fixed or running .
  11. Have a look at this - she was FRENCH built in 1933 - apparently classified as motor. But by 1936 she was owned by a gentleman named Hugh Ruttledge - leader of a couple of the major early Everest Expeditions https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Ruttledge and registered as a Cutter the reference above refers to her So indeed she was never a pilot cutter These extracts give more detail http://www.crewlist.org.uk/data/vesselsalpha?shipsearch=equinoxe&SearchType=Exact&submit=search
  12. I think she is no more ! She was the third vessel bought by the Ocean Youth Club http://www.oytsouth.org/pdfs/50th_brochure.pdf in 1962 with a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. She was not a "young" boat then - i think pre-war. I sailed and then skippered her as a volunteer in late 60s and early 70s for several years after being trained by one of the OYC support skippers. Not a run of the mill pilot cutter, somewhat bigger and "chunkier" Built like a tank! Had a dog house but that was mainly used for chart s etc and access to the engine - not for accomodation - looked as if it had been built over a hatch I always suspected she had been restored for private use before the 60s though . As I say she was nicely wood panelled below and the deck was quite fancy . I am still looking for useful pics - but its interesting that there are not any that I have seen so far with ANY backstay rigged. I remember I always had a backstay rigged when i was skip but I am conservative! It was a pain though to tack in a bit of a blow - which is why the pelicans were such a boon . I will keep looking - I have found the video and had a quick look . (I am not sure it would be ok with teh moderators to post it) There does seem to be a glimpse of the back stay rigged with a multiple block with about three feet between. I will see if i can cut it out if you like. I could post some more pics if you have any points you would like to see. And i will keep looking at my digital files . I know i have lots of pics but I think they are mostly 35mm in store . I venture this one of a young me !!
  13. I have pictures but nothing as yet which shows clearly the position EXCEPT they are clearly fairly far forrard of where you would think they should be because they dont show up in picture of guys at the helm. I think if i remember rightly that the "inactive " one was stowed next to the main ratlines. Fastening was to deck rings with a big "pelican" clip. I did find this one which i at first thought showed the pair both made up , but thelines seem too light and seem to be running too far aft I have other pics somewhere and a video which may show some more details. Leave it with me. ( could post the video on here if its not too big or send it to you - lots of details except its a dirty working boat not a lovely clean one like your build!) Though interesting enough it had been clearly used by a private owner at some time - lovely panelling below - I am sure that was NOT a feature in pilot usage !
  14. Hey - I may have pics I shall look !!
  15. Not yet to the backstays - how about a pair of running ones😁 ?

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